Complex Adaptive Systems Network



Complex Adaptive Systems Network leverages trans-disciplinary relationships to address complex global challenges in health, sustainability, security and education by creating entirely new technologies and novel solutions. This requires integration of diverse research disciplines across the University and building an extended network of global collaborations.

CASN includes three major divisions:

  • Strategic Initiatives focusing on design principles of complex systems; research competitiveness in new domains; new connections of innovation; funding opportunities and new partnerships.
  • Consortium for Biosocial Complex Systems focusing on CASN's educational mission on campus as well as research into Complex Adaptive Systems Science through the Consortium for Biosocial Complex Systems.
  • Knowledge Networks Planning focusing on CASN's biomolecular research with an emphasis on personalized medicine.


Anna Barker


George Poste


Michael Schoon

Assistant Director

Sander van der Leeuw