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Complex Systems and Networks

Complex systems—whether integrated circuits, information relays, transportation routing, social systems, or biochemical reactions in a living cell—all behave in ways that cannot be fully explained by understanding their component parts. Complex systems require integrative approaches. Tools are needed to characterize and design these nonlinear systems that are more than the sum of the properties of their parts. The wide variety of complex systems known as networks require analytic methods of discovery by computer scientists, applied mathematicians, and engineering faculty from across the college.

Research Topics

Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics

Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics

Near wake of a delta wing in free flight (Williamson)

Applied Probability

Applied Probability

Deploying ambulances efficiently. (Henderson)

Astrophysics and Plasma Physics

Astrophysics and Plasma Physics

Pulsed power technology

Complex systems and networks

Complex systems and networks

Power system stability (Thomas)

Computational Solid Mechanics

Computational Solid Mechanics

Computational fracture mechanics for aerospace applications

Earth System Science

Earth System Science

Spans knowledge across the lithosphere, biosphere, atmosphere, cryosphere and hydrosphere using laboratory, field, remote sensing and modeling studies to promote understanding.

Geotechnical Engineering

Geotechnical Engineering

Earthquake simulation

Heat and Mass transfer

Heat and Mass transfer

Droplet combustion (Avedisian)

Infotech Modeling

Infotech Modeling

Mixtures of logits (Rusmevichientong et al.)

Networks

Networks

Efficient algorithms for discrete optimization problems (Shmoys)

Nonlinear Dynamics

Nonlinear Dynamics

Nonlinear dynamics and chaos (Strogatz)

Optimization

Optimization

Primal-dual approximation algorithm for network design (Williamson)

Rapid Prototyping

Rapid Prototyping

Rapid Prototyping can create living tissue from computer-aided design (Lipson)

Robotics

Robotics

Robotics at Cornell spans various subareas, including perception, control, learning, planning, human-robot interaction.

Satellite Systems

Satellite Systems

Autonomous in-orbit inspection satellite system (Peck)

Security

Security

Improving security and reliability in complex distributed systems (Schneider)

Sensors and Actuators

Sensors and Actuators

Using control-moment gyroscopes in actuating space robotic systems (Peck)

Statistical mechanics and molecular simulation

Statistical mechanics and molecular simulation

Novel liquid crystalline material (Escobedo)

Structural Engineering

Structural Engineering

Understanding the condition and future performance of structural systems

Supply Chain

Supply Chain

Programming for large-scale resource allocation problems (Topaloglu)

Systems and Networking

Systems and Networking

Self-organizing systems (Sirer)

Transportation Systems Engineering

Transportation Systems Engineering

Managing multimodal transportation systems

Turbulence

Turbulence

In the turbulence area, we study a wide variety of phenomena in turbulent flows using experiments, simulations and modeling.