A small group of curious and inquiring faculty, students and members of the community began meeting on the University of Alaska Anchorage Campus in 1998, seeking a means to develop and facilitate discussion among individuals interested in complex systems theory and practice. Their early roundtable discussions back in 1998 were somewhat informal but laid a crucial foundation for the growth of complex systems at UAA.
A formal seminar series was organized and introduced to the campus in January 1999. Our guest lecture series and curriculum development began in 2001 and continues through today. We are beginning to align with industry for problem resolution, and we look forward to continued expansion.
"I think the next century will be the century of complexity." - Dr. Stephen Hawking, Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge.
"Complex Systems is a new field of science studying how parts of a system give rise to the collective behaviors of the system, and how the system interacts with its environment." - Dr. Yaneer Bar-Yam, New England Complex Systems Institute. Copyright 2000. All rights reserved.
"I just returned from the University of Alaska Anchorage and feel like I'm back in the Dark Ages after a glimpse of the Renaissance. My hat is off to the faculty there for building a foundation for what I predict will be a lively center at the forefront of complexity research." - Dr. Donald Mikulecky, Professor of Physiology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Complex-M Mailing List, April 3, 2001.