The students learn three different simulation methods that are commonly used to model and understand complex systems. The topics covered are agent based modeling, network theory and cellular automata. The example simulations discussed in class range from social systems to physical systems, with many examples from biology.

A large part of the course consists of projects where the students work in small groups to implement a small scale simulations. The topics addressed in the project are chosen by the students themselves. An example of an assignment used on the topic of network theory dealt with understanding the core behind Google's ranking of webpages.

Student portal page: http://www.student.chalmers.se/sp/course?course_id=15033

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The course provides an introduction to modelling macroscopic biological systems. Topics discussed are population dynamics and ecosystems, gene regulation, enzymatic reactions, morphogenesis and pattern formation, and time-series analysis.

Student portal page: http://www.student.chalmers.se/sp/course?course_id=14892

External course webpage: http://fy.chalmers.se/~frtbm/ComputationalBiologyA/index.html

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Throughout the first year, a seminar series is held in which the students present and discuss recent findings and results reported in the scientific literature. Complex systems science is a large and very heterogeneous research field. When preparing a presentation in the Complex systems seminar course, the students have an opportunity to "dig a little deeper" into a specific area that they find interesting. The students in the class will during the class be listening to 40-50 seminars on different topics, mostly given by their friends in the class but also by the teachers in the program and other guest lecturers. Overall this gives a more fair coverage of complex systems as a field than is possible in the regular classes. In addition the class offers training in a very central skill: oral presentation.

Teacher: Claes Andersson

Teaching Assistants: Erik Edlund, Oskar Lindgren, Vilhelm Verendel

Student portal page: http://www.student.chalmers.se/sp/course?course_id=15014

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