Make a model, explore a problem
Feb 28, 2012
Complexity modeling is something featured across several disciplines at MU, including Mizzou Advantage programs.
From MIZZOU Magazine
Whether predicting how a disease will spread through a population or tracking the transmission of cell phone signals, researchers today have access to more data than ever before. But making sense of it is simple: Use complexity modeling.
“Complexity modeling is a mathematical representation of real-world problems,” says Ray Semlitsch, a biological sciences professor and founder of a new group of complexity modelers across campus.
It’s long a favorite tool of civil and environmental engineers, who use it to estimate things such as how a bridge closure will affect traffic. Now, many other disciplines are using complexity modeling is now being used in many disciplines to analyze patterns and predict change—how brain signals would travel through the nervous system if a synapse was disabled, for instance. More…