Project Title: Critical Transitions in Complex Systems (CRITICS )
Researcher: Prof. Sebastian Wieczorek
Funding Body: Marie Curie
Period: Dec 2015-Sept 2016
CRITICS is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network consisting of eight partner universities and are coordinated by Imperial College London. It provides a unique multidisciplinary training environment for fifteen postgraduates for project work lasting for 36 months. The research focuses on the mathematics of critical transitions, referring to changes in the dynamical behaviour of complex systems, with the aim to classify such transitions in a variety of important contexts, well beyond the current state-of-the-art in mathematics, and to design associated early-warning signals. Critical transitions and their early-warning signals have been reported by scientists in variety of contexts, but the mathematical underpinning of these observations and claims has been weak. The main scientific objective of this project is to develop the bifurcation theory for critical transitions, beyond the classical context, and to use this theory to design observables that can be used as early-warning signals.