The Complex Systems Advanced Academic Workshop (CSAAW, pronounced "see-saw") is an ongoing interdisciplinary research forum that receives funding from Rackham via its Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshops (RIW) program as well as the Center for Study of Complex Systems.

The goal of CSAAW is to support graduate students interested in complex systems research, especially those working towards writing a dissertation that involves ideas from many disciplines as well as tools used to study complex systems. Through our regular meetings, students discuss their own work and receive feedback from other students, faculty and researchers. For some meetings, students present "tutorials" on various complex systems related topics or methodology. Other meetings consist of talks by and discussions with invited speakers who are active in complex systems research. These speakers, many of whom are recent graduates, discuss their own work in addition to providing advice on how to successfully complete a complex systems (interdisciplinary) disseration, and how to navigate through the post-graduate job market.

If you have questions about CSAAW or would like to join, please contact csaaw-organizers@umich.edu. For the most up-to-date info about CSAAW, please visit our wiki. The wiki has information about the research interests of current participants, links to talks from previous meetings, and is a great place to begin exploring a wide variety of topics in complex systems.

Pablo Damasceno

Pablo Damasceno

CSAAW Featured Student

To highlight the incredible breadth of research being done by complex systems students at the University of Michigan, CSAAW is pleased to present a new "featured student" every few weeks.

Our featured student is Pablo Damasceno.  He is a 5th year PhD student in the Applied Physics Program studying, under supervision of professor Sharon Glotzer, how shape influences the process of self-organization of atoms, molecules, nano and colloidal particles. His current projects include the relation between shape and traditional forces used to self-assemble structures as well as the role of Entropy in ordering building blocks instead of causing the intuitive disorder.

Methods and tools: Numerical simulations: Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics Simulations.

Complex Systems concepts: Self-Organization, Emergence, Building Blocks, Adaptation

If you know of candidates for future feature students, please contact the csaaw-organizers@umich.edu. Descriptions of past featured students can be found on this page.