IFISC (Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems) is a joint research institute of the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) created in 2007 building upon the former Cross-Disciplinary Physics Department of the Mediterranean Institute for Advance Studies (IMEDEA) dating from 1995. Its mission is to develop Cross-Disciplinary and Strategic Research in Complex Systems following the established scientific approach of physicists.
By Cross-Disciplinary Research we mean the transfer of knowledge, concepts and methods to create bridges among traditional disciplines. By Strategic Research we mean focusing on advanced studies in emerging strategic fields with a strong potential impact, avoiding the “basic-applied” polarization.
IFISC´s working environment is a complex system in itself seeking coherence and integration from diversity, interaction, scientific dialog, transversal structures, bridge building and self-organization. Research is therefore organized in terms of research lines, rather than research groups.
The Master in Physics of Complex Systems is an official degree offered by the Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) in collaboration with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). It is organized and taught by IFISC (Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex), a joint UIB-CSIC research center in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Complex Systems science is the name given to the emergent field of knowledge dealing with collective phenomena arising from the interaction of many components, but that cannot be understood from individual behavior. The system should be considered as a whole instead. Examples range from the long-range correlations occurring at a classical or quantum phase transition to the self-organized behavior of neurons in the brain or to the complex cooperative phenomena in ant colonies or human cities. Built upon the strong leadership of IFISC in Complex Systems research, the Master offers a syllabus covering both fundamental topics (networks, nonlinear dynamics, statistical and quantum physics) and applications in physical, biological and social systems, together with training in the needed theoretical, experimental and computational tools.
EVOCOG - the UIB group of research in Human evolution and cognition, an Associated Unit to IFISC..
IFISC is organized in two departments:
1. Cross-Disciplinary Physics Department, Department Head: Pere Colet
2. Complex Systems Department, Department Head: Raúl Toral and a Unit of Computer Services and Scientific Computing and Big Data.
Emerging from a back-bone transversal research line of exploratory nature on Complex Systems, Statistical and Nonlinear Physics, there are 5 research lines of transfer of knowledge in the interface with other disciplines (Quantum Technologies, Information and Communication Technologies, Earth Sciences, Life Sciences and Social Sciences)
FISC (Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems) is a joint research Institute of the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) created in 2007 building upon the former Cross Disciplinary Physics Department of IMEDEA (Mediterranean Institute for Advance Studies) dating from 1995. Its creation foresees that important avenues of scientific development occur at the borders of established fields. As statement of purpose it aims at developing interdisciplinary and strategic research from the established practices of physicists. By interdisciplinary research we mean the general attitude of willing to transfer knowledge, concepts and methods across the borders between well-established disciplines. By strategic Research we mean focusing in advanced studies in fields with strong future potential, avoiding incremental research as well as the “basic applied” polarization. We therefore search for windows of opportunity in emerging areas beyond the traditional subjects that defined Physics in the twentieth century. The backbone of IFISC´S research that unifies, percolates, and is the basis of the rest of activities is the study of generic phenomena in Nonlinear Physics and Complex Systems, with strong methodological components from Statistical Physics, Dynamical Systems, Computational Methods and Quantum Mechanics. From this source of concepts and Ideas, the researchers face the challenge of cooperatively defining and updating specific research lines and projects within a flexible and changing framework.