Science of complex economics, human and natural systems

The transdisciplinary study of complex systems offers innovative solutions to outstanding scientific questions and global societal challenges. This enterprise engages the work and contributions of mathematicians, computer and data scientists, physicists, linguists, historians, social scientists and researchers in the humanities, economists, ecologists and climatologists.
Pattern identification and the study of dynamic interactions in complex systems allow the development of models and simulation tools that fit stylized facts and can be applied in a variety of fields, ranging from climate projections to the implementation of risk management and mitigation strategies and the understanding of behaviours in socio-economic, and natural  systems

Irene Poli
Carlo Giupponi
Research facilitator:
Carole Maignan


  • Advanced and smart materials
  • Behavioural models
  • Big data
  • Climate science
  • Complex networks
  • Computational models
  • Computing
  • Data mining
  • Modelling, simulation and forecasting tools
  • Network modelling
  • Pattern identification and analysis
  • Risk assessment
  • Risk management
  • Smart cities and communities
  • Systemic risk

Ca' Foscari high-impact projects and award-winning researchers in Science of Complexity

Discovering the human impact on climate

Funded by an ERC Advanced grant, Early Human Impact analyses how human activities, including fossil-fuel burning, are currently altering the global climate system. The research group has pioneered a ground-breaking technique for measuring a globally present molecular marker of biomass burning. The proposed research incorporates continuous ice and lake core climate records from seven continents with parallel histories of fire activity. These fire histories can provide essential insight into the interplay between climate and human activity.

Linkages and vulnerabilities of the financial system

The FP7 project SYRTO explores the relationships between Sovereigns – Banks and other Financial Intermediaries (BFIs) – Corporations of the European Union the group aims to realize a research center in order to give a formal structure to the mission, objectives and results of the SYRTO project. This center will use the methodologies developed by the team to produce indicators about the state of the markets, corporates, banks and financial intermediaries, and sovereigns, both through the publication of periodic reports, and through risk indicators.

A Ca’ Foscari Marie Curie fellowship on sustainable remediation

Filip Alexandrescu has worked for some years at the University of Toronto, Canada. Since August 2011, he has been a researcher at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Germany. Awarded in 2013 of a Marie Curie Fellowship, he chose Ca’ Foscari University, Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics, as the host institution where to develop his project NEXSUS: Network-based Expert-Stakeholder Framework for Sustainable Remediation. The project aims at improving the development and the evaluation of management processes of sustainability in contaminated soils.

Developing mathematical tools of information and dynamic-systems theories

A consortium of six European partners have joined forces to carry out original research on complex systems through a common project that aims to develop a mathematical theory of complex multilevel systems and their dynamics. In addition to considering systems with respect to a given level structure, as is natural in certain applications or dictated by available data, the MATHEMACS project (FP7) has the unique goal of identifying additional meaningful levels for understanding multi-level systems. This is achieved through a general formulation based on the mathematical tools of information and dynamic-systems theories.

Predicting Tropical Atlantic climate and its impacts

PREFACE - Enhancing prediction of Tropical Atlantic climate and its impacts - is a climate change FP7 project with 28 partners across 18 countries in Europe and Africa, and 3 associate partners directly involved in the sustainable management of the three Eastern boundary large marine ecosystems of the Tropical Atlantic.

Ca’ Foscari leads the work package “Statistical methods to assess and improve forecast of Tropical Atlantic variability (TAV)”.