Message from the Director

garyWelcome to the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences. We are a research and teaching unit in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science at FAU. We serve the University, professional communities, and the surrounding community with instructional, research, and extracurricular activities that enhance the understanding and appreciation of all issues related to the complexity of the human brain, mind, and behavior. Our faculty members have active research programs at the interface of theoretical disciplines like complex systems, nonlinear dynamics, and multivariate time series, and empirical/modeling disciplines such as cognitive, perceptual, systems, robotics, and computational neuroscience. In all its activities, the Center prepares students to respond to the pressing needs of employment in academia and industry.

Since 1995, the Center has offered a unique research-oriented Ph.D. program that enhances the academic atmosphere of the University and promotes the awarding of much-needed research funding. The Center is known nationally and internationally as one of the few programs in the world solely dedicated to promoting the study and exposition of the brain as a complex dynamical system.

Founded by Dr. J.A. Scott Kelso in 1985, the Center is a multi-disciplinary academic unit that brings together scientists from different backgrounds to tackle the most profound questions of brain and behavior. Center students highly value their research-oriented experience at FAU. They are encouraged and challenged by a rewarding and innovative curriculum that offers a range of studies in complex systems and the brain sciences.

I am very enthusiastic about leading the Center in the coming years with the strong support of our dynamic faculty, hard working staff, and ambitious students. Please feel free to contact me for more information about the Center.


Gary W. Perry, Ph.D.
Director and Professor