Funding is available for a PhD project focussed on both fundamental and applied research in the field of complex systems. The research will involve theoretical work as well as computer simulations and data analysis. It will aim to describe fundamental decompositions of information dynamics in complex systems in terms of redundancies and synergies between the component operations of information storage, transfer and modification. The approaches identified will be applied to reveal information processing “hot-spots” in various biological and bio-inspired information processing systems, including in neural processing and in nonlinear critical phenomena.
The PhD will be supervised by Prof. Mikhail Prokopenko and Dr. Joseph Lizier. The applicant will join the Complex Systems Research Group (CSRG) at The School of Civil Engineering – The University of Sydney. The CSRG group comprises ten academics, and has wide collaborations across the University, Australia, and internationally. It is a vibrant, world-leading group in the fields of guided self-organisation and critical phenomena forecasting.