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School of Mathematical Sciences

Dynamical Systems and Statistical Physics Group

We have a broad range of research interests in the area of statistical mechanics as applied to a variety of complex systems, and in the mathematical foundations of dynamical systems theory.

The picture above shows the spatio-temporal correlation structure of coupled map lattices. For more details, see J.Yan, C.Beck, Chaos Sol Fractals X 5, 100035 (2020)


The old Dynamical Systems & Statistical Physics Group and the old Complex Systems & Networks Group have now joined into a new Centre for Complex Systems. The Head of the new Centre is Christian Beck, the Deputy Head is Vito Latora. 

We welcome to our new Centre Dr Lennart Dabelow who has started as a new Lecturer in September 2023. Also, we welcome to the new Centre Dr Anna Maltsev who joined us from a different group. Anna has a Research Fellowship of the Royal Society.

Research interests

We are particularly interested in:

  • Non-equilibrium processes
  • Stochastic modelling
  • Ergodic theory
  • Chaotic and nonlinear behaviour,
  • Interdisciplinary applications
  • Complex networks


The Dynamical Systems and Statistical Physics Group provides a forum for interaction and discussion at the current forefront of research. There is a very active weekly seminar series under the heading Complex Systems Seminar, covering topics in Dynamical Systems, Statistical Physics, and Complex Networks. This is hold jointly with the Complex Systems and Networks Group.

Both groups have overlapping research interests and  together form one of the largest groups in the UK working on statistical mechanics aspects of complex systems. Our top strategic priority is to enable and support high quality research in an inspiring multidisciplinary atmosphere. In the future it is planned to join both groups into one.

Group members

Head of Group: Christian Beck

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