Complexity Explorer

About Complexity Explorer

Bring the Santa Fe Institute to you.  Complexity Explorer is your online gateway into an exciting world seen through the prism of complexity, led by the Santa Fe Institute’s network of renowned faculty.  Access an ever growing resource of massive open online courses and tutorials designed to aid you in joining our global network of complex systems scientists. From the novice wanting to learn what complexity is, to the experienced research professional seeking a new approach, SFI’s Complexity Explorer will provide you with the frameworks, tools, and applications you need to become a Complexity Scholar. 

Complexity Explorer is a web-based repository of educational materials related to complex systems science. Currently under development by researchers and educators at the Santa Fe Institute and Portland State University, Complexity Explorer hosts SFI’s online courses, as well as an extensive complex systems glossary and easily searchable databases of syllabi and other resources related to complex systems topics. Complexity Explorer will also host a “Virtual Laboratory” consisting of open-source simulation programs illustrating complex systems ideas, theories, and tools, accompanied by curricula designed for both teachers and independent learners who want to take advantage of these simulations. All course materials and resources of the Complexity Explorer website will be open to anyone.


About the Santa Fe Institute

The Santa Fe Institute is a private, not-for-profit, independent research and education center, founded in 1984, where leading scientists grapple with some of the most compelling and complex problems of our time.

Researchers come to the Santa Fe Institute from universities, government agencies, research institutes, and private industry to collaborate across disciplines, merging ideas and principles of many fields -- from physics, mathematics, and biology to the social sciences and the humanities -- in pursuit of creative insights that improve our world.

The Institute's scientific and educational missions are supported by philanthropic individuals and foundations, forward-thinking partner companies, and government science agencies.



Project Leaders:

Gabrielle Beans (Program Manager, Online Education, Santa Fe Institute)

Paul Hooper (Director of Education, Santa Fe Institute)

Melanie Mitchell (Professor, Portland State University and Santa Fe Institute)

Program Assistants:

Julia Heusinkveld (Program Assistant, Online Education, Santa Fe Institute)

Carla Shedivy (Education Program Assistant, Santa Fe Institute)

Eben Wood (Online Education Program Consultant)

Course Instructors (to date):

Melanie Mitchell, Portland State University and Santa Fe Institute

David Feldman, College of the Atlantic

Liz Bradley, University of Colorado, Boulder and Santa Fe Institute

Bill Rand, North Carolina State University

Tutorial Instructors (to date):

David Feldman, College of the Atlantic

Liz Bradley, University of Colorado, Boulder and Santa Fe Institute

Simon DeDeo, Carnegie Mellon University and Santa Fe Institute

Sid Redner, Santa Fe Institute

Anthony D. Rhodes, Portland State University

Seth Lloyd, Massachussets Institute of Technology


Website Design and Development:


Bot & Rose Design, Portland, OR


Supported by the John Templeton Foundation as part of a grant to the Santa Fe Institute, and by user contributions.