Complexity Explorer Santa Fe Institute


ABOUT COMPLEXITY EXPLORER

We support learners around the world who are seeking to understand the tools, methods and applications of complex systems science through our:

Complexity Explorer makes SFI complex systems science accessible to a broad and diverse audience.


HISTORY OF COMPLEXITY EXPLORER

Former Vice President of Education at the Santa Fe Institute (SFI), Ginger Richardson, and Portland State University Professor, Melanie Mitchell began thinking about creating an online course in 2010.  Their goals was to create an online learning platform and complexity themed course that would serve participants wanting a deeper understanding of complex systems.

In 2011, the Complexity Explorer project was launched with the support from the John Templeton Foundation to the Santa Fe Institute. ComplexityExplorer.org was developed the following year, and in early 2013, the first course, Introduction to Complexity with Melanie Mitchell, was offered. Over 7,000 students enrolled in Intro to Complexity that first year, and the course continues to see thousands of new participants each year. 


ABOUT THE SANTA FE INSTITUTE

The Santa Fe Institute is a private, not-for-profit, independent research and education center, founded in 1984. SFI scientists aim to understand the underlyin, shared patterns in complex physical, chemical, biological, social, cultural, and technological systems.

SFI's scientific and educational programs are supported by philanthropic gifts and federal and private grants.


COMPLEXITY EXPLORER TEAM

Project Leaders

Isa Ruiz (Program Coordinator, Online Education, Santa Fe Institute)

Carrie Cowan (Director of Education, Santa Fe Institute)

Course Instructors

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

Chris Kempes, Santa Fe Institute & Sarah Maurer, Central Connecticut State University

Tutorial Instructors

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

Justin Grana, Santa Fe Institute

Artemy Kolchinsky, Santa Fe Institute

Brendan Tracey, Santa Fe Institute

Bill Rand, North Carolina State University

Website Design and Development:

Bot & Rose Design, Portland, OR


FUNDING

Creation of Complexity Explorer was funded by the John Templeton Foundation until 2017. New content, web development, and hosting are funded by user contributions and the Santa Fe Institute.