Evolution, Complexity, and Cognition Group (ECCO),
- ECCO, the Evolution, Complexity and COgnition group, is a multidisciplinary research group, directed by Francis Heylighen. We are localized at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), although our members are distributed across four continents. While founded under the present name in 2004, our informal history goes back many years earlier.
Our researchers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, from physical science and technology to the social sciences and humanities.
Our philosophy is intrinsically transdisciplinary, transcending the traditional boundaries between "hard" and "soft" sciences, and between philosophical foundations and practical applications.
Our research focuses on the emergence and evolution of organization:
- Vrije Universiteit Brussel
- Emergence, Complex Systems, Cognitive Science, Self-Organization