Overview

ASA research ultimately aims to produce, practice, and prototype novel system-analytical approaches, methods and tools, which enable solving problems that cannot be addressed by existing tools, or which enable addressing problems more efficiently.

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Referring to the methodological dimension of the IIASA’s mandate, the ASA Program’s overall mission is to advance systems analysis by substantiating the integration of systems methods and applied research on problems of global relevance and universal importance. Central to this mission is the exploratory development of mathematical methods and analytical techniques to investigate complex systems undergoing global change with a focus on an integrated, interdisciplinary approach. 

ASA’s research is organized around three mutually complementing and cross-fertilizing methodological research domains. 

Optimal behavior of systems






  • Focus on how decision making can be formalized in models, notably, under uncertainty and risks, and what consequences different decisions yield
  • Develop decision support tools and applications, which are traditionally based on the optimization of a utility describing decision-maker’s preferences
  • Employ and advance methods of the optimization theory, control theory, theory of dynamic systems, and other related fields
  • Applications to economic models, notably, long-term economic growth (also under environmental constraints) and resource management models

Interactions within systems






  • Focus on the role of indirect links and connectivity between individual systems within a larger networked system
  • Employ and advance methods of the graph theory, information theory, network analysis and other related fields are employed
  • Develop network-based modeling and assessment frameworks
  • Ecological and social applications
  • Some methodologies are also being transferred to other disciplinary areas, for example, to economics, energy policy, and resource management 

System transitions and resilience of systems





  • Focus on systems of systems, characterized by complex dynamics, decentralized decision-making, and significant uncertainties with the aim to study system’s resilience
  • Experiment with qualitative (e.g., soft systems mapping) and quantitative (e.g., agent-based modeling) methods and approaches to evaluate possible consequences of extreme shocks affecting the system under study and, based on that, system resilience
  • Develop novel methods of data analysis aiming to identify precursors of system flips and general patterns via learning from the past 

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In accordance with its strategy, ASA is actively maintaining and expanding its network consisting of methodologists, applied scientists and decision-makers all over the world, and, based on it, develops international and interdisciplinary collaboration.




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Last edited: 16 February 2016

CONTACT DETAILS

Elena Rovenskaya

Program Director

Advanced Systems Analysis

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PUBLICATIONS

Watanabe C, Naveed K, & Neittaanmäki P (2017). ICT-driven disruptive innovation nurtures un-captured GDP – Harnessing women's potential as untapped resources. Technology in Society 51: 81-101. DOI:10.1016/j.techsoc.2017.07.007.

Naqvi A (2017). Deep Impact: Geo-Simulations as a Policy Toolkit for Natural Disasters. World Development 99: 395-418. DOI:10.1016/j.worlddev.2017.05.015.

Kautzky-Willer A, Thurner S, & Klimek P (2017). Use of statins offsets insulin-related cancer risk. Journal of Internal Medicine 281 (2): 206-216. DOI:10.1111/joim.12567.

Zhang Y, Wu Q, Wang X, Fath B, Liu G, Hao Y, & Li Y (2017). Analysis of the ecological relationships within the CO 2 transfer network created by global trade and its changes from 2001 to 2010. Journal of Cleaner Production DOI:10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.09.076. (In Press)

Corominas-Murtra B, Hanel R, & Thurner S (2017). Sample space reducing cascading processes produce the full spectrum of scaling exponents. Scientific Reports 7 (1): e11223. DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-09836-4.

Feichtinger G, Fürnkranz-Prskawetz A, Seidl A, Simon C, & Wrzaczek S (2017). A bifurcation analysis of gender equality and fertility. Journal of Evolutionary Economics: 1-23. DOI:10.1007/s00191-017-0534-4. (In Press)

Vilkkumaa E, Liesiö J, Salo A, & Ilmola-Sheppard L (2017). Scenario-based portfolio model for building robust and proactive strategies. European Journal of Operational Research: 1-32. DOI:10.1016/j.ejor.2017.09.012. (In Press)

Wang J, Li L, Li F, Kharrazi A, & Bai Y (2017). Regional footprints and interregional interactions of chemical oxygen demand discharges in China. Resources, Conservation and Recycling: 1-12. DOI:10.1016/j.resconrec.2017.08.008. (In Press)

Masuda N, Smirnov I, & Thurner S (2017). Formation of homophily in academic performance: Students change their friends rather than performance. PLOS ONE 12 (8): e0183473. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0183473.

Lansing JS, Thurner S, Chung NN, Coudurier-Curveur A, Karakaş Ç, Fesenmyer KA, & Chew LY (2017). Adaptive self-organization of Bali’s ancient rice terraces. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114 (25): 6504-6509. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1605369114.

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