The focus of Complex Dynamical Systems Laboratory (CDSL) research is to study dynamical systems emerging from the natural world using an interdisciplinary approach and by collaborating with researchers from various disciplines.

The overarching research goal is to study interactions (or coupling) in complex systems. CDSL research targets two distinct avenues:

  1. To advance the understanding of social animal groups that have evolved to operate in noisy environments and to take inspiration for modeling robust engineered systems (such as drone swarms inspired by bats’ bio-sonar).
  2. To advance the understanding of networked infrastructure systems to identify vulnerabilities (such as power grid blackouts or road traffic congestion).

At CDSL, we are constantly leveraging theoretical, experimental and computational research to synthesize an interdisciplinary research program with three-fold objectives:

  • Objective 1: Study interactions in real-world networked systems.
  • Objective 2: Develop data-analysis techniques to identify features of real-world interactions.
  • Objective 3: Build bio-inspired robust engineered systems using analytical frameworks.

Lab Information

Location: M 125

Lab Director: Dr. Subhradeep Roy

Contact Us: To speak to someone about this lab or any of our facilities, call us at 386-226-6100 or 800-862-2416, or email