On all scales, from the global social and economic networks
downwards to individual companies and organizations, the key challenge of the 21st century
can be reduced to a common denominator: the management of complexity.
In order to master this challenge, novel concepts and approaches for the understanding of
complex systems are needed. At the level of the global communication, traffic, transport,
and transaction networks this calls for the establishment of stabilizing mechanisms and the
development of early warning systems that are able to detect the formation of critical states.
At the level of individual companies and organizations more advanced tools are required,
on the one hand for decision support and on the other hand for the prediction of trends.
In order to further increase the reliability of these tools, data-driven analysis and modeling
techniques will not suffice. In addition, approved methods from theoretical physics have to be
taken into account on the basis of which the behavior of dynamical systems can be described
The main research focus is currently on the development of practical approaches for the
integration of methods from theoretical physics into pioneering planning tools.