Researchers at the Centre of Excellence in Computational Complex Systems were interested to study complex systems appearing in the physical, biological and social world. A complex system is one whose function cannot be fully understood simply by looking at its constituent parts.
Research at the CoE was divided into four areas involving both work to develop theoretical models and methods for the study of complex systems and practical applications for such fields as systems biology and cognition research. The CoE was a Centre of Excellence in Research nominated by the Academy of Finland also during the 2000–2005 term.
The CoE was headed by Professor Kimmo Kaski.