Exploring Change in Complex Systems

The world’s greatest scientific challenges can’t be met by individual scientists, laboratories, or departments.

The world is changing rapidly due to alterations in our planet and new technology. Climate change and pandemics present existential challenges and new opportunities. How can we learn to respond to a changing world in a manner that amplifies benefits and minimizes harm? Are there lessons in biological and engineered systems that inform one another and facilitate higher levels of performance? If we fail to understand change and learn to anticipate and adapt to it, will our species have a future?
The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery is an experiment in interdisciplinarity, combining the best minds in new teams with powerful tools that transcend the boundaries of departments and fields to study change in complex systems. Learn more about WID >

Stories of Discovery

Research, outreach, and initiatives at WID embody the Wisconsin Idea — reaching beyond the walls of the institute and the UW campus and into the lives of citizens across the state, country, and world.

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Wright named to 2024 class of National Academy of Engineering

Discovery Fellow, Stephen Wright was cited for theory and design of optimization algorithms and their application in signal processing and machine learning. Inauguration in to the National Academy of Engineering is one of the highest professional distinctions in the field.
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Pours & Prose – A Celebration of Wine and Wine People

Pours and Prose is an exclusive, interactive wine tasting and appreciation event with WID Writer in Residence Michelle Wildgen. This event will be on February 23, 2024 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM and held at the beautiful Discovery Building. Get your tickets now!
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Through undergraduate research, engineer predicts the path, impact of viral mutations

Schwab joined the lab of John Yin, a professor of chemical and biological engineering at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. That decision led Schwab to a three-year research career that has culminated in the publication of a new paper in the journal Virus Evolution.
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Expertise at WID

WID researchers make fundamental discoveries at the intersections of disciplines to solve problems that require an interdisciplinary approach.

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Resilience, Robustness, Adaptability – WID Seminar Series

Every month, WID labs present their exploration of change in complex systems focusing on resilience, robustness, and adaptability. A colleague in a different discipline will introduce each talk from their perspective. The talk will take place in the Orchard View Room with light refreshments. There is also a virtual viewing option.