Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems (EASY)


The EASy group has been internationally prominent since it was established in the early 1990s. It is concerned with the interfaces between the biological and computational sciences, particularly with reference to furthering the understanding of brains and minds.

The group’s research is highly interdisciplinary and involves many strong links with other schools and departments at Sussex, including Life Sciences, Psychology, BSMS, Philosophy, Engineering and Design, Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

Research foci include: computational neuroscience; consciousness science; clinical applications of neural modelling; adaptive and cognitive robotics; artificial life; bio-inspired computational methods;  creative systems and theories of creativity; history and philosophy of AI, cognitive science and cynernetics;  machine learning;  and synthetic neuroethology.

Members of the group  direct or co-direct three highly successful cross-campus interdisciplinary research centres: The Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics (CCNR), The Centre for Research in Cognitive Science (COGS), and The Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science (SCCS). See the Research Centres tab for further details of these.