EF4 – Particles and Agents



Understanding tipping and other dynamical transitions in systems containing human agents

Project Heads

Jobst Heitzig, Péter Koltai, Jürgen Kurths, Christof Schütte

Project Members

Luzie Helfmann (FU) 

Project Duration

01.01.2019 – 31.12.2021

Located at

FU Berlin


This project concerns mathematical models of complex social processes that contain agent-based components for describing human behavior and decisions and that exhibit different metastable dynamical regimes. It aims at devising mathematical methods for understanding the critical dynamics of transitions between these regimes (so-called tipping phenomena) and how such transitions can be influenced or utilized.

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Selected Publications

  1. L. Helfmann, E. Ribera Borrell, Ch. Schütte, and P. Koltai. “Extending Transition Path Theory: Periodically-Driven and Finite-Time Dynamics.” 37 pp. Preprint: arXiv:2002.07474. 2020.

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