Péter Érdi

Name: Prof. Péter Érdi, Ph.D., DSc
Address: Dept. of Computational Sciences,
Wigner Research Centre for Physics,
Konkoly-Thege M. út 29-33,
Budapest, H-1121, Hungary
Office: KFKI Campus, Building 6, Floor 2, Room 6
Current address: Kalamazoo College, 1200 Academy Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 49006, USA
Phone: +1 269-337-5720

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Founder of our Group, professor at multiple universities and author of several internationally acclaimed scientific books.

Publications and books

Education, degrees and positions

1961-1965Secondary education in János Bolyai High School, Budapest
1965-1970Science Faculty of the Eötvös L. University, Budapest (MSc in chemistry)
1972-1974Faculty of Chemical Engineering, Technical University of Budapest (MSc in chemical cybernetics)
1970-1974Computer Center of Danube Oil Company: system programmer
1974-1977R&D Center of the Hungarian Chemical Industry: system engineer
1977-1981Computing Group, Semmelweis University Medical School, Budapest: research fellow
1981PhD in chemistry (Stochastic models of chemical reactions)
1981-19831st Dept. Anatomy, Semmelweis University Medical School Budapest: senior research fellow
1983-1992Biophysics Group, Central Research Institute for Physics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences: senior research fellow
1984Institute of Cybernetics, CNR (Arco Felice, Italy): short term visiting scholar
1985Univ. P. et M. Curie (Paris, France): short term visiting professor
1986Institute of Cybernetics, CNR (Arco Felice, Italy: short term visiting scholar
1986-1989Guest Editor, Leonardo (J. of Int. Soc. for Art, Science and Technology)
1988University of Guelph (Ont., Canada): short term visiting professor
1989University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, U.S.A): short term visiting scholar
1991Institute of Cybernetics, CNR (Arco Felice, Italy): short term visiting scholar
DSc of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Kinetics of Chemical and Biological Networks)
Tampere Univ. Technology (Tampere, Finland): visiting professor
1992-Biophysics Group, KFKI Research Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics, Hungarian Academy of Science: scientific advisor
1993-Department of Biophysics, KFKI Research Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics, Hungarian Academy of Science: head
1995-Professor: Technical University Budapest, Kossuth Lajos University, Debrecen
1996Nagoya Univ., Graduate School of Human Informatics: Nakayama Visiting Professorship (short term)
1999Tamagawa University, Department of Information & Communication Engineering (short term visiting scholar)
1998-2002Széchenyi Professor
2002-Henry R. Luce Professor of Complex Systems Studies
2009-Associate Editor of BioSystems

Research experience

  • Stochastic and deterministic models of chemical reactions
  • Thermodynamic theory of nonequilibrium systems
  • Self-organiziation in the nervous systems
  • Brain theory
  • Computational neuroscience
  • Dynamics of olfactory system
  • Computational approach to the functional organization of the hippocampus
  • Neural rhythmicity
  • Complex systems
  • Computational neuropharmacolgy


Birth date: December 12, 1946
Birth place: Budapest, Hungary
Nationality: Hungarian, US