Scientific Research in Complex Adaptive Environments

Researching Adaptive Environments with Open Boundaries

The participation in the research projects begins with an introductory two-month educational program to manage the unicist approach to environments and systems that have open boundaries. This program is sponsored by The Unicist Research Institute.

During this period the participants develop a voluntary work of 5 hours a week in the field of application. The educational programs are developed based on virtual collaboration and are focused on the application of a logical approach to complex adaptive systems.

Here you will find the research projects that begin in 2017. These projects are applied researches that use the unicist approach to complexity to develop technologies and intelligent systems to interact with complex environments that range from Biology to Social Sciences, including organizational behavior. These research projects are being financed by private funding and crowdfunding.


The research projects are for young professionals or advanced students that are interested in participating in the Think Tanks in the fields of Medicine, Education, Information Science, Human Intelligence, Social Evolution, Future Research and Business. The activity requires beginning as a volunteer while the sponsored educational program is provided.

The Unicist Research Institute (TURI) is a private global decentralized research center specialized in complexity sciences that is focused on the research of the evolution of adaptive systems.

It was the pioneer in complexity science research and became a global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. The unicist pragmatism, the structuralism based on unicist ontologies and the functionalism driven by concepts were developed at TURI to research the field of complex adaptive systems.

More than 5,000 unicist ontological researches were developed since 1976 in the field of basic sciences, life sciences and individual, institutional and social evolution.

The main countries that originated these researches were: US, DE, UK, FR, JP, SE, CA, CH, IN, BR, AR, CAT, RU, CN, AU. TURI's Future Research Laboratory has completed the research of 70 countries' archetypes.

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The Unicist Paradigm Shift in Sciences

The paradigm shift of the Unicist Theory is based on the discovery of the ontogenetic intelligence of nature, which is the intelligence that underlies nature. It establishes the basic structures of behavior in nature. The final goal of the scientific research developed at The Unicist Research Institute was to find a structural solution for complexity as a universal problem. The Unicist Theory gave birth to Complexity Sciences, providing both their epistemological structure and their integration with Systemic Sciences. This allowed developing a scientific approach for adaptive environments.

The objective of the research works was the development of solutions to influence complex environments to foster their evolution. This research drove to a paradigm shift in science, which is based on emulating the maximal and minimum strategies that are implicit in the intelligence that underlies nature. This allowed discovering the double dialectical behavior of nature and transferring this knowledge to its application to deal with adaptive environments to ensure the results that are being fostered.

Theoretical Framework

The unicist approach to complexity science was developed to provide a methodology that is specific to deal with complex adaptive systems in order to avoid the extension of the use of methodologies that correspond to the field of researching systemic aspects of reality.

This drove towards the integration of a pragmatic, structural and functionalist approach to research in the field of complexity sciences that is the framework used in all the researches done at The Unicist Research Institute. Complex adaptive systems need to be approached based on the emergence they generate. That is why the research in the field of complex adaptive systems does not allow artificial experiments because they change the conjunction of elements that integrate them.

System Dynamics Approach versus Unicist Approach

The system dynamics approach and the unicist approach to complexity were created for different purposes.

The system dynamics approach was created to develop solutions in complex controllable adaptive environments by managing their operational structures. This approach manages univocal relationships and univocal cause-effect actions and their feedback.

The unicist approach was created to develop solutions in complex influenceable adaptive environments by managing their nature given by their functional concepts. This approach manages bi-univocal relationships and double dialectical actions and their feedback. Complex systems require managing the unicist objects they include, ensuring that they have the necessary critical mass to fulfill their function.

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Based on the paradigm shift introduced by the Unicist Theory

The Unicist Paradigm Shift in Sciences

Medicine: R&D of Unicist Methods for Research and Clinical Trials

This approach is solely focused on the scientific aspects of medicine. On the one hand, the discovery of the scientific explanations of the two curing principles established by Hippocrates, “contraria contrariis curantur” and “similia similibus curantur” provided the foundations of medicine. On the other hand, the discovery of the structure of the essential concepts of health and cures allowed defining the nature of medicine.

The Project

In 2017, we will launch the project to develop a methodology to upgrade the methods for research and clinical trials using a sort of “Learn and Confirm” approach. It is based on the development of think tanks that use the unicist complexity science research methodology.

R&D of Unicist Contingency Rooms for Hospitals and ACOs

Unicist Contingency Rooms are organizational units that transform urgent problems into structural solutions. These units are basically organized as teams led by a person who is responsible for the Contingency Room.

Their final purpose is to solve an urgent problem. Their maximal strategy is to develop the structural solutions while the minimum strategy is to solve the urgent problems. The double dialectical actions that need to be developed at a contingency room begin by finding the necessary causes of problems in order to develop a structural solution while the second step is to find the triggering causes that generated the urgent problems in order to solve them.

The Project

In 2017, we will launch a research project to build the model of contingency rooms for Hospitals and ACOs in the US. It is based on the development of think tanks that use the unicist complexity science research methodology and on the use of unicist prototypers.

R&D of a Model for Virtual Collaboration for Hospitals and ACOs

The communication and IT technologies allowed making the next step in organizational design, integrating personal and virtual collaboration, organizing roles and using business objects, to maximize results and minimize costs. This is a change in working habits that is extremely valuable to manage the adaptive aspects of businesses. This is what we call “Virtual Organization”.

The Virtual Organization allows developing both internal and external work processes. The introduction of this technology needs to begin with the activity where the productivity increase is needed the most. It has to be considered that the bond established between the members of a group is basic to provide a collaboration context that allows achieving synergy and thus increases the productivity.

The Project

In 2017, we will launch a research project to build the model for Virtual Collaboration in Hospitals and ACOs in the US. It is based on the development of think tanks that use the unicist complexity science research methodology and on the use of unicist prototypers.

Education: R&D of a Unicist Methodology for the XXI Century

The access through Internet to all the operational and analytical information that is needed in learning processes established a turning point in education that has not been assimilated yet.

The research on human intelligence drove to the discovery of ontointelligence, which deals with the basic behavior of individuals, mental concepts as the drivers of human actions and collective intelligence that establishes the social framework of individual behavior.

The discovery of the unicist ontology of learning processes allowed designing such processes integrating the learning and teaching functions in a triadic structure to apprehend its nature and evolution.

The Project

In 2017, we will launch a research project on the functional educational model based on the cultural needs and the available technologies. It includes the recovery of the conceptualization processes to guide learning and the integration of thinking with actions. It is based on the development of think tanks that use the unicist complexity science research methodology.

Development of a Unicist Social Evolution Expert Monitor

The evolution of a culture defines the possibilities for its future generations. That is why individualism has been defined as the lowest level of evolution of a society.

In evolving societies, individuals approach action based on the cultural identity they have which makes them unique and different from those of other cultures, and act based on the social permissions that are installed in the collective unconsciousness.

The Project

In 2017, we will launch a research project to build a Social Evolution Monitor based on the use of unicist artificial intelligence to manage the evolution of the fundamentals of the social scenario. This expert monitor includes the information of future trends, technological trends and the integration of the social, economic and political scenarios. It is based on the ontogenetic maps of the social evolution that are involved and of the corresponding wide and restricted contexts.

R&D of a Unicist Expert System to Build Future Scenarios

The discovery of the ontogenetic intelligence of nature and the development of the unicist ontology of evolution established the framework for the research of future scenarios in the field of social, institutional and business environments. The unicist approach to future research is based on the confirmation of the unicist ontological structures using the information of the past, the data of the present and the inference of future scenarios using the unicist ontology of evolution.

The unicist evolutionary approach and the possibilities of the use of artificial intelligence makes the development of expert systems for future scenario building possible. It increases notoriously the accuracy of scenario building.

The Project

In 2017, we will launch a research project to build an expert system to work as a decision support system in the future scenario building process. It is based on the development of think tanks that use the unicist complexity science research methodology and on the use of unicist expert systems.

Development of a Unicist Expert System to Manage Business Talents

The unicist approach to talent management and development allowed defining the talents that are necessary to manage businesses, which include: Adaptation to the environment, Business orientation, Institutionalization, Strategic intelligence, Leadership, Personal roles, Talent development of collaborators, Team work, Negotiation, Relationship management, Performance management, Time management, Personal efficacy, Personal strategies, Growth attitude, Continuous improvement and Learning attitude. This development allowed defining pathways to empower the talents of individuals.

The Project

In 2017, we will launch a research project to build an expert system that is able to diagnose and monitor the evolution of talents in the field of business. The system uses the following structures of intelligence and thinking that have been discovered: Ethical Intelligence, Strategic Intelligence, Logical type of Thought, Reactive Intelligence, Proactive Intelligence and Ontointelligence. This system is based on the use of unicist artificial intelligence that allows inferring diagnoses based on facts and actions and also the monitoring the evolution based on actions. The system itself is based on the ontogenetic maps of each talent and on the corresponding wide and restricted contexts.

Open Source Engine for Unicist Artificial Intelligence

The objective is to build an intelligent engine for developers that can be expanded and used to build expert systems to deal with complexity.

The research on the functionality of the intelligence of nature and human intelligence provided the definition of the dynamics of adaptiveness and evolution. This allowed formalizing the unicist logic, which works as a double dialectical logic that defines the triadic intelligence of nature.

This logic allows living beings to develop both strategic actions to grow and strategic actions to survive. This intelligence is included in the genetic intelligence of living beings and drives the evolution and involution of species. This knowledge allowed defining the unicist intelligence that drives the strategic capacity of humans that can now be emulated by artificial intelligence.

The Project

In 2017, we will launch a research project to build an open source artificial intelligence engine, delivered with a GNU / GPL license, to emulate the triadic intelligence of nature and the unicist intelligence to be opened to the market fostering its expansion in all the application fields that deal with complexity. It is based on the development of think tanks that use the unicist complexity science research methodology and on the use of the unicist double dialectical logic to emulate the dynamics of reality.

IT: R&D of a Unicist Expert System to Develop Adaptive Systems

The research and discovery of the conceptual structure of business functions and the fact that all individual’s actions are driven by the concepts the individual has, changed the way in which IT architecture needs to be developed, by integrating hardware, software and peopleware.

This approach permitted the management of IT architecture as a unified field, which integrates the ontogenetic map of functions, the conceptual design and the unified field diagram of a process and ends with the design of the functions.

The Project

In 2017, we will launch a research project to build an expert system that is able to develop adaptive systems in social, economic and business environments. It is based on the development of think tanks that use the unicist complexity science research methodology and on the use of unicist expert systems to build decisions support systems for these environments.

Development of a Unicist Equity Value Predictor

The Unicist Theory was used to research and discover the fundamentals that drive growth both at a macro and micro level. This gave birth to the Unicist Theory of Macroeconomic Growth and the Unicist Theory of Microeconomic Growth. Both approaches were integrated in a unified field that allowed developing scenarios, future scenarios and implementing concrete strategies to promote growth. This allowed establishing the conditions that need to be given and the actions that need to be developed to promote growth in businesses. It also established the limits that are given by the available resources and by the archetypes of cultures and institutions.

The Project

In 2017, we will launch a research project to build an Equity Value Predictor, which is an expert system that uses fundamental analysis of businesses in order to predict their structural value in the short, middle term and long term. This system is based on the integration of the fundamentals of the markets that have been researched and the global trends and country scenarios that have been developed.

R&D of a Unicist Expert System for Business Intelligence

The unicist approach to business intelligence is based on a structural approach that allows dealing with the unified field of businesses and their wide and restricted contexts. The unicist approach allowed developing a structural approach to business decisions that is based on the concepts of the business functions that could be modeled using a unicist ontological approach.

This simplified notoriously the decision-making processes because it allowed defining a logical separation of conjunctural information from structural information.

The Project

In 2017, we will launch a research project to build an expert system that is able to manage the data of businesses, their restricted context and their wide context to produce the information that allows understanding the present situation of businesses and building their "future scenarios" in order to forecast its evolution. It is based on the ontogenetic maps of the business functions that are involved and of the corresponding wide and restricted contexts and unicist expert systems.

Development of a Unicist Expert System for Behavioral Marketing

The unicist approach to behavioral marketing is based on the structural approach to buying processes that includes:

1) The differentiation of rational buying, ethical buying and impulsive buying.

2) The differentiation of individual and institutional buying processes.

3) The integration of the hard, functional, psychological and lifestyle segmentations.

This approach allows defining the profiles of potential buyers in all types of markets. This approach requires having the conceptual structures of the markets. We have research and developed the structure of the 42 main markets that represent more than 80% of the revenue of the global market.

The Project

In 2017, we will launch a research project to build an expert system that is able to build the customer profiles based on the use of the structural information on customer behavior and the hard data and/or big data available. On the one hand, the system will use unicist artificial intelligence to infer customer profiles based on rules and, on the other hand, it will infer customer profiles based on the use of neural networks. The system itself is based on the ontogenetic maps of customer behavior and on the corresponding wide and restricted contexts and the use of unicist expert systems.

R&D of Unicist Virtual Marketplace Models in B2B Businesses

Unicist virtual marketplaces in B2B are based on the integration of virtual professional relationship building approaches with personal relationship management to expand sales or build new market channels. This technology was developed to deal with supply driven markets, differentiated value propositions and innovations. Virtual marketplaces are a marketing approach that becomes feasible due to the era of participation that was triggered by the expansion of social networks. The building of virtual marketplaces requires integrating the unicist market segmentation with the segmentation of media to use segmented marketing objects to influence buying decisions.

The Project

In 2017, we will launch collaborative research projects to build unicist virtual marketplaces with companies. It is based on the development of think tanks that use the unicist complexity science research methodology and on the use of unicist prototypers.

Development of a Unicist Efficiency Management Robot

The unicist approach to management and robotics allowed defining and developing the concept of Peopleware, which provided the basic structure to introduce automation in management. This automation is based on a structural approach to effectiveness, which implies having an adaptive approach to efficacy and an automated approach to efficiency. The development of the virtual collaboration system completed the necessary framework to establish business management as a unified field that integrates efficiency driven with efficacy driven processes and allowed introducing the concept of results driven management in business.

The Project

In 2017, we will launch a research project to build an Efficiency Management Robot that can be installed as an add-on in the systems of any size and type of organization. It is based on the use of unicist expert systems using simultaneously rules, neural networks and mathematical inferences in order to be able to monitor all the efficiency driven processes. It includes an efficacy driven module in order to manage the deviation of the processes. The system itself is based on the ontogenetic maps of each business process and on the corresponding wide and restricted contexts.

Unicist Intelligent Knowledge Management

The unicist approach to knowledge management implies having a structural knowledge base, avoiding the loss of knowledge, acquiring new knowledge and having the necessary knowledge objects that allow building and improving the business processes, roles and objects to improve results.

The Project

In 2017, we will launch a project that deals with the building of an intelligent knowledge management system. The project is based on integrating the knowledge objects that have been researched and developed in an expert system. The system provides the “long-term memory”, that includes the use of unicist expert systems, to allow users to diagnose, decide and build business solutions. The information provides the necessary fundamentals to manage business processes.

Virtual Organization: The Business Model of the Future

The future scenarios that are being built at The Unicist Research Institute provide a reliable input of the coming trends that establish the framework of the business organization of the future. The technologies that are already available expanded the possibilities of business models establishing a new environment for businesses.

The Project

In 2017, we will launch a project that deals with the building of the business model for the next future. There is a new stage in business that goes beyond the enterprising model of corporations and the entrepreneurial model of small and medium businesses. The model that will be built integrates the management of businesses as unified fields with the use of adaptive IT architectures to increase the speed of actions in changing environments.

The Unicist Theory: Sponsored Program For Volunteers

This is a short program for the volunteers who participate in R&D processes that deal with adaptive systems (in the broad sense). It provides the foundations of the Unicist Theory and an introduction to the core discoveries and developments that allow understanding the evolution of complex adaptive environments and how to exert influence on them.

The conceptual aspects of the program are developed in micro-clinics while the R&D case is managed through the counseling system.

Each micro-clinic is an autonomous unit that uses the unicist approach to some aspect of a given reality. That is why the program is driven by the R&D case and the micro-clinics have been designed to develop the conceptual approach that underlies the solutions.

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