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antÉ – Institute for Research in Anticipatory Systems



Complement the cause-and-effect description of physical reality by a description characteristic of living systems.

In living systems, the current state is determined not only by past and present, but also by their possible future states. Scientists are discovering more and more the significance of anticipatory characteristics (from the molecular level to the level of complex systems). As scientists try to endow matter and various mechanisms with intelligence, anticipation becomes more important, involving new forms of computation. Anticipation can be seen as a "second Cartesian revolution."

A knowledge community

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The Institute operates within the University of Texas at Dallas as of September 2004. Mihai Nadin, whose pioneering work in anticipation is internationally acknowledged, is the Institute’s founder and director.

Members of the Scientific Advisory Board include Lotfi A. Zadeh (USA), Daniel Wolpert (UK), Vittorio Gallese (Italy), Alois Knoll (Germany).


antÉ is conceived as a University-wide entity, open to faculty and other researchers, as well as Ph.D. candidates. The rich human resources within Texas universities and from other institutions worldwide are the prerequisite for achieving the Institute’s main goal: to take a new look at significant aspects of human activity with the aim of offering proactive solutions.

antÉ invites interested and qualified individuals to join.



The Institute’s short-term objectives include

  • To establish an agenda of discussion and research opportunities reflecting the research agenda of its members
  • To continue developing and carrying out research from the anticipation perspective
  • To collect and disseminate information about research that provides data documenting the perspective of anticipation
  • To organize seminars and symposia for business, industry, the arts, education, and political institutions of local, state, national, and international scope


The areas of application that antÉ pursues include (but are not limited to)

  • Hybrid anticipatory control mechanisms
  • Anticipatory computation
  • Technological innovation based on self-organization, self-repair, and other “self” mechanisms
  • Population aging and methods for anticipation-based rejuvenation
  • Building and testing models of prevention: Homeland and global security, proactive medicine, anticipatory diagnostics, pollution
  • Anticipatory strategies for the business, insurance, and financial sectors