09 Aug 2011
INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON ROBUSTNESS OF COMPLEX NETWORKS
Society is increasingly dependent on the proper functioning of complex networks, for almost every aspect of people’s daily lives, such as the power grid, the Internet and traffic networks. With this increased dependence comes ever greater impact from disruptions in these complex networks and networked services. Hence, life of individuals and the quality of life, the economic viability of businesses and organizations, and the security of nations, are directly linked to the reliability and robustness of complex networks.
These complex networks are generally very large, often interconnected and controlled in a decentralized and self-organized way. These complex networks show emergent behaviour caused by the unpredictable yet rare non-linear interactions of their numerous social, physical and cyber components, and can experience disruptive and massive failures. Besides "man-made" complex networks, nature abounds with complex networks, ranging from macro-molecules to the human brain. Natural evolution can be regarded as an optimization process that has resulted in efficient, adaptive, resilient structures from which we can learn to improve man-made networks.
This conference will bring together scientists and engineers working on theories and applications of robust man-made networks and their counterparts working in biology. Our aim is for both “worlds” to learn from each other and explore where synergy can be achieved, by exchanging definitions, analysis methods and best practices.
The conference is organised by prof. Robert Kooij (TNO and TU Delft) and prof. Ben Immers (TRAIL and KU Leuven), both working closely with researchers on a variety of projects of Next Generation Infrastructures like for example Robustness and Survivability of Complex Networks and Robustness and Optimization of Complex Networks.
More information can be found on the website of the conference
Schedule of the day
09.20 - 09.30 Welcome
09.30 - 10.00 Robustness in ICT networks (prof. Nico Baken (KPN/ TU Delft))
10.00 - 10.30 Robustness in brain networks (prof. Cees Stam (VUMC))
10.30 - 11.00 Break
11.00 - 11.30 Robustness in Traffic networks (prof. Ben Immers (TRAIL and KU Leuven))
11.30 - 12.00 Robustness in Ecological networks (speaker t.b.a.)
12.00 - 12.30 Robustness in Energy networks (prof. Ronnie Belmans (KU Leuven))
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch
13.30 - 14.00 Interactive Intermezzo for participants
13.30 - 14.00 Speeddates between speakers of “man-made” and “biology” (only for speakers)
14.00 - 14.30 Self-organisation of bird flocks (prof. Charlotte Hemelrijk (RUG))
14.30 - 15.00 Robustness of Logistic networks (prof. Walter Ploos van Amstel (NLDA))
15.00 - 15.30 Break
15.30 - 16.00 Robustness of Watermanagement networks (speaker t.b.a.)
16.00 - 16.30 Feedback from speeddates
16.30 - 16.45 Wrap up and closure