Our objective is to obtain a fundamental understanding of the complexity of the next generation of infrastructures, in order to prevent existing problems from growing larger and improve the overall systems performance.
These days it is not really in vogue to praise the quality of our infrastructures and infrastructure-bound services. On the contrary, there is grave public concern about electricity failures, road congestion and internet 'downtime'. And yet, taking the enormous complexity of today's infrastructures into consideration, one cannot help but think that our infrastructures could perform a lot worse.
Designers, service providers, operators and infrastructure managers are all confronted with the same huge problem: the technology and the organization of networks have become so complicated that it is hard to predict their behavior. Unraveling this complexity is the main objective of this subprogram.
We are proud to say that the Complex Networks subprogram is one of the few system-oriented and cross-sectoral research programs into the physical and social mechanisms of complex infrastructural networks in the world. We are convinced that our results, our theories and models will be very useful to professionals in the field as well.
For more information, contact dr. ir. Ivo Bouwmans.