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November 02, 2010

Workshop: Complex Networks: Dynamics of Networks

This year is "networks year" in North Carolina, with a number of workshops and events being organized by the Statistics and Applied Mathematics Institute as one of their "long-programs". In January, they're holding an interesting looking workshop on the dynamics of networks.

Complex Networks: Dynamics of Networks

Date & Location: January 10-12, 2011, Research Triangle Park, NC

Organizers: Raissa D'Souza, Stephen Fienberg, Eric Kolaczyk, Jim Moody, Peter Mucha & Mason Porter

Description: The changing structure of networks over time impact and are indeed inherent in the study of a broad array of network phenomena. The network of contacts for the spread of an infectious disease varies in time, with that variation playing a potentially important role in the course of the disease. Ad hoc communications networks between roaming elements must continously readjust and renavigate between nodes according to the changing landscape of connections. Political networks of association connections or voting similarities vary from one legislative session to the next.

The detailed local social and/or technological processes underlying each of these example applications obviously differ, but many of the basic mathematical and statistical questions regarding such networks and the generalized information they carry are similar. Though the importance of dynamics in networks has of course been long recognized, renewed interest has emerged in part due to the increasing accessibility of dynamic network data, ranging from longitudinal data waves to complete time histories of network evolution. Additionally, most of the theoretical modeling work that has been done on the dynamics of networks has been focused on the statistical equilibria of those models (e.g., growing networks by preferential attachment) or on one-time disruption events (e.g., the effect of knocking out hubs). At the same time, statistical and computational tools for analyzing time-varying networks remain relatively few in number, especially as compared to the wealth of advances in methods for modeling and analyzing static networks.

There thus remains an ongoing need and opportunity for more thorough mathematical and statistical analysis and modeling of dynamic networks. This workshop aims to bring together researchers interested in pushing forward this extremely fertile area of research.

Deadline: 23 December 2010

Online Application Process: here

posted November 2, 2010 04:29 PM in Conferences and Workshops | permalink


Thanks for the plug!

Posted by: Mason Porter at November 3, 2010 12:45 AM

Sure! By the way, congratulations on getting interviewed by io9! Gawker Media is the new king-maker, you know.

Posted by: Aaron at November 4, 2010 07:48 AM

I had never heard of io9 before I was contacted, but my website got something like 300 hits yesterday instead of the usual 30. (The reporter actually found our Physica A paper initially rather than the PNAS one.) I got a bit peeved when I read the comments, though. They appear to have quite the peanut gallery, though the reporter suggested (and I think correctly) that that is more likely to occur for this kind of topic.

Now I'll look up gawker media to see what that is. :)

Posted by: Mason Porter at November 4, 2010 12:36 PM

The comments on the article, vapid and vain, were pretty typical, yeah.

Would it surprise you to hear that Cris Moore introduced me to io9?

If you're interested, there's a pretty good write up on the owner and history of Gawker Media in a recent New Yorker.

Posted by: Aaron at November 4, 2010 10:18 PM

I still have yet to ever meet Cris. Hell, we've never even e-mailed each other! I'll remedy this at some point...

Posted by: Mason Porter at November 5, 2010 08:11 AM