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A special issue of the Journal of Statistical Physics that has been published recently is devoted to Complex Networks. The idea for this special issue arose from the outreach activities of the Gravitation Programme NETWORKS. Editors of this special issue are NETWORKS' project leader Michel Mandjes (UvA, KdVI) Diego Garlaschelli (Leiden University), Remco van der Hofstad (Eindhoven University of Technology) and Frank den Hollander (Leiden University).

Complex Networks

Complex networks - a vibrant research area

Complex networks constitutes a multi-disciplinary research field that is rapidly growing and diversifying. It is a crossroad of concepts, ideas and techniques that bring together scientists from different disciplines, all facing the major challenges that arise from dealing with the measurement, simulation, modelling and analysis of (typically very large) real-world networks, as well as with questions of their optimisation and control. Networks are center stage in probability theory, combinatorics, algorithmics, statistical physics, population genetics, and complexity science. Core topics of interest are structure and function of networks, scaling properties of networks, and applications of networks in physics, biology and engineering.

Complex networks is a vibrant research area, which will continue to be high on the international research agenda for the next few decades, and to bring exciting new links between different disciplines from different viewpoints. It is one of the truly multidisciplinary scientific areas where theory, provided by mathematicians, theoretical physicists, computer scientists and others, reaches out to address applications in other scientific disciplines where ideas from network science are fruitful, such as neuroscience, social science, economics and biology.

Contents of the special issue

The special issue contains 30 papers written by leading researchers in the field. The papers are organised according to three classes of topics:

  • Structure of Static and Dynamic Random Graphs
  • Random Processes on Random Networks
  • Applications of Networks

You can find the titles and brief descriptions of each of the papers here.


NETWORKS started in the summer of 2014 as a 10-year programme funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science through the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), hosted by the University of Amsterdam (UvA), Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Leiden University (UL), and the Center for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI) in Amsterdam.The programme covers a broad range of topics dealing with stochastic and algorithmic aspects of networks.