28 January 2006
This event is the first this year of the Transatlantic Initiative on Complex Organizations and Networks (TAICON), which is co-chaired by Lars-Erik Cederman, of ETH-Zurich, and David Lazer, of Harvard. It will take place on January 30 at noon at the Swiss House for Advanced Research and Education (SHARE ), 420 Broadway in Cambridge.
"The architecture of real networks: from the Web to social networks"
Speaker: Albert-László Barabási
Abstract: Networks with complex topology describe systems as diverse as the society, cell, or the World Wide Web.
The emergence of most networks is driven by self-organizing processes that are governed by simple but generic laws. The analysis of social, biological and technological systems shows that nature and human designs share the same large-scale topology, and are governed by similar evolutionary laws. I will show that the structure of these complex webs have important consequences on their robustness against failures and attacks, with implications on drug design, the Internet's ability to survive attacks and failures, and the ability of ideas and innovations to spread on the network.
Posted by David Lazer at January 28, 2006 5:25 PM