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„Statistical Mechanics of Complex Networks” Conference


„Statistical Mechanics of Complex Networks” XVIII Sitges Conference on Statistical Mechanics Sitges, Barcelona, SPAIN, 10-14 June 2002
Departament de Fisica Fonamental, UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

Networks provide graphic images of the extent to which population form connections among individuals, and web-like structures describe a large variety of systems in many fields of science. Recently, the growing interest in complex systems has prompted the study of real networks
with novel and previously characterized topological properties. As a few examples, we can mention the Internet, a vast network of routers and
computers, linked by physical wires; the world-wide-web, a virtual network of web pages connected by hyper-links; social friendship or collaboration
networks; protein networks, ecological and food webs, etc. The study of these systems clearly indicates that these complex networks must display some organizing dynamical principles, encoded in their topology as well, for which we need to develop new experimental and theoretical concepts; i.e. a physics of complex networks.

The purpose of this Workshop is to bring together key scientists from the different fields in which complex networks play a major role with a
twofold purpose. First of all, the attempt to define a unifying framework, which can be fundamental in order to fully develop a solid theoretical understanding of the physical processes underlying the formation of complex networks. Secondly, the discussion of the possible relevance
of the notion of complex networks and the main achievements developed in
this field in a fully interdisciplinary perspective. By allowing the participation of the wide scientific community for which complex networks can become a useful working tool, we hope to favor also the exchange of experiences in the diverse fields of expertise of the key speakers.
That will surely lead to fruitful cross-fertilizations of ideas, as well as
to communicate to the participants the new and exciting advancements that
are made, day by day, in the ambit of complex networks. The presentations
will provide an overview of the phenomenology of networks with new findings from different fields and will draw a state-of-the-art picture of theoretical methods and approaches. One important goal of the workshop is also to initiate interdisciplinary exchange between researchers, both experimentalists and theorists.

List of confirmed invited speakers:

Luis A. Nunes Amaral (Boston University, Boston MA, USA) „Social Networks: Their many guises and structures”

Albert-Laszlo Barabasi (Notre Dame University, Notre Dame IN, USA)”The Architecture of Complexity: Emergence of scaling in complex networks”

Guido Caldarelli (Universita di Roma La Sapienza, Rome, Italy)”Stability and Optimization in Food Webs”

Albert Diaz-Guilera (Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain)”Search and congestion in complex communication networks”

Peter Hanggi (Augsburg University, Augsburg, Germany) „Collective Properties of Ion Channel Clusters: Channel Noise, Synchronization, and Stochastic Resonance ”

Shlomo Havlin (Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel) „The stability of complex networks”

Jose F.F. Mendes (Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal)”Acelerated growth of networks”

Mark Newman (Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe NM, USA)”Structure and function in social networks” (tentative)

Ricard V. Sole (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona,Spain) „Ecology and evolution on complex networks”

H. Eugene Stanley (Boston University, Boston MA, USA) „Origins of scaling and universality in complex networks”

Alessandro Vespignani (ICTP Trieste, Italy)”Epidemic spreading and immunization in complex network”

A low number of short talks will be offered to selected participants, plus
a poster session.

Sponsors: this Conference is financed by DGES of the Spanish Government,
CIRIT of the Generalitat de Catalunya, and Universitat de Barcelona.

Scientific Committee:
A.-L. Barabasi (Notre Dame niversity, USA)
N.V. Brilliantov (Moscow State University, Russia)
P. Hanggi (Augsburg University, Germany)
R. Pastor-Satorras (Univ. Politecnica Catalunya)
J. M. Rubi (Univ. Barcelona)
A. Vespignani (ICTP Trieste, Italy)
Y.-C. Zhang (Fribourg University, Switzerland)

Local Organizing Committee:
J.M. Rubi (Univ. Barcelona)
A. Arenas (Univ. Rovira i Virgili)
A. Diaz-Guilera (Univ. Barcelona)
I. Pagonabarraga (Univ. Barcelona)
R. Pastor-Satorras (Univ. Politecnica Catalunya)
A. Perez-Madrid (Univ. Barcelona)
C.J. Perez (Univ. Barcelona)

Registration: April 26, 2002

Registration fee is 200.00 euros and should be paid upon arrival at the

Conference Hall: Palau Maricel

Contact address:
Prof. Miguel Rubi
Dept. Fisica Fonamental
Universitat de Barcelona
Av. Diagonal, 647
Barcelona 08028 SPAIN
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