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Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing presents

Nodes, Links and Layers: How Network Science Can Help Us Understand Our Complex World

Thursday, March 21, 2013

A lecture by
Csilla Szabo
Candidate for the position in Mathematics

Networks are all around us! From our social interactions to the neurons in our brains to financial markets, we find network structure. Network science can help us to better understand how these complex systems in our world work. We will begin our discussion with a brief introduction to network science; including the components of a network, how we measure the center of a network and other network metrics. I will present some interesting applications of network science that you may encounter in your daily life. Finally, I will conclude with an overview of three ongoing projects in network science. The first looks at how use network structure to classify a financial market. Second, we will explore how Twitter can be used to predict an event such as a protest or revolution during the time of the Arab Spring. Finally, I will present a project examining the links between water, energy and social networks in developing countries and plans of how this multi-layered network can be synchronized to build a resilient and robust network, which could supply more people with these resources.

For more information, call 845-758-7104, or e-mail cullinan@bard.edu.

Location: RKC 111