Adaptive Networks

In network science, one can study the dynamics of a network — nodes being added or removed, edges being rewired — or the dynamics on the network — spins flipping from up to down in an Ising model, traffic flow along subway routes, an infection spreading through a susceptible population, etc. These have often been studied separately, on the rationale that they occur at different timescales. For example, the traffic load on the different lines of the Boston subway network changes on an hourly basis, but the plans to extend the Green Line into Medford have been deliberated since World War II.

In the past few years, increasing attention has been focused on adaptive networks, in which the dynamics of and the dynamics on can occur at comparable timescales and feed back on one another. Useful references:

(Disclaimer: I’ve met Thilo Gross and worked with Hiroki Sayama, but I don’t have any financial stake in the success of the anthology they co-edited.)

Originally posted as a comment at John Baez’s place. Reposted here because I’m like that about bibliographies. Last updated 27 November 2012.