Dynamics and evolution of biological and social networks


Biological networks of a living cell, as well as the social networks of human societies, are far from being random. They have emerged in an evolution process and became optimized with respect to their required functions. Such networks are formed by interacting dynamical elements and the function of a network is usually defined in terms of its collective dynamics. It is sensitive to the architecture of network connections, but is not entirely determined by them. Dynamical properties of individual elements and interactions between them are also essential.

Understanding general priniciples of dynamics and evolution of networks can open perspectives for purposeful control of intracellular or social processes. Evolutionary optimization methods can further be used to design artificial network-based dynamical systems with prescribed collective dynamics and with high robustness against noise and local damage.

The aim of the interdisciplinary workshop is to review current progress and to explore prospective directions in this new research field.

Programme Commitee:

  • S. C. Manrubia (Astrobiology Center, CSIC-INTA, Madrid)
  • A. S. Mikhailov (Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Berlin)
  • R. Toral and E. Hernández-García (Instituto de Física Interdisciplinar y Sistemas Complejos IFISC, UIB-CSIC, Palma de Mallorca)
  • M. Vingron (Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin).
Supporting institutions:

Govern de les Illes BalearsBalearic Islands Government
Centro de AstrobiologiaCenter for Astrobiology
Max Planck-GesellschaftMax Planck Society (MPG)
CSICSpanish National Research Council (CSIC)
UIBUniversity of the Balearic Islands (UIB)
VolkswagenStiftungVolkswagen Foundation

Dynamics and evolution of biological and social networks. February 18-20th, 2008. Mallorca, Spain.