Structure and dynamics of multiplex networks

Prof. Vito Latora (DFA, Catania, Italy and QMUL, London, UK)
Mercoledì, 13 Maggio, 2020
Aula Magna

Networks constitute the backbone of complex systems, from the human brain to computer communications, transport infrastructures to online social systems and metabolic reactions to financial markets. Characterising their structure improves our understanding of the physical, biological, economic and social phenomena that shape our world. As a result, complex networks have become an essential ingredient in the background of any scientist. In this lecture I will present a brief overview of the new theory and methods of network science, of the main results found, and of some of the still open challenges. I will concentrate, in particular, on the structure and dynamics of multi-layer networks, namely multiplex networks and temporal networks, discussing cases where the presence of many layers gives rise to the emergence of novel behaviours, otherwise unobserved in single-layer networks.

Vito Latora is Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Catania, and Professor of Applied Mathematics and Chair of Complex Systems at Queen Mary University of London. Noted for his research in statistical physics and in complex networks, his current interests include time-varying and multiplex networks, and their applications to socio-economic systems and to the human brain.