“Netplexity - Networks and Complexity for the Real World”

General talk on Networks and Complexity given by Dr Tim Evans, Theoretical Physics, Imperial College London on Friday 10th August 2012

http://imperial.ac.uk/people/t.evans or search for “Tim Evans Networks”

Second annual Student Conference on Complexity Science

Oxstalls Campus, University of Gloucestershire

9th - 12th August 2012.

http://bccs.bristol.ac.uk/events/SCCS/

Abstract:Title:- Netplexity:- Networks and Complexity for the Real World

I will look at some of the different ways the science of Complex Networks gives insights into the world around us. Networks are an excellent way to look at the many large data sets which have appeared over the last decade or so such as web pages, Facebook, digital document repositories. The explosion of interest in networks has produced many new tools and insights which can be applied to many different types of data, from biological systems to humanities.

Bio

Dr Tim Evans is part of the Theoretical Physics group and the Complexity and Networks programme at Imperial College London. He finished his PhD at Imperial in 1987, applying statistical physics to quantum field theory for many body problems. He was then a researcher at the University of Alberta in Edmonton Canada, after which he held research positions at Imperial, including a final one as a Royal Society University Research Fellow. He was appointed to the staff at Imperial in 1997.

He has always been interested in many body systems both in and out of equilibrium and his current focus is on complex systems in general and Complex Networks in particular. This is both from a theoretical perspective (such as line graph representations of networks) and in terms of applications to practical problems such as bibliometrics and cultural transmission, part of an interest in `sociophysics' in general. This includes an ongoing project in Archaeology.