RBI Scientists Became Partners in the EU Project worth 7.8 Million Eur
The RBI Division of Electronics and the Division of Theoretical Physics have become partners in the project under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Union - 'Foundational Research on Multilevel Complex Networks and Systems' (MultiPlex) worth 7.8 million euros, of which RBI scientists will receive around 260,000 euros.
MultiPlex project will bring together 22 partner institutions from 19 European countries with experience in the field of Network Science, Complex Systems, Algorithms, Statistcal Physics and so forth.
The main goal of this project is oriented to the use of the mathematical framework of Complex Networks and Algorithmics to establish a theoretical basis for the understanding, prediction and possibly control of the Complex Systems. This would be obtained by reconstructing their Dynamics from the huge and heterogeneous datasets available at different levels. The methods used will be derived from the approach developed in Graph Theory, Algorithmics and Statistical Physics.
The research team, which brings together the RBI theoretical physicists and information specialists, led by a young scientist Vinko Zlatić, will study alternative formulation of network robustness through analysis of robust distribution of different functionalities/properties/resources which are mutually dependent and needed to perform network function.
Namely, they will address the robustness of the distribution of resources within complex networks, processes of destruction and treatment systems, collecting data, and determining the essential characteristics of complex systems using the technique of computer learning. Overall, this project will attempt to answer the crucial problem of complex systems - difficulties with their formal modeling and simulating what ultimately should allow easier monitoring of the development, control and optimization of complex systems, and prevent the sudden collapse of the system which is a consequence of the interconnectedness of individuals
Better understanding of the structure and behaviour of complex systems is necessary to improve the safety and living conditions of the majority of people who increasingly depend on complex and critical infrastructures (e.g. energy and transport networks) as well as for the future development of communication systems and social and socio-economic networks in today's strongly interconnected and interdependent world.
The awarded funds will enable the RBI team to improve the research potential in manpower through recruitment of young research scientists and two postgraduate students in the period until 2016.