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Applications of Complex Networks Research: From Science, Engineering, Art to Finance

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  • UserProf. C.K. Michael Tse, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • ClockMonday 21 November 2011, 11:00-12:00
  • HouseRoom 508.

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In the past decade, complex networks have attracted a great deal of attention from researchers across a variety of disciplines including mathematics, science, engineering and humanities. Certain classes of complex problems, arisen from many different disciplines, have been analyzed from a networking viewpoint. Results generated from such network based analyses often yield new insights into the basic structure of the system under study as well as the way in which the various subsystems interact. The basic foundation of the analysis is that the system can be broken down into a large number of basic units or subsystems which are interconnected with one another, and specifically, the way in which connections are distributed over the entire system plays an important role in determining the behavior of the whole system. The basic units or subsystems can be identical or different. Although a considerable amount of fundamental findings have been reported in complex networks, such as the general scale-free and small-world properties of networks arising from human interactions, man-made and natural networks, the progress of applying complex network analysis to practical problems is still relatively slow. In this talk we briefly review a few applications. Our purpose is to show some possible pathways through which practical problems may be tackled from a network viewpoint, yielding entirely new insights into the problems. We will first present a brief overview of networks, and present a few cases of problem formulation in terms of networks, including telephone traffic analysis, disease transmission dynamics, music composition and stock market fluctuation.

Bio: C.K. Michael Tse graduated from Melbourne University, Australia, with BEng (First Class Hons) and PhD in 1988 and 1991, respectively. He is currently Chair Professor and Head of Electronic and Information Engineering at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His interest includes complex networks, nonlinear circuits, power electronics and communications. He is the author/co-author of 7 books and over 200 journal publications. He won several Best Paper Awards from IEEE and other international journals. He serves as Editor-in-Chief, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editor and Guest Editor for a number of IEEE journals and international journals. He was appointed as IEEE Distinguished Lecturer in 2005 and 2011, received the Distinguished International Research Fellowship by the University of Calgary, Canada, in 2007, and appointed as Chang Jiang Scholars Chair Professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, in 2009. He is honorary professors with a number of universities including RMIT University, Australia, Baijing Jiaotong University, Wuhan University, China, etc. He won a few awards including the Gold Medal with Jury’s Commendation at the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, Switzerland, in 2009. Some of his patented inventions are being licensed for commercialization. He is a Fellow of IEEE and of the Institution of Engineers Australia.

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