Networks of Networks: The Last Frontier of Complexity

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Gregorio D'Agostino, Antonio Scala
Springer, Jan 10, 2014 - Science - 340 pages

The present work is meant as a reference to provide an organic and comprehensive view of the most relevant results in the exciting new field of Networks of Networks (NetoNets). Seminal papers have recently been published posing the basis to study what happens when different networks interact, thus providing evidence for the emergence of new, unexpected behaviors and vulnerabilities. From those seminal works, the awareness on the importance understanding Networks of Networks (NetoNets) has spread to the entire community of Complexity Science. The reader will benefit from the experience of some of the most well-recognized leaders in this field. The contents have been aggregated under four headings; General Theory, Phenomenology, Applications and Risk Assessment. The reader will be impressed by the different applications of the general paradigm that span from physiology, to financial risk, to transports. We are currently making the first steps to reduce the distance between the language and the way of thinking of the two communities of experts in real infrastructures and the complexity scientists. Although this path may prove to be long, it is extremely promising, both in extending our understanding of complex systems and in finding concrete applications that can enhance the life quality of millions of people.


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Part ITheoretical Approaches
Overview of Theory and Applications
2 Avalanches in Multiplex and Interdependent Networks
3 Multiplex Networks
Connectivity and Systemic Risk
5 Thresholds and Complex Dynamics of Interdependent Cascading Infrastructure Systems
Part IIApplications
6 Characterizing Relevant Network Structure with Reliability Polynomials
9 Smart Grid as Multilayer Interacting System for Complex Decision Makings
Mapping Interactions Between Networks of Physiologic Networks
Part IIIPhenomenological Models
11 Federated Modelling and Simulation for Critical Infrastructure Protection
Analysis of Critical Infrastructures for Disaster Response
13 Addressing Interdependencies of Complex Technical Networks
14 Financial Networks
15 SpatialTemporal Quantification of Interdependencies Across Infrastructure Networks

Transport on Interdependent Networks
An Introduction

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Gregorio D'Agostino, was born in Messina 1963 and received his Diploma (Baccalaureat) at "Liceo Scientifico Ignitianum" in Messina on 1981 with final votation 60/60. He received his "Laurea" in Physics at UniversitÓ degli studi di Roma La Sapienza" on 1987 with final votation 110/110 cum laude. He received his "Dottorato di Ricerca in Fisica" (Phd in Physics) at UniversitÓ degli studi di Roma "La Sapienza" on 1992. He served Italian Nation as an officier in "Genio Militare" from 1988 to 1989. He teached "Probability and Statistics" at "Scuola di specializzazione in fisica Medica" (II UniversitÓ di Roma "Tor Vergata") for five years. He is staff scientist at Enea since 1989 where he has been working in theoretical and computational Physics. He belongs to the directorate of the Italian Association of Critical Infrastructure Experts (AIIC).