Systems Institute & Institute for Computational Medicine Special Seminar

February 18, 2013 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
JHU Homewood, Mason Hall Auditorium
Johns Hopkins University
3101 Wyman Park Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218

John Doyle (Caltech): Universal Laws and Architectures: brains, bugs, nets, dance, art, music, literature, fashion, and zombies

Complex networks arise in a wide range of applications from neuroscience and cell biology to the internet and social networks.  The commonalities in these problems are often either overlooked or oversimplified while domain experts tend to apply different “languages” and mathematical “tools” to them.  This talk will focus on progress towards a more “unified” theory for complex networks. The approaches described are motivated by neuroscience, cell biology, and technology, and involving several elements: hard limits on achievable robust performance ( “laws”), the organizing principles  that succeed or fail in achieving them (architectures and protocols), the resulting high variability data observed in real systems and in case studies (behavior, data), and the processes by which systems evolve (variation, selection, design).  We will leverage a series of case studies from neuroscience, cell biology, human physiology, and technology to illustrate the implications of recent theoretical developments, also drawing on hopefully familiar examples from dance, art, music, literature, fashion, and the recent popular obsession with zombies. More info

Center for Systems Science and Engineering