It is fair to say that networks constitute the backbone of our modern society. More than ever we depend on transportation, logistics, communication and energy networks to fuel our daily lives. The more we rely on these complex networks, the better we need to understand them.
Understanding how networks can be designed and used more efficiently, and how congestion or even breakdown can be prevented, is of fundamental importance for the functioning of our society now and in the future. This is a challenging task due to fact that networks are inherently complex.
CWI researchers are studying mathematical and computational models of networks in order to better understand, control and optimize them. To this end, they draw on insights from optimization, stochastics, dynamic systems, capacity planning, risk analysis, cryptology and security.