Asymptotics of Large-Scale Interacting Networks (13w5136)


(University of Illinois)

Peter Marbach (University of Toronto)

(University of Texas at Austin - Electrical Engineering)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Asymptotics of Large-Scale Interacting Networks" workshop from February 24th to March 1st, 2013.

The workshop is focused on large interacting networks, where agents infer and act on local viewpoints, with global consequences.
Examples of interacting networks are biological networks where genes interact with each other, financial and economics
networks where buyers and sellers interact, as well as social networks, and energy and communication networks. The workshop
will develop and refine mathematical techniques to address questions such as the following: would providing customers real time
pricing and state information about the electrical power grid increase or decrease network stability?

The workshop explores new approaches to better understand the characteristics and dynamics of large interacting networks.
Of particular interest is the study of inference, control, and optimization algorithms for interacting networks, and their asymptotic
analysis as the number of nodes in the network converges to infinity. The goal of the workshop is to act as a catalyst for new
mathematical research directions and approaches in the emerging research area of asymptotic analysis of interacting networks.
Of the 42 slots for workshop participants, six slots are allocated to outstanding researchers within two years (plus or minus) of their Ph. D., with a competitive selection process based on submitted applications.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).