Random Geometric Graphs and Their Applications to Complex Networks (16w5095)

Arriving in Banff, Alberta Sunday, November 6 and departing Friday November 11, 2016


(Ryerson University)

Josep Diaz (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya)

(Carnegie Mellon University, USA)

(Ryerson University)

(Monash University, Australia)

(Utrecht University)


Given that different research groups in various parts of the world have recently started pursuing results in this direction, the workshop seems particularly well-timed as an occasion for the cross-pollination of research directions, the establishment of new collaborations and the exchange of tools and techniques. Furthermore, percolation theory, random graph theory, and modelling complex networks are topics that have a strong presence in Canada. The workshop aims to produce a synergy between the researchers in random graphs and those versed in the analysis of large scale networks. For some historical reasons Canada is the stronghold of both fields, with several groups and individuals spread around the country. Several leading experts in these fields are based in Canada and we expect that they, as well as the junior researchers they supervise, will attend the proposed workshop. Having the workshop take place in BIRS is thus certainly very advantageous, not only for the participants from abroad but also for the Canadian scientific community, as a welcome stimulus to an active area of research.

The main goals of the workshop are to facilitate the exchange of tools, techniques, questions, and ideas that will lead to a better understanding of (hyperbolic) continuum percolation/random geometric graphs; and to form new (international) collaborations for the exploration of this exciting research frontier. The workshop will be considered a success if by the end of the workshop some new international joint research projects have been seeded, and if overall the participants have gained a deeper perspective on the behaviour of non-Euclidean continuum percolation/random geometric graphs, as well as the introduction of new geometric models, and can continue to push the field further forward. The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers from various places in the world and from different communities working on continuum percolation, random geometric graphs, and modelling self-organizing networks. A particular focus of the workshop will be on non-classical models of RGG, e.g. non-Euclidean, soft or dynamic models, but of course there will also be plenty of scope for work on the traditional models.