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Back Next-Generation Network Science

Fiscal Year 2012
Division Graduate School of Operational & Information Sciences
Department Operations Research
Investigator(s) Alderson, Jr., David L.
Sponsor Office of Naval Research (Navy)
Summary Net-centric technology promises unprecedented levels of performance, robustness and efficiency, yet there remains substantial confusion regarding obstacles to achieving this vision. Our proposed program will clarify and address the central research challenges: understanding network structure and function, domain-specific drivers and constraints, and the crucial issue of network architecture. Networks must shift from only sensing and communication to real-time, dynamic decision and control, with algorithms that are primarily local yet achieve provably global results, all while avoiding the rare but catastrophic real-world failures that are hard to anticipate with simulation-based methods. This "robust yet fragile" (RYF) feature must be faced by any scalable methodology, and requires an unprecedented level of mathematical rigor throughout. In collaboration with team members at University of Pennsylvania, CalTech, UCSB and UCSD, we propose a broad-based, cross-disciplinary research program focused on rigorous, scalable and provably correct analysis of networks and network data.
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