PhD courses

Network systems in science and technology

Francesco BULLO, University of California Santa Barbara

September 16-20, 2019
DISMA, Aula Buzano, mon-fri 09:00-12:00

Preliminary Sillabus:

  1. Perron–Frobenius theory, algebraic graph theory, mathematical models for the evolution of opinions;
  2. Laplacian matrices, systems, flows and diffusively-coupled systems;
  3. Network flow systems and Metzler matrices;
  4. Nonlinear network systems: Lyapunov and contraction methods;
  5. Kuramoto coupled oscillators and active power flow.

Targeting in social networks

Agnieszka RUSINOWSKA, Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne

November 11-12, 2019
DISMA, Aula Buzano, mon-tue 09:00-12:00

The aim of this mini-course is to deliver a survey on different approaches to targeting in social networks. I am going to present models in non-competitive as well as competitive environments, i.e., in the presence of social planner and competing persuaders. In particular, targeting in computer science and complex systems, with an algorithmic perspective for studying the target selection for the optimal adoption and diffusion of innovation, will be briefly discussed.
The main focus of the mini-course is on analytical models of targeting in economics, where targets are frequently characterized by new or existing centrality measures.