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The growth of cities and neural networks

Imperial College Complexity & Networks seminar
When Mar 18, 2014
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where Gabor Seminar Room 611, Electrical & Electronic Engineering Building, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus
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Speaker: Prof Vito Latora, School of Mathematical Sciences Queen Mary , University of London

Title: The growth of cities and neural networks

Abstract: Spatially embedded complex networks, such as nervous systems, the Internet, and transportation networks, generally have nontrivial topological patterns of connections combined with nearly minimal wiring costs. We report here the empirical analysis of two databases describing respectively: 200 years of evolution of the road network in a large area located north of Milan (Italy), and the growth of the nervous system of the C. elegans from the moment of fertilization to adulthood. We discuss the basic mechanisms that drive the evolution of such two spatial networks. 

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