Networks are everywhere. We, human beings, are bound by social ties to our friends and colleagues, who in turn are bound to others, and so on - finally, each of us is part of an enormous social network spanning the entire planet. We think, feel, and perform actions as a result of electric signals flowing in the network of neurons which forms our brain. Within these neurons, and within the rest of the cells forming our bodies, proteins and metabolites form complex networks of interactions, giving rise to a living organism. This web page that you are reading has travelled to your computer through a very large network of interconnected computers - a network where no-one has central authority, but which is nevertheless remarkably efficient and robust.
Our research group at BECS studies these fascinating systems: networks that are rich, complex, and self-organizing.