ARL scientist discusses complex networks at international workshop

June 25, 2013

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  • Dr. Bruce J. West, senior scientist of mathematics and information science at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Army Research Office and ARL Fellow, recently participated in the 2013 IEEE 2nd International Workshop on Network Science held at the Thayer Hotel at West Point.
  • West gave a keynote speech discussing "Complex Networks: Individuality, Limitation and Influence."
  • The workshop was successful in bringing together experts in the network science community by providing a forum for current topics and productive conversation about where experts see network science in the future.

Dr. Bruce West, senior scientist of mathematics and information science at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Army Research Office and ARL Fellow, recently participated in the 2013 IEEE 2nd International Workshop on Network Science.

At a hotel overlooking the Hudson River and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the three-day workshop included presentations from keynote speakers in which they discussed advances in network science research.

West gave a keynote speech discussing "Complex Networks: Individuality, Limitation and Influence."

"As in the past, the IEEE International Workshop on Network Science provided a unique Army perspective on the world-wide research being done within network science," said West. "Of particular interest to me was the research being done on understanding terrorist networks by the host organization, the USMA Network Science Center, and how a small number of committed individuals can sometimes dominate the opinion of a substantially larger group."

According to West, additional foundational research was reported by members of the Network Science Collaborative Technology Alliance, who are supported by ARL.

"It was evident throughout the meeting that despite the barrier of not having a graduate program, the Network Science Center was playing a key role in the international research being done in network science," noted West.

The workshop was successful in bringing together experts in the network science community by providing a forum for current topics and productive conversation about where experts see network science in the future.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: June 25, 2013