DOOCN-XV: Special Sessions at COMPENG2024

Dynamics On and Of Complex Networks 2024

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The Dynamics On and Of Complex Networks (DOOCN) workshop series, aims at exploring statistical dynamics on and off complex networks. Dynamics on networks refers to the different types of processes that take place on networks, like spreading, diffusion, and synchronization. Modeling such processes is strongly affected by the topology and temporal variation of the network structure, i.e., by the dynamics of networks.

The science of complexity is a new and extremely trans-disciplinary field of research. Many definitions have been given so far and yet the concept has resisted categorization, but, nevertheless, becomes more and more attractive for many researchers in different fields. One of the points of agreement among the scientists is that complex systems are those composed of a large number of interacting elements, so that the collective behaviour of those elements goes far beyond the simple sum of the individual behaviours. Initially the concept of complex systems was mainly associated with the temporal evolution of systems made up of many interacting units each characterized by highly nonlinear dynamics, prominent examples are represented by spatio-temporal chaos or pattern forming systems. In the last decades the interest has moved towards an even more intriguing subject: the emergence of nontrivial collective dynamics in networks composed of elements whose evolution is extremely simple, like oscillators with periodic dynamics. However, the interaction of identical oscillators can lead, in spatially homogeneous system, to the emergence of nontrivial macroscopic dynamics ranging from quasi-periodic to chaotic and states with broken spatial symmetry (the so-called ”chimera states”). Starting from recent stimulating results, this workshop will be focused on interacting subpopulations of oscillators, with the goal of characterizing the dynamics both at the macroscopic (collective) level, as well as at the level of each sub-population (mesoscopic level). Two apparently quite distant research fields where the mesoscopic evolution of sub-networks is extremely relevant are neural circuits and electrical power-grids. Sub-networks are naturally present in power grids for renewable energy, where farms of different entity interact with the network of consumers, and power generation is decentralized, geographically heterogeneous, and strongly fluctuating. Several recent studies have demonstrated experimentally and numerically that neuronal groups or ensembles (cliques), rather than individual neurons, are the emergent functional units of cortical activity. Furthermore, mammalian cortical neurons form transient oscillatory assemblies supporting temporal representation and long-term consolidation of information in the brain. Theoretical methods and techniques developed for coupled oscillators can be profitably applied in the context of neural networks and power-grids, since these systems can be mathematically modelized as networks of coupled phase oscillators. This motivates us to focus on "Dynamical Multiscale Engineering of Network Architecture" as the topic of interest in the 2024 edition.

The 14th edition of the DOOCN workshop, “DOOCN-XV: Dynamical Multiscale Engineering of Network Architecture; will be held on July 22-23, 2024 in conjunction with the upcoming Compeng2024 -2024 IEEE Workshop on Complexity in Engineering which will take place during 22– 24 July 2024, in Florence, Italy.

Invited Speakers- Special Session on Dynamics of neural networks: from single neuron to collective behaviours

Alessandro Torcini
CY Cergy Paris Université,CNRS, Cergy-Pontoise, France
Pietro De Lellis
University of Naples Federico II, Naples 80125, Italy
Alessandro Scaglione
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Florence, Italy, Italy
Eleonora Russo
The BioRobotics Institute, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy
Angelo di Garbo
CNR Institute of Biophysics, Pisa, Italy
Paolo Bonifazi
Computational Neuroimaging Lab, Biocruces-Bizkaia Health Research Institute, Barakaldo, Spain

Invited Speakers- Special Session on Synchronization of complex networks: from power grid to multibody interactions

Emanuele Crisostomi
University of Pisa, Italy
Marco Storace
University of Genoa, Italy
Diego Febbe
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Florence, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy
Pietro De Lellis
University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy.



Simona Olmi
Institute for Complex Systems, National Research Council, Florence, Italy
Mehrnaz Anvari,
Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing SCAI, Germany
Fakhteh Ghanbarnejad
Ghanbarnejad, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK),Germany


The first Dynamics On and Of Complex Networks (DOOCN I) took place in Dresden, Germany, on 4th October 2007, as a satellite workshop of the European Conference on Complex Systems 07. The workshop received a large number of quality submissions from authors pursuing research in multiple disciplines, thus making the forum truly inter-disciplinary. There were around 20 speakers who spoke about the dynamics on and of different systems exhibiting a complex network structure, from biological systems, linguistic systems, and social systems to various technological systems like the Internet, WWW, and peer-to-peer systems. The organizing committee has published some of the very high quality original submissions as an edited volume from Birkhauser, Boston describing contemporary research position in complex networks.

After the success of DOOCN I, the organizers launched Dynamics On and Of Complex Networks – II (DOOCN II), a two days satellite workshop of the European Conference of Complex Systems 08. DOOCN II was held in Jerusalem, Israel, on the 18th and 19th September 2008.

DOOCN III was held as a satellite of ECCS 2009 in the University of Warwick, UK on 23rd and 24th of September. In continuation, DOOCN IV was held again as a satellite of ECCS 2010 in the University Institute Lisbon, Portugal on 16th September.

DOOCN V was held as a satellite of ECCS 2011 in the University of Vienna on 14th – 15th September 2011.

DOOCN VI took place in Barcelona, as a satellite to ECCS 2013, and focused on Semiotic Dynamics in time-varying social media. As DOOCN I, the other five DOOCN workshops counted with a large number participants and attracted prominent scientist in the field.

DOOCN VII, held in Lucca as a satellite to ECCS 2014, focused on Big Data aspects. DOOCN VIII was held in Zaragoza with focus also on BigData aspects.

The 9th edition of DOOCN was held in Amsterdam at Conference on Complex Systems (CCS) with the theme “Mining and learning for complex networks”.

The 2017 edition of DOOCN was held in Indianapolis USA in conjunction with NetSci 2017.

The 2018 edition of DOOCN XI was held in Thessaloniki, Greece at Conference on Complex Systems (CCS) with the theme “Machine learning for complex networks”.

The 2019 edition of DOOCN XII was held in Burlington, Vermont, USA in conjunction with NetSci 2019 with the theme “Network Representation Learning”.

The 2020 edition of DOOCN XIII was held online in conjunction with NetSci 2020 with the theme “Network Learning”.

The 2023 edition of DOOCN XIV was held online in conjunction with Statphys28 with the theme “Cascading Failures in Complex Networks”.

DOOCN Book Series

The organizing committees of the DOOCN workshop series have published three Birkhäuser book volumes, from selected talks from the series.