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ESE Seminar: “Evolutionary Adaptations and Spreading Processes in Complex Networks”

September 29 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

A common theme among many models for spreading processes in networks is the assumption that the propagating object (e.g., a pathogen, in the context of infectious disease propagation, or a piece of information, in the context of information propagation) is transferred across network nodes without going through any modification. However, in real-life spreading processes, pathogens often evolve in response to changing environments or medical interventions, and information is often modified by individuals before being forwarded. In this talk, we will discuss the effects of such adaptations on spreading processes in complex networks with the aim of revealing their role in determining the threshold, probability, and final size of epidemics, and exploring the interplay between them and the structural properties of the network.

H. Vincent Poor

Professor of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University

H. Vincent Poor is the Michael Henry Strater University Professor at Princeton University, where he is engaged in research in information theory, machine learning and network science, and their applications in wireless networks, energy systems, and related fields, including recently modeling the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences, and a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society. Recognition of his work includes the 2017 IEEE Alexander Graham Medal, and honorary doctorates from universities in Asia, Europe and North America.


September 29
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Electrical and Systems Engineering