Dr Elizabeth Leicht (Oxford University)
Recently, we've seen increased interest in studying systems of interacting networks. We are now beginning to see many networks not as isolated objects, but as one component in a much larger system. For instance, modern critical infrastructure spans assorted electric grids, telecom and computer networks, and transportation networks. Likewise, in biological systems, genes do not trigger one-another directly; instead, activated genes make proteins, which may return to the genetic level and activate or inhibit other genes. Individual networks are increasingly interdependent and previously neglected or "hidden" inter-network connections can significantly impact our understanding of network structure. In this talk I will present both an overview of the current studies of interacting networks and my own recent work concerning the emergence of connectivity in systems of interacting networks.