Focus Period Linköping 2023

Network Dynamics and Control

September 4 – October 6, 2023

A central task in Network Science is to understand how to extrapolate emerging collective dynamical behaviors out of a large number of interacting elementary entities. An even more challenging task is to move from a passive observation of the behavior of a network to an active way of controlling its dynamics. Both tasks require a system-level thinking, and can have profound repercussions across the many different domains of science in which networks are of relevance, such as biology, ecology, social sciences, economical sciences, and engineering.

The aim of this 5-week focus period is to stimulate the interaction between scientists working on network dynamics and control from different perspectives, and to favour cross-talk by promoting awareness of what is available “next door”.

The focus period will run in Linköping between September 4th and October 6th. A number of young international scholars interested in these research challenges will be invited to participate, and to interact with leading scientists as well as ELLIIT researchers. In the third week (September 20-22) we will have a 3-day symposium, with several invited top-level researchers.

Visiting Scholars

During the focus period, around 20 young visiting scientists interested in the various aspects of network dynamics and control, will be hosted at the Division Automatic Control at Linköping University.

The list of confirmed visiting scholars will be updated continuously.

Giacomo Baggio, University of Padova (Italy)
Anastasia Bizyaeva, University of Washington (USA)
Leonardo Cianfanelli, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
Marco Coraggio, Scuola Superiore Meridionale (Italy)
Giulia De Pasquale, ETH Zurich (Switzerland)
Angela Fontan, KTH (Sweden)
Sebin Gracy, Rice University (USA)
Mark Jeeninga, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
Aming Li, Peking University (China)
Francesco Lo Iudice, Università di Napoli Federico II (Italy)
Riccardo Muolo, Université de Namur (Belgium)
Michael Schaub, RWTH Aachen University (Germany)
Alex Siegenfeld, New England Complex Systems Institute (USA)
James Siderius, MIT (USA)
Martina Vanelli, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
Lingfei Wang, KTH (Sweden)
Mengbin Ye, Curtin University (Australia)

Invited Speakers

The main event of the focus period is a three-day symposium between the 20-22 of September, to which some of the leading researchers within the focus period subject are invited. In their presentations, they provide a comprehensive overview of the field and their respective research, and point out key research challenges and opportunities.

Stefano Allesina, University of Chicago (USA)
Baruch Barzel, Bar-Ilan University (Israel)
Mario di Bernardo, University of Naples (Italy)
Stefano Boccaletti, CNR (Italy)
Francesco Bullo, University of California, Santa Barbara (USA)
Ming Cao, University of Groningen (Netherlands)
Jean-Charles Delvenne, UCLouvain (Belgium)
Raissa M. D’Souza, University of California, Davis (USA) (TBC)
Paolo Frasca, CNRS, Grenoble (France)
Julien Hendricx, UCLouvain (Belgium)
Petter Holme, Aalto University (Finland)
Karl Henrik Johansson, KTH (Sweden)
Renaud Lambiotte, University of Oxford (UK)
Naomi Leonard, Princeton (USA)
Azarakhsh Malekian, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto (Canada)
Asu Ozdaglar, MIT (USA)
Anton Proskurnikov, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
Martin Rosvall, Umeå University (Sweden) (TBC)
Guodong Shi, University of Sydney (Australia)
Samir Suweis, University of Padova (Italy)
Sandro Zampieri, University of Padova (Italy)

Scientific committee

The scientific committee consists of internationally renowned researchers, active within the topic of the focus period. The committee members, in collaboration with the organizers, suggest speakers for the symposium, and visiting scholars for the focus periods. The members of the scientific committee also contribute to the event as speakers during the symposium.

Ming Cao

Ming Cao

Professor at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Yang-Yu Liu

Yang-Yu Liu

Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School (HMS), USA

Asu Ozdaglar

Asu Ozdaglar

Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA

Organizing committee

The organizing committee consists of researchers from the ELLIIT institutions and administrators. Their role is to appoint the scientific committee, select speakers and visiting scholars, plan the focus period activities, and serve as hosts during the event.

On-site contact persons

Claudio Altafini


Linköping University

Tove Kvarnström


Linköping University

Ninna Stensgård


Linköping University