5. Complex Networks

Workshop organized by: A. Scala "Interacting networks" and B. Kahng "Phase transitions in networks"


Complex and Interacting Networks

The field of Complex Networks has emerged from the success of Statistical Mechanics paradigms to describe large networked systems. Through this theory we can describe in a natural way both technological systems as the Internet and the WWW, socio-economical networks but also bio-chemical networks.

A new topic has recently emerged from the needs of describing our reality: networks of networks, that is to say networks in interaction. In fact, the inter-dependencies among socio-technological systems can lead to emergent behaviour unexpected from the system design but predictable from the point of view of Statical Mechanics.

This session hosts important questions like the stability and controllability of networked systems (both isolated and in interaction), their robustness and resilience and in general their emergent behaviours. Applications range from the study of contagion in human, financial and opinion networks to the study of systemic risk in infrastructural networks.


Invited Speakers

Bianconi G. (Queen Mary Univeristy, London, United Kingdom)
Tria F. (ISI Foundation, Torino, Italy)
Aste T. (University College London, United Kingdom)
Cellai D. (University of Limerick, Ireland)
De Agostino G. (ENEA, Roma, Italy)
Gabrielli A. (CNR, Roma, Italy)
Tibély G. (Eotvos University, Budapest, Hungary)
Zlatic V. (Institute Rudjer Boskovic, Zagreb, Croatia)


Phase Transition Networks

Interest of drastic phase transitions in complex networks has been boosted recently in many phenomena such as cascading failures in multiplex networks, spreading of epidemic diseases, synchronization, explosive percolations, cluster aggregation dynamics, opinion formation, and so on. In such systems, a small perturbation of external parameter near the transition point induces drastic changes of macroscopic patterns. Therefore, not only is it necessary to understand the fundamental mechanisms underlying such phase transitions, but it is also important to find ways to enhance resilience against fragmentation or to prevent the spreading of diseases. The goal of this session is bringing researchers and students together and providing an opportunity to share one another’s work covering those issues.


SigmaPhi Prize

The SigmaPhi Prize for 2017 will be awarded during SigmaPhi2017 Conference to Ralf Metzler, David Mukamel and Stefano Ruffo.

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School of Statistical Physics

New Trends in StatPhys: Organized by G. Caldarelli and G. Kaniadakis

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EPS Young Researcher Grants

The Organizing Committee of the SigmaPhi 2017 International Conference is very please to inform that the EPS Young Researcher Grants have been assigned

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Elsevier lectures

The publishing company Elsevier sponsors two lectures

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Springer Nature Lectures

The publishing company Springer Nature sponsors three lectures

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EPS-SNP Meeting

The summer board meeting of the European Physical Society - Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Division (EPS-SNP) will be held during the SigmaPhi2017 Conference

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SigmaPhi2017 Europhysics Conference

The European Physical Society (EPS) has recognized the SigmaPhi2017 as Europhysics Conference.

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1. Kappa Distributions and Statistical Mechanics

Workshop organized by: G. Livadiotis, P. Yoon and K. Dialynas

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2. Statistical Physics for the Digital Economy

Workshop organized by: T. Aste, G. Caldarelli, T. Di Matteo and G. Livan

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3. Quantum Matter

Workshop organized by: S. Kourtis, D. Ellinas and J. Pachos

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4. Statistical Physics of Environment, Climate and Ecosystems

Workshop organized by: P. Ditlevsen, D. Hristopulos and D. Valenti

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5. Complexity and self-organization in biology and physiology

Workshop organized by: P. Paradisi and R. Metzler

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6. Sociophysics and Econophysics

Workshop organized by: M.L. Bertotti and V. Constantoudis

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Special Sessions

A1. Stochastic Processes in Complex Environments

Special Session organized by: J. Talbot and C. Mejia-Monasterio

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A2. Kinetic Theory and its applications

Special Session organized by: G. Palasanzas and A. Rossani

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A3. Information Geometry

Special Session organized by: D. Johnston, H. Matsuzoe, G. Ruppeiner and T. Wada

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Scientific Sponsors 2017

 Statistical and Nonlinear

Physics Division 

Politecnico di Torino




 Department of Applied

Science and Technology



Roma, Italy

 Technical University of

Crete Chania, Greece

 Aristotele University of

Thessaloniki, Greece

N.C.S.R. Demokritos

Athens, Greece

Italian National Institute

for Nuclear Physics


University of Cagliari




University of Leuven
















Chaos, Solitons

& Fractals


Modern Physics

Letters B


International Journal

of Modern Physics B