NETWORKS goes to school 2021

It is almost time for the annual masterclass on network science organised by the NETWORKS program!

This masterclass on the mathematics of networks is held in English and hence suitable for international schools as well.

The masterclass this year will be held online via Zoom in March in the form of three independent online classes of two hours each. There is no overlap between these three events, feel free to register for as many as you want! The schedule with a short description of the topics discussed can be found below:

Monday 8th of March 14:00 – 16:00: Youri Raaijmakers – Queueing theory – Preventing queues growing large


In this talk you will see how a mathematical model of a queue can be constructed and analysed. Some typical everyday examples of queues can be found in supermarkets, industrial production systems and hospitals. In a supermarket customers arrive to the counters, they may have to wait in the queue until their turn comes, they are served and then leave the supermarket. But an important question is, can we change the policy serving the customers to serve them faster?


Wednesday 17th of March 14:00 – 16:00: Rens Kamphuis – Graph theory – Finding the optimal route in a road traffic network


In this talk you will see how graphs can be used to represent networks and how algorithms can be constructed to solve questions about networks. For instance, what is the shortest route from one location in a network to another? This is a question that we ask our favourite route planner on a daily basis. 


Friday 26th of March 14:00 – 16:00: Janusz Meylahn – Complex networks – Learning how synchronisation works


In this talk you will have a glimpse in how synchronisation works. Synchronisation is the coordination of events to operate a system in unison. Simply put, multiple parts work together to produce one whole. Think of phenomena like fireflies flashing in synchrony, neurons ringing in the brain,  the gravitational synchronisation of meteors or an audience clapping after a concert.


You can read more about the previous editions of the masterclass and also find all the material presented in the previous editions here.


If you would like to attend one of the online masterclasses please fill in the registration form.