The NETWORKS consortium addresses the pressing challenges posed by large-scale networks using stochastics and algorithms.
The KdVI, and in particular the Stochastics group, plays an important role in the Gravitation programme NETWORKS. It is hosted by University of Amsterdam, Eindhoven University of Technology, Leiden University, and Center for Mathematics and Computer Science, with UvA being coordinator ("penvoerder") and Mandjes being programme leader.
The programme covers a broad range of topics dealing with stochastic and algorithmic aspects of networks, with specific attention to their interaction.
NETWORKS, which took off in 2014, underwent its midterm evaluation in 2017. The evaluation committee was highly positive about the achievements so far, and advised to continue the programme. For the second part of the funding period (2019-2024) the programme's objectives are (somewhat) adjusted. Apart from the original scope, additional attention will be paid to intensifying the interactions with other disciplines and domains (at the methodological level machine learning and data-science, at the application level e.g. the brain, citizen science projects, applications in biology).
On the Network Pages, partners in the Networks programme post resources and information on network science for students, teachers and researchers.