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IDC Seminar by Assistant Professor Justin Ruths

23 Mar 2016 3.00 PM to 4.00 PM Lecture Theatre 4, Building 2 Level 4, 2.404

You are cordially invited to a seminar by Assistant Professor Justin Ruths. Register your interest here.

Abstract
Recent work at the borders of network science and control theory has begun to investigate the control of complex systems by studying their underlying network representations.  Most of this work has focused on static networks, whose topology (connections) do not change, however, real world networks constantly change, either through natural growth processes or through failure and attack.  In this work we aim to characterize the evolution of network controllability as network changes occur.  We present a new metric for quantifying the robustness of network controllability and show that it presents a more clear picture of the changes that occur.  We also investigate the types of attacks that are most potent for network controllability and different classes of graphs.
 
About the Speaker
Justin Ruths is an Assistant Professor and founding member of the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Singapore’s fourth national university and an ongoing educational and research collaboration with MIT.  
 
Justin received a BS in Physics from Rice University, MS in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University, and a PhD in Systems Science and Applied Mathematics from Washington University in Saint Louis.  
 
His research focuses on control and optimization of large scale-systems and networks, with specific applications in quantum control, neuroscience, and cyberphysical systems.  Justin is the founder and director of the Innovative Digital Arts Lab at SUTD, a “maker-space” for media, data analysis, web\mobile\desktop development, and other digital mediums.  He is also keenly interested in educational innovation including mixed classroom models and technology platforms to facilitate learning.