At the end of the course the students will have basic familiarity with the following topics:
- the language used to describe complex networks
- common structures of real-world complex networks
- models for constructing complex networks
- building the most cost-efficient networks
- finding the best route through a complex network
- using networks for decision-making
Networks play an increasing role in society. Examples are the internet, social networks, phone networks, road networks and electricity networks. Many of these networks have fascinating common properties. In this module we will have a look at the mathematical theory that describes networks, the mathematical theory used to optimize them and the mathematical theory to optimize processes that take place on them.