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Discussion on complex network performance analysis with real-life application

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Dr. Patrick Qiang

In the upcoming Engineering, Business, and Computing Division Research Interest Group (EBC-RIG) lecture, Patrick Qiang, Ph. D., Assistant Professor of Operations and Management at Penn State Great Valley, will present “Complex Network Performance Analysis with Applications to Transportation and Supply Chains with Sustainability Implications.” His discussion will take place on Friday, March 30, 2012, from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. in room 245 of the Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building. This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

The last decade has been impacted by a rise in disasters that has caused severe destruction to crucial infrastructure networks and serious negative impact on economies. Additionally, the degradation of the critical infrastructure networks over time has led to more greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to disastrous weather conditions. In order to effectively protect infrastructure networks and diminish negative impacts on the environment, it is necessary to understand the vulnerability of networks.

In this presentation, the current research results on network performance measure are discussed. The new measure has displayed advantages compared to the existing complex network measures.  Moreover, when presented with the underlying topological similarities among many critical infrastructure networks, the proposed measure can then be used to analyze real-life networks. Implications, including environmental sustainability and network reliability, are also examined.

The EBC Research Interest Group features Penn State Berks faculty and visiting experts who conduct research on a wide variety of topics. Topics are of broad and general interest and are accessible to the non-expert.

For more information, contact Dr. Jui-Chi Huang, Chair, EBC Research Interest Group; Assistant Professor of Economics, at JXH74@psu.edu

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