Week 2

From interaction structures to collective behavior

Contemporary science lives an exciting and challenging time in a variety of fields, with the collection of unprecedented amounts of high-quality data such that the discovery of new phenomena nearly outpaces our capability of theoretical descriptions. Particularly active areas include a multitude of fields, ranging from biology and ecology, to sociology, computer science, and urban studies. In such areas, interaction structures lie at the heart of an interdisciplinary approach aimed at formulating quantitative laws – in the spirit of physics. This workshop/school will address the common challenge of understanding the complex relations between the collective patterns and the internal structure of the system.