Transportation, traffic, communication and energy networks form the backbone of our modern society. To deal with the uncertainty, variation, unpredictability, size and complexity that are inherently present in these large-scale networks, it is essential to develop radically new ways of thinking. The NETWORKS programme is aimed at addressing this pressing challenge. Its ultimate goal is to build self-organizing and intelligent networks, relying on techniques from mathematics and computer science. At the methodological level, the programme primarily exploits stochastics and algorithmics, focusing on modelling, understanding, controlling and optimizing networks that are intrinsically complex and highly volatile.
NETWORKS started in the summer of 2014 as a 10-year programme funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science through the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), hosted by the University of Amsterdam (UvA), Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Leiden University (UL), and the Center for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI) in Amsterdam.