Seminar at SMU Delhi

July 29, 2019 (Monday) , 3:30 PM at Webinar
Speaker: S. Lakshmivarahan, School of Computer Science, University of Oklahoma
Title: Multi-agent Dynamics in Networks: an exercise in social network analysis
Abstract of Talk
Thanks to the advances in computer and communication technologies - with the evolution of internet, World Wide Web and inexpensive wireless connectivity, the degree of separation between individuals has shrunk to its lowest level. This increased connectivity provides great opportunities for easy interaction. The aim of this talk is to provide an introduction to this new and exciting area where a collection of intelligent agents - be it human, a robot, an animal, bird, interacting only with his/her local neighbors but have the ability to make global decisions. This ability to arrive at global consensus by agents distributed throughout the network making decisions based only on the local information has been witnessed in many of the naturally occurring systems - ant colonies, migrating birds, synchronized firing of the fire-flies in tropical jungles, synchronization of clocks, to name a few. We will review many of the known models for the interaction between the underlying topology of the network and the group dynamics.