suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
joshua FREESE, shuni FENG, + jeffrey s NESBIT: our research examines and explores a variety of organizational operations in biology and architecture by studying the scale-free networks that define order and relationships in global systems. these network systems, like those in the biological model being studied, rely on managing complexity by sharing simple organizing principles that govern behavior at all scales.
university of pennsylvania, instructors: jenny SABIN + peter lloyd JONES
scale-free networks, as opposed to random networks, represent complex systems in which some nodes have a tremendous number of connections to other nodes. the popular nodes are called “hubs”. one characteristic of scale-free networks is that it is robust against accidental failures, yet vulnerable to coordinated perturbations or attacks. a growing network with preferential attachment will become scale-free. our objective is to understand the code as a switch that can amplify the generation of cellular structures in response to the environment, to study the relationships between component, code, environment, and the formations produced, and to understand networking behavior in a scale-free system.