Recent Advances on Hybrid Complex Networks: Analysis and Control

Submission Deadline: 31 October 2020

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Recent Advances on Hybrid Complex Networks: Analysis and Control.

Due to varied complexities such as network dynamics complexity, statistical complexity and so on, some complex networks involve more than one discipline. Among network dynamics, both  impulsive effects and logical dynamics have attracted increasing attention recently. It is of interest and importance to study the complex networks with impulsive effects and logical dynamics. Note that these networks are called hybrid complex networks, which widely exist in cells, ecology, social systems and communication engineering.

In hybrid complex networks, many nodes are coupled together through networks, and their properties lead to very complex dynamic behaviors, including discrete and continuous dynamic behaviors, with both the time and state space taking finite values. The continuous parts of systems are often described by differential equations, while the discrete parts can be described by difference equations. The logical networks are usually used to model the systems where time and state space take finite values. Although interesting work has been reported on hybrid complex networks, there is some conservativeness on both the analysis method and relevant results. To be specific, conservative impulsive delay inequalities were used in some literatures and corresponding stability or synchronization criteria seem hard to check. Therefore, it is necessary to find effective approaches to break some conservativeness on both the analysis method and relevant results of hybrid complex networks.

Our proposed Special Section will provide a valuable and timely platform for the exchange of the latest advances in hybrid complex networks.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Analysis of hybrid complex networks: stability/ synchronization/ consensus/ robustness/ complexity analysis/ controllability/ observability/ nonsingularity
  • Synthesis of hybrid complex networks: stabilization/ disturbances decoupling problem/ functions perturbations/ attacks/ optimization

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Associate Editor:  Jianquan Lu, Southeast University, China

Guest Editors:

    1. Daniel W. C. Ho, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
    2. Tingwen Huang, Texas A&M University, Qatar
    3. Jürgen Kurths, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany
    4. Ljiljana Trajkovic, Simon Fraser University, Canada


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

  1. Complex Networks Analysis and Engineering in 5G and beyond towards 6G
  2. Body Area Networks
  3. Internet-of-Things Attacks and Defenses: Recent Advances and Challenges

IEEE Access Editor-in-Chief:
  Prof. Derek Abbott, University of Adelaide

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