Controllability of complex networks

Topics: Communications, Food and Agriculture, Healthcare and Public Health, Supply Chain, Transportation, Critical Infrastructure Theory, Policy and Practice,

This paper focuses on creating analytical tools to study how controllable arbitrary complex directed networks are, and works on identifying “nodes” that can be controlled to influence a system’s dynamics. It applies these tools to real networks such as food webs, the internet, and citation networks, in order to analyze the effectiveness of these tools in determining controllability. This paper concludes by proposing questions for further research, such as combining tools in network science and control theory that could be used to deepen controllability knowledge.

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