Information and material flows in complex networks

Dirk Helbing, Hans Armbruster, Alexander S. Mikhailov, Erjen Lefeber

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In this special issue, an overview of the Thematic Institute (TI) on Information and Material Flows in Complex Systems is given. The TI was carried out within EXYSTENCE, the first EU Network of Excellence in the area of complex systems. Its motivation, research approach and subjects are presented here. Among the various methods used are many-particle and statistical physics, nonlinear dynamics, as well as complex systems, network and control theory. The contributions are relevant for complex systems as diverse as vehicle and data traffic in networks, logistics, production, and material flows in biological systems. The key disciplines involved are socio-, econo-, traffic- and bio-physics, and a new research area that could be called "biologistics".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)Xi-xvi
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 15 2006


  • Biologistics
  • Biophysics
  • Complex systems
  • Information flows
  • Many-particle systems
  • Multi-agent models
  • Network theory
  • Socio- and econo-physics
  • Traffic physics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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