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10 December,2005 -- From statistical physics to information systems, A Talk by Dr. Massimo Franceschetti

Statistical physics originally developed to describe the collective behavior of large ensembles of interactive particles in matter. In this talk I will argue that the same mathematical tools can be exploited to study the behavior of complex information networks. This approach sheds new light on global properties of systems, including connectivity, achievable information rates, and robustness to failures. Key applications in the context of wireless ad-hoc networks will be presented. An overview of the relevant mathematical techniques based on percolation theory and Poisson approximation will be given.

The Talk will be held at 11:00 a.m. in CSIC Building 3117.