Network models find applications in several areas including telecommunications, social and economic networks, transportation networks, and biological networks. The recent surge in interest, especially in the area of social networking, has been triggered by the widespread use of the Internet to enable and enhance social interactions (for instance, via online social networks like Facebook, Twitter, etc.).
The two workshops will cover techniques for modelling and optimizing networks in the context of application areas such as online social and economic networks, transportation networks, wireless networks, and biological systems, all of which are areas where network models naturally arise. The workshops will comprise of three tutorials (tentatively on (i) Online Social Networks Modelling and Optimization, (ii) Machine Learning: Principles and Applications, and (iii)Mean-field Approximations), and several seminar-style talks from researchers, with the aim of not only sharing research results but also exposing young researchers to new techniques and problem areas and motivating them to pursue research in these areas.The major themes of the workshops are the following.