Course syllabus

Network Dynamics

FRTN30, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2014/15
Decided by: Education Board B
Date of Decision: 2014-04-08

General Information

Elective for: D4, E4-ra, F4, F4-r, Pi4-bg
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


Networks are ubiquitous in our modern society: infrastructure networks, providing communication, transportation, energy services; social networks, determining our information, influencing our opinions, and shaping our political views; economic and financial networks, determining the nature of economic interactions and financial linkages; and natural networks (e.g., biological and physical networks), governing the evolution and spread of natural phenomena.

This course will focus on common mathematical principles that permeate the structure and functioning of these networks. It will introduce conceptual tools from dynamical systems, (random) graph theory, Markov chains, optimization and game theory. It will also cover a variety of applications including: learning and informational cascades; economic and financial networks; social influence networks; formation of social groups; communication networks and the Internet; consensus and gossiping; spread and control of epidemics; control of transportation and energy networks.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must


Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written exam (5 hours), four homework assignments. When less then five registered the exam may be oral.

Code: 0115. Name: Examination.
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH.
Code: 0215. Name: Homework Assignment 1.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG.
Code: 0315. Name: Homework Assignment 2.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG.
Code: 0415. Name: Homework Assignment 3.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG.
Code: 0515. Name: Homework Assignment 4.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG.


Required prior knowledge: FRT010 Automatic Control, Basic Course.
The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Giacomo Como,
Director of studies: Karl-Erik Årzén,