Interconnecting Networks: The Role of Connector Links

  • Javier M. BuldúEmail author
  • Ricardo Sevilla-Escoboza
  • Jacobo Aguirre
  • David Papo
  • Ricardo Gutiérrez
Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)


Recently, some studies have started to show how global structural properties or dynamical processes such as synchronization, robustness, cooperation, transport or epidemic spreading change dramatically when considering a network of networks, as opposed to networks in isolation. In this chapter we examine the effects that the particular way in which networks get connected exerts on each of the individual networks. We describe how choosing the adequate connector links between networks may promote or hinder different structural and dynamical properties of a particular network. We show that different connecting strategies have consequences on the distribution of network centrality, population dynamics or spreading processes. The importance of designing adequate connection strategies is illustrated with examples of social and biological systems. Finally, we discuss how this new approach can be translated to other dynamical processes, such as synchronization in an ensemble of networks.


Spectral Property Large Eigenvalue Laplacian Matrix Connector Node Adjacency Matrice 
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Authors acknowledge P.L. del Barrio for fruitful conversations and the support of MINECO (FIS2011-27569, FIS2012-38949-C03-01, FIS2013-41057-P, and FIS2014-57686). R.S.E. acknowledges UdG, Culagos (México) for financial support (PIFI 522943 (2012) and Becas Movilidad 290674-CVU-386032).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Javier M. Buldú
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Ricardo Sevilla-Escoboza
    • 3
  • Jacobo Aguirre
    • 4
  • David Papo
    • 1
  • Ricardo Gutiérrez
    • 5
  1. 1.Laboratory of Biological NetworksCenter for Biomedical Technology, UPMMadridSpain
  2. 2.Complex Systems GroupUniversidad Rey Juan CarlosMóstoles, MadridSpain
  3. 3.Centro Universitario de los LagosUniversidad de Guadalajara, Enrique Díaz de LeonLagos de MorenoMéxico
  4. 4.Centro Nacional de Biotecnología (CSIC)MadridSpain
  5. 5.Department of Chemical PhysicsThe Weizmann Institute of ScienceRehovotIsrael

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