The complexity of design networks: Structure and dynamics

Dan Braha

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24 Scopus citations


Why was the $6 billion FAA air traffic control project scrapped? How could the 1977 New York City blackout occur? Why do large-scale engineering systems or technology projects fail? How do engineering changes and errors propagate, and how is that related to epidemics and earthquakes? In this chapter, we demonstrate how the emerging science of complex networks provides answers to these intriguing questions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExperimental Design Research
Subtitle of host publicationApproaches, Perspectives, Applications
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9783319337814
ISBN (Print)9783319337791
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Complex engineering networks
  • Error and failure propagation
  • Robustness and fragility


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