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Dynamic Simulation of Networks: Circuits and Rivers

Seminar | June 21 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Cory Hall, 540 A/B

Frank Liu, IBM

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Many natural and man-made structures manifest themselves as networks. We can easily find examples such as highway networks, electricity delivery networks and VLSI circuit networks, as well as networks of natural river channels, arteries and veins in circulatory system, and neuron networks inside our brains. In this talk, I will focus on the electronic component network (or circuits) and river networks. I will show that although they are governed by completely different physics laws (electrodynamics for circuits and fluid dynamics for river networks), there is surprising similarity between them due to their network nature. Moreover, the similarity also provides with us a way to use the know-how and insight from circuit simulation to drastically improve the speed and capacity of dynamic simulation of river networks.