I am Xiaozhu Zhang, a post-doctoral researcher at Technical University Dresden in Germany, and a hopefully soon-to-be complex system scientist 😄
When I was a teenager, a book called “Order out of Chaos” piqued my curiosity on complex systems: complexity lies in practically everything around us, giving rise to order from disarray and certainty from randomness—it’s almost magic!
To study complex systems as a science, I came to Germany, started from Bachelor and went all the way to post-doc. With the help of all my mentors, I have obtained a much deeper understanding for complex systems, especially the dynamics of complex networks, by accomplishing all the projects and theses. Yet I found myself facing an ever greater unknown than I was as a teenager: For instance, when and how a single transmission line failure triggers the global breakdown of a power grid with complex topological structure? How can we build more stable, safer and controllable systems by optimizing the connectivities and interactions between the units?
On and on stretched my road, long it was and far,
I would go high and go low in this search that I made.
These are 2000-years-old chantings by Qu Yuan (English translation by Stephen Owen in 1996), yet still resonate with me today.
Dynamic Responses of Networks under Perturbations: Solutions, Patterns, and Predictions
Statistics, Predictability and Dynamics of Critical Transitions
Impact of Stochastic Delays in Extremal Evolutionary Dynamics
The Dynamical Behavior of a Single Ad-atom in the Self-Diffusion on Ag(001) Surfaces