Controlling Self-Organizing Dynamics on Networks Using Models that Self-Organize

Pierre-André Noël, Charles D. Brummitt, Raissa M. D'Souza
2013 Physical Review Letters  
Controlling self-organizing systems is challenging because the system responds to the controller. Here we develop a model that captures the essential self-organizing mechanisms of Bak-Tang-Wiesenfeld (BTW) sandpiles on networks, a self-organized critical (SOC) system. This model enables studying a simple control scheme that determines the frequency of cascades and that shapes systemic risk. We show that optimal strategies exist for generic cost functions and that controlling a subcritical
more » ... may drive it to criticality. This approach could enable controlling other self-organizing systems.
doi:10.1103/physrevlett.111.078701 pmid:23992086 fatcat:rq5od4dgevfufaye46vdnor7bi