BioND — Dynamics of Biological Networks

Adaptive coevolutionary networks: a review

Thilo Gross and Bernd Blasius
Journal of the Royal Society Interface 5(20), 259-271, 2008.


Schematic representation of an adaptive network

Adaptive networks appear in many biological applications. They combine topological evolution of the network with dynamics in the network nodes. Recently, the dynamics of adaptive networks has been investigated in a number of parallel studies from different fields, ranging from genomics to game theory. Here we review these recent developments and show that they can be viewed from a unique angle. We demonstrate that all these studies are characterized by common themes, most prominently: complex dynamics and robust topological self-organization based on simple local rules.