Keynote - Dr. Frederick I. Moxley
The Burgeoning Field of Network Science
Dr Frederick I. Moxley
Department of Defense Fellow & Visiting Professor,
Director of Research and Deputy Director of the Network Science Center
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department
United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, USA
Date: July 15, 2008
Time: 8:10 AM
Location: Ballroom 6
Many scholars have noted that our current knowledge of networks often falls short when considering real-world concerns; that we lack the ability to predict their behavior, and that we need to know more about networks in order to better benefit our economy and society as a whole. Moreover, that we need to have new tools and insights to understand and influence each kind of network we want to design and construct.
To address such shortcomings however, requires a new and innovative approach. An approach that requires a thorough examination of network manifestations and their associated processes as they extend across diverse domains. One that expands on our current perspectives regarding networks – in essence, an interdisciplinary approach that can focus on and proliferate research by way of the scientific method.
In 2005, the National Research Council of the National Academies of Sciences issued a report noting the importance of studying networks in detail and urging that such an endeavor evolve into a broader discipline known as Network Science. Capitalizing on this recommendation, several innovative research initiatives are now underway across various facets of government, industry and academia.
In this presentation, we discuss and highlight some of these initiatives and efforts as they continue to evolve within this new and interdisciplinary field, explore its advantages, as well as examine its future aspirations.
Dr. Frederick I. Moxley is the Director of Research and Deputy Director of the Network Science Center at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. In 2005, he has selected to be Department of Defense Fellow and Visiting Professor within the Academy’s Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department and additionally serves as an Associate within the Combating Terrorism Center. Over the course of his career, Prof. Moxley has participated in and/or led a number of major technical initiatives on behalf of the United States and has served on several key national and international groups and committees to include: the Defense Science Board policy action team for software intensive systems; as technical expert to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7) on software engineering and life cycle processes; and as the U.S. Representative and Head of Delegation to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) for open systems. In appreciation of his technical contributions, he was selected Distinguished Member of the NATO C3 Board, NATO Open Systems Working Group of the Information Systems Sub-Committee, and was subsequently elected to serve as its Chairman. Prof. Moxley holds two Ph.D.s and is a senior member of the IEEE and IEEE Computer Society, and a member of the New York Academy of Science, Virginia Academy of Science, Sigma Xi and Upsilon Pi Epsilon.