Any complex dynamic infrastructure network typically has many layers and decision-making units and is vulnerable to various types of disturbances. Effective, intelligent, distributed control is required. Management of disturbances in all networks, and prevention of cascading effects throughout and between networks, require a basic understanding of the true system dynamics, as well as effective distributed control functions to enable parts of the networks to remain operational or even to automatically reconfigure themselves in the event of a threat or other potentially destabilizing disturbance.
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Secure and reliable operation of complex networks poses significant theoretical and practical challenges in analysis, modeling, simulation, prediction, control, and optimization. To address these challenges, a new research initiative has been undertaken. The Complex Interactive Networks/Systems Initiative (CIN/SI) is a 5-year, $30 million program of Government Industry Collaborative University Research (GICUR), funded equally by EPRI and the United States Department of Defense (DoD), through the Army Research Office (ARO). The objective of this initiative is to produce significant, strategic advancements in the robustness, reliability, and efficiency of the interdependent energy, communications, financial, and transportation infrastructures.