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Symmetry and Optimization in the Synchronization and Collective Behavior of Complex Systems

Synchronization and collective behavior are ubiquitous properties of complex networked systems found in both natural and engineered systems. A fundamental question is how various types of symmetry impact a complex networked system's synchronization and collective behavior. Previous research has revealed symmetry as a key factor in identifying optimization mechanisms, but the particular ways in which symmetry and asymmetry contribute to optimization of synchronization and collective behavior may depend crucially on the type of systems, networks, and form of synchronization. Exploring the intricate relations between structural and dynamical symmetry can also be relevant for developing strategies to enhance or inhibit synchronization. Articles in this Focus Issue highlight progress on both fundamental and applied problems within this research area.

Guest Editors: Jie Sun, Per Sebastian Skardal, Dane Taylor

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D. Taylor; P. S. Skardal; J. Sun
Kevin Daley; Kun Zhao; Igor V. Belykh
Lluís Arola-Fernández; Guillem Mosquera-Doñate; Benjamin Steinegger; Alex Arenas
Stanley R. Huddy
Rico Berner; Jan Fialkowski; Dmitry Kasatkin; Vladimir Nekorkin; Serhiy Yanchuk; Eckehard Schöll
Anastasiya Salova; Jeffrey Emenheiser; Adam Rupe; James P. Crutchfield; Raissa M. D’Souza
Yafeng Wang; Liang Wang; Huawei Fan; Xingang Wang
Lijia Chen; Peng Ji; David Waxman; Wei Lin; Juergen Kurths
Sergio Faci-Lázaro; Jordi Soriano; Jesús Gómez-Gardeñes
Michael Sebek; István Z. Kiss
J. D. Johnson; D. M. Abrams
Joyce S. Climaco; Alberto Saa
Xiaoqi Lei; Weiqing Liu; Wei Zou; Jürgen Kurths
Isaac Klickstein; Louis Pecora; Francesco Sorrentino
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