Sean P. Cornelius, PhD
Networks and nonlinear dynamics
I study how the structure and dynamics of large complex systems combine to create interesting emergent phenomena, especially cascading failures. Cascading processes underlie many negative outcomes in the built and natural world, ranging from power blackouts to cellular disorders. My research focuses on diagnosing the mechanisms behind this phenomenon in different application areas, and finding ways to control the dynamics of complex systems, steering them toward better outcomes. Current research topics include the elimination of invasive species in ecosystems and the design of "smart", self-healing infrastructure networks.