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There has been an increasing research activity on networks within the CSS community. The rapid pace of innovation in the areas of systems control, computation, and communication is leading the way for a new class of networked systems, characterized by their complex interconnections, diversity of components, and interactions with the physical world. Research at the interplay between networks, communication and systems control is not confined to study communication networks only, but extends to a broad area, including: other technological networks such as transportation and energy networks; social, economic, and financial networks; and biological networks.

The IEEE Technical Committee on Networks and Communications aims to promote communication among researchers active in networks area. It provides a forum to discuss new research directions on modeling, analysis, optimization and control of emerging networks, both with social and technological aspects. It allows members to coordinate activities, including organization of new workshops and several invited sessions on networks in ACC and CDC. Another important objective is to increase CSS publications that could provide a visible outlet for high quality research in this area.

This Technical Committee currently has 52 members, is chaired by Daniel Quevedo, and is organized into eight working groups.

An article describing the Technical Committee on Networks and Communications has appeared in the IEEE Control Systems Magazine in May 2016.