Tangible Networks: A toolkit for exploring network science

Espen Knoop, Edmund C G Barter, Alonso Espinosa Mireles de Villafranc, Antoni W Matyjaszkiewicz, Chris J McWilliams, Lewis G W Roberts

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We present Tangible Networks (TN), a novel electronic toolkit for communicating and explaining concepts and models in complexity sciences to a variety of audiences. TN is an interactive hands-on platform for visualising the real-time behaviour of mathematical and computational models on complex networks. Compared to models running on a computer, the physical interface encourages playful exploration. We discuss the design of the toolkit, the implementation of different mathematical models and how TN has been received to date.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ECCS 2014
Subtitle of host publicationEuropean Conference on Complex Systems
EditorsStefano Battiston, Francisco de Pellegrini, Guido Caldarelli, Emanuela Merelli
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783319292281
ISBN (Print)9783319292267
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2016

Publication series

NameSpringer Proceedings in Complexity
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
ISSN (Print)2213-8684


  • Interactive model
  • visualisation
  • science communication
  • tangible interface
  • complex systems
  • mathematical modelling


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