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Urban Complex Systems

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Cities are massive systems whose tremendous complexity requires even greater efforts to be modeled, analyzed, understood and governed. The city is the expression of a multitude of strongly intertwined systems that vary from people sociality to transport systems, from the cultural fabric to urban planning. Each of these city facets already represents in itself a complex system but their interconnection represents what is certainly one of the systems created by human beings with highest complexity in the world. The goal of this thematic issue dedicated to selected contributions of the Urban Complex Systems workshop (satellite event of CCS 2020) is to reflect the recent advances in urban systems from the perspective of complexity science.


The submission article must be original, unpublished and not currently reviewed by other journals. Authors must mention in their cover letter for each SI manuscript that the particular manuscript is for the theme and name of Guest Editors of SI consideration so that the Guest Editors can be notified separately. Please visit

When submitting your paper please select the article type "UCS2020"

Lead Guest Editor

Sabrina Gaito
Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

Guest Editors

Hocine Cherifi
LIB University of Burgundy, France

Roberto Interdonato
CIRAD, UMR Tetis, Montpellier, France

Hamamache Kheddouci
LIRIS University of Lyon, France

Matteo Zignani
Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

For more information please contact the editors. See below published papers in this issue.

  1. Road networks result from a subtle balance between geographical coverage and rapid access to strategic points. An understanding of their structure is fundamental when it comes to evaluating and improving terri...

    Authors: Hanae El Gouj, Christian Rincón-Acosta and Claire Lagesse
    Citation: Applied Network Science 2022 7:6
  2. The Erasmus Program is the main international mobility program in Europe and worldwide. Since its launch in 1987, it has been growing both in terms of participants and budget devoted to its activities. However...

    Authors: Luca De Benedictis and Silvia Leoni
    Citation: Applied Network Science 2021 6:83
  3. Crises in a global setting of interdependencies call for time-critical coordinated responses. However, it is often the case that the mechanisms responsible for these actions do not agree across all their hiera...

    Authors: Jason Bassett, Niccolò Pescetelli, Alex Rutherford and Manuel Cebrian
    Citation: Applied Network Science 2021 6:59
  4. A system of hospitals in large cities can be considered a large and diverse but interconnected system. Widely applied in hospitals, electronic health records (EHR) are crucially different from each other becau...

    Authors: Anastasia A. Funkner, Michil P. Egorov, Sergey A. Fokin, Gennady M. Orlov and Sergey V. Kovalchuk
    Citation: Applied Network Science 2021 6:53
  5. Space Syntax and the theory of natural movement demonstrated that spatial morphology is a primary factor influencing movement. This paper investigates to what extent spatial morphology at different scales (nod...

    Authors: Helena Freire de Almeida, Rui J. Lopes, João M. Carrilho and Sara Eloy
    Citation: Applied Network Science 2021 6:49
  6. We present an urban science framework to characterize phone users’ exposure to different street context types based on network science, geographical information systems (GIS), daily individual trajectories, an...

    Authors: Ariel Salgado, Weixin Li, Fahad Alhasoun, Inés Caridi and Marta Gonzalez
    Citation: Applied Network Science 2021 6:43
  7. The quantitative study of traffic dynamics is crucial to ensure the efficiency of urban transportation networks. The current work investigates the spatial properties of congestion, that is, we aim to character...

    Authors: Aniello Lampo, Javier Borge-Holthoefer, Sergio Gómez and Albert Solé-Ribalta
    Citation: Applied Network Science 2021 6:41
  8. Over the last decades, severe haze pollution constitutes a major source of far-reaching environmental and human health problems. The formation, accumulation and diffusion of pollution particles occurs under co...

    Authors: Dimitrios M. Vlachogiannis, Yanyan Xu, Ling Jin and Marta C. González
    Citation: Applied Network Science 2021 6:32