Asymptotic behavior of generalized transport models on networks

Aleksandra Falkiewicz of the Lodz University of Technology, Poland, used network models to examine the relationships between groups of organisms, and showed that although simpler models are sufficient in some cases, the more complex ‘microscopic’ models do provide extra detail.

Aleksandra Falkiewicz

Aleksandra Falkiewicz


A vital problem in modelling real life systems is the need to strike a balance between maintaining the simplicity of the mathematical model and, simultaneously, capturing the dynamical features of the system. The main aim of this project is to create improved network models by including interactions along the edges. I also performed a comparative analysis on the original and improved models.


There are two models that can describe relationships between groups of organisms – one based on ordinary differential equations and another based on transport equations with properly chosen boundary conditions. In order to compare the solutions of these models, I used a small parameter method. On the basis of observations of a theoretical model of genes’ mutation, a generalized model was defined and then analyzed using semigroup and graph theory.


Three main theorems concerning the existence of solutions to the generalized problem, its graphical display, and idea of asymptotic state lumping were proven. One result has already been published.


Even if the relations between groups of species cannot be presented in a graph, the situation can be described by a system of equations. The model given by ordinary differential equations is sufficient when the general macroscopic description is of interest, or the density of the described feature of the organisms is only a small perturbation from a constant. Otherwise, it is reasonable to use the full microscopic model — given by a transport equation with proper boundary conditions — for the macroscopic system. This describes the microscopic behavior but also provides macroscopic features of the system, like the total mass of organisms.


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Jacek Banasiak, University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Alexey Davydov, Advanced Systems Analysis Program, IIASA


Aleksandra Falkiewicz of the Lodz University of Technology, Poland, is a citizen of Poland and was self-funded during the SA-YSSP.

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