Special Issue on Networks and Graphs for Engineering Systems and Design

Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering
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In the ever-evolving landscape of engineering, the fusion of network science and graph theories has emerged as a dynamic force, revolutionizing the way we represent, design, model, and optimize complex systems. Networks, defined by nodes and edges, are particularly effective in modeling the interaction and interdependency among individual entities in complex systems. Networks have become the cornerstone for comprehending the intricate relationships underlying a myriad of engineering domains. From transportation networks optimizing urban mobility, power grids ensuring energy efficiency and resilience, and social networks shaping human interactions to biological networks inspiring human-engineered system design, the application of network science and graphs in engineering spans a vast spectrum of disciplines.

This special issue is dedicated to promoting the dissemination of knowledge related to complex networks in engineering systems and design and highlighting the latest advances at the intersection of network science, graph theory, and engineering.

Topic Areas


  • Network analysis, modeling, and visualization for sociotechnical systems
  • Graph neural networks for systems engineering, prediction, and design
  • Ecological/biological network-inspired system engineering and design
  • Complex networks and artificial intelligence (AI), e.g., link prediction and optimization problems 
  • Domain-specific networks and systems: design and manufacturing, food-energy-water nexus, supply chain, IoT, and inter-connected infrastructure systems (e.g., power grid, smart cities)
  • Social and organizational network analysis in engineering applications, e.g., real-time social media mapping to determine infrastructure failure due to extreme events
  • Network-based approaches to design for market systems
  • Dynamics (e.g., formation, diffusion, propagation) on engineering networks 
  • Spatiotemporal networks in engineering applications 
  • Novel network data collection; network data science

Special Issue Publication Dates

Paper submission deadline: September 30, 2024
Initial review completed: November 30, 2024
Publication date: June 2025

Submission Instructions

Papers should be submitted electronically to the journal through the ASME Journal ToolIf you already have an account, log in as an author and select Submit Paper. If you do not have an account, you can create one here

Once at the Paper Submittal page, select the Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering, and then select the Special Issue on Networks and Graphs for Engineering Systems and Design.

Papers received after the deadline or papers not selected for the Special Issue may be accepted for publication in a regular issue.

Guest Editors

Dr. Zhenghui Sha, The University of Texas at Austin, USA (zsha@austin.utexas.edu)

Dr. Astrid Layton, Texas A&M University, USA (alayton@tamu.edu)

Dr. Babak Heydari, Northeastern University, USA (b.heydari@northeastern.edu)

Dr. Megan Konar, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA (mkonar@illinois.edu)

Dr. Douglas Van Bossuyt, Naval Postgraduate School, USA (douglas.vanbossuyt@nps.edu)

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