17.12.2015: Adriano Barra

Information processing in immune networks

In this talk I will review recent results on networks in the immune system focusing in particular on the way information is processed in B-cell and T-cell networks (and in their interplay). 
Similarities with spin glasses and neural networks will be extensively highlighted and used as a guide and for comparison. 
A discussion on emergent parallel processing in relation with network connectivity will be presented as well as differences between neural and immune information processing.
Capabilities and limiting-performances of these systems will also be addressed together with an outlook on novel generation of therapeutics.
Reference papers:
E. Agliari, et al., Multitasking associative networks, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 268101 (2012).
A. Annibale, et al., Extensive parallel processing on scale-free networks, Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 238106 (2014).
E. Agliari, et al, Retrieval capabilities of hierarchical networks, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 028103 (2015).