Selected Publications


  1. Xiang Li, Cong Li, Jianbo Wang, Theory of Spreading on Complex Networks: Hidden Rules of Epidemics 复杂网络传播理论——流行的隐秩序Higher Education Press, Beijing, 2020, 272 pages, ISBN: 978-7-04-054605-7.
  2. G. Chen, X.F. Wang, Xiang Li, Introduction to Complex Networks: Models, Structures, and Dynamics (2nd edition) 复杂网络引论:模型,结构与动力学(英文版,第2版), Higher Education Press, Beijing, 2015, 366 pages, ISBN: 978-7-04-040605-4.
  3. G. Chen, X.F. Wang, Xiang Li, Introduction to Complex Networks: Models, Structures, and Dynamics 复杂网络引论:模型,结构与动力学(英文版), Higher Education Press, Beijing, 2012, 332 pages, ISBN: 978-7-04-034782-1.


  1. X.F. Wang, Xiang Li, G. Chen, Network Science: An Introduction  网络科学导论Higher Education Press, Beijing, 2012, 397 pages, ISBN: 978-7-04-034494-3 (in Chinese).

Handbook Chapters

  1. Xiang Li, J.B. Wang, C. Li, Towards identifying and predicting spatial epidemics on complex meta-population networks, In: Masuda N., Holme P. (eds) Temporal Network Epidemiology. Theoretical Biology. Springer, Singapore. 2017, 129-160.
  2. Xiang Li, P. Yao, Y.J. Pan, Towards Structural Controllability of Temporal Complex Networks, in Complex Systems and Networks: Dynamics, Controls and Applications, Springer, 2015.
  3. Xiang Li, Y.Q. Zhang, A.V. Vasilakos, Discovering and predicting temporal patterns of WiFi-interactive social populations, in Opportunistic Mobile Social Networks, CRC Press, 2014. ISBN: 9-7814-6659-4944.
  4. G. Chen, X.F. Wang, Xiang Li, J. Lv, Some recent advances in complex network synchronization, in Recent Advances in Nonlinear Dynamics and Synchronization: Theories and Applications, Springer, 2009, 3-16.

Invited Surveys & Features

  1. Jie Wu, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Collective synchronization of Kuramoto-oscillator networks, IEEE Circuits and Systems Magazine, 2020, 20(3), 46-67.  
  2. Xiang Li, Ljiljana Trajkvoic, Guest editorial – Introduction to the special section on network of cyber-social networks: modeling, analysis and control, IEEE Trans. Network Science and Engineering, 2020, 7(2), 686-687.
  3. L. Wang, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Spatial epidemiology of networked metapopulation: an overview, Chinese Science Bulletin, 2014, 59(28), 3511-3522.
  4. Xiang Li (correspondence author), D. Yang, X. Liu, X.M. Wu, Bridging time series dynamics and complex network theory with application to electrocardiogram analysis, IEEE Circuits and Systems Magazine, 2012, 12(4), 33-46.
  5. X.F. Wang, Xiang Li, J. Lv, Control and flocking of networking systems via pinning, IEEE Circuits and Systems Magazine, 2010, 10(3), 83-91.
  6. Xiang Li, Spreading dynamics on complex dynamical networks, Advances in Mechanics, 2008, 38(6), 723-732 (in Chinese).

Selected Journal Publications on Complex Dynamical Networks 


  1. Xiaojie Li, Cong Li (correspondence author) and Xiang Li, The impact of information dissemination on vaccination in multiplex networks, Sci China Inf Sci, 2022, 65(7):172202.
  2. Min Shi, Bo Qu, Xiang Li and Cong Li (correspondence author) (2022),Network Representation Learning with Community Awareness and Its Applications in Brain Networks. Front. Physiol, 13:910873.
  3. Cong Li (correspondence author),Min Shi, Bo Qu, Xiang Li (correspondence author),Deep Attributed Network Representation Learning via Attribute Enhanced Neighborhood, Neurocomputing, 508 (2022), 170-181.
  4. Jinying Dai, Cong Li (correspondence author), and Xiang Li, Heterogeneous social difference in the interplay between epidemic and information spreading, EPL , 140 (2022) 51001.
  5. Chen J, Luo K, Tang C, Zhao zhang and Xiang Li (correspondence author). Optimizing Polynomial-Time Solutions to a Network Weighted Vertex Cover Game. IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica, 2022.
  6. Li X (correspondence author), Chen J, Yuan Q. Adaptive Vertex Cover of Dynamical Networks With Prospect Theoretic Perspective. IEEE Trans.Network Science and Engineering, 2022, 9(6): 4159-4170.
  7. Huiyan Li, and X. Li (correspondence author), “Finite-time Predictive Consensus for Discrete-time Heterogeneous Multi-agent Systems over Switching Digraphs”, IEEE Trans.Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs, accepted.
  8. Jie-Ning Wu, Xiang Li (correspondence author) and Guanrong Chen, Controllability of Multi-Layer Snapback Networks, IEEE Trans.Control of Network Systems, 2022.
  9. Dun Han, Xiang Li (correspondence author). On Evolutionary Vaccination Game in Activity-Driven Networks. IEEE Trans.Computational Social Systems. 2022.
  10. Chen J, Xiang Li(correspondence author), Toward the Minimum Vertex Cover of Complex Networks Using Distributed Potential Games, Sci China Inf Sci, 2022. doi: 10.1007/s11432-021-3291-3.


  1. Xu Hao, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Network topology inference with estimated node importance, EPL, 2021, 134(5): 58001.
  2. Kezan Li, Jie Zhao, Haifeng Zhang, Xiang Li (correspondence author), On successive lag synchronization of a dynamical network with delayed couplings, IEEE Trans. Control of Network Systems, 2021, 8(3): 1151-1162. (Regular Paper)
  3. Cong Li, Yuan Zhang, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Epidemic threshold in temporal multiplex networks with individual layer preference, IEEE Trans. Network Science and Engineering, 2021, 8(1): 814-824. (Regular Paper)
  4. JinYue Li, Xiang Li, Cong Li (correspondence author), The Kronecker-clique model for higher-order clustering coefficients, Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, 2021, 582 : 126269. (Regular Paper)
  5.  Jie Wu, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Global stochastic synchronization of Kuramoto-oscillator networks with distributed control, IEEE Trans. Cybernetics, 2021, 51(12), 5825-5835. (Regular Paper)
  6. Yue Wu, Jiawei Li, Duxin Chen, Xiang Li, Haitao Zhang (correspondence author), Pattern phase transitions in 3D minimal Viscek model, EPL, 2021, 154, 50004.
  7. Cong Li, Jing Li, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Evolving nature of human contact networks with its impact on epidemic processes, Complexity, 2021, vol. 2021, article ID: 6643658.


  1. Huiyan Li, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Distributed model predictive consensus of heterogeneous time-varying multi-agent systems: with and without self-triggered mechanism, IEEE Trans. Circuits and Systems-I, 2020, 67(12), 5358-5368. (Regular Paper)
  2. Jiening Wu, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Guanrong Chen, Controllability of deep-coupling dynamical networks, IEEE Trans. Circuits and Systems-I, 2020, 67(12), 5211-5222. (Regular paper)
  3. Yang Chen, Jiyao Hu, Yu Xiao, Xiang Li, Hui Pan, Understanding the user behavior of Foursquare: A data-driven study at the global scale, IEEE Trans. Computational Social Systems, 2020, 7(4), 1019-1032. (Regular paper)
  4. Dapeng Huang, Huiyan Li, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Formation of generic UAVs-USVs system under distributed model predictive control scheme, IEEE Trans. Circuits and Systems-II, 2020, 67(12), 3123-3127.
  5.  Jie Wu, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Global stochastic synchronization of Kuramoto-oscillator  networks with distributed control, IEEE Trans. Cybernetics, in press. (Regular paper)
  6. Wenjing Wang, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Temporal stable community in time-varying networks, IEEE Trans. Network Science and Engineering, 2020, 7(3), 1508-1520. (Regular paper)
  7. Huiyan Li, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Distributed consensus of heterogeneous linear time-varying systems on UAVs-USVs coordination, IEEE Trans. Circuits and Systems-II, 2020, 67(7), 1264-1268.
  8. Xiaojie Li, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Vaccinating SIS epidemics under evolving perception in heterogeneous networks, European Physical Journal B, 2020, 93, 185.
  9. Xiaojie Li, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Perception effect in evolutionary vaccination game under prospect-theoretic approach, IEEE Trans. Computational Social Systems, 2020, 7(2), 329-338. (Regular paper)
  10. Yiqing Zhang, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Athanasios V. Vasilakos, Spectral analysis of epidemic thresholds of temporal networks, IEEE Trans. Cybernetics, 2020, 50(5), 1965-1977. (Regular paper)
  11. Pengchun Rao, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Cooperative formation of self-propelled vehicles with directed communication, IEEE Trans. Circuits and Systems-II, 2020, 67(2), 315-319.
  12.  Chuang Ma, Hanshuang Chen, Xiang Li, Yingcheng Lai, Haifeng Zhang, Data based reconstruction of duplex networks, SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems, 2020, 19(1), 124-150. (Regular paper)


  1. Zhihai Rong, Zhixi Wu, Xiang Li, Petter Holme, Guanrong Chen, Heterogeneous cooperative leadership structure emerging from random regular graphs, Chaos, 2019, 29, 103103.
  2.  Peng Yao, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Towards optimizing control signal paths in functional brain networks, Chaos, 2019, 29, 103144.
  3.  Jingyuan Zhan, Yanjie Hu, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Adaptive event-triggered distributed model predictive control for multi-agent systems, Systems & Control Letters, 2019, 134, 104531.
  4.  Jiening Wu, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Inter-layer impacts to deep-coupling dynamical networks: a snapshot of equilibrium stability, Chaos, 2019, 29, 073104.
  5.  Jianbo Wang, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Uncovering spatial invasion on a metapopulation network with SIR epidemics, IEEE Trans. Network Science and Engineering, 2019, 6(4), 788-800. (Regular paper)
  6. Jingyuan Zhan, Zhongping Jiang, Yebin Wang, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Distributed model predictive consensus with self-triggered mechanism in general linear multi-agent systems, IEEE Trans. Industrial Informatics, 2019, 15(7), 3987-3997. (Regular Paper)
  7. Jie Wu, Xinghuo Yu, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Global frequency synchronization of complex power networks via coordinated control, IEEE Trans. Circuits and Systems-I, 2019, 66(8), 3123-3133. (Regular Paper)
  8.  Jie Wu, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Finite-time and fixed-time synchronization of Kuramoto oscillator networks via multiplex control, IEEE Trans. Control of Network Systems, 2019, 6(2), 863-873. (Regular Paper)
  9. Zongjian Li, Cong Li (correspondence author), Xiang Li, Mining the rank of universities with encyclopedia Wikipedia, Science China: Information Science, 2019, 62(20), 209202.
  10. Dun Han, Xiang Li (correspondence author), How the weak and strong links affect the evolution of prisoner’s dilemma game, New Journal of Physics, 2019, 21, 015002.
  11.  Changbing Tang, Xiang Li, Mengwen Cao, Zhao Zhang, Xinghuo Yu, Incentive mechanism for macrotasking crowdsourcing: A zero-determinant strategy approach. IEEE Internet of Things Journal, 2019, 6(5), 8589-8601. (Regular paper)


  1. Yanjie Hu, Jingyuan Zhan, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Self-triggered distributed model predictive control for flocking of multi-agent systems, IET Control Theory and Applications, 2018, 12(18), 2441-2448.
  2. Dong, Zhao, Xiang Li (correspondence author), and Wei Chen. Frequency-network analysis of heart rate variability for obstructive apnea patient detection. IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, 2018, 22(6), 1895-1905.
  3. Baoyu Hou, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Guanrong Chen, The roles of input matrix and nodal dynamics in network controllability, IEEE Trans. Control of Network Systems, 2018, 5(4), 1764-1774.(Regular Paper)
  4. Xiaojie Li, Cong Li, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Minimizing social-cost of vaccinating network SIS epidemics, IEEE Trans. Network Science and Engineering, 2018, 5(4), 326-355.(Regular Paper)
  5. Dongbing Tong, Pengchun Rao, Qiaoyu Chen, Maciej J. Ogorzalek, Xiang Li(correspondence author), Exponential synchronization and phase locking of a multilayer Kuramoto-oscillator system with a pacemaker, Neurocomputing, 2018, 308, 129-137.
  6. Pengchun Rao, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Pacemaker-based global synchronization of Kuramoto oscillators via distributed control, IEEE Trans. Circuits and Systems-II, 2018, 65(11), 1768-1772.
  7. Jingyuan Zhan, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Cluster consensus in networks of agents with weighted cooperative-competitive interactions, IEEE Trans. Circuits and Systems-II, 2018, 65(2), 241-245.


  1. Changbing Tang, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Zhen Wang, Jianming Han, Cooperation and distributed optimization for the unreliable wireless game with indirect reciprocity, Science China: Information Science, 2017, 60(11),110205.
  2. Changbing Tang, Ang Li, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Asymmetric game: a silver bullet to weighted cover of networks, IEEE Trans. Cybernetics, 2017 (99), 1-12.(Regular Paper)
  3. Quan Yuan, Jingyuan Zhan, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Outdoor Flocking of Quadcopter Drones with Decentralized Model Predictive Control, ISA Transactions, 2017, 71, 84-92.
  4. Pengchun Rao, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Maciej J. Ogorzalek, Stability of synchronous solutions in a directed Kuramoto-oscillator network with a pacemaker, IEEE Trans. Circuits and Systems-II, 2017, 64(10), 1222-1226.
  5. Jingyuan Zhan, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Consensus in networked multi-agent systems with stochastic sampling, IEEE Trans. Circuits and Systems-II, 2017, 64(8), 982-986.
  6. Xun Li, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Reconstruction of stochastic temporal networks through diffusive arrival times, Nature Communications, 2017, 8, 15729.
  7. Peng Yao, Baoyu Hou, Yujian Pan, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Structural controllability of temporal networks with a single switching controller, PLoS ONE, 2017, 0170584.


  1. L. Di, X. Li (correspondence author), Y.Q. Zhang. Identifying familiar strangers in human encounter networks, EPL, 2016, 116, 18006.
  2. B.Y. Hou,  X. Li (correspondence author), G.R. Chen. Structural Controllability of Temporally Switching Networks[J]. IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I, 2016, 63(10): 1771-1781. (Regular Paper)
  3. J.B. Wang, L. Wang, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Identifying spatial invasion of pandemics on metapopulation networks via anatomizing arrival history, IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, 2016, 46(12): 2782-2795. (Regular Paper)
  4. Y.Q. Zhang, J. Cui, S.M. Zhang, Q. Zhang, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Modelling temporal networks of human face-to-face contacts with public activity and individual reachability, European Physical Journal B, 2016, 89(2): 1-8. (Special issue of temporal networks)


  1. Y.Q. Zhang, Xiang Li (correspondence author), D. Liang, J. Cui, Charactering bursts of aggregate pairs with individual Poissonian activity and preferential mobility, IEEE Communication Letters, 2015, 19(7), 1225-1228.
  2.  J.Y. Zhan, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Asynchronous consensus of multiple double-integrator agents with arbitrary sampling intervals and communication delays, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems-I: Regular Papers, 2015, 62(9), 2301-2311.(Regular Paper)
  3.  C.B. Tang, A. Li, Xiang Li (correspondence author), When reputation enforces evolutionary cooperation in unreliable MANETs, IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, 2015, 45(10), 2190- 2201. (Regular Paper)
  4. Xiang Li (correspondence author), P.C. Rao, Synchronizing a weighted and weakly-connected kuramoto oscillator digraph with a pacemaker,  IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems-I: Regular Papers, 2015, 62(3): 899-905. (Regular Paper)
  5. Y.Q. Zhang, Xiang Li (correspondence author), J. Xu, A.V. Vaslakos, Human interactive patterns in temporal networks, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, Cybernetics: Systems, 2015, 45(2): 214-222. (Regular Paper)


  1. Y.J. Pan, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Structural controllability and controlling centrality of temporal networks, PLoS ONE, 2014, 9(4), e94998.
  2. C.B. Tang, B. Wu, J.B. Wang, Xiang Li (correspondence author),  Evolutionary origin of asymptotically stable consensus, Scientific Reports, 2014, 4, 4590.
  3. C.B. Tang, Z. Wang, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Moderate intra-group bias maximizes cooperation on interdependent networks, PLoS ONE, 2014, 9(2), e88412.
  4. Y.Q. Zhang, Xiang Li (correspondence author), When susceptible-infectious-susceptible contagion meets time-varying networks with identical infectivity, EPL, 2014, 108, 28006.


  1. J.Y. Zhan, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Flocking of multi-agent systems via model predictive control based on position-only measurements, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, 2013, 9(1), 377-385.(Regular Paper)
  2. Y. Yang, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Towards a snowdrift game optimization to vertex cover of general networks, IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, 2013, 43(3), 948-956. (Regular Paper)
  3. J.Y. Zhan, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Consensus of sampled-data multi-agent networking systems via model predictive control, Automatica, 2013, 49, 2502-2507.
  4. L. Wang, Z. Wang, Y. Zhang, Xiang Li (correspondence author), How human location-specific contact patterns impact spatial transmission between populations? Scientific Reports, 2013, 3, 1468.
  5. C.B. Tang, Y. Wang, L. Cao, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Y. Yang, Towards the role of social connectivity and aspiration level on evolutionary game, European Physical Journal B, 2013, 86, 26.
  6. Y.Q. Zhang, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Temporal dynamics and impact of event interactions of cyber-social populations, Chaos, 2013, 23, 013131.
  7. L. Wang, Y. Zhang, Z. Wang, Xiang Li (correspondence author), The impact of human location-specific contact pattern on the SIR epidemic transmission between populations, Int. Journal of Bifurcations and Chaos, 2013, 23(5), 1350095.


  1. C.B. Tang, Xiang Li (correspondence author), L. Cao, J.Y. Zhan, The σ law of evolutionary dynamics in community-structured populations, Journal of Theoretical Biology, 2012, 306, 106.
  2. Y. Zhang, L. Wang, Y.Q. Zhang, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Towards a temporal network analysis of interactive WiFi users, EPL, 2012, 98, 68002.
  3. L. Wang, Y. Zhang, T.Y. Huang, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Estimating the value of containment strategies in delaying the arrival time of an influenza pandemic: A case study of travel restriction and patient isolation, Physical Review E, 2012, 86, 032901.
  4. H.Q. Wang, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Bifurcations in a frequency-weighted Kuramoto oscillators network, Int. Journal of Bifurcations and Chaos, 2012, 22(9), 1250230.
  5. C.B. Tang, F.Y. Chen, J.B. Wang, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Extending local passivity theory and Hopf bifurcation at the edge of chaos in Oregonator CNN, Int. Journal of Bifurcations and Chaos, 2012, 22(11), 1250285.


  1. L.Wang, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Y.Q. Zhang, Y. Zhang, K. Zhang, Evolution of scaling emergence in large-scale spatial epidemic spreading, PLoS ONE, 2011, 6(7), e21197.
  2. H.Q. Wang, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Synchronization and Chimera states of frequency-weighted Kuramoto oscillator networks, Physical Review E, 2011, 83, 066214.
  3. C.B. Tang, F.Y. Chen, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Perceptron implementation of triple-valued logic operations, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems-II, 2011, 58(9), 590-594.
  4. Xiang Li (correspondence author), Z. Dong, Detection and prediction of the onset of human ventricular fibrillation: An approach based on complex network theory, Physical Review E, 2011, 84, 062109.


  1. W.L. Lu ,Xiang Li (correspondence author), Z.H. Rong, Global stabilization of complex directed networks with a local pinning algorithm, Automatica, 2010, 46, 116-121.
  2. Y. Yang, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Z.H. Rong, Assortative degree-mixing patterns inhibit behavioral diversity of a scale-free structured population in high mutation situations, EPL, 2010, 89, 18006.
  3. Xiang Li, L. Cao, G. Cao, Epidemic prevalence on random mobile dynamical networks: Individual heterogeneity and correlation, European Physical Journal B, 2010, 75, 319-326.
  4. Z. Dong, Xiang Li (correspondence author), The study of network motifs induced from discrete time series, Acta Physica Sinica, 2010, 59(3), 1600-1608 (in Chinese).
  5. Z. Dong, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Comment on “Network analysis of human heartbeat dynamics”, Applied Physics Letters, 2010, 96, 266101.


  1. Xiang Li, L. Cao, Largest Laplacian eigenvalue predicts the emergence of costly punishment in the evolutionary ultimatum game on networks, Physical Review E, 2009, 80, 066101.
  2. M.J. Shi, Xiang Li (correspondence author), X.F. Wang , The complex software network evolution of Java Development Kits: Topological properties and design principles. International Journal of Systems, Control, and Commucations, 2009, 1(4), 478-491.


  1. L. Cao, Xiang Li (correspondence author), Mixed evolutionary strategies imply coexisting opinions on networks, Physical Review E, 2008, 77, 016108.
  2. Z.Q. Chen, Xiang Li, Z.X. Liu, Z.Z. Yuan, A novel neural-net-based nonlinear adaptive control and application on the cross-direction deviation control of a polymer film spread line, Chaos, Solitons and Fractals, 2008, 35, 808-813.
  3. Z. Xie, Xiang Li (correspondence author), X.F. Wang, Weighted evolving networks with self-organized communities, Communications in Theoretical Physics, 2008, 50, 261-266.
  4. Xiang Li , The role of degree-weighted couplings in the synchronous onset of Kuramoto oscillator networks, Physica A, 2008, 387, 6624-6630.