We report some new applications of functional complex networks on acoustic emission waveforms from frictional interfaces. Our results show that laboratory faults undergo a sequence of generic phases as well as strengthening, weakening or fast-slip and slow-slip leading to healing. Also, using functional networks, we extend the dissipated energy due to acoustic emission signals in terms of short-term and long-term features of events. We show that the transition from regular to slow ruptures can have an additional production from the critical rupture class similar to the direct observations of this phenomenon in the transparent samples. Furthermore, we demonstrate detailed sub-micron evolution of the interface due to the short-term evolution of rupture tip, which is represented by phenomenological description of the modularity rates. In addition, we found nucleation phase of each single event for most amplified events follows a nearly constant time scale, corresponding to initial strengthening of interfaces.