Granell and Shai at NetSci-X

Congratulations to postdoctoral associates Clara Granell and Saray Shai for both getting selected to give contributed presentations at this week’s NetSci-X conference in Tel Aviv.

Clara discussed some of our recent work on “Epidemic spreading in localized envrionments with recurrent mobility patterns” while Saray presented on “Warping the urban space: geometry and dimensionality of urban transportation systems.”

Amusingly, they somehow managed to get assigned the same speaking time in parallel sessions. Thanks to Jesus Gomez-Gardeñes and Daniel Goldsmith for posting these pictures of Clara and Saray.

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Natalie Stanley presents SIAM Student Paper Prize talk

As announced previously, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Ph.D. candidate Natalie Stanley is one of the winners of this year’s SIAM Student Paper Prize. She and her fellow winners were officially presented with their awards earlier this week at the SIAM Annual Meeting in Boston. Today, their recognition continued in a special minisymposium at the meeting, where they presented talks about their winning papers.

Congratulations to Natalie on this honor and on giving a wonderful talk.

Mucha, Shai & Taylor present at MBI workshop

A big thank you to all of the organizers of this week’s workshop at MBI on Generalized Network Structures & Dynamics. It was a pleasure to interact with so many colleagues and friends. And we’re grateful that we had the opportunity to present three different presentations. Mucha opened the workshop with an overview talk on “Communities in Multilayer Networks.” Dr. Saray Shai spoke on “Generalized network representations of multimodel transportation systems.” And Dr. Dane Taylor presented our work on “Contagion maps for examining spreading processes on networks.”

Photo credits go to Saray, with apologies that it means we don’t have any photos of her giving her talk!

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Postdoc activities at SIAM DS15

Congratulations to Drs. Nishant Malik, Saray Shai and Dane Taylor for their successful minisymposium organizations and presentations at this week’s SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems (DS15).

Nishant organized a twopart minisymposium on Complex Network Theory Based Approaches in the Analyses of Complex Systems and Data, kicked off Wednesday morning by his presentation on the Role of Network Topology in Collective Opinion Formation and closed out Wednesday afternoon by Saray’s presentation on Revealing Collectivity in Evolving Networks: A Random Matrix Theory Approach.

Dane spoke Sunday morning on Topological Data Analysis for and with Contagions on Networks in a session on Dynamics on Networks and Network Topology in Ecology and Epidemiology, before hosting the minisymposium he organized on Structural and Functional Network Dynamics and Inference on Monday morning.

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Dr. Nishant Malik speaks in the minisymposium he organized at SIAM DS15

Group invasion of SIAM NS15

Our research group has descended upon the SIAM NS15 workshop on Network Science, co-located this year with the dynamical systems meeting at Snowbird, outside Salt Lake City. Held over two days, this year’s Network Science workshop includes 21 single-track contributed talks selected through a competitive process and 27 posters across two sessions, including 3 talks and 3 posters from our research group. (Full disclosure: Mucha was on the organizing committee for the workshop, but had no say in the selection of any of our group work.)

Postdoctoral associate Dane Taylor is speaking on “Contagions for Topological Data Analysis of Networks,” in collaboration with Florian Klimm, Heather Harrington, Miroslav Kramar, Konstantin Mischaikow, Mason Porter, and Peter Mucha.

Graduate student Sam Heroy is presenting his work on “Network Representations of Mechanical Percolation,” in collaboration with Taylor, group alumnus Feng “Bill” Shi, Greg Forest, and Mucha.

Graduate student Hsuan-Wei “Wayne” Lee is speaking on “Social Clustering in Epidemic Spread on Coevolving Networks,” in collaboration with postdoctoral associate Nishant Malik, Shi, and Mucha.

Presenting posters about their research are graduate student Alexis Sparko, postdoctoral associate Saray Shai, and Malik (describing recent work of his with undergraduate student David Spencer).

Meanwhile, postdoctoral associates Malik, Shai & Taylor will each also be busy presenting and organizing minisymposia at the dynamical systems meeting later in the week.

Congratulations to all for so strongly representing the research group!

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Group members Saray Shai, Alexis Sparko and Sam Heroy pose in a photo designed to make very hungry the group members who didn’t make the trip to the workshop.

SIAM Workshop on Network Science

The second SIAM Workshop on Network Science (NS14) this week included a strong presence from our group.

The newest member of the group, postdoctoral associate Dr. Saray Shai, kicked off the two-day meeting with a talk about her previous work on “Multiplex cities: the interplay between coupled transportation networks.”

Dr. Feng “Bill” Shi (postdoctoral associate at U. Chicago) gave a presentation on “Coevolution of network dynamics and structures,” including his published work from his Carolina graduate work and new extensions that have continued in collaboration with our group.

Postdoctoral associate Dr. Dane Taylor presented a poster on “Optimal synchronization of complex networks.”

Malik and Taylor at NetSci 2014

Postdoctoral associates Dr. Nishant Malik and Dr. Dane Taylor both participated in this week’s greater NetSci conference activities.

On Monday, June 2nd, Dane presented his work on “Causal network inference by optimal causation entropy” in the NetSci satellite Statistical Inference for Network Models.

On Tuesday, June 3rd, Nishant presented on “Social environment and social clustering in collective opinion formation on co-evolving networks” in the NetSci satellite Information, Self-organization and Synchronization on Complex Networks (ISODS). This satellite was co-organized by Dane Taylor, along with Jie Sun and Sebastian Skardal.

Then on Thursday, June 5th, Dane presented on “Complex contagion on noisy geometric networks” in a NetSci parallel session on Spreading Processes.

Mucha and Taylor at SAMSI CMSS transition workshop

The SAMSI program year on Computational Methods in Social Sciences comes to a close this week with a Transition Workshop, co-organized by Mucha. As part of this workshop, postdoctoral associate Dr. Dane Taylor presented his work on “Complex contagion on noisy geometric networks.”

Taylor presents poster at IMA

Postdoctoral associate Dr. Dane Taylor presented a poster on “Complex Contagion on Noisy Geometric Networks” at the Topology and Geometry of Networks and Discrete Metric Spaces workshop at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications.

Mucha and Henderson present at OSSD 2014

OSSD2014Mucha presents today at the annual meeting of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences in a joint presentation with Jeffrey P. Henderson of Washington University. The presentation, titled “Virulence Network Detection in a Mixed Male and Female Urinary Tract Infection Population,” describes recent work using biclustering of data and community detection of network representations to uncover clusters within this patient group.

The manuscript detailing this work is currently in preparation. When it is finally submitted this summer, it will only have been 27 years since Mucha and Henderson first met before they finally coauthored a paper together. You never know who you might end up working with…