Assistant Professor of Computer Science at The University of Vermont's Complex Systems Center.
Professeur associé au Département de physique, de génie physique et d'optique de l'Université Laval.
Editor of PLOS Complexity Channel.
Director of The Complex Networks Winter Workshop.
Research in Complexity, Network Theory, and Nonlinear Dynamics in Epidemiology/Biology/Sociology/Ecology
We released a few pre-prints of our latest projects on contagions and infectious diseases. We have a theoretical project showing that interacting contagions look a lot like complex contagions, and a more applied project looking at the importance of community engagement in stopping the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak. We are also very proud of releasing all the data collected in this community engagement efforts.
NetSci 2019 is less than three weeks away! My Laboratory for Structure and Dynamics will be well represented with 5 talks and 2 posters. At the main conference, Brendan Case will be giving an oral presentation titled “Modelling Disease Spillover Using Multipartite Networks”, Jean-Gabriel Young will talk about “Compression of treelike complex networks using layered configuration models”, and Guillaume St-Onge about “Mesoscopic localization of spreading processes on networks”. In the poster sessions, Blake Williams will present on “Resistance to Strain-Transcending Immunity in Viral Genotype Networks” and Sam Rosenblatt on “Viable Targeted Immunization Strategies in Complex Networks: Addressing the Boundary Specification Problem”.
Antoine Allard and I recently published our latest project, Percolation and the Effective Structure of Complex Networks, in Physical Review X. Premiering at NetSci 2019, Jean-Gabriel Young will present some recent work on the same topic: Compression of treelike complex networks using layered configuration models. Altogether, the concept of network layers appears to be an efficient model (or compression) of real sparse networks. We are very excited about some of the possible applications, from temporal inference on phylogenetic data to network comparison. Stay tuned!
The Vermont Complex Systems announced two large funding news over the last two weeks. First, we are partnering with MassMutual to expend our research on the data science of public health under their generous $5 million gift. Second, NIH has granted us a $12.3 million COBRE award to fund our new Translational Global Infectious Disease Research (TGIR) Center for the multidisciplinary study of infectious diseases. This award will fund my group’s continued effort to better understand the role of contact structure and human behavior on epidemics. You can expect us to open new PhD and Postdoctoral positions soon!
There is a storm brewing in Vermont! We have so many incredible projects in the pipeline, including the organization of NetSci 2019! It will be a pleasure to host the world’s leading experts in network science in Burlington. The conference will be organized by Juniper Lovato while Peter Dodds and myself will serve as co-chairs. You can expect the conference to reflect our center: open, kind and fun.
Our other events are also listed on our website at http://vermontcomplexsystems.org/events/, and you can also find the various degrees we offer (undergraduate to PhD) by using the education tab of our website.