• Announcing Project OCEAN with Google Open Source

    Jim Bagrow, Juniper Lovato, myself and others at the Vermont Complex Systems Center are incredibly excited to announce a new project in collaboration with Google Open Source, which we are calling Project OCEAN: Open-source Complex Ecosystems and Networks. Our team, supported in part by a $1 million gift from Google, will study how open communities emerge, grow, evolve, create and thrive. We just opened a couple of fully funded postdoctoral fellowships to help us explore this huge research space. Follow LHDNets on twitter for upcoming news and see the official press release, or my first live appearance in Vermont news for details on the project.

  • New contagion projects

    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

    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”.

  • The Effective Structure of Complex Networks

    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!

  • Big news and big projects!

    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!

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