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## DIEP fellows and researchers at DIEP@UvA

## Interdisciplinary DIEP fellowships

###### DIEP@UvA offers postdoctoral fellowship grants. The fellows will be engaged in emergence-related research with collaborations within the institutes: Institute of Physics (IoP), the Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics (KdVI), the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), the Informatics Institute (IvI), the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) and the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS).

CURRENT FELLOWS

###### Fernando N. Santos

###### My research integrates theoretical physics, applied mathematics and data science, focusing on bridging results in computational topology, geometry and statistical mechanics with network neuroscience and artificial intelligence. My current research aims to contribute to the understanding of the bridge between imaging and behavior. Fernando is a DIEP fellow since November 2022.

###### Soroush Rafiee Rad

###### My research lies at the intersection of mathematics, uncertain reasoning and information dynamics. It ties closely with research on classical and quantum information theory and the study of complex systems on one hand, and decision theory and formal epistemology on the other hand. I have worked on mathematical analysis of entropy based inference in inductive logic, probabilistic reasoning, models of rational deliberation and preference aggregation, and study of mathematical structures in quantum theory. I hope to follow two main research foci at the DIEP. First is to study in detail connections between the theory of dynamical systems and model theory of dynamic epistemic logic. And second, I hope to collaborate closely with the research project on information theory both in studying the adaptive complex systems as well as in research on quantum information theory. Soroush is a fellow since September 2020.

###### Wout Merbis

###### After 10 years of performing research in high-energy physics, I have now become interested in developing new theoretical methods for dynamical stochastic systems on complex networks, using techniques inspired by quantum mechanics. Many complex systems allow for a description in terms of a stochastic process with a great number of constituents interacting in a randomly determined fashion. Examples of this are the spreading of infectious diseases through a population or the firing of neurons in the brain. The collective behaviour of these constituents can give rise to emergent phenomena. Mathematically, this collective system can be obtained from the constituents in a similar way as many-body quantum systems are described in terms of the component quantum particles. My research aims to exploit this similarity and bring the study of emergence in classical stochastic systems closer to the study of exotic phases of matter in many-body quantum systems. An important aspect in this is played by the network structure which mediates the interactions. Wout joined DIEP in February 2021 via a NWO grant attributed to NWA route 2 and has been a fellow since then.

###### Akash Jain

###### Akash has joined DIEP in September 2021 via a Marie Curie grant and has remained a fellow since then. Akash is a theoretical physicist with interests in hydrodynamic theory and holography. At DIEP he will be developing hydrodynamic models and applying them to active systems in soft matter as well as to heavy-ion collisions at CERN.

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