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DIEP VISITORS PROGRAMME: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Interconnecting scientists across the Netherlands and beyond

DIEP aims at promoting interactions between researchers and scientists whose research focuses on emergent phenomena. For this purpose DIEP awards travel grants to interested groups. In order to apply for funds send an e-mail to info@d-iep.org with a description of the scientists involved, the research purpose in line with DIEP as well as an estimated cost. In the section on Emergence, you will find the different focus areas that DIEP has preference in supporting.
Below you will find more information about upcoming and past DIEP visitors. You can also keep up to date with DIEP news and events by subscribing to the newsletter here.

>> David Krakauer (Santa Fe Institute, US) 
       Dates: 13th May - 17th May 2024 | Location: UvA | Host: André de Roos

David Krakauer is the President and William H. Miller Professor of Complex Systems at the Santa Fe Institute. David's research explores the evolution of intelligence and stupidity on Earth. This includes studying the evolution of genetic, neural, linguistic, social, and cultural mechanisms supporting memory and information processing, and exploring their shared properties. He served as the founding director of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, the co-director of the Center for Complexity and Collective Computation, and professor of mathematical genetics, all at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He will be visiting DIEP during the period 13th to 17th of May, giving a Science & Cocktails talk on May 14th at Paradiso as well as a DIEP seminar on May 16th as part of the workshop on Collective Intelligence.
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>> Wilson Poon (University of Edinburgh, UK) 
       Dates: 22nd April 2024 - 26th April 2024 | Location: UvA | Host: Mazi Jallal

 Wilson is a Professor of Natural Philosophy at the School of Physics & Astronomy of the University of Edinburgh. He is a leading figure in the physics of active matter. Wilson will give a DIEP seminar on April 25th to tell us about his work on self-disassembly. Living systems ubiquitously self-disassemble in order to function. Yet, self-disassembly has been far less studied as a class of processes than self-assembly. After giving some context, Wilson will report a recent experiment on the self-disassembly of Escherichia coli and a recent simulation on an "Ising model of self-disassembly" to try to begin to understand how and why self-disassembly is so ubiquitous in living systems.

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>> Jacopo Grilli (ICTP, Italy) 
       Date: 17th April - 19th April 2024 | Location: UvA | Host: Swarnendu Banerjee

Jacopo is a research scientist at the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy. His research focuses on ecology and statistical physics. During his visit at DIEP, Jacopo gave a seminar on the eco-evolutionary dynamics of communities interacting through competition and cross-feeding, showing that the eco-evolutionary trajectories rapidly converge to a "functional attractor''.

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>> Stefan Thurner (Complexity Science Hub Vienna, Austria) 
       Dates: 15th April - 19th April 2024 | Location: UvA | Host: Mike Lees

Stefan is full professor for Science of Complex Systems at the Medical University of Vienna, where he chairs Section for Science of Complex Systems. Since 2015 he serves as the president of the Complexity Science Hub Vienna, an Institution dedicated to the science of complex systems in Europe.  Stefan started his career with contributions to theoretical particle physics and gradually shifted his research focus to the understanding of complex systems. He will be visiting DIEP between April 15th and 19th, also giving a DIEP seminar on April 18th.
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>> Ricardo Martinez-Garcia (CASUS, Germany) 
       Date: 3rd April - 5th April 2024 | Location: UvA | Host: Swarnendu Banerjee

Ricardo is a Young Investigator Group Leader at the Center for Advanced Systems and Understanding (CASUS) in Germany. During his visit at DIEP, he will address the question on whether “out-of-sync” individuals are by-products of large-scale coordination attempts or can be a variable trait that selection can shape with potential ecological consequences. Ricardo will combine empirical data on slime-mold imperfect aggregation and patterns of partial migration observed within three ungulate specie.

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>> Bernadette Soltz (EPFL, Switzerland) 
       Dates: 21st February - 23rd February 2024 | Location: UvA | Host: Fernando N. Santos

Bernadette is a Postdoctoral Researcher at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Sge develops techniques in topological data analysis (TDA) to study biological data, in particular dynamical networks and spatial data. Her visit at DIEP will be about how persistent homology can be used to spatially characterise structural abnormality in tumour blood vessel networks, as well as selecting landmarks from large and noisy data sets. 
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>> Irene Ferri (University of Barcelona, Spain) 
       Date: 31st January - 2nd February 2024 | Location: UvA | Host: Han van der Maas

Irene is a PhD Candidate at Universitat de Barcelona Institute of Complex Systems, Spain. During her visit, she will give a DIEP seminar about a proposal that introduces an agent-based three-state opinion model in order to examine how opinions evolve in tandem with the rearrangement of social ties.

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>> Tommaso Gili (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy) 
       Dates: 17th January - 19th January 2024 | Location: UvA | Host: Fernando N. Santos

Tommaso is an assistant professor at IMT Scuola Alti Studi in Lucca, Italy. During his visit at DIEP, he will present a communicability analysis of effective information pathways throughout complex networks based on information diffusion, which leads to the formulation of a new renormalization group scheme for heterogeneous networks.
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>> Breno Bispo (UFPE, Brazil) 
       Date: December 2023 - July 2024 | Location: UvA | Host: Fernando N. Santos

Breno is a PhD student at the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil, specializing in Signal Processing. He is a visiting researcher at DIEP, exploring advanced topics in hypergraph signal processing and their practical applications in complex systems like brain networks. His work extends to innovative topics in signal processing, such as fractional transforms, embedded systems, and IoT technologies.

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>> Daniele Marinzzo (University of Ghent, Belgium)
       Date: 7th of September 2023 | Location: UvA | Host: Fernando N. Santos

Daniele is a statistical physicist and professor in the department of Data Analysis at the University of Ghent. His research interests include theoretical and computational physics, computational aspects of neuroscience, and experimental neurophysiology.

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>> Daniel Miranda Castro (UFPE, Brazil) 
       Dates: 22nd August - 21st September 2023 | Location: UvA | Host: Fernando N. Santos

Daniel is a PhD student at the Federal University of Pernambuco. He works in Mauro Copelli's team in neuroscience. The topic of his visit was on Phenomenological Renormalization Group and hyper scaling in rs-fMRI.
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>> Pierre Baudot (Median Technologies, France
       Dates: 28th - 30th June 2023 | Location: UvA | Host: Fernando N. Santos

Pierre works as a data scientist Researcher (machine learning) at Median Technologies and was formerly at at INSERM in Marseille and in the Max Planck Institute for mathematic in the sciences and complex system institute ISC-PIF. 
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>> Ana Millan Vidal (University of Granada)
       Dates: 11th May - 13th May 2023 | Location: UvA | Host: Fernando N. Santos

Ana is a Ramón y Cajal Postdoctoral Fellow on neuroscience, complex systems, statistical physics and network science.

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>> Fernando E. Rosas (Imperial College)
       Dates: 1st May - 15th of June 2023 | Location: UvA | Host: Fernando N. Santos, Rick Quax

Fernando is a lecturer in computer science and AI at the University of Sussex and a Research Fellow at Imperial College London, based at the Centre For Psychedelic Research (Department of Medicine), and also affiliated with the Centre for Complexity Science, the Department of Mathematics, and the Data Science Institute. His current work is focused in the development of tools to enable a deeper understanding of the interdependencies that can take place in systems composed of many interacting agents. I am interested in the most fundamental and theoretical aspects of this problem, and also in the consequences and applications in diverse contexts, related to basic sciences, engineering and arts.
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>> Leonardo Di Gaetano (Central European University)
       Dates: 1st May - 15th of June 2023 | Location: UvA | Host: Fernando N. Santos

PhD student in Network and Data Science at CEU working on social dynamics in higher-order networks. Theoretical physicist who works in the field of complex systems, in particular networks and data analysis

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>> Rodrigo Cofre (University of Valparaiso and Paris-Saclay University)
       Dates: 3rd - 7th of April 2023 | Location: UvA | Host: Fernando N. Santos

Joint Professor at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Valparaiso. Interested in the fields of neuroscience and mathematical modeling of the brain. With a background in both mathematical engineering and computational biology, I have been always fascinated by the intricacies of the human brain and how it gives rise to our consciousness, thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
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>> Iain Couzin (Max Planck Institute of Animal Behaviour)
       Dates: 7th - 9th of March 2023 | Location: UvA | Host: Jay Armas

Iain Couzin is Director of the Department of Collective Behavior (Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior) and a Full Professor at the University of Konstanz, where he is also a spokesperson of the Cluster of Excellence ‘Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour’. Previously he was a Full Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University (2013), and prior to that a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, and a Junior Research Fellow in the Sciences at Balliol College, Oxford (2002-2007).

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>> Fernando E. Rosas (Imperial College)
       Dates: 6th - 10th of February 2023 | Location: UvA | Host: Fernando N. Santos

Fernando is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Imperial College London, based at the Centre For Psychedelic Research (Department of Medicine), and also affiliated with the Centre for Complexity Science, the Department of Mathematics, and the Data Science Institute. His current work is focused in the development of tools to enable a deeper understanding of the interdependencies that can take place in systems composed of many interacting agents. I am interested in the most fundamental and theoretical aspects of this problem, and also in the consequences and applications in diverse contexts, related to basic sciences, engineering and arts.
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>> Anton Souslov (U. Bath)
       Dates: 16th - 20th of January 2023 | Location: UvA | Host: Corentin Coulais, Jay Armas

Anton Souslov is an Assistant Professor working in the Department of Physics at the University of Bath, UK on the theory of soft materials, including mechanical metamaterials, active matter, topological states, and polymer physics. He will be visiting DIEP within the context of FAEME and work on a project with Corentin Coulais and Jack Binysh on understanding properties of active/living systems.

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>> Jack Binysh (U. Bath)
       Dates: 16th - 20th of January 2023 | Location: UvA | Host: Corentin Coulais, Jay Armas

Jack Binysh is currently a research associate in the Souslov Lab at the University of Bath. His interests are in theoretical soft matter physics, with a focus on elasticity, active systems and topological defects. He will be visiting DIEP within the context of FAEME and work on a project with Corentin Coulais and Anton Souslov on understanding properties of active/living systems.
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>> Eddie Lee (Complexity Science Hub Viena)
       Dates: 1st - 3rd December 2022| Location: UvA/IAS | Host: Wout Merbis, Greg Stephens

Eddie Lee works on a broad range of topics within complexity science and runs the Complex Collective group at Complexity Science Hub Viena. He is interested in understanding how mathematics bridges our understanding across disciplines and to leverage such understanding to devise intervention protocols commensurate with the complexity of living, growing, evolving, learning, adaptive systems. He will be giving a DIEP seminar on the 1st of December 2022.
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>> Alexander Krikun (Nordita)
       Dates: 10th of November 2022 | Location: UvA | Host: Jay Armas

Alexander Krikun is an assistant professor of theoretical physics in Nordita and works on hydrodynamics and AdS/CFT duality with focus on understanding the emergent properties of phases of matter.
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>> Sid Redner (Santa Fe Institute)
       Dates: 28th June - 1st of July 2022| Location: UvA/IAS | Host: Han van der Maas

Sid's research interests lie in non-equilibrium statistical physics and its applications to a variety of phenomena. He has worked extensively on the structure of complex networks, where he has developed new models and new methods to elucidate network structures. He has also devoted considerable effort to formulate and solve physics-based models of social dynamics. He continues to investigate problems of phase-ordering kinetics and has advanced our understanding of zero-temperature coarsening in Ising and Potts models. Sid has an enduring interest in diffusion processes and their applications in the natural world and in stochastic transport processes in disordered porous media. As part of this latter line of research, he investigates fundamental aspects of first-passage processes. He will be giving a DIEP seminar on the 30th of June.
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>> Tiziano Squartini (IMT Luca)
       Dates: 23rd June 2022 | Location: UvA/IAS | Host: Wout Merbis

Tiziano Squartini is Associate Professor at the IMT School of Advanced Studies in Lucca, within the NETWORKS Research Unit. He currently collaborates with the Supervisory Policy Division of the Dutch National Bank, Bank of England and Bank of Mexico. His research interests lie at the intersection between statistical physics and graph theory, both on the theoretical and the applied side: some of the research topics pursued by him concern network reconstruction, systemic risk estimation in financial networks, (mis)information spreading on social networks and functional brain networks analysis. He will be giving a DIEP seminar on the 23rd of June.
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>> Tomas Veloz (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
       Dates: 27th January 2022| Location: UvA/IAS | Host: Janusz Meylahn

Tomas Veloz works on chemical organisation theory, chemical reaction networks and cognition. He will be giving a DIEP seminar on the 27th of January.
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>> Akash Jain (University of Victoria, British Coloumbia)

       Dates: 8th July - 27th of July 2019 | Location: UvA | Host: Jay Armas

Akash is a postdoc at University of Victoria and works on different aspects of hydrodynamics as an emergent description of near-equilibrium thermodynamic systems. His recent work includes magnetohydrodynamics, higher-form hydrodynamics, viscoelasticity, Galilean fluids and anomalies.
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>> Enrico Parisini (U. Bologna & U. Southampton)

       Dates: 16th-29th June 2019| Location: UvA | Host: Jay Armas

Enrico Parisini is a PhD student at U. Southampton working on higher-dimensional gravity. His current work deals with understanding instabilities of higher-dimensional black holes by means of effective theories for the dynamics of branes.
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>> Amos Yarom (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology)

       Dates: 30th September - 4th of October 2018 | Location: UvA | Host: Jay Armas

Amos Yarom is professor at Technion and has made substantial contributions to hydrodynamics, black holes and holography. His research focuses on applying string theory and field theory techniques to a variety of systems ranging from heavy ion collisions through relativistic hydrodynamics, superfluids, steady states to entanglement. 
His recent works have focused on the role of quantum anomalies in entanglement entropy, a description of steady states in conformal field theories, non isotropic phases of matter using non isotropic phases of black holes, and a possible stellar propulsion mechanism due to a subtle quantum mechanical effect. Apart from expanding on several of these topics, he is interested in some novel descriptions of hydrodynamics, either using supersymmetric theory, or via a dual black hole description. Amos Yarom will be giving a talk about his work on hydrodynamics on the 1st of October (see details here) and is also co-organising a DIEP workshop on the same topic (see details here).
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>> Sebastian Huber (ETH Zurich)

       Dates: 19th-20th September 2018 | Location: UvA | Host: Corentin Coulais

Sebastian Huber is Assistant Professor of Condensed Matter Theory and researches design principles for materials whose behaviour can be explained using the quantum Hall effect. He w All existing studies in this area have been limited to two-dimensional structures. Huber is now aiming to overcome this limitation: he will design new three-dimensional materials on the drawing board and examine them experimentally. Sebastian works on many topics such as topomechanics and driven systems. He will be giving a IoP colloquium on the 20th of September 2018 at UvA (see details here).
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>> Jeremy Butterfield (U. Cambridge)

       Dates: 20th-23rd June 2018 | Location: UvA | Host: Jeroen van Dongen

Jeremy Butterfield is a distinguished philosopher of physics, a senior research fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, a fellow of the British Academy, and a past President of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science. Jeremy has worked extensively and made significant contributions to the philosophy of emergence.
The aim of Butterfield's visit is to explore certain philosophy of physics issues related to emergence together with collaborators at UvA. Butterfield, Sebastian de Haro, Jeroen van Dongen and Manus Visser are working together on aspects of duality that bear on emergence. Specifically, they are working on a paper that addresses questions of emergence of black holes in string theory (in particular, the 1996 Strominger-Vafa black hole entropy calculation and how that relates to discussions of emergence). Jeremy will be giving a talk on dualities and emergence on June 22nd (see details here).
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>> Jemal Guven (National University of Mexico, UNAM)

       Dates: 28th May-4th of June 2018 | Location: UvA & Leiden |

       Hosts: Jay Armas & Luca Giomi

Jemal Guven will be visiting DIEP from the 28th of May-4th of June. Jemal works in between mathematics and biophysics. He has done extensive and significant work in the geometry of fluid membranes, surface deformations and their applications to biomembranes, Helfrich functionals and soft matter. His recent interest include Terasaki Ramps, confinement of polymers, paper folding, elastic curves on surfaces and bending energies for architectural structures.  He will be giving a talk on the 31st of May for the soft matter group at the Lorentz Center in Leiden and on the 1st of June for the soft matter group at UvA (details here). During his stay, he will be collaborating with Jay Armas on new formulations of surface functionals and their applications.
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>> Vijay Balasubramanian (U. Penn)

       Dates: 24th-26th May 2018 | Location: UvA | Host: Jan de Boer

Vijay Balasubramanian (U. Penn) will be visiting DIEP from the 24-26th of May. Vijay has two scientific lives: he works on string theory by day and on biophysics by night (or the other way around, no one actually knows!). In any case, his research in string theory, black holes and quantum information theory has led him to establish his own group in biophysics which applies information theory to neural networks and the brain. On May 24th, Vijay will be giving a broad lecture for scientists on information processing in the brain (details here). On May 25th, Vijay will be giving a talk on emergent behaviour in quite different contexts: string theory and the brain (details here) at the route community building day.
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