Dirk Brockmann Visit

Next week, we’re very lucky to have Dirk Brockmann visiting the lab.  If you’re anywhere near Copenhagen there’s no excuse not to come and see him. He’s a world class scientist (see below) and in addition to mind-expanding content,  his talks often feature subtle humor, as well as legendary slideshows.

  • Date: Thursday, February 27th
  • Time: 13:30 – 14:30
  • Location: Technical University of Denmark, Building 324, Room 040 [if you’re traveling from Copenhagen, I recommend Bus 150S]
  • Title: The hidden geometry of complex, network driven contagion phenomena
  • Abstract: See below.

Dirk is theoretical physicist turned world expert in spreading patterns of contagious disease. His recent Science paper The hidden geometry of complex, network-driven contagion phenomena [Science 342, 1337 (2013)] shows that it’s possible to replace geographic distance by a probabilistically motivated effective distance which reveals a hidden geometry where disease arrival times can be accurately predicted.

Screenshot 2014-02-21 12.18.09

He’s also done interesting work on human travel patterns based on how money travels, Scaling laws of human travel [Nature 439, 462-465 (2006)]

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Finally Dirk’s work has been used to fight crime on the US hit TV series NUMB3RS – check out the action packed clip below.

Dirk is a professor at Humboldt University (recently returned from Northwestern University).

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