Federico Battiston

Assistant Professor

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Vienna, Quellenstrasse 51 | A306
+43 125 230 3116


My name is Federico, and I am an Assistant Professor in Network Science. Before joining CEU I was a PostDoc at the Department of Anthropology of UCL and the Brain & Spine Institute in Paris. I hold a PhD from Queen Mary University of London (under the supervision of Vito Latora) and BSc and MSc degrees in statistical physics from Sapienza University of Rome. I am one of the Chair of NetSci2023, the flagship conference of the Network Science Society whose next European edition will be held in Vienna. I am a former Elected Chair of the Young Researchers of the Complex Systems Society, and a current Elected Member of its council. My research has appeared in Science Advances, Nature Human Behavior, Nature Reviews Physics, Physics Reports and many other leading journals. I am the Network Associate Editor for Communications Physics, the little sister of Nature Communications.

I use my background in statistical physics, human evolutionary ecology and complexity science to describe social networks, model sustainable urban systems and understand the human brain. I am an expert of generalised network structures (networks, but 'beyond simple networks'!), including multilayer networks and higher-order networks. I also work a lot on understanding how network structure affects and determines dynamics and the emergence of often unexpected collective behavior. My favorite dynamical processes are concerned with the modeling of human behavior, including social and cultural dynamics, innovation dynamics, evolutionary game theory and cooperation, coordination and synchronization (this one also describes the brain, e.g. epilepsy!). In terms of empirical research, beyond classical online and offline social networks I am also an expert of cumulative culture evolution and hunter-gatherer networks. I have worked a lot on quantifying success in creative careers, including the emerging field of science of science and collaboration networks. I also like to play with escape room dynamics, street networks and mobility, the structural and functional human connectomes, and ecological networks.

My current website is experiencing a major refurbishment to come back stronger and brighter (!), but luckily my Google Scholar's profile can still be useful to track my most recent research.


PhD in Applied Mathematics, Queen Mary University of London
MSc in Theoretical Physics, Sapienza University of Rome
BSc in Physics, Sapienza University of Rome

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