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Manlio De Domenico

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Computer Science
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston B15 2TT Birmingham, UK


Room 114

EMail: m.dedomenico(at)cs[dot]bham(dot)ac[[dot]]uk

Other affiliations: Laboratory for Complex Systems (Scuola Superiore di Catania, Italy)
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Latest news



We recently published a work with the analysis of the spreading, through the Twitter social network, of the gossip about the discovery of the Higgs-boson-like particle by ATLAS and CMS teams at LHC, CERN.

The arXiv pre-print The Anatomy of a Scientific Gossip is available here: arxiv:1301.2952
A selection of videos regarding the gossip spreading and the corresponding Twitter activity is available here

Media coverage:
    New Scientist
    Phys.org
    Quantum Diaries
    Uni Bham Press Release
    Wired Italia





Among 700+ researchers from all over the world (Asia 23%, USA 22%, Europe 51% and others 4%), we have just won the Nokia Mobile Data Challenge 2012 with our study about Predictability of Human Mobility and Social Interactions, finding that you could improve the predictive accuracy of where someone was going next if you also looked at the mobility information of his or her social group (read more).

Media coverage:
    BBC Midlands Today Blog, Video
    MIT Technology review
    Slate
    Wired
    Phys.org
    MSNBC
    Panorama (Italian Magazine)
    La sicilia (Italian newspaper)
    La Gazzetta del Sud (Italian newspaper)
    Birmingham post


Research interests

My interests cover a wide variety of fields, from theoretical to experimental ones. I am mainly interested in complex systems and in exploring hidden patterns in real-world data (but I can not hide my love for purely theoretical physics). A (non-exhaustive) list of topics includes: Take a deeper look at the page about my interests. You can find here my detailed CV.

A very short description of my current activities

I am currently a Research Fellow at the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, funded by EPSRC. In particular, I am working in the group of Dr. Mirco Musolesi at the The Uncertainty of Identity: Linking Spatiotemporal Information Between Virtual and Real Worlds project (see the official website). My current activities deal with the investigation of hidden patterns and outlier detection in complex real (and virtual) networks. I am also investigating multi-relational and time-varying networks, with particular attention to social, biological and economic data. Currently, I am studying the evolutionary dynamics of DNA, the anomalous fluctuations in stock markets and in seismic events, in the framework of multiscale fluctuation analysis (take a look at my recent paper on Scaling and Universality in River Flow Dynamics, and at Refs. therein, for further details about this approach).
Finally, I am investigating mobility patterns of individuals in a complex network by means of time-delayed mutual information, trying to predict their movements by means of multivariate nonlinear prediction, based on phase-space reconstruction of mobility traces of individuals with social ties.
Please, visit my short bio page for additional details on my current and recent activities.

Recent publications

For a full list of my publications, proceeding of conferences, internal reports and anything else, please visit this page.

For a full list of my recent talks (with links to slides, in many cases) please visit the section Talks and Presentations in this page.
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By striving to do the impossible, man has always achieved what is possible. Those who have cautiously done no more than they believed possible have never taken a single step forward
M. A. Bakunin

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
A. Einstein

The scientist has a lot of experience with ignorance and doubt and uncertainty, and this experience is of very great importance, I think.
R.P. Feynman

When you know a thing, to hold that you know it, and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it: this is knowledge.
Kong Fu Tzu

We cling to our own point of view, as though everything depended on it. Yet our opinions have no permanence; like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away.
Chuang Tzu

I thank all the initial conditions and external factors, appeared or disappeared during the time, that allowed me to reach this final status.
Me (in my PhD Thesis) (even if I don't deserve to be in this section together with such people)
Some among other frequent expressions of mine:

 - Entropy never betrayed us.

 - It's worth studying complex time series analysis because everything in this world depends on time.

 - Simplicity is possible only through complexity.

 - You still have to convince me.

 - You didn't convince me.

 - No.

 - Maybe.

 - Only death is sure in this universe.

 - I make GNUplot singing.