From complex systems to networks and computational social science

Ven, 22/04/2022 - 14:30 / 15:15

204, Viale Romania

Speaker: Federico Battiston , Central European University

Abstract

In this talk I will provide a brief overview of my research activity over the last decade. I will discuss networks as the natural tool to model a wide variety of complex relational systems and understand their emergent collective dynamics. Prompted by mounting empirical evidence, I will focus in particular on the relevance of generalized network structures. These include (i) multilayer networks, where nodes can be connected by links of different types; and (ii) higher-order networks, which allow for an effective description of group interactions. Finally, I will discuss applications of network science to social systems, including large-scale collaboration networks, social dynamics in escape rooms, and the evolution of cumulative culture in hunter-gatherer social networks.