About me

I am fascinated by the emergence of complex systemic behavior which arises from the interactions of simple elements. Examples include human cognition arising from neurons and synapses; cellular regulatory processes arising from proteins and RNA; flocking patterns arising from birds and fish; and societies arising from individuals. There is currently no universal method to understand or predict such complex, emergent behaviors. I am developing a candidate method based on information theory. I work on various types of applications in various collaborations, including the immune system, health and well-being, finance, and psychopathology, in the hope of transferring knowledge across domains as well as identifying universalities in their emergent properties.

My activities

Some highlights

Board member of NetSci in NL

I have become a board member of the Dutch chapter of the well-known international Network Science Society (NetSci).

Organizer of IPCS 2018 in Greece

I am the main organizer of the Information Processing in Complex Systems (IPCS) workshop as part of the Conference on Complex Systems, together with Mile Gu, Eckehard Olbrich, and Manlio De Domenico

Research Fellow in IAS

I am a Research Fellow in the Institute of Advanced Studies in Amsterdam, where I contribute a complex systems perspective to various meetings and diverse application domains.

Visiting Scholar to Yale

I was invited as a Visiting Scholar for a 2-month visit to the Yale University's School of Medicine to work together with Smita Krishnaswamy on causality inference in high-quality gene regulatory data (July-August 2017).