Diego Garlaschelli is Associate Professor at the Lorentz Institute for Theoretical Physics, Leiden University, and Associate Fellow of the Saïd Business School, Oxford University. In Leiden he leads an independent research group with strongly interdisciplinary interests, including network theory, economic complexity, social dynamics, statistical physics and graph theory. He teaches courses in Complex Networks and Econophysics at the Faculty of Sciences in Leiden. He holds a master degree in theoretical physics from the University of Rome III (2001) and a PhD in Physics from the University of Siena (2005). Before moving to Leiden, he held postdoctoral positions at the Australian National University in Canberra (Australia), the University of Siena (Italy), the University of Oxford (UK) and the S. Anna School for Advanced Studies in Pisa (Italy).
Francesco Bonchi is Research Leader at the ISI Foundation, Turin, Italy, where he leades the “Algorithmic Data Analytics” group. He is also Scientific Director for Data Mining at Eurecat (Technological Center of Catalunya), Barcelona. Before he was Director of Research at Yahoo Labs in Barcelona, Spain, where he was leading the Web Mining Research group.
His recent research interests include mining query-logs, social networks, and social media, as well as the privacy issues related to mining these kinds of sensible data. In the past he has been interested in data mining query languages, constrained pattern mining, mining spatiotemporal and mobility data, and privacy preserving data mining.
Chiara Poletto is a Researcher at the Pierre Louis Institute of Epidemiology and Public Health. Her background is in physics and she applies network theory and extensive computational programming to the modeling of the spread of infectious diseases, with special attention to the role of human demography, mobility and behavior on the propagation of emerging infections. On the theoretical side she is interested on the effects of hosts’ contacts and traveling patterns on the dynamics of pathogen emergence and multi-pathogen interaction. Besides these fundamental questions, she studies real epidemic events, like the MERS epidemic, the Western Africa Ebola outbreak, and the emergence of Zika in the Americas.