Reading Group

The Reading Group meets biweekly on Wednesdays, 12:50-1:40pm, in the Decision Theater (first floor) in Farrell Hall (Trinity Campus).’

Spring 2015
Mar 11Max Wasserman, Xiao Han T. Zeng and Luís A. Nunes Amaral"Cross-evaluation of metrics to estimate the significance of creative works"
Feb 25Aaron Clauset, Samuel Arbesman, Daniel B. Larremore"Systematic inequality and hierarchy in faculty hiring networks"
Jan 28Cristian Tomasetti, Bert Vogelstein"Variation in cancer risk among tissues can be explained by the number of stem cell divisions"
Jan 14Melissa H. Pespeni et. al."Evolutionary change during experimental ocean acidification"
Fall 2014
Nov 19Enys Mones, Nuno A. M. Araújo, Tamás Vicsek & Hans J. Herrmann"Shock waves on complex networks"
Nov 5Zhilin Qu, Fagen Xie, Alan Garfinkel, James N. Weiss"Origins of Spiral Wave Meander and Breakup in a Two-Dimensional Cardiac Tissue Model"
Oct 22Saulo D. S. Reis, Yanqing Hu, Andrés Babino, José S. Andrade Jr, Santiago Canals, Mariano Sigman, Hernán A. Makse"Avoiding catastrophic failure in correlated networks of networks"
Oct 8Jonathan N. Pruitt, Charles J. Goodnight"Site-specific group selection drives locally adapted group compositions"
Sep 24Gire et al."Genomic surveillance elucidates Ebola virus origin and transmission during the 2014 outbreak"
Sep 10Paolo Santi, Giovanni Resta, Michael Szell, Stanislav Sobolevsky, Steven H. Strogatz, and Carlo Ratti"Quantifying the benefits of vehicle pooling with shareability networks"
Aug 27Maximilian Schich, Chaoming Song, Yong-Yeol Ahn, Alexander Mirsky, Mauro Martino, Albert-László Barabási, Dirk Helbing"A network framework of cultural history"
Spring 2014
Mar 19David Lazer, Ryan Kennedy, Gary King, Alessandro Vespignani"The Parable of Google Flu: Traps in Big Data Analysis"
Feb 26Justin Werfel, Kirstin Petersen, Radhika Nagpal"Designing Collective Behavior in a Termite-Inspired Robot Construction Team"
Jan 29Saramäki et al"Persistence of social signatures in
human communication
Jan 15Dirk Brockmann and Dirk Helbing"The Hidden Geometry of Complex,
Network-Driven Contagion Phenomena
Fall 2013
Oct 09Lui­s M. A. Bettencourt"The Origins of Scaling in Cities"
Sept 25Lilian Weng, Filippo Menczer, Yong-Yeol Ahn"Virality Prediction and Community Structure in Social Networks"
Sept 11Erik Andreas Martens, Shashi Thutupalli, Antoine Fourrière, and Oskar Hallatschek"Chimera states in mechanical oscillator networks"
Aug 28Lijun Suna, Kay W. Axhausena, Der-Horng Leeb, and Xianfeng Huanga"Understanding metropolitan patterns of daily encounters"
Spring 2013
May 15Dirk Helbing"Globally networked risks and how to respond"
April 24Daniel W. McShea, Wim Hordijk"Complexity by Subtraction"
April 10Thomas Grund, Christian Waloszek, Dirk Helbing"How Natural Selection Can Create Both Self- and Other-Regarding Preferences, and Networked Minds"
Mar 27Joshua M. Epstein"Agent-Based Computational Models and Generative Social Science"
Feb 27Stefan Thurner, J. Doyne Farmer, John Geanakoplos"Leverage causes fat tails and clustered volatility"
Feb 13Jeff Clune, Jean-Baptiste Mouret and Hod Lipson"The evolutionary origins of modularity"
Jan30Tobias Galla and J. Doyne Farmer"Complex dynamics in learning complicated games"
Fall 2012
Dec 5Sugihara et alDetecting Causality in Complex Ecosystems
Nov 7Dobson et alComplex systems analysis of series of blackouts: Cascading failure, critical points, and self-organization
Oct 24Torres-Sosa, Huang & AldanaCriticality is an emergent property of genetic networks that exhibit evolvability
Sept 26Bond et alA 61-million-person experiment in social influence and political mobilization (see also: supplement; press [Markoff, NYTimes])
Sept 12ENCODE Project ConsortiumAn integrated encyclopedia of DNA elements in the human genome
(see also: press [Maher, Nature]; press [Kolata, NY Times])
Spring 2012
June 20Feng et alLinking agent-based models and stochastic models of financial markets
June 6Bettencourt et alUrban Scaling and Its Deviations: Revealing the Structure of Wealth, Innovation and Crime Across Cities
(see also: Commentary [by authors])
May 23Gallup et alVisual attention and the acquisition of information in human crowds
(see also: press)
May 2Ugander et alStructural Diversity in Social Contagion
(see also: press)
Apr 11Johnson, Zhao, Hunsader, Meng, Ravindar, Carran & Tivnan"Financial black swans driven by ultrafast machine ecology"
(see also: press)
Mar 28Thurner, Szell & SinatraEmergence of Good Conduct, Scaling and Zipf Laws in Human Behavioral Sequences in an Online World (see also: press)
Mar 14Simini, Gonzalez, Maritan & BarabasiA universal model for mobility and migration patterns
(see also: supplement; press)
Feb 22Nishimoto, Vu, Naselaris, Benjamini, Yu & GallantReconstructing Visual Experiences from Brain Activity Evoked by Natural Movies
(see also: group website; press release; Youtube clip)
Feb 8Thomas C. SchellingDynamic Models of Segregation
Jan 25Couzin et alUninformed Individuals Promote Democratic Consensus in Animal Groups
(see also: Commentary: Can Ignorance Promote Democracy? [West & Bergstrom])
Jan 11Reshef et alDetecting Novel Associations in Large Data Sets
(see also: Commentary by Philip Ball; Commentary in Science)
Fall 2011
Nov 30Khatiba et al & Foldit PlayersAlgorithm discovery by protein folding game players
Nov 9Pickard et alTime-critical social mobilization
Oct 26Petersen et alStatistical laws governing fluctuations in word use from word birth to word death
(see also: Google's Ngram Viewer; related work with Google Books: Quantitative analysis of culture using millions of digitized books)
Oct 12Crane & SornetteRobust dynamic classes revealed by measuring the response function of a social system
(see also: Endogenous versus exogenous origins of crises)
Sept 28Johnson & FowlerThe evolution of overconfidence
(see also: News & Views perspective)
Sept 7Hsiang, Meng & CaneCivil conflicts are associated with the global climate
(see also: News & Views perspective and Criticism & response [see comment #5])
Summer 2011
Aug 25Ott, Choi, Cardie & HancockFinding Deceptive Opinion Spam by Any Stretch of the Imagination
(see also: In a Race to Out-Rave, 5-Star Web Reviews Go for $5)
July 28Sparrow, Liu & WegnerGoogle Effects on Memory: Cognitive Consequences of Having Information at Our Fingertips
(see also: Commentary and Forbes' article)
June 30Romero, Meeder & Kleinberg"Differences in the Mechanics of Information Diffusion Across Topics: Idioms, Political Hashtags, and Complex Contagion on Twitter"
(see also: Jon Kleinberg's website)
June 16Liu, Slotine & Barabasi"Controllability of complex networks"
(see also: companion website)
June 2Helbing & Yu"The outbreak of cooperation among success-driven individuals under noisy conditions"
May 19Waibel, Floreano, & Keller"A Quantitative Test of Hamilton's Rule for the Evolution of Altruism" + Additional Reading (Aatish)
Spring 2011
May 5Mlot, Tovey & Hu"Fire ants self-assemble into waterproof rafts to survive floods" + Additional Reading (Grossman)
April 21Quentin D. Atkinson"Phonemic Diversity Supports a Serial Founder Effect Model of Language Expansion from Africa" + Additional Reading (Wade)
April 21M. Dunn et al"Evolved structure of language shows lineage-specific trends in word-order universals" + Additional Reading (Keim)
April 7M.S. Harr'e et al"The aggregate complexity of decisions in the game of Go"
March 24Wilf & Evans"There's plenty of time for evolution"
Feb 24John Geanakoplos"Solving the Present Crisis and Managing the Leverage Cycle"
Feb 10S. Cauchemez et al."Role of social networks in shaping disease transmission during a community outbreak of 2009 H1N1 pandemic influenza" [see article on results]
Jan 27J.-B. Michel et al."Quantitative analysis of culture using millions of digitized books"
Fall 2010
Dec 8Stuart KauffmanPresentation: "Res Extensa and Res Potentia: A Theory of Consciousness"
Nov 17(no paper)Roundtable discussion: Current boundaries of complexity science, big and small
Nov 3Wang, Liao & Zhang"Genomic patterns of pleiotropy and the evolution
of complexity
Oct 20Buldyrev, Parshani, Paul, Stanley & Havlin"Catastrophic cascade of failures in interdependent networks"
Commentary: "Networked Networks Are Prone to Epic Failure"
Oct 6Woolley, Chabris, Pentland, Hashmi & Malone"Evidence for a collective intelligence factor in the performance of human groups"
Sept 22Espinosa-Soto & Wagner"Specialization can drive the evolution of modularity"
Sept 8Nowak, Tarnita & Wilson"The evolution of eusociality"
Commentary: "Scientists square off on evolutionary value of helping relatives"
Spring 2009
April 8Schmidt & Lipson"Distilling free-form natural laws from experimental data"
Feb 25Kearns, Judd, Tan & Wortman"Behavioral experiments on biased voting in networks"
Feb 11Fowler & Christakis"Dynamic spread of happiness in a large social network: Longitudinal analysis over 20 years in the Framingham Heart Study"
Feb 4Braess et al."On a paradox of traffic planning" (read the original in German)
Commentary: "Preface to 'On a paradox of traffic planning'"
Jan 21Kashtan & Alon"Spontaneous evolution of modularity and network motifs"
Fall 2008
Oct 29Guimera, Uzzi, Spiro & Amaral"Team assembly mechanisms determine collaboration network structure and team performance"
Oct 22Wuchty, Jones & Uzzi"The increasing dominance of teams in production of knowledge"
Oct 8Youn, Gastner & Jeong"The price of anarchy in transportation networks: Efficiency and optimality control"
Oct 1Hill, Bentley & Dunbar"Network scaling reveals consistent fractal pattern in hierarchical mammalian societies"
Sept 24Kemp & Tenenbaum"The discovery of structural form" + appendix
Sept 17Gonzalez, Hidalgo & Barabasi"Understanding individual human mobility patterns"
Sept 10Chris Anderson"The end of theory: The data deluge makes the scientific method obsolete"
Spring 2008
April 24S. C. AlbrightS. Arbesman & S. Strogatz"A statistical analysis of hitting streaks in baseball""A journey to baseball's alte>
Feb 21Michael BattyMakse et al."The size, scale, and shape of cities""Modelling urban growth patterns"
Feb 7Lieberman, Michel, Jackson, Tang1 & NowakAtkinson, Meade, Venditti, Greenhill, & Pagel"Quantifying the evolutionary dynamics of language""Languages evolve in punctuational bursts"
Jan 24W. B. Rouse"Complex engineered, organizational and natural systems: Issues underlying the complexity of systems and fundamental research needed to address these issues"
Fall 2007
Nov 07K. Zhang & T. J. SejnowskiChen, Hall, & Chklovskii"""Wiring optimization can relate neuronal structure and function"
Oct. 24R. D'Souza et al.A.-L. Barabasi & R. Albert"Emergence of tempered preferential attachment from optimization""Emergence of scaling in random networks"
Oct 10Liu et al.Hidalgo et al."Complexity of coupled human and natural systems""The product space conditions the development of nations"
Sept 26Lim, Metzler, & Bar-Yam"Global pattern formation and ethnic/cultural violence"
Spring 2007
Apr 25Bettencourt, Lobo, Helbing, Kuhnert, & West"Growth, innovation, scaling, and the pace of life in cities"
Apr 11Michael Gastner & Mark Newman"Shape and efficiency in spatial distribution networks"
"The spatial structure of networks"
"Optimal design of spatial distribution networks"
Mar 28Shen-Orr, Milo, Mangan, & AlonItzkovitz, Levitt, Kastan, Milo, Itzkovitz, & Philip Ball"The physical modelling of human social systems"
Feb 21D. RindKerry Emanuel"Complexity and climate""Increasing destructiveness of tropical cyclones over the past 30 years"
Feb 07Weng, Bhalla, & IyengarKoch & Laurent"Complexity in biological signaling systems""Complexity and the nervous system"
Jan 24George M. Whitesides, et al."Complexity in chemistry"
Jan 10P.W. Anderson"More is different"