Category: Science

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2015 year in review

2015 has been an amazing year both on the professional and personal grounds. Here are some of the main things that happened this year: I helped to build up the “Master in Data Science and Big Data in Finance” at the Afi School of Finance. In this first edition we had 18 incredible students and the support from most of the big...

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Fully nonlinear dynamics of stochastic thin-film dewetting

S. Nesic, R. Cuerno, E. Moro, and L. Kondic Physical Review E 92, 061002(R) [LINK] [PDF] Summary: The spontaneous formation of droplets via dewetting of a thin fluid film from a solid substrate allows materials nanostructuring. Often, it is crucial to be able to control the evolution, and to produce patterns characterized by regularly spaced droplets. While thermal fluctuations are expected to...

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Temporal networks with R and igraph (updated)

A while ago, I wrote a post about how to create animations of temporal networks using R and the amazing package igraph package. The post was written in 2012 and the code does not work with the most recent versions (1.0) of igraph. Here I revisited that post, improving its performance and also making it consistent with the new versions of...

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Netmob 2015

I had the pleasure to organize last edition of Netmob at MIT Media Lab (together with Sandy Pentland, Vincent Blondel and Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye). Netmob is the primary conference in the analysis of those datasets in social, urban, societal and industrial problems. Netmob 2015 also hosted the final part of the D4D Challenge by Orange. They were 3 amazing days of...

Best papers of the 2013. What is privacy? 0

Best papers of the 2013. What is privacy?

I have read around 200 papers this year. A large fraction of them were very technical, some reviews and other very fashionable. But among them, I would like to highlight the ones that for me are the best. This is a personal selection and it is based not only on the technical aspects, but more on their impact. Specifically, these...