Research interests

Some central topics in my research:

- Dynamics of epidemics
- Evolutionary (game) dynamics
- Evolution of cooperation
- Complex social networks



Collaborators: Tom Lenaerts, Francisco C. Santos, Jorge M. Pacheco, Ann Nowé and Steven de Jong

CV

[10/2010-10/2013] "Chargé de recherches" of the Fund for Scientific Research of the Belgian Francophone Community (F.R.S.-FNRS).
[04/2010] Ph.D. degree in Computer Science at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.
[02/2009-09/2010] Visiting scientist at the Machine Learning Group (MLG) of Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
[12/2007-01/2009] Visiting scientist at the Institut de Recherches Interdisciplinaires et de Développements en Intelligence Artificielle (IRIDIA) of Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
[10/2006-09/2010] Ph.D. student at the Computational Modeling Lab (CoMo) of Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. Supervision by Prof. Dr. Ann Nowé, Prof. Dr. Tom Lenaerts and Prof. Dr. Jorge Pacheco.
[09/2006] Master degree in Computer Science at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. Thesis with Prof. Dr. Tom Lenaerts.
[09/2005] Master degree in Mathematics at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. Thesis with Prof. Dr. Dirk Vermeir.

Referee activities

I have acted as a referee for the following scientific journals:

- Advances in Complex Systems
- European Physical Journal B
- Europhysics Letters
- International Journal of Modern Physics C
- Journal of Theoretical Biology
- Journal of the Royal Society Interface
- New Journal of Physics
- Physica A
- Physical Review E
- Physical Review Letters

Program committee member of:

- European Conference on Artifical Life 2011

Talks, Seminars and Posters

11) Seminar
Adaptive contact networks change disease infectiousness and dynamics.
Presented at the Centre for Health Economics Research and Modeling Infectious Diseases, University of Antwerp (October 2010).
10) Talk
Behavioral differences and the evolution of cooperation in adaptive social networks.
Presented at the 21st Benelux Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Eindhoven, Netherlands (October 2009).
09) Talk
Emergence of cooperation in adaptive social networks with behavioral diversity.
Presented at the 10th European Conference on Artificial Life, Budapest, Hungary (September 2009).
08) Talk
Reacting differently to adverse ties promotes cooperation in social networks.
Presented at the International Workshop on Coping with Crises in Complex Socio-Economic Systems, Zürich, Switzerland (June 2009).
07) Talk
Evolution of cooperation in adaptive social networks.
Presented at the Workshop on statistical mechanics of game theory, Mariehamn, Finland (May 2009).
06) Talk
The coevolution of loyalty and cooperation.
Presented at the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, Trondheim, Norway (May 2009).
05) Invited talk
Evolution of cooperation in self-organizing populations.
Presented at the ZiF-Conference: Functioning and Failure of Adaptive Biological Networks, Bielefeld, Germany (April 2009).
04) Talk
Reacting differently to adverse ties promotes cooperation in social networks.
Presented at the Workshop on Mathematical Methods and Modeling of Biophysical Phenomena, Angra dos Reis, Brazil (March 2009).
03) Seminar
Epidemiology in the information age.
Seminar presented at the Center for Theoretical Physics (CFTC), Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal (November 2008).
02) Poster presentation
The evolution of prompt reaction to adverse ties.
Poster presented at the International Workshop on Challenges and Visions in the Social Sciences, Zürich, Switzerland (August 2008).
01) Poster presentation
The evolution of prompt reaction to adverse ties.
Poster presented at the AMS-SBM Joint International Meeting, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (June 2008).

Conferences, Workshops and Summer Schools

[2009] Benelux Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Eindhoven, Netherlands. (29-30 October)
[2009] European Conference on Artificial Life, Budapest, Hungary. (13-16 September)
[2009] International Workshop on Coping with Crises in Complex Socio-Economic Systems, Zürich, Switzerland. (8-13 June)
[2009] Statistical mechanics of game theory, Mariehamn, Finland. (27-30 May)
[2009] IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, Trondheim, Norway. (18-21 May)
[2009] ZiF-Conference: Functioning and Failure of Adaptive Biological Networks, Bielefeld, Germany. (1-3 April)
[2009] Workshop on Mathematical Methods and Modeling of Biophysical Phenomena, Angra dos Reis, Brazil (15-21 March)
[2008] ANTS, Sixth International Conference on Ant Colony Optimization and Swarm Intelligence, Brussels, Belgium. (22-24 September)
[2008] International Workshop on Challenges and Visions in the Social Sciences, Zürich, Switzerland. (18-23 August)
[2008] AMS-SBM Joint International Meeting, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (4-7 June)
[2007] International School on Complexity: Course on Statistical Physics of Social Dynamics: Opinions, Semiotic Dynamics and Language, Erice, Italy. (14-19 July)
[2007] IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. (1-5 April)
[2006] Benelux Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Namur, Belgium. (5-6 October)

Theses

[2010] Complex Dynamics in Adaptive Networks, Ph.D. in Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
[2006] Stochastic and Spatial Simulation of the Chemoton, M.Sc. in Computer Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
[2005] A Logic for Action and Change, Master degree in Mathematics, Vrije Universiteit Brussel.