Paulien Hogeweg is a Dutch theoretical biologist and complex systems researcher studying biological systems as dynamic information processing systems at many interconnected levels. After graduating with a Masters in biology she went to volunteer at a Lab at Leiden University. It was when volunteering at Leiden University that she met Ben Hesper and together coined the term Bioinformatics, defined as: "the study of information processes in biotic systems." In 1977, Hogeweg opened a research lab dedicated to bioinformatics with Ben Hesper. In 1990, Hogeweg published an important paper in the field of pre-biotic study: "Spiral wave structure in pre-biotic evolution hypercycle stable against parasites". In 1991, Hogeweg became a full professor of Theoretical Biology at Utrecht University(UU). Since 2008, Hogeweg has been an Honorary professor at UU. Hogeweg has participated as an editor board member for Journal Theoretical Biology, Bulletin Mathematical Biology, Biosystems, Artificial Life Journal, and Ecological Informatics.
Anastasios is a Moore-Sloan Data Science Fellow at the Center for Data Science, New York University. Anastasios completed his PhD in 2013 in the Network and Operating Systems group at the Computer Laboratory in the University of Cambridge. His main research interests include human mobility modelling, social network analysis, location-based services and disruptive technologies. During his PhD he has published at top-tier conferences and journals in the fields of data mining, online social systems and user behaviour modelling, combining machine learning and complex systems techniques. Prior to joining New York University, Anastasios was also a Data Scientist at Foursquare Labs in New York and Telefonica Research, Madrid. Over the past years he has collaborated with a number of Start-Ups including retail analytics provider PiinPoint, whereas in 2015 he has teamed up with researchers in Cambridge and Belgium to launch the OpenStreetCab project.
Andrea Baronchelli is a Lecturer in Mathematics at City, University of London. His main interest is to understand and model the emerging global properties of social and cognitive systems. Topics he is currently investigating include the spontaneous emergence of social consensus, the self-organisation of the cryptocurrency ecosystem, human exploration of physical and mental spaces, and collective dynamics in online and offline social networks. At a more fundamental level, his research focuses on the study of complex networks and the way they affect the dynamical processes taking place upon them.
Petnica Science Center, Serbia
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
University of Southampton, UK