Complex networks: from socio-economic systems to biology and brain

August 29 - September 2, 2016, Lipari Island, Italy

The conference site will be located at Hotel Giardino Sul Mare

Aims and Scope

The aim of this workshop is to propose a novel approach empirically grounded on complex Network analysis to unravel pattern on socio-economic and biological systems.

Speakers (who have confirmed their participation)

  • Deniel Segrè (Boston University, USA)
    Systems biology of natural and engineered microbial communities

  • Fabio Vandin (University of Padua, Italy)
    Networks in Cancer

  • Lucilla De Arcangelis (Univ. Napoli II, Italy)
    Time-energy correlations as a hallmark of different branching processes

  • Tomaso Aste (UCL - London, UK)
    Networks for Predictions

  • Johanna Meijer (Leiden University, Netherland)
    Networks of the biological clock

  • Stefano Battiston (Zurich University, Switzerland)
    The Price of Complexity    

  • Vinko Zlatic (Institute Rudjer Boskovic, Croatia)
    Color Avoiding Percolation

  • Tiziana di Matteo (King’s College, london, UK)
    Dependence structure of financial markets by means of single layer networks and multiplex approach

  • Jose Javier Ramasco (IFISC, Palma de Mallorca, Spain)
    Spatial structure of cities

  • Andrea Rapisarda (University of Catania, Italy)
    Efficient Random strategies and Self-Organized Criticality in Financial Markets

  • Giovanni Petri (ISI, Turin, Italy)
    A computational topology paradigm for complex systems and neuroimaging 

  • Tiziano Squartini (IMT - Lucca, Italy)
    Networks reconstruction: applications from economics and finance

  • Fabio Saracco (IMT - Lucca, Italy)

  • Bruno Goncalves (New York University, USA)
    Language use through the lens of Big Data

  • Rossana Mastrandrea (IMT - Lucca, Italy)
    Chain-like organization and hierarchy in the human functional brain network

  • Mariangeles Serrano Moral (ICREA Research Professor at the Universitat de Barcelona, Spain)
    Essential Plasticity and Redundancy of Metabolism Unveiled by Synthetic Lethality Analysis

  • Paolo De Los Rios (EPFL, Losanne, Switzerland)
    Uncluttering document networks

  • Paolo Barucca (IMT - Lucca, Italy)
    Network Valuation in Financial Systems

  • Tommaso Gili (“Enrico Fermi” Research Center, Rome, Italy)
    Brain recovery after stroke: a complex network analysis of new active and passive language rehabilitation strategies

  • Martin Weigt (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France)
    Statistical models of proteins: From sequence evolution to protein structure, interactions and mutational landscapes

  • Giancarlo Ruffo (Univ. Torino, Italy)
    On the Understanding and Exploitation of Homophily and Heterophily in Social Interactions and Social Polarization Phenomena

  • Fabrizio Lillo (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy)
    Detectability of hierarchies in directed networks

  • Giulio Cimini (IMT - Lucca, Italy)
    Statistical validation of economic and financial networks and systemic risk 

  • Fabrizio De Vico Fallani (Inria & ICME, Paris, France)
    From static to dynamic complex brain networks

  • Alfredo Pulvirenti (University of Catania, Catania, Italy)
    Fast Analytical Methods for Finding Significant Colored Graph Motifs

  • Francesca Tria (Univ. “Sapienza”, Roma)
    The expansion into the adjacent possible as a microscopic mechanism driving innovation

  • Marco D’Errico (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
    The Flow of Risk in CDS Networks

  • Gabriele Visentin (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
    Rethinking Financial Contagion

  • Guido Caldarelli (IMT - Lucca)
    The Price of Complexity in Financial Networks

  • Andrea Gabrielli (ISC - CNR, Rome, Italy)
    The Scientific Competitiveness of Nations: a network analysis

  • Andrea Zaccaria ("Sapienza" Universita di Roma and Institute for Complex Systems, Rome, Italy)
    How the Network of Products Drives the Economic Development of Countries

  • Marián Boguñá (Universitat de Barcelona Institute of Complex Systems (UBICS), Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain)
    Hidden geometry of complex weighted networks

  • Alex Arenas (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain)
    Mapping multiplex hubs in human functional brain network

  • Alain Ronconi (Zurich University)

  • Veronika Stolbova (Zurich University)
    The climate-finance macro-network: mapping the exposures of the financial system to climate policy risks in the Euro Area

  • Diego Garlaschelli (Lorentz Institute, Leiden)

Program and Abstract book


Registration fee is 470 Euros. The fee covers the course material, bus+hydrofoil Catania airport-Lipari-Catania airport, social events.

Short Communication Session

Accepted participants may submit an abstract to present their research activity with 10 minutes presentation. The abstract should be submitted before 13 July 2016. One page abstract in pdf format to send by email to: and cc Andrea Gabrielli.


Deadline for application is July 20, 2016. Applicants will be notified about admission by July 25th. Applicants will be notified about admission by July 30, 2016.
The official language is English.

Workshop committee

  • Guido Caldarelli (IMT Lucca, IT)
  • Alfredo Ferro (University of Catania, IT)
  • Andrea Gabrielli (Institute of Complex Systems CNR, Rome, IT)
  • Rosalba Giugno (University of Verona, IT)
  • Alfredo Pulvirenti (University of Catania, IT)

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