See press release at:
Our quest to break down complex systems is the catalyst behind recent advances at Complex Networks and Data Science Lab, including a COVID-19 digital contact tracing app in Latin America (
 that uses network theory. As our group continues developing new emergent laws for complex systems, ranging from brain networks and biological networks to social systems, a new grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers a boost. New funding supports a study entitled: “Application of the principle of symmetry to neural circuitry: From building blocks to neural synchronization in the connectome.” It seeks to determine if the same symmetry principles that explain physics can be applied to the organizing principle of living systems. Makse and Manuel Zimmer of the University of Vienna lead the study. 


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July 6th, 2013

Nature Communications: Mean-field theory of random close packings of axisymmetric particles

by Adrian Baule, Romain Mari, Lin Bo, Louis Portal, Hernan A. Makse. Finding the densest random packing of particles with […]

March 21st, 2013

PLoS ONE: Novel insights into the evolution of protein networks

March 21, 2013. Paper in PLOS ONE. System-wide networks of proteins are indispensable for organisms. Function and evolution of these […]

November 7th, 2012

Hernan Makse is elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society

Dr. Hernan Makse’s APS citation reads: “For his contributions to a broad range of topics in non-equilibrium systems ranging from […]

June 7th, 2012

PRX: Online social interactions

What are our motivations in choosing our online friends? In our recent paper in PRX we study high-quality data and […]

April 7th, 2012

Scientific Reports: Environmental factors may affect the spread of obesity

Paper in Scientific Reports. Press release: An international team of researchers’ study of the spatial patterns of the spread of […]

February 7th, 2012

PNAS: The conundrum of brain networks: small-world or fractal modularity?

Paper Dataset of brain networks and computer codes for network analysis available here. Published in PNAS, Feb. 20 (2012).

July 7th, 2011

American Economic Review: Zipf’s Law for all cities, large and small

The City Clustering Algorithm, CCA, allows for a test of Zipf’s law for cities of all sizes. We find (ta,tan,ta,tan..) […]

November 7th, 2010

Nature Physics: Connections aren’t everything

Who are the best spreaders of information in a social network? Best connected individuals may not be the most influential […]

July 7th, 2010

PRL: Renormalization Group analysis in fractal complex networks

The small world-fractal transition and information flow. See recent paper in Phys. Rev. Lett. 2010.

July 7th, 2010

PNAS: Statistical patterns in human communication and growth of cities

We find scaling laws in human communication patterns (PNAS). A recent paper presents a new way to define cities based […]