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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 7th, 2010

PNAS: Human cell differentiation fractal network

We investigate the network of human cell differentiation from the fertilized egg up to a crying baby. PNAS, 2010. Dataset […]

July 7th, 2010

Physica A: Definition of random close packing of granular matter in the Edwards thermodynamic framework

Physica A 2010. The codes to generate hard spheres packing from random loose packing to FCC can be downloaded here.

July 7th, 2008

Nature: Phase diagram of jammed matter and random close packing

Paper in the Nature issue of May 29, 2008, and Supplementary Materials. News & Viewseditorial by Zamponi. Press release. Nature […]

July 7th, 2007

JSTAT: How to calculate the fractal dimension of a complex network: the box covering algorithm

Can you improve the box-covering of a network? Download the algorithms and Databases of complex networks used in our studies […]

August 3rd, 2006

Nature Physics: Origin of fractality in complex networks

Our advice: Be fractal and be robust Methods developed in the framework of statistical physics have provided a completely new […]

August 3rd, 2006

Nature Physics: Colloids aging at equilibrium

Explanation. From the August 2006 issue of Nature Physics. [Colloidal Glass] [PPT][Teff] [Movie1][Movie2] [Data]  

July 7th, 2006

Hernan Makse is honored by the Mayor of New York City

With the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Science and Technology to Young Investigator for playing with sand [press release of […]

August 3rd, 2005

Nature: Romanesque networks

News and Views Editorial by Strogatz on Self-similar Complex Networks in the January 27th, 2005 issue of Nature.

August 3rd, 2005

Nature: Self similar Complex networks

Explanation of self-similarity of Complex Networks. What is the relation between these Romanesque broccoli and the protein-protein interaction network of […]

August 4th, 2003

Nature: Taking the temperature of sand

A News and Views Nature Editorial by Bob Behringer in Nature.