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March 11 | Temporal Networks of Human Interaction (with Petter Holme)

  • 207 Knox Hall 606 West 122nd Street New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)
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WHEN: Monday, March 11th, 2019, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Knox Hall 207, 606 W 122nd Street

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch and light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome!

WHAT: Temporal Networks of Human Interaction

Abstract: The power of any kind of network approach lies in the ability to simplify a complex system so that one can better understand its function as a whole. Sometimes it is beneficial, however, to include more information than in a simple graph of only nodes and links. Adding information about times of interactions—modeling your system as temporal networks—can make predictions and mechanistic understanding more accurate. Just as there can be network structures affecting disease spreading, temporal structures can also govern the spreading dynamics. We will discuss recent developments in the analysis of temporal networks, including community detection, the definition of time scales, random walks and various forms of spreading processes. We argue that adding time to network representations fundamentally changes our usual network concepts—so much that it is perhaps meaningless to think of temporal networks as an extension of the network paradigm.

WHO: Petter Holme is a Swedish scientist living and working in Japan.  His research focuses on large-scale structures in society, technology and biology; mostly trying to understand them as networks.

The Networks and Time Workshop Series is part of the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Lecture Series sponsored by INCITE (Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics).

Knox Hall is located at the intersection of West 122nd Street and Broadway (606 West 122nd Street, New York, NY 10027).

For inquiries about Networks and Time, please contact Berenike Schott ( or Eugene Grey (