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Network Neuroscience Satellite at NetSci 2019

last modified Mar 18, 2019 12:35 PM

Website: https://www.netneurosci.com/
Hackathon website:
www.brainhack-networks.org/
Submissions:
https://easychair.org/my/conference.cgi?conf=nn2019
Email:
netneurosci@gmail.com

We are delighted to announce our Network Neuroscience satellite to be held on Tuesday 28th May as part of NetSci 2019, Burlington VT, USA. We invite your participation, and kindly ask you to spread this call as widely as possible.

We are inviting contributions for a number of poster and oral presentations. Please note that we have only a limited number of slots available for oral presentations, and encourage you to consider submitting your work as a poster. Submit your abstract (1 page pdf, no more than 500 words) by March 22nd; decisions will be communicated by April 5th.

We welcome submissions from all areas of Network Neuroscience, to include (but not limited to):
(i) Interactome networks;
(ii) Transcriptional and gene regulation networks;
(iii) Structural brain networks (imaging);
(iv) Functional brain networks (imaging);
(v) Brain networks - theory, modeling and analysis;
(vi) Signal processing and information flow;
(vii) Circuit dynamics;
(viii) Brain-behaviour interactions;
(ix) Systems neuroscience.

Please see our website for updates and further information. Note that one day rates are available if you are not attending the whole NetSci conference (early registration ends April 10th)

Uncovering and understanding the relationship between elements in complex networks has helped propel Network Science in various fields, including neuroscience. The brain is inherently multiscale and multivariate in nature, and understanding each part of the hierarchy and their interconnectedness is vital to understanding brain structure, function and cognition. Genes and proteins interact on the subcellular level. Subsequent populations of cells connect - and integrate within different brain regions - to support and propagate coordinated excitations of neural signals. As dynamic patterns emerge within network circuitry, these signalling patterns integrate to ultimately self-organise the whole organ - itself a cohabitant within the body - which seeks to interact with its external environment and social systems. Studying the brain at these various levels has led to the emergence of Network Neuroscience: a Network Science affiliated field within the brain-based scientific frontier.

Following the success of the event last year in Paris, we are again sponsoring a network neuroscience-related hackathon the weekend preceding the satellite.

Wellcome Trust Interdisciplinary Fellowship

last modified Mar 18, 2019 12:34 PM

The Ahnert group (Cavendish Laboratory & Sainsbury Laboratory) and the Schornack group (Sainsbury Laboratory) are inviting applications for a two-year postdoctoral position on a joint interdisciplinary project (Wellcome Junior Interdisciplinary Fellowship). This project combines mathematical and computational biology with wet-lab experiments (but no prior wet-lab experience is required). Deadline for applications: March 29th, 2019

Eligibility
Candidates will have a PhD in the physical sciences, mathematics, computing or engineering (or the life sciences, if they wish to expand their knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences) and a strong track record appropriate for their career stage. Prior knowledge of biology is not required, but a willingness to work closely with biologists is essential.

Project outline
All host-colonising microbes utilise novel secreted proteins, termed effectors, to intercept host processes such as immune suppression, metabolic and developmental reprogramming. An understanding of effector functions and mechanisms is essential to understanding and targeting disease-causing microbes. However, small host-secreted effectors often represent novel protein folds and are under diversifying selection to evade the immune system of the host while maintaining their virulence activity.

This project aims to utilise a novel genotype-phenotype mapping approach whereby a small set of functionally tested proteins will be used to computationally identify and manipulate protein sequence regions of effector proteins which are defining their virulence activity.

The holder of the interdisciplinary fellowship would apply a combination of both biological approaches such as effector protein sequence engineering and host tissue expression followed by host colonisation studies, and theoretical or computational techniques including secondary structure prediction and the application of sampling algorithms for genotype-phenotype maps.

Application deadline
midnight, March 29th 2019

Application process
see:
https://www.research-strategy.admin.cam.ac.uk/research-funding/wellcome-trust-institutional-strategic-support-fund-issf/funding-calls/junior
and contact Sebastian Ahnert (
sea31@cam.ac.uk) and Sebastian Schornack (Sebastian.Schornack@slcu.cam.ac.uk) to arrange for the supporting statement of the host department, and the formal approval of the host department (Please leave time for this before the application deadline!).

Talk on Representation Learning on Graphs

last modified Mar 18, 2019 12:33 PM

Jure Leskovec - Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, Chief Scientist at Pinterest, and investigator at Chan Zuckerberg Biohub
Wednesday 20 March 2019, 16:15-17:00
Lecture Theatre 2, Computer Laboratory, Cambridge University

http://www.talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/120487

Machine learning on graphs is an important and ubiquitous task with applications ranging from drug design to friendship recommendation in social networks. The primary challenge in this domain is finding a way to represent, or encode, graph structure so that it can be easily exploited by machine learning models. However, traditionally machine learning approaches relied on user-defined heuristics to extract features encoding structural information about a graph. In this talk I will discuss methods that automatically learn to encode graph structure into low-dimensional embeddings, using techniques based on deep learning and nonlinear dimensionality reduction. I will provide a conceptual review of key advancements in this area of representation learning on graphs, including random-walk based algorithms, and graph convolutional networks. We will discuss applications to web-scale recommender systems, healthcare and knowledge representation and reasoning.

MoN18: Eighteenth Mathematics of Networks

last modified Mar 18, 2019 12:31 PM

MoN18, the eighteenth Mathematics of Networks meeting will be held on 8th April 2019 at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford.  The theme for this meeting is "dynamics on networks and dynamics of networks". Talks can be submitted on any topic but those on theme will be given preference. Thanks to Andrew Mellor and Ebrahim Patel, our local organisers. The meeting webpage is http://www.monmeetings.org/meeting18

Registration for audience members is required for catering numbers, and is now open at
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mon18-the-eighteenth-mathematics-of-networks-meeting-tickets-55518498323

About Mathematics of Networks: MoN is an informal series of meetings that has now been running since 2003. The series encourages interdisciplinary communication in networking research. It is an excellent venue for presenting new ideas or gaining a wider audience for established research. Presentations on any aspect of networks are welcomed, particularly if the techniques or conclusions are applicable in other networking disciplines. Attendance is free of cost.

VI Mediterranean School of Complex Networks

last modified Feb 18, 2019 12:58 PM

We are calling for applications from students and young researchers in Network Science for the 6th edition of the Mediterranean School of Complex Networks, which will take place in Salina (Italy), 31 Aug-6 Sep 2019.

Early applications are expected before 31 March 2019 (no payment required at this step).

Since its first edition in 2014, our School trained more than 190 early-career researchers in Network Science from 4 continents. All details about previous editions, location, important dates and travel are available at the official website: http://mediterraneanschoolcomplex.net/

Please, note that for the youngest researchers (no more than two years from their PhD completion) who are members of the Complex Systems Society, we will grant up to two scholarships covering the registration fee.

Complex Networks 2019- Lisbon

last modified Feb 18, 2019 12:57 PM

Eighth Int. Conference on Complex Networks & Their Applications Lisbon, Portugal Dec. 10- 12, 2019

You are cordially invited to submit your contribution until September 03, 2019.

Full papers (not previously published up to 12 pages) and Extended Abstracts (about published or unpublished research up to 3 pages) are welcome.

- Papers will be included in the conference proceedings edited by Springer
- Extended abstracts will be published in the Book of Abstracts (with ISBN)
- Extended versions will be invited for publication in special issues of international journals.

For more information, see: http://www.complexnetworks.org

Alan Turing Data Study Group- April 2019

last modified Feb 18, 2019 12:56 PM

The next Alan Turing Data Study Group will be held at The Alan Turing Institute from 8 to 12 April 2019.

Data Study Groups bring together researchers, data practitioners, and industry representatives from leading organisations to work together on data science challenges posed by partner organisations in multi-disciplinary teams, enabling researchers to build collaborations and work with real-world industry datasets.

In April we will host the following challenges:

Roche - Personalised lung cancer treatment modelling using electronic health records and genomics
Great Ormond Street Hospital - Augmenting clinical decision making in intensive care (ACaDeMIC)
NATS UK Air Traffic Services Provider - Using real world data to advance air traffic control
Spend Network - Automated matching of businesses to government contract opportunities
British Antarctic Survey - Seals from space: automated Antarctic ecosystem monitoring via high-resolution satellite imagery

Deadline to apply: Monday 4 March 12:00 noon GMT.

For more information, see: https://www.turing.ac.uk/events/data-study-group-april-2019

Workshop: Critical and Collective Effects in Graphs and Networks - 2019. Les Houches, France

last modified Feb 18, 2019 12:55 PM

Workshop on Critical and Collective Effects in Graphs and Networks (CCEGN - 2019).
Les Houches (France). May 5-10, 2019.

The web page of the workshop with the information about topics and speakers may been found here: https://www.poncelet.ru/conference/critical-and-collective-effects-graphs-and-networks-2019

The main topics of the workshop include:
1) Spreading phenomena and other dynamical process on networks, Griffiths phases and spectral methods;
2) Metric structure of random graphs, and spatially embedded random graphs;
3) Random graphs with quenched disorder, microcanonical and canonical ensembles of random graphs, phase transitions, belief propagation and related questions;
4) Statistical methods in interdisciplinary applications: social and ecological networks, genomic networks, neuroscience.

Online registration is open till 5 of April 2019. All information about the registration can be found at the web page of the workshop https://www.poncelet.ru/conference/critical-and-collective-effects-graphs-and-networks-2019 in the section "Registration".

NetMob 2019- Oxford

last modified Feb 18, 2019 12:53 PM

Where and When:
Mathematical Institute, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
July 8-10, 2019

NetMob is the primary conference in the analysis of mobile phone datasets in social, urban, societal and industrial problems. Previous editions in Boston and Milano brought together more than 250 researchers, practitioners and decision-makers from more 140 institutions and 30 countries.
See http://www.netmob.org

Call for abstracts:
The conference format is flexible: one track of short contributed talks, a simplified submission procedure (1-page abstracts only), and the possibility to present recent results or results submitted elsewhere. We welcome all contributions that deal with the analysis of mobile phone datasets. This includes but is not limited to the analysis of CDRs, mobile location data, wifi usage, app-generated data, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

Important dates:
*Submission deadline: 15 March 2019
*Notification of acceptance: 30 March 2019
*Registration opening: 30 March 2019

Entropy- special issue

last modified Feb 18, 2019 12:52 PM

The journal Entropy (IF: 2.3) has opened a call for papers for a special issue edited by Dr. Lucas Lacasa devoted to entropy and complexity measures in nonlinear dynamics and complex systems, including network science. Both theoretical and applied papers are welcome.

The link is here:
https://www.mdpi.com/journal/entropy/special_issues/Nonlinear_Dynamics_Complexity

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019

JIMIS- special issue

last modified Feb 18, 2019 12:52 PM

We invite submissions for a special issue of JIMIS, the Journal of Interdisciplinary Methodologies and Issues in Science, http://jimis.episciences.org/ on the topic of the Analaysis of Graphs and Complex Networks. JIMIS is published by Épisciences/CNRS (French national center for research).

Several authors have asked for an extension, so the deadline has been changed to the 17 of March 2019.

The CFP is available on the journal's Website: https://jimis.episciences.org/page/si-marami
The submission process is conducted on EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=jimis2019

methods@manchester Summer School 2019

last modified Feb 18, 2019 12:51 PM

1-12 July 2019

The seventh methods@manchester Summer School will be held at The University of Manchester from 1 July to 12 July 2019. Each course at the school will run for one week, offering four days of content to a five-day timetable (Monday afternoon to Friday lunch-time), building on successful methods@manchester and CMIST short-courses given throughout the year.

The school offers a range of specialised courses covering a variety of topics that are particularly relevant to postgraduate and ECR research in humanities and social sciences. The selection includes software training, qualitative and quantitative analysis, area studies, and research design. The course content is based on approaches from across the various schools in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester.

We also offer daytime catering of the event, optional social outings during the summer school period, and advice on transport and accommodation if you are travelling to Manchester to attend a course.

Full details, including lists of courses (which include introductory and advanced courses in SNA), are given here: https://www.methods.manchester.ac.uk/connect/events/summer-school-2019/courses/

Greenwich Summer of DANS 2019

last modified Feb 18, 2019 12:50 PM

Summer school on data and network science
Centre for Business Network Analysis, University of Greenwich
London, 10-14 of June 2019

The Greenwich Summer of DANS 2019 is a summer school on data and network science organised at the University of Greenwich, London. The school has a dynamic study programme where participants will have a central role. It brings together a team of international lecturers and experts with academic and industrial experience to friendly guide you through fundamental aspects of data and network science with applications to social media, social contagion and business analytics. The school will have a mix of theory, specialised seminars and computer labs, plus allocated time to develop a team project to be presented at the end of the school. The school is not only about data and network science methods but a full learning experience to develop creativity, teamwork and most of all, to have fun.

The expected audience are Master/PhD students, researchers and professionals interested on data and network science who are comfortable with some math and computer programming. No hard skills are expected though.

Registration: https://bit.ly/2T9VkYW

Phd fellowship available at University of Cyprus

last modified Feb 18, 2019 12:49 PM

Title: Marie Sklodowska-Curie PhD fellowship on “Exercise Habits and Social Contagion" at the University of Cyprus

Applications are invited for one PhD fellowship position on Big Data Analytics with focus on “Exercise Habits and Social Contagion” at the University of Cyprus. The fellowship is fully funded under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie
European Training Network (ETN) project “RAIS: Real Time Analytics for the Internet of Sports.”

The Fellow will be hosted at Social Analytics and Networks Lab and co-advised by Christos Nicolaides from University of Cyprus and Dean Eckles from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Position Code: RAIS-UCY-ESR11 “Exercise Habits and Social Contagion Patterns”:

All Details about the position and how you can apply can be found here: https://rais-itn.eu/position/RAIS-UCY-ESR11

For more info and expression of interest please contact Christos
Nicolaides at: nicolaides.christos@ucy.ac.cy

Applications received by 1st March, 2019 will be considered in the first evaluation cycle.

techspert.io – seeking network scientists

last modified Feb 18, 2019 12:48 PM

techspert.io is a Cambridge-based startup, and using powerful new computational tools to shake up the knowledge-broking industry – our software indexes and ranks experts for their ability to speak on any defined niche. This allows companies to access the expertise needed to make mission-critical decisions; bringing important goods and services to market faster, and changing the course of humanity for the better.

Network-based thinking is a central part of our search and ranking engine's methodology, as we build a model of the links between experts and their field more widely to evaluate their influence.

We're therefore seeking postgrads with a background in network science to join our team this autumn, with internships available in the interim – and we'd be interested in hearing from any network scientists interested in learning more about us or collaborating. If you're interested in coming to work directly on our search and ranking algorithms, then a quantitative approach and experience programming in Python are a must, and some experience with machine learning or cloud providers like AWS would be a definite plus!

Our work is exciting and fast-paced. As one of our team you'll develop cutting-edge technologies, and see the real-world benefits that your work brings. We pay well, and offer generous bonus and options schemes and employee benefits. Our lovely team come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and we have regular socials, external events, and an awesome yearly retreat abroad.

If you'd like to learn more, or maybe to come and visit us at our beautiful startup pad just outside the city, please drop Amrit an email (amrit@techspert.io). We look forward to hearing from you!

Postdoc in Topological and Network Neuroscience

last modified Feb 18, 2019 12:47 PM

We invite applications for one Postdoctoral Researcher in Topological and Network Neuroscience to work with Dr. Giovanni Petri at ISI Foundation.

This is a full-time, 1-year fixed term position (renewable for a second year).  This interdisciplinary project will leverage recent advances in topological data analysis tools to investigate structural and dynamical alteration in brain connectivity and functions, with special attention to neurodegenerative diseases. The appointed researcher is expected to interact with members of the group, as well as with graduate and phd students, and to work across a range of applications of network and topological data analysis, exemplified by the multiple internal and external collaborations (with the ISI "Mathematics and Foundations of Complex Systems" Lab led by Prof. Yamir Moreno, with the computational neuroscience group led by Dr. Demian Battaglia, Aix-Marseille; with the Brain Dynamics Lab, led by Prof. Manish Saggar, Stanford;  with the cognitive control lab led by Prof. Jonathan Cohen, Princeton). While the appointed researcher will focus on analysis and modelling of neurodegenerative conditions, the techniques developed  are expected to be valuable across a range of data-driven approaches, e.g. complex systems, computational topology, machine learning and computational mesoscopic modelling.

For more details, see: https://www.isi.it/en/news-events/open-position-post-doc-in-topological-and-network-neuroscience

Post-doctoral fellowship on Networks and Health

last modified Feb 18, 2019 12:46 PM

A fellowship on Networks and Health is currently available in the Community Interventions for Infection Control Unit (CI-ICU), Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. CI-ICU plays a key role in the development of recommendations on use of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) for mitigating the transmission of pandemic influenza. Community-level NPIs can be added during pandemics and implemented in a graded fashion depending on the severity of the pandemic; these include measures aimed to reduce social contacts between people in schools, workplaces, and other community settings.

The specific opportunities for the fellow include:
Conduct social network analysis to assess social contact and mixing patterns in schools and workplaces.
Collaborate on epidemiological and modeling projects on NPIs.
Develop innovative strategies for reducing or slowing the transmission of pandemic influenza.

The fellowship details can be found at https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/CDC-DGMQ-2019-0070

Data Science for Social Good 2019 Summer Fellowship- the Alan Turing Institute

last modified Jan 15, 2019 04:14 PM

Applications are now open for the first UK edition of the Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) Fellowship. The fellowship is a 12-week programme in summer 2019 which will bring together some of the top talent from data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence and other related areas to analyse real-world data science challenges for non-profits and government organisations.

Masters, PhD and graduate students are eligible to apply for the fellowship and potentially final year undergraduates. The programme is open to students worldwide. DSSG fellows make a full-time commitment and receive a stipend to cover expenses.

Find out more information and how to apply here: https://www.turing.ac.uk/collaborate-turing/data-science-social-good?_cldee=c2VtOTFAY2FtLmFjLnVr&recipientid=contact-f950ceefd2a9e711810970106faa95f1-bc4cb622281c46f7b42dddeb824c55db&esid=e0347ac2-9c03-e911-a975-002248014cd6

The deadline for applications is 31 January 2019.

Chaucer club lecture- The Cambridge NeuralNET

last modified Jan 15, 2019 04:13 PM

David Rowitch (Dept of Paediatrics, University of Cambridge)
The Cambridge NeuralNET: Investigating origins of brain and mental health
Hosted by: Kate Baker
4pm, Lecture Theatre at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge, 15 Chaucer Rd, Cambridge, CB2 7EF

For more details, and a list of the rest of Lent term's Chaucer club lectures, see:
http://www.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/seminar-information/chaucer-club/

Data Natives 2019

last modified Jan 15, 2019 04:12 PM

March 1st at City, University of London.

Data Natives is back for the 5th edition!

Join us for a relaxed day of networking and presentations on human behaviour, cities, computational social science and complex networks, among the other things. If you are PhD or PostDoc and excited about sharing your research and ideas with like-minded people, please select the "Abstract Submission & Attendee Registration" option and send us a ~200 words abstract by February 8. If you are just curious about Data Science, you can register as an attendee (but if you have a piece of research please do not be shy and submit an abstract!).

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/data-natives-2019-tickets-53100516073