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School of Mathematical Sciences

Mr Gabriele Di Bona


Postgraduate Research Student

Room Number: Mathematical Sciences Building, Room: MB-402
Twitter: @gabridibo


Research Supervisors - Vito Latora, Lucas Lacasa, Vittorio Loreto.

Research Keywords - Complex Networks, Innovation and exploration dynamics, Social networks, Big data.

Project Title - The impact of social interactions on exploration and innovation processes.

Project Description - My current research interests cover several aspects of complex networks, with a special focus on innovation dynamics and its applications. My main Ph.D. project aims to unveal the mechanisms that govern the exploration of conceptual spaces within the new "adjacent possible" framework and understand how social interactions affect this process. This project will be carried out both by creating and analysing new datasets, from music to technology and science, and by developing new general mathematical and physical models. The final part of this project is dedicated to the introduction of higher-order interactions in innovation models, both from a social point of view (a group of authors publish a paper together) and a data point of view (a paper contains more than one keyword).

Other Research Interests - I am also working on a number of different applications of complex networks to other fields, like hyperbrain network analysis in controlled experiments to test social effects on creativity with Dr. C. Luft, as well as a new algorithm applied to the gene regulatory network of cancer cells with Prof. S. Bicciato. I am also using higher-order methods to understand the evolution of blockchain and the meaning of decentralization in the scientific landscape with Dr. A. Barronchelli and Dr. N. Perra. Finally, on a more theorethical side, I am applying large deviations theory to find a fully-local maximum entropy random walk.

Public Engagement- I am founder and organiser of NetPLACE (Networks, PhD Life and ComplExity), a new series of seminars for early-career researchers in Complex Systems and Networks. These seminars are intended to provide a friendly place for CSN students from all over the world to interact and to present new/interesting developments from their areas of interest in the complex systems and networks field, while also talking about the difficulties encountered doing their research. I have also been co-founder and organiser for the last two years of a series of international seminars for graduate maths students, the GIM Seminars. 15 PhD students, including me, have contributed to the organization of GIMs, collecting 28 speakers from 16 different universities, with the number of attendees in the audience between 15 and 40 people, reaching out to more than 150 PhD students from all over the world. I have also continued to be in the organization of TEDxCatania, even from far away, leading the event management team, made of 10 volunteers, responsible to organise every year many local events for ideas worth spreading. In the past I have been organiser of an internal series of seminars in my department, ending up with 22 seminars and 28 speakers. 

Education - Before joining Queen Mary, Gabriele studied applied mathematics at the University of Catania, Italy (both BSc and MSc). He was also a student of the "Scuola Superiore di Catania", a public institution that provides university students with advanced additional courses. During the MSc, he worked as a trainee in the Creativity team at Sony Computer Science Laboratories in Paris under the supervision of Prof. Vittorio Loreto. 

If you have any idea (good or bad we'll see together), do not hesitate to contact me!!!

(Last update on 30-Mar-2022.)


AY 2021/2022 - Semester 2

  • Demonstrator - ECS660U/ECS7008P - Modelling and Performance - @QMUL
  • TA - MTH6142 - Complex Networks - @QMUL

AY 2020/2021 - Semester 2

  • TA - MTH4115/MTH4215 - Vectors and Matrices - @QMUL
  • TA - MTH4116/MTH4216 - Probability and Statistics I - @QMUL
  • TA - MTH6142 - Complex Networks - @QMUL

AY 2020/2021 - Semester 1

  • TA - MTH4100 - Calculus I - @QMUL.
  • TA - MTH4107 - Introduction to Probability - @QMUL
  • TA - MTH6141 - Random Processes - @QMUL

AY 2019/2020 - Semester 2

  • Demonstrator - MTH5125 - Actuarial Mathematics II - @QMUL.
  • Demonstrator - MTH5126 - Statistics for Insurance - @QMUL.



*Co-first author.

Public Engagement

Organization of events

Conference talks

  • CompleNet Live 2021 (24th May 2021, Online): "Interacting discovery processes on complex networks" (15min).
  • NetSci 2020 (24th September 2020, Rome Online): "Explain collective discovery processes via the adjacent possible exploration" (15min).

Other talks


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