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.
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(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.
- Gabriele Di Bona, Enrico Ubaldi, Iacopo Iacopini, Bernardo Monechi, Vito Latora, and Vittorio Loreto. "Social interactions affect discovery processes." arXiv preprint arXiv:2202.05099 (2022). Data available on figshare. Code available under request to the corresponding author.
- Gabriele Di Bona, Leonardo Di Gaetano, Vito Latora, and Francesco Coghi. "Maximal dispersion of adaptive random walks." arXiv preprint arXiv:2202.13923 (2022). Code available in this github page.
- Caroline Luft, Ioanna Zioga, Anastasios Giannopoulos, Gabriele Di Bona, Andrea Civilini, Vito Latora, and Isabelle Mareschal. "Social synchronisation of brain activity by eye-contact." (2021). PrePrint availabe at Research Square.
- Gabriele Di Bona, and Andrea Giacobbe. "A Simple Theoretical Model for Lags and Asymmetries of Surface Temperature." Climate 9.5 (2021): 78.
- Iacopo Iacopini*, Gabriele Di Bona*, Enrico Ubaldi, Vittorio Loreto, and Vito Latora. "Interacting discovery processes on complex networks." Physical Review Letters 125, no. 24 (2020): 248301.
For reference, check also the Nature research highlight about our article. Code available in this github page.
Organization of events
- NetPLACE seminars (2021-2022), Networks, PhD Life And ComplExity seminars. More details at https://sites.google.com/view/netplace/home-page
- GIM seminars (2020-2022), Graduate Inter-university Math Seminars. More details at
- QuIPS (2020-2021), Queen Mary Internal Postgraduate Seminar.
- TEDxSSC and TEDxCatania (2017-2022).
- 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).
- Graduate Inter-university Math Seminars (7th May, 2021, Online): "Interacting discovery processes on complex networks" (30min, recording in Youtube).
- Queen Mary Internal Postgraduate Seminar (28th April 2021, London Online): "Interacting discovery processes on complex networks" (1h).
- Queen Mary Internal Postgraduate Seminar (4th March 2020, London): "Processes of discovery: from the individual to the collective level" (1h).
- 2nd CISAS Biomathematics Workshop (24th October 2019, Palermo): "A new agent based model for innovation processes" (20min).
- Queen Mary Internal Postgraduate Seminar (25th Septemeber 2019, London): "Explaining collective discovery processes via the adjacent possible exploration" (1h).