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School of Mathematical Sciences

Mr Hanlin Sun


Postgraduate Research Student

Room Number: Mathematical Sciences Building, Room: MB-402
Twitter: @sunhanlin151


Research supervisors: Prof. Ginestra Bianconi

Project Title: “Dynamic processes on networks and higher-order structures

Hanlin’s research focuses on several aspects of dynamic processes on networks and other structures with higher-order interactions, such as simplicial complexes and hypergraphs. His current Ph.D. project aims to understand the critical properties of standard and higher-order percolation on networks and hypergraphs respectively, and how network topologies and geometries affect the robustness and other critical behaviors. 

Before joining Queen Mary, Hanlin studied physics at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (BSc). During his undergraduate study, he studied the inference and optimization on multiple interacting spreading processes under the supervisor of Prof. David Saad, and low-rank approximation algorithms on tensor networks under the supervisor of Prof. Pan Zhang.

(Last updated on 25-Oct-2021.)


Teaching Associate:

  • MTH786P Machine Learning with Python, QMUL, June 2021 - August 2021
  • MTH4115/MTH4215 Vectors and Matrices, QMUL, January 2021 - April 2021
  • MTH4101/MTH4201 Calculus II, QMUL, January 2021 - April 2021
  • MTH5112/MTH5212 Linear Algebra I /Applied Linear Algebra, QMUL, September 2020 - December 2020
  • MTH4100/MTH4200 Calculus I, QMUL, September 2020 - December 2020
  • MTH4115/MTH4215 Vectors and Matrices, QMUL, January 2020 - April 2020
  • 4CCM111A Calculus I, KCL, September 2021- December 2021


  • MTH6142 Complex Networks, QMUL, January 2020 - April 2020
  • SEF007 Electricity and Atomic Physics, QMUL, January 2020 - April 2020



[1] H. Sun and G. Bianconi, “Higher-order percolation processes on multiplex hypergraphs”, Phys. Rev. E, vol. 104, p. 034 306, 3 Sep. 2021.

[2] G. Bianconi, H. Sun, G. Rapisardi, and A. Arenas, “Message-passing approach to epidemic tracing and mitigation with apps”, Phys. Rev. Research, vol. 3, p. L012014, 1 Feb. 2021.

[3] G. St-Onge, H. Sun, A. Allard, L. Hébert-Dufresne, and G. Bianconi, “Universal nonlinear infection kernel from heterogeneous exposure on higher-order networks”, Phys. Rev. Lett., vol. 127, p. 158 301, 15 Oct. 2021.

[4] H. Sun, D. Saad, and A. Y. Lokhov, “Competition, collaboration, and optimization in multiple interacting spreading processes”, Phys. Rev. X, vol. 11, p. 011048, 1 Mar. 2021.

[5] H. Sun, R. M. Ziff, and G. Bianconi, “Renormalization group theory of percolation on pseudofractal simplicial and cell complexes”, Phys. Rev. E, vol. 102, p. 012308, 1 Jul. 2020.