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Québec City, Québec, December 15-21, 2018

The Complex Networks Winter Workshop (CNWW) is a week-long international school that offers an extraordinary opportunity for participants to engage in rigorous transdisciplinary complexity science research alongside some of the top researchers in the field of networks. The CNWW is designed for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and professionals. The lectures will present open problems and recent advances in the field of complex networks. Participants of this program will collaborate in small transdisciplinary research groups involving other participants as well as faculty. All course lectures will be given in English.

The CNWW is a collaboration between the University of Vermont Complex Systems Center, the Sentinel North Program of the Université Laval and the Network Science Institute of the Northeastern University.

The call for applications is open until 6 August 2018.

Up to 40 international graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and professionals from different disciplines will be accepted.

  • Agenda
    December 15, 2018
    18.30 - 20.30 Welcome Reception
  • Application Requirements
    • Completed application form
    • Up-to-date curriculum vitae

    Applications will be accepted from graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and professionals. We envision a diverse cohort of participants for the CNWW, applicants from all disciplines with an interest in networks are encouraged to apply. Proficiency in English and some background in science or mathematics are required. Participants are expected to attend the entire session. Applicants are welcome from all geographic regions. Underrepresented minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

    Applications will be accepted until August 6, 2018. Applicants will be notified by email on or before August 17th about the status of their acceptance.

    A limited number of tuition waivers will be given on the basis of merit and need. Please contact for more information

    Selection Criteria:

    Applications will be evaluated by the CNWW Selection Committee based on the evaluation criteria below.

    Knowledge transfer is a major goal of the CNWW. For this reason, participants will be chosen based not only on the excellence of their academic record, but also on their ability to share their knowledge and openness to thinking and learning outside established frameworks.

    Selection criteria include:

    - The excellence of the academic record
    - Ability to research, transdisciplinary collaboration and leadership
    - Relevance of the applicant's research field with the CNWW

  • Participation Fees
    - UVM, Université Laval, and Northeastern Students: $400 USD
    - Academic, Non-profit, Government: $ 850 USD
    - Corporate: $1,600 USD

    A limited number of tuition waivers will be given on the basis of merit and need. Please contact for more information

    Registration fees include:

    School registration
    Teaching materials
    Meals (Breakfast and Lunch, coffee breaks, and two evening reception dinners)

    Registration fees do not include:

    Your transportation to Quebec (including your visa fees, if applicable)
    Accommodation costs at Monastère des Augustines (~$100CAD / night + taxes)
    Fee for any other activity not included in the school program
    Your personal expenses

    Payment must be received in full at least one month before the start of the session. Payment details will be provided to selected applicants.

  • Faculty Bios

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    Laurent Hébert-Dufresne
    CNWW Director

    Assistant Professor, University of Vermont Department of Computer Science; Member, The Vermont Complex Systems Center

    Laurent studies the interaction of structure and dynamics. His research involves network theory, statistical physics and nonlinear dynamics along with their applications in epidemiology, ecology, biology, and sociology. Recent projects include comparing complex networks of different nature, the coevolution of human behavior and infectious diseases, understanding the role of forest shape in determining stability of tropical forests, as well as the impact of echo chambers in political discussions.

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    Antoine Allard
    Co-CNWW Director

    Assistant professor, Département de physique, de génie physique et d'optique, Université Laval, Québec, Canada

    Antoine's research combines statistical mechanics, graph theory, nonlinear dynamics and geometry to develop mathematical models of complex networks and to study the structure/function relationship specific to complex systems. His recent projects involve the mapping of real complex networks unto hyperbolic space to characterize the evolution of international trade, the use of greedy routing to unveil the spatial organization of the brain at various scales and across species, and the analytical solution of percolation on networks with a strong induced core-periphery structure to assess the potential of the Zika virus as a sexually transmitted infection.

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    Jim Bagrow

    Assistant Professor, University of Vermont
    Department of Mathematics and Statistics

    Bagrow's interests include: Complex Networks (community detection, social modeling and human dynamics, statistical phenomena, graph similarity and isomorphism), Statistical Physics (non-equilibrium methods, phase transitions, percolation, interacting particle systems, spin glasses), and Optimization(glassy techniques such as simulated/quantum annealing, (non-gradient) minimization of noisy objective functions).

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    Patrick Desrosiers - Affiliate Professor, Laval University , Centre de recherche CERVO; Département de physique, Université Laval; Dynamica research group

    Theoretical and mathematical physicist Fields of interest: classical and quantum integrable systems, symmetric functions, random matrix theory, orthogonal polynomials in many variables, representation theory, conformal field theory, supersymmetry, complex systems.

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    Peter Dodds
    Director, Vermont Complex Systems Center

    Dodds's research focuses on system-level, big data problems in many areas including language and stories, sociotechnical systems, Earth sciences, biology, and ecology. His foundational funding was an NSF CAREER award granted to study sociotechnical phenomena (2009-2015). Together with Chris Danforth, he co-runs the Computational Story Lab.

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    Elspeth Ready -Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    My research interests are broadly focused in two areas: human subsistence ecology, both today and in the past, and on social support networks. My work cross-cuts cultural, evolutionary, and biological anthropology. I am currently collaborating on several projects, all focused on combining network methods with models from behavioral ecology to better understand how socioeconomic and health inequalities are created and persist. A complementary focus on the development of quantitative data collection and analysis methods is also a major thread of my research.

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    Puck Rombach
    Assistant Professor
    Mathematics & Statistics
    Vermont Complex Systems Center

    My work bridges gaps between the pure and applied sides of graph/network theory. I have recently worked on problems related to

    -Graph coloring
    -Random graphs
    -Algorithms and complexity
    -Graph representations of matroids
    -Crime network modeling
    -Core-periphery/centrality detection in networks.

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    Samuel Scarpino
    Assistant Professor in the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University.

    I am an Assistant Professor of Marine & Environmental Sciences and Physics and a core faculty member in the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University. I am also the Chief Data Scientist at My research spans a broad range of topics in complex systems and network science, including: infectious diseases, forecasting and predictive modeling, disease genomics and transcriptomics, outbreak surveillance, network science, and decision making under uncertainty. Our group, the Emergent Epidemics Lab, approaches these topics by investigating questions at the intersection of biology, behavior, and disease.

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    Warwick Vincent
    Professor, Dépt de biologie & Centre d’études nordiques (CEN), Université Laval

    Dr. Warwick Vincent obtained his B.Sc. (hons) from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in Botany and Cell Biology, and his Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California at Davis, USA, with postdoctoral studies at the Freshwater Biological Association, United Kingdom. He was appointed to a faculty position at Université Laval in 1990.

    Dr. Vincent has conducted ecological research on lakes, rivers and coastal oceans in several parts of the world, including the subtropical convergence (South Pacific), Lake Titicaca (Peru-Bolivia), Lake Biwa (Japan) and the St Lawrence River. His research group has a special interest in the relationships between microscopic life at the base of aquatic food webs and physical aspects of aquatic ecosystems such as solar energy supply, temperature, mixing regimes and climate.

    Most of Dr Vincent's research, books and articles have focused on the polar regions, with his first expedition to Antarctica in 1979. Working with the USA National Science Foundation, he played an early role in the environmental protection of the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica (a Long Term Ecological Research Site), culminating in an internationally accepted management plan and Environmental Code of Conduct.

    Dr. Vincent is currently working with Spanish and Belgian collaborators on the Antarctic program RiSCC (Regional impacts and Sensitivity to Climate Change), but most of his research activities are in the Canadian North. He is a contributing author to the 'Arctic Climate Impact Assessment', is subprogram leader (microbial ecology) within the Canada Arctic Shelf Exchange Study, and leads Theme 2 within ArcticNet. He is working closely with Parks Canada in Quttinirpaaq National Park at the northern limit of Nunavut, on the diverse ecosystems of this region and their sensitivity and value as monitoring sites for global change.
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  • Participant Bios
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  • Logistics
    Panorama of Québec City
    Photo Credit: Panorama of Québec City's skyline by Martin St-Amant

    We will be reserving a hotel room block in downtown Québec at the Monastère des Augustines. Rooms are equipped with two beds so if you would like to double up with another participant and save on cost please visit our Slack channel about housing.

    Monastère des Augustines
    77 Rue des Remparts, Québec, QC G1R 0C3, Canada
    Hotel check-in is at 16:00 and Hotel checkout is at 12:00.
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  • Restaurant Guide

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    • We have created a map with great places to eat nearby

  • After Hours Guide

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  • Organizers
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    Juniper Lovato
    Director of Outreach for Complex Systems
    UVM Complex Systems Center

    At the Vermont Complex Systems Center, Juniper works across generations and geographical limits to make resources and knowledge on cutting-edge complexity science more accessible to those with a hunger and curiosity for learning and exploration. Juniper came to Burlington in 2018. She previously served as the Director of Education for the Santa Fe Institute, an independent complexity science research center. She is also a co-founder of MAKE Santa Fe, a not-for-profit community makerspace in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Juniper received her Master’s in the Western Classics from St. John’s College in 2013 where she completed a thesis on the nature of pleasure in work in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics.
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    Marie-France Gévry
    Training programs coordinator - Sentinel North
    Université Laval
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    Marie-France Gévry leads the development and implementation of Sentinel North innovative transdisciplinary training strategy at Université Laval (scholarship programs, Ph.D. schools, transversal skills development, learning community). She holds a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Biology from UQAR, and cumulates 10 years of experience coordinating major training projects at Université Laval, from Africa to the Arctic. Creative and passionate about training and science, Marie-France has a particular interest in mycology, plant and behavioural ecology, biodiversity, northern environments, network research and regional development.

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    Louis J. Dubé

    Research Professor, Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Optics, Université Laval
  • Organizing Institutions

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    University of Vermont Complex Systems Center

    The Vermont Complex Systems Center is a highly collaborative, open, and playful space that embraces intellectual curiosity, kindness, and rigor. We are a post-disciplinary team of researchers working at the University of Vermont on real-world, data-rich, and meaningful complex systems problems of all kinds.

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    Sentinel North Program of the Université Laval
    Funded by the Pinnacle Canada Research Excellence Fund, Sentinel North enables Laval University to draw on more than half a century of excellence in northern research and optics and photonics to develop new technologies and improve our understanding. the northern environment and its impact on human beings and their health. Sentinel North deploys a major transdisciplinary research program and, among other things, enables the training of a new generation of researchers capable of solving the complex problems of the changing North.

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    The Network Science Institute of the Northeastern University
    The Network Science Institute (NetSI) is a multi-disciplinary research community supporting innovative research and training in network science. Located next to the Prudential Center, a short walk from the main campus of Northeastern University, NetSI is a collection of labs, research teams, and doctoral students in a shared workspace, representing diverse academic departments, including physics, political science, communication, computer science, health sciences, and business. From the nexus of cross-disciplinary exchanges, our Institute is dedicated to creating synergy across research areas, with projects that integrate models, theories and problem-solving approaches from diverse perspectives and applications with the shared goal to understand systems by discovering the underlying principles, properties and purpose of their connectivity.

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