Nicola Perra PhD in Physics

Associate Professor in Network Science

Key details

Nicola Perra

Nicola Perra
PhD in Physics

Associate Professor in Network Science


Nicola Perra is currently Senior Lecturer in Network Science in the Business School of University of Greenwich. He joined the University in August 2015. From 2014 to 2015 he was Associate Research Scientist at Northeastern University, Boston USA. From 2011 to 2014 he served as Post-Doctoral Research Scientist at Northeastern University, Boston USA. From 2009 to 2011 he was Research Associate at the Center for Complex Networks Systems Research of the Indiana University in Bloomington, USA.

He holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Cagliari, Italy. He has teaching experience in the areas of Physics, Mathematics, and Network Science. His research has been published in wide range of peer-reviewed journals, conferences, and books chapters. He is the editor of the book Social Phenomena: From Data Analysis To Models (Springer, 2015), and the organizer of several workshops on human dynamics, social modelling and temporal networks hosted in major international conferences in Physics, Network Science, and Computer Science. He has been elected in the council of the Complex System Society. He has been elected in the steering committee of the annual conference of the Complex System Society. He is member of the Network Society. 

He has been invited to review grant proposals from the National Science Foundation (USA), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, and the National Science Centre (Poland). He is an active referee in about 15 journals in different fields ranging from Physics to Mathematical Biology. He has been invited to be a Program Committee member of about 20 international conferences and workshops on Complex Networks, Computer Science, Physics, and Mathematical Biology.

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Recognition

Elected council member of the Complex System SocietyElected member in the steering committee of the Complex System Society's annual conference


Member of the Network Society

Research / Scholarly interests

Dr Perra's research focuses on human dynamics, big-data analytics, network science and mathematical/digital epidemiology. In particular, his interests lie on: the characterization and modelling of dynamical processes unfolding on time-varying and multiplex networks, human adaptive behaviours, data-driven modelling of infectious diseases, the study of Online/Offline Social Networks, and centrality measures in complex networks.

Key funded projects

Dr Perra has been co-PI and key personnel in several grants financed by NIH, IARPA, DARPA, and DTRA. The topics of such projects ranged from the creation of predictive tools able to characterize the spreading of infectious diseases to the theoretical development of time-varying networks.

Recent publications

Article

Perra, Nicola , Tizzani, Michele, Starnini, Michele, Ciulla, Fabio , Paolotti, Daniela , Panisson, Andre (2020), Collective response to the media coverage of COVID-19 pandemic on Reddit and Wikipedia, Journal of Medical Internet Research Publications. In: , , , . Journal of Medical Internet Research Publications, Journal of Medical Internet Research ISSN: 1439-4456 (Print), 1438-8871 (Online) (doi: ) Inpress NB Item availability restricted.

Cronin, Bruce , Perra, Nicola, Correa Da Rocha, Luis, Zhu, Zhen , Pallotti, Francesca , Gorgoni, Sara , Conaldi, Guido , De Vita, Riccardo (2020), Ethical implications of network data in business and management settings, Elsevier B.V.. In: , , , . Elsevier B.V., Social Networks ISSN: 0378-8733 (Print), (doi: ) Inpress NB Item availability restricted.

Gozzi, Nicolo , Perrotta, Daniela, Paolotti, Daniela, Perra, Perra (2020), Towards a data-driven characterization of behavioral changes induced by the seasonal flu, Public Library of Science. In: , , , . Public Library of Science, PLoS Computational Biology ISSN: 1553-734X (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1007879) Published.

Davis, Jessica T. , Perra, Nicola, Zhang, Qian, Moreno, Yamir , Vespignani, Alessandro (2020), Phase transitions in information spreading on structured populations, Nature. In: , , , . Nature, Nature Physics pp. 590-596 ISSN: 1745-2473 (Print), 1745-2481 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41567-020-0810-3) Published NB Item availability restricted.

Aleta, Alberto , Meloni, Sandro, Perra, Nicola, Moreno, Yamir (2019), Explore with caution: mapping the evolution of scientific interest in physics, Springer. In: , , , . Springer, EPJ Data Science ISSN: 2193-1127 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1140/epjds/s13688-019-0205-9) Published NB Item availability restricted.

Brett, Terry , Loukas, George, Moreno, Yamir, Perra, Nicola (2019), Spreading of computer viruses on time-varying networks, American Physical Society. In: , , , . American Physical Society, Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics ISSN: 1539-3755 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.99.050303) Published NB Item availability restricted.

Correa Da Rocha, Luis and , Perra, Nicola (2019), Modelling opinion dynamics in the age of algorithmic personalisation, Nature Research. In: , , , . Nature Research, Scientific Reports 2045-2322 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-43830-2) Published NB Item availability restricted.

Liu, Quan-Hui , Xinyue, Xiong, Zhang, Qian, Perra, Nicola (2018), Epidemic spreading on time-varying multiplex networks, American Physical Society. In: , , , . American Physical Society, Physical Review E ISSN: 2470-0053 (Print), 2470-0053 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.98.062303) Published NB Item availability restricted.

Nadini, Matthieu , Sun, Kaiyuan, Ubaldi, Enrico, Starnini, Michele , Rizzo, Alessandro , Perra, Nicola (2018), Epidemic spreading in modular time-varying networks, Nature Publishing Group. In: , , , . Nature Publishing Group, Scientific Reports 2045-2322 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-20908-x) Published NB Item availability restricted.

Massaro, Emanuele , Ganin, Alexander, Perra, Nicola, Linkov, Igor , Vespignani, Alessandro (2018), Resilience management during large-scale epidemic outbreaks, Nature. In: , , , . Nature, Scientific Reports ISSN: 2045-2322 (Print), 1476-4687 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-19706-2) Published NB Item availability restricted.

Book

Pastore y Piontti, Ana , Perra, Nicola, Rossi, Luca, Samay, Nicole , Vespignani, Alessandro (2018), Charting the Next Pandemic: Modeling Infectious Disease Spreading in the Data Science Age, Springer International Publishing. In: , , , . Springer International Publishing, (1st) ISBN: 9783319932897 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-93290-3) Published.

Book section

Sun, Kaiyuan , Ubaldi, Enrico, Zhang, Jie, Karsai, Marton , Perra, Nicola (2019), The effects of local and global link creation mechanisms on contagion processes unfolding on time-varying networks, Springer. In: , , In: Petter Holme, Jari Saramaki (eds.), Temporal Network Theor. Springer, Cham, Switzerland pp. 305-324 ISBN: 9783030234959 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-23495-9_16) Published NB Item availability restricted.

Goncalves, Bruno and , Perra, Nicola (2019), Dynamical processes in time-varying networks, Oxford University Press. In: , , In: Brooke Foucault Welles, Sandra González-Bailón (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Networked Communicatio. Oxford University Press, (doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190460518.013.4) Published.