Nicola Perra PhD in Physics

Associate Professor in Network Science

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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: ) 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: ) 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, 16: e1007879 (5) ISSN: 1553-734X (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1007879).

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, 16 (5) . pp. 590-596 ISSN: 1745-2473 (Print), 1745-2481 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41567-020-0810-3) 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, 8: 27 ISSN: 2193-1127 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1140/epjds/s13688-019-0205-9) 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, 99: 050303(R) (5) ISSN: 1539-3755 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.99.050303) 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, 9: 7261 2045-2322 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-43830-2) 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, 98 (6) ISSN: 2470-0053 (Print), 2470-0053 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.98.062303) 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, 8: 2352 2045-2322 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-20908-x) 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, 8: 1859 ISSN: 2045-2322 (Print), 1476-4687 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-19706-2) NB Item availability restricted.

Brownstein, John , Chu, Shuyu, Marathe, Achla, Marathe, Madhav , Nguyen, Andre , Paolotti, Daniela , Perra, Nicola , Perrotta, Daniela , Santillana, Mauricio , Swarup, Samarth (2017), Combining participatory influenza surveillance with modeling and forecasting. JMIR Publications. In: , , , . JMIR Publications, JMIR Public Health and Surveillance, 3: e83 (4) 2369-2960 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.2196/publichealth.7344) NB Item availability restricted.

Pozzana, Iacopo , Sun, Kaiyuan, Perra, Nicola (2017), Epidemic spreading on activity-driven networks with attractiveness. American Physical Society. In: , , , . American Physical Society, Physical Review E, 96: 42310 (4) ISSN: 2470-0045 (Print), 2470-0053 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.96.042310) NB Item availability restricted.

Alessandretti, Laura , Sun, Kaiyuan, Baronchelli, Andrea, Perra, Nicola (2017), Random walks on activity-driven networks with attractiveness. American Physical Society. In: , , , . American Physical Society, Physical Review E, 95: 52318 (5) ISSN: 2470-0053 (Print), 2470-0053 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.95.052318) NB Item availability restricted.

Ubaldi, Enrico , Vezzani, Alessandro, Karsai, Marton, Perra, Nicola , Burioni, Raffaella (2017), Burstiness and tie activation strategies in time-varying social networks. Nature. In: , , , . Nature, Scientific Reports: 46225 (7) ISSN: 2045-2322 (Print), 2045-2322 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/srep46225) NB Item availability restricted.

Wang, Zhen , Bauch, Chris T., Bhattacharyya, Samit, d'Onofrio, Alberto , Manfredi, Piero , Perc, Matjaž , Perra, Nicola , Salathé, Marcel , Zhao, Dawei (2016), Statistical physics of vaccination. Elsevier B.V.. In: , , , . Elsevier B.V., Physics Reports, 664 . pp. 1-113 ISSN: 0370-1573 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physrep.2016.10.006).

Ubaldi, Enrico , Perra, Nicola, Karsai, Márton, Vezzani, Alessandro , Burioni, Raffaella , Vespignani, Alessandro (2016), Asymptotic theory of time-varying social networks with heterogeneous activity and tie allocation. Nature Publishing Group. In: , , , . Nature Publishing Group, Scientific reports, 6 (35724) ISSN: 2045-2322 (Print), 2045-2322 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/srep35724).

Perra, Nicola and , (2016), The spreading of infectious diseases in modern socio-technical systems. Comment on ''Pattern transitions in spatial epidemics: Mechanisms and emergent properties'' by Gui-Quan Sun et al. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Physics of Life Reviews, 19 . pp. 87-89 ISSN: 1571-0645 (Print), 1873-1457 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.plrev.2016.09.009) NB Item availability restricted.

Borge-Holthoefer, Javier , Perra, Nicola, Goncalves, Bruno, Gonzales-Bailon, Sandra , Arenas, Alex , Moreno, Yamir , Vespignani, Alessandro (2016), The dynamics of information-driven coordination phenomena: a transfer entropy analysis. American Association for the Advancement of Science. In: , , , . American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science Advances, 2: e1501158 (4) ISSN: 2375-2548 (Print), (doi: http:dx.doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.1501158) NB Item availability restricted.

Sun, Kaiyuan , Baronchelli, Andrea, Perra, Nicola (2015), Contrasting effects of strong ties on SIR and SIS processes in temporal networks. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. In: , , , . Springer Berlin Heidelberg, The European Physical Journal B - Condensed Matter, 88: 326 (12) . pp. 1-8 ISSN: 1434-6028 (Print), 1434-6036 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1140/epjb/e2015-60568-4).

Mistry, Dina , Zhang, Qian, Perra, Nicola, Baronchelli, Andrea (2015), Committed activists and the reshaping of status-quo social consensus. American Physical Society. In: , , , . American Physical Society, Physical Review E (PRE), 92: 42805 (4) ISSN: 1539-3755 (Print), 1550-2376 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.92.042805) NB Item availability restricted.

Tizzoni, Michele , Kaiyuan, Sun, Benusiglio, Diego, Karsai, Marton , Perra, Nicola (2015), The scaling of human contacts and epidemic processes in metapopulation networks. Nature. In: , , , . Nature, Scientific Reports, 5: 15111 ISSN: 2045-2322 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep15111).

Liu, Suyu , Perra, Nicola, Karsai, Marton, Vespignani, Alessandro (2014), Controlling contagion processes in activity driven networks. American Physical Society. In: , , , . American Physical Society, Physical Review Letters, 112: 118702 (11) ISSN: 0031-9007 (Print), 1079-7114 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.118702).

Karsai, Márton , Perra, Nicola, Vespignani, Alessandro (2014), Time varying networks and the weakness of strong ties. Nature. In: , , , . Nature, Scientific Reports, 4: 4001 ISSN: 2045-2322 (Print), 2045-2322 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep04001).

Tomasello, Mario V. , Perra, Nicola, Tessone, Claudio J., Karsai, Márton , Schweitzer, Frank (2014), The role of endogenous and exogenous mechanisms in the formation of R&D networks. Nature. In: , , , . Nature, Scientific Reports, 4: 5679 ISSN: 2045-2322 (Print), 2045-2322 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep05679).

Mocanu, Delia , Baronchelli, Andrea, Perra, Nicola, Goncalves, Bruno , Zhang, Qian , Vespignani, Alessandro (2013), The Twitter of Babel: Mapping world languages through microblogging platforms. Public Library of Science (PLoS). In: , , , . Public Library of Science (PLoS), PLoS ONE, 8 (4) . pp. e61981 ISSN: 1932-6203 (Print), 1932-6203 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0061981).

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).

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) 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).

Karsai, Márton and , Perra, Nicola (2017), Control strategies of contagion processes in time-varying networks. Springer, Singapore. In: , , In: Holme Petter, Naoki Masuda (eds.), Temporal Network Epidemiolog. Springer, Singapore, . pp. 179-197 . ISBN: 9789811052866 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-***********-3_8).

Perra, Nicola and , Goncalves, Bruno (2015), Modeling and predicting human infectious diseases. Springer International Publishing. In: , , , Social phenomena: From data analysis to model. Springer International Publishing, Switzerland , I . pp. 59-83 . ISBN: 9783319140100 (doi: http://dc.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-14011-7_4).

Vespignani, Alessandro and , Perra, Nicola (2013), Modeling Contact and Mobility Based Social Response to the Spreading of Infectious Diseases. Springer New York. In: , , In: Piero Manfredi, Alberto D'Onofrio (eds.), Modeling the Interplay Between Human Behavior and the Spread of Infectious Disease. Springer New York, New York, US . pp. 103-123 . ISBN: 9781461454731 (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5474-8_7).

Gonçalves, Bruno , Perra, Nicola, Vespignani, Alessandro (2012), Social networks, contagion processes and the spreading of infectious diseases. Academic Press. In: , , In: A.J. Walhout, M. Vidal, J. Dekker (eds.), Handbook of Systems Biolog. Academic Press, San Diego . pp. 515-527 (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-385944-0.00027-7).

Conference item

Weng, Lilian , Ratkiewicz, Jacob, Perra, Nicola, Goncalves, Bruno , Castillo, Carlos , Bonchi, Francesco , Schifanella, Rossano , Menczer, Filippo , Flammini, Alessandro (2013), The role of information diffusion in the evolution of social networks. In: Proceedings of the 19th ACM SIGKDD international conference on Knowledge discovery and data mining, August 11 - 14, 2013, Chicago, IL, USA , . , . pp. 356-364 (doi: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1302.6276.pdf) NB Item availability restricted.

Conference proceedings

Zhang, Qian , Perra, Nicola, Perrotta, Daniela, Tizzoni, Michele , Paolotti, Daniela , Vespignani, Alessandro (2017), Forecasting seasonal influenza fusing digital indicators and a mechanistic disease model. ACM. In: , , , WWW '17 Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on World Wide We. ACM, . pp. 311-319 . ISBN: 9781450349130 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1145/3038912.3052678).

Zhang, Qian , Gioannini, Corrado, Paolotti, Daniela, Perra, Nicola , Perrotta, Daniela , Quaggiotto, Marco , Tizzoni, Michele , Vespignani, Alessandro (2015), Social data mining and seasonal influenza forecasts: The FluOutlook platform. Springer International Publishing. In: , , , Machine Learning and Knowledge Discovery in Databases: European Conference, ECML PKDD 2015, Porto, Portugal, September 7-11, 2015, Proceedings, Part II. Springer International Publishing, Cham , 9286 . pp. 237-240 . ISBN: 9783319234601ISSN: 0302-9743 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-23461-8_21).