Computational Modelling Group

Elisabeth zu-Erbach-Schoenberg

Postgraduate Research Student
Management (FBL)
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My first degree is a Diploma (combined Bachelor's and Master's degree) in Bioinformatics from the University of Jena. During my masters, I specialised in artificial life, systems biology and agent-based modelling.

In 2014 I graduated with a PhD of the DTC Complex Systems Simulation programme run by the ICSS.

For my PhD I have been working on the simulation of processes happening on social networks and the dynamic changes of these social networks. My main focus were agent-based models of social network fragmentation, modelling cases where a previously connected network splits up into two or more components following a disagreement of two actors.

In some situations this splitting of the social network can be explained as individuals actively choosing sides, but frequently it is the same individual behaviour that first maintains and later splits the network. I am researching behavioural rules and structural constraints that lead to networks exhibiting this phenomenon. One such constraint is the spatial embedding of the nodes in space and I am investigating how the spatial arrangement influences the network topology as well as the robustness looking for potential interventions that could make social networks less fragile and more coherent.

Research Interests

Life sciences simulation: Bioinformatics, Epidemiology

Socio-technological System simulation: Healthcare modelling, Operations Research, Social and Socio-economic Systems, Social Networks

Algorithms and computational methods: Agents, Cellular automata, Game Theory, Optimisation, statistical analysis

Simulation software: AnyLogic, MASON, NetLogo, Repast Simphony

Visualisation and data handling software: Gnuplot, Jung, NetworkX, Pylab

Software Engineering Tools: Eclipse, Git, SVN, Vim

Programming languages and libraries: Java, Python, R

Computational platforms: Iridis, Linux, Lyceum

Transdisciplinary tags: Complex Systems, Computational Social Science

Working with...

Sally Brailsford
Professor, Management (FBL)
Seth Bullock
Professor, Electronics and Computer Science (FPAS)

Research Groups

Science and Engineering of Natural Systems group

Electronics and Computer Science (FPAS)