Hernán Alejandro Makse

Professor of Physics
Levich Institute and
Physics Department
City College of New York
Steinman Hall, T1M-12
140th Street and Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031-9198
(212) 650-6847, (212) 650-6835 (fax)
hmakse at lev.ccny.cuny.edu

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Welcome to the Complex Networks and Soft Matter lab of Hernán Makse at the Levich Institute and Department of Physics of City College of New York in New York City. We are interested in the theoretical understanding of complexity. We are working towards the development of new arquitectural laws for complex networks, from biological systems, to the Internet, the web, to social networks and cities. We also focus on the study of jammed matter, spanning from granular materials, colloidal suspensions, dense emulsions to glasses in search of unifying theoretical frameworks. We explore this variety of out of equilibrium systems in terms of their behavior as they experience structural arrest or jamming. The group focuses on the theoretical and computational approaches in parallel with experiments.

Our research is related to "emergent properties", i.e., "properties not contained in the simple laws of physics, although they are a consequence of them".

Top cited articles in Google Scholar profile.

There are openings for graduate students and postdocs to work on granular matter and complex networks, broadly considered. For an account of the daily routine for students in our lab, see the report of Louis Portal, research intern from France.

Short bio: Hernan Makse currently serves as Professor of Physics at CUNY in New York City, wherein he is responsible for the Complex Networks and Soft Matter lab at the Levich Institute. He holds a PHD degree in Physics from Boston University. He has been author of numerous publications on the theory of complex systems and the physics of granular materials. He has visited over 50 countries in the world and whenever he travels, he usually attends a concert at the main Arts Center of the city and enjoys the local culture. He loves jazz, classic literature and opera and he is an avid footballer.

Introduction to research in complex networks: See a feature article in the Journal of Student Research.

Introduction to research in soft matter: See a Highlight Article in Soft Matter.

Presentations on granular matter, colloidal glasses and emulsions, jamming transition, effective temperature in granular matter, Edwards statistical mechanics of jammed matter, random close packing (RCP), polydisperse, non-spherical packing and cavity methods for force propagation, nonlinear elasticity of granular matter, fractal complex networks and renormalization group, protein and social networks, and urban economics and cities, and big data. To download data and computer codes for: (a) Molecular Dynamics (DEM) of granular matter, (b) fractal analysis of complex networks, (c) Clustering Analysis of cities, (d) experimental data on colloids and glasses, (e) generating sequences with long-range correlations, (f) calculating all minima and transition states of the energy landscape in small clusters of LJ and Hertz particles, (g) hard sphere packing from RLP to FCC, (h) fMRI brain data, (i) obesity and cancer spreading, and (j) spreading of disease and information [Twitter, Facebook, LiveJournal and APS] visit SOFTWARE AND DATA.



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