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Bridging the interface between time series analysis and network science

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

The School of Mathematical Sciences of Queen Mary University of London invite applications for a PhD project commencing either in September 2019 for students seeking funding, or at any point in the academic year for self-funded students. The deadline for funded applications is 31 January 2019.

This project will be supervised by Dr. Lucas Lacasa.

In a complex system, information is usually retrieved in two ways.

First, the dynamics and evolution of the system is recorded and measured via time series. Examples include mobility traces in social systems, stock price fluctuations in finance, or EEG records in neuroscience. The area of Time Series Analysis concentrates on extracting information from this representation of data.

Second, the arquitecture of the interactions between the elements of the complex systems, usually labelled as the backbone of the system, can be measured and described as a network. Examples include the usual suspects: social networks, economic networks, brain networks, etc. The area of Network Science concentrates on extracting information from this representation of data.

This project aims to explore the interface between Network Science and Time Series Analysis. We will explore how one can use time series to characterise networks and how one can use networks to characterise time series, and hence will provide alternative ways of extracting patterns from data.

The project has a mathematical component (where the student will have to push forward our understanding in the links between time series analysis and network science from a theoretical viewpoint) and an applied component, where the student will be expected to model, process, and analysis large datasets from several origins, and come up with creative ways and innovative ideas to connect time series and networks. For the application part, we will develop new methods and use standard tools from Machine Learning as well.


The application procedure is described on the School website. For further inquiries please contact Dr. Lucas Lacasa at . This project is eligible for full funding, including support for 3.5 years’ study, additional funds for conference and research visits and funding for relevant IT needs. Applicants interested in the full funding will have to participate in a highly competitive selection process.

Funding Notes

This project can be also undertaken as a self-funded project, either through your own funds or through a body external to Queen Mary University of London. Self-funded applications are accepted year-round.

The School of Mathematical Sciences is committed to the equality of opportunities and to advancing women’s careers. As holders of a Bronze Athena SWAN award we offer family friendly benefits and support part-time study. Further information is available here. We strongly encourage applications from women as they are underrepresented within the School.

We particularly welcome applicants through the China Scholarship Council Scheme.

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