At the surface of crystals
Capturing in simulations and mathematical form the surface structure of crystals and how they coalesce when heated but not melted.
Building blocks of economic complexity
Applying spectral-like theories to the bipartite network of products and capabilities to find latent potential in countries and firms.
Extracting meaning from social networks
Developing new local and global measures for networks derived from social interactions to infer social structure, sentiment and behaviour.
Extreme pressure surprises
Simulating the molecular structure of materials under pressures so extreme that we are not yet able to study them in the laboratory.
Fundamental advances in machine learning
Developing radical new approaches to inference and automated decision making using advances in quantum information and statistical physics.
Implications of alternative universes
Taming limitations of general relativity, such as the big bang singularity, by formulating theories that admit bouncing or cyclic universes.
Markets and the mind
Examining the effect of public opinion on stock market returns and harnessing social sentiment to make quantitative market predictions.
Reconstructing a credit network
Using ideas from statistical physics to reconstruct the average properties of financial networks from partial sets of information.
What to do when failure is contagious
Applying ideas from diversification and cascading failures to mitigate the propagation of risk across inter-connected institutions.