News and running events

2017-10-01New position: Assistant professor, Center for Network Science, Central European University
2017-06-21New data visualization project What the Street!? launched
2017-05-04Call for papers at EPJ Data Science:
Individual and Collective Human Mobility:
Description, Modelling, Prediction

Editors: Simini, Ghoshal, Pappalardo, Szell, Hövel
Submission deadline: 2017-12-31

Bio

Michael Szell is assistant professor at Central European University, Center for Network Science, adjunct visiting professor at Northeastern University, Center for Complex Network Research, external faculty at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna, and research fellow at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies. His interdisciplinary background of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics is well reflected in his research goals: To quantitatively understand collective behavior and the underlying patterns of our interlinked actions and decisions in a computational social science, involving mining and modeling large-scale data sets of human activity using a complex networks approach. Michael is also exploring urban mobility, sustainability, and data visualization, following his previous research positions at MIT's Senseable City Lab and moovel lab. His special focus is on urban and online environments and media, in particular he is known for his work on multiplex networks and social dynamics of the players in his massive multiplayer online game "Pardus", www.pardus.at. Michael received his academic degrees in Vienna, Austria (MSc from Vienna University of Technology, PhD from University of Vienna).

Research interests

  • Quantifying human behavior and social networks, in particular online and in cities
  • Urban sustainability and human mobility
  • Data visualization, Data science, Complex systems

Research highlights

2015-10-01: Nature Physics paper on citation networks published and on the cover 2014-09-16: PNAS paper on taxi shareability published and on the cover 2014-02-28: Book review published in Science 2013-03-19: PNAS paper on diabetes risk published 2010-08-03: PNAS paper on multiplex networks published

Data visualization highlights

2017-06: What the Street!? 2014-03: HubCab
2014-02: Tweet Bursts

Education

2012 / 03Ph.D. in Physics, University of Vienna
Ph.D. Thesis

Advisors: Stefan Thurner, Christoph Dellago
2007 / 10M.Sc. in Technical Mathematics with focus on computer science, Vienna University of Technology
M.Sc. Thesis

Current positions

since
2017 / 10
Assistant professor, Center for Network Science, Central European University
since
2017 / 09
Research fellow, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
since
2017 / 04
External faculty, Complexity Science Hub Vienna
since
2016 / 09
Adjunct visiting professor, Center for Complex Network Research, Northeastern University
since
2006 / 09
Founder and manager of Bayer & Szell OG
since
2004 / 07
Developer and administrator of the Massive Multiplayer Online Game Pardus

Past positions

2017 / 09
2016 / 10
Visiting research fellow, Center for Network Science, Central European University
2017 / 09
2016 / 09
Research fellow, Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
2016 / 12
2016 / 09
Researcher in residence, moovel lab
2016 / 09
2014 / 07
Postdoctoral research associate, Center for Complex Network Research, Northeastern University
2014 / 07
2012 / 04
Postdoctoral research fellow, Senseable City Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2011 / 12
2009 / 01
Research assistant, Section for Science of Complex Systems, Medical University of Vienna