Mikko Kivelä
    • Aalto SCI Computer Science Konemiehentie 2

    20072021

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    I am a network scientist working as an assistant professor at the Aalto University, where I also obtained my doctoral degree. Before coming back to Aalto I was a postdoctoral scholar at the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford.

    My research area is the relatively new field of network science (or complex networks). This means that I'm interested in complex systems with a large number of elements that are interacting with each other in some non-trivial way and possibly leading to some emergent phenomena. Social systems are a good example: they consist of multiple elements (people) that are interacting with each other (social relationships) and lead to some very complex emergent behaviour (social groups, societies, conflicts, etc.). Other such complex systems include transportation systems, gene-regulatory systems in cells, ecological systems and many more. I see all of these systems as networks that can be studied with the similar sets of tools and theories.

    All of the above-mentioned systems, and many others, have been studied extensively using networks where the nodes (people, cities, genes, ...) are either connected by a pairwise link or not (friendship, road, regulatory relationship). This approach has been extremely successful. However, this abstraction discards a lot of important information about the system. For example, social networks have multiple types of relationships of varying strengths and they are inherently dynamic. Including such information greatly increases our understanding of these systems and processes on them, for example, how disease spreads on social networks. These types of more realistic networks are the focus point of my research.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action

    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctoral degree, Engineering and Technology, Aalto University

    Award Date: 10 Oct 2012

    Master's degree, Engineering and Technology, Helsinki University of Technology

    Award Date: 27 Jan 2009

    Keywords

    • Social networks
    • Complex systems
    • network science

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