Alain Barrat


Alain Barrat

Specially Appointed Professor

Complex networksTemporal networksComputational Social ScienceNetwork epidemiology


Alain Barrat obtained his PhD in theoretical physics at the university of Paris VI (France) in 1996. The subject of his thesis was the out-of-equilibrium dynamics of spin glasses. He then spent two years at the Abdus Salam ICTP in Trieste, Italy, as a postdoctoral fellow. In 1998, he entered the National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS) of France with a permanent position as junior researcher. He spent 10 years at the Laboratoire de Physique Théorique at the University of Paris-Sud. He is currently CNRS senior researcher at the Centre de Physique Théorique in Marseille, of which he is also deputy director. He is also research scientist at the Institute for Scientific Interchange in Turin, Italy, vice-president of the Complex Systems Society, and board member of the NetSci Society.
His research focuses on complex networks and temporal networks, with many interdisciplinary connections and collaborations.

Expectations for WRHI

WRHI hosts research at the forefront of network science, as well as in computational social science and neuroscience. My own research concerns temporal networks, in particular processes occurring on temporal networks such as contagion processes, and also more recently the field of network neuroscience where temporal network methods are starting to be developed. I expect a strong synergy between my own expertise and the WRHI's researchers expertise, leading to the development of new methods and tools in the field of temporal networks.


Specially Appointed Professor, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology


Senior Researcher (“Directeur de Recherches”) at the Centre de Physique Théorique, Marseille, France


Researcher (CNRS permanent position) at the Centre de Physique Théorique, Marseille, France


Research scientist at the ISI Foundation, Turin, Italy


Researcher (CNRS permanent position) at the Laboratoire de Physique Théorique, Orsay, France


Postdoctoral position at ICTP


Paul Langevin Prize of the Societe Française de Physique


“Jeune Chercheur” (”Young Researcher”) award, Festival des Sciences et Technologies 2011 (Marseille, France)


2012 Outstanding referee award of the American Physical Society


Iacopo Iacopini, Giovanni Petri, Alain Barrat, Vito Latora. Simplicial models of social contagion. Nature Communications 10: 2485


Teruyoshi Kobayashi, Taro Takaguchi, Alain Barrat. The structured backbone of temporal social ties. Nature Communications 10:220


G. Petri, A. Barrat. Simplicial activity driven model. Phys. Rev. Lett. 121, 228301


Edoardo Galimberti, Alain Barrat, Francesco Bonchi, Ciro Cattuto, Francesco Gullo. Mining (maximal) span-cores from temporal networks. Proceedings of CIKM2018 (October 22-26, 2018, Torino, Italy)


L. Bioglio, M. Génois, C. Vestergaard, C. Poletto, A. Barrat, V. Colizza. Recalibrating disease parameters for increasing realism in modeling epidemics in closed settings. BMC Inf Dis 16:676


M. Génois, C. Vestergaard, C. Cattuto, A. Barrat. Compensating for population sampling in simulations of epidemic spread on temporal contact networks. Nature Communications 6:8860