Stefan Braunewell

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I'm a PhD student in the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of Bremen and I'm working on questions of structure and dynamics of complex networks. Right now I'm focussing on gene regulatory networks and aspects of dynamical stability using computer simulation methods.

I studied physics at the University of Heidelberg and wrote my diploma thesis on Theoretical Particle Physics. (Heidelberg web page)

I enjoy playing football (anybody keen on watching world cup games?), cycling, reading, music and am very interested in politics.

As to the questions in Dan's E-Mail:

1. What topics do you have some expertise in and would you be willing to help others learn them?

  • Complex networks: structure, growth, evolution, dynamics, robustness

2. What do you want to learn?

  • Molecular and cell biology
  • Analytical approaches to network dynamics
  • Renormalization and scaling in networks

3. Do you have any projects that would benefit from interdisciplinary approach?

  • Robustness in gene regulation. I would be very interested in discussions with biologists.
  • Multiple overlapping networks - data needed! Sociologists maybe?

4. Do you have any ideas for what sort of project you would like to attack this summer?

  • Hierarchies and scales in complex networks

5. What's your favorite "big problem"?

  • Emergence of phenomena through complexity: life, consciousness, collective intelligence

6. If you were given the opportunity to see where we were in one hundred years with respect to progress on one problem/subject, what would it be?

  • Apart from the above mentioned: do we solve the energy problem?