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. Reconstructing commuters network using machine learning and urban indicators. Scientific Reports 9, 11801, 2019.

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. Centrality anomalies in complex networks as a result of model over-simplification. Submitted to Physical Review E, 2019.


. Limitations of projected networks for capturing dynamics on multi- partite networks. Under consideration in Nature Physics, 2019.

. Topological and weighted rich-club effect in corruption networks. Work in progress, 2019.

. The nested structural organization of the worldwide trade multi-layer network. Scientific Reports 9, 2866, 2019.

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. The hidden traits of endemic illiteracy in cities. Physica A 515, 566-574, 2019.

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. The role of city size and urban metrics on crime modeling. Book Chapter in ‘Understanding Crime Through Science - Interdisciplinary Analysis and Modeling of Criminal Activities’ - Springer, 2019.


. Crime prediction through urban metrics and statistical learning. Physica A 515, 435–443, 2018.

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. The dynamical structure of political corruption networks. Journal of Complex Networks CNY002, 2018.

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Recent & Upcoming Talks

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Talk: Anomaly detection in complex networks as a diagnosis of model over-simplification
Wed, May 29, 2019 12:30 PM
Talk: Topological and weighted rich-club effect in corruption networks
Mon, May 27, 2019 9:30 AM
Invited class: An introduction to web scraping, data mining, and machine learning using Python
Sat, Aug 18, 2018 9:30 AM
Talk: The nested structural organization of the worldwide trade multi-layer network
Fri, Jun 15, 2018 11:30 AM
Poster: The dynamical structure of political corruption networks
Wed, Jun 13, 2018 6:15 PM
Talk: Crime structure and dynamics unveiled by statistical physics and complex networks
Tue, Jun 12, 2018 5:00 PM
Invited Talk: The dynamical structure of political corruption networks
Fri, May 25, 2018 9:30 AM
Invited Talk: The dynamical structure of political corruption networks
Wed, May 23, 2018 10:00 AM
Talk: The dynamical structure of political corruption networks
Tue, May 15, 2018 5:00 PM
Talk: Statistical physics of crime: From scaling laws to complex networks
Thu, May 3, 2018 5:00 PM


My research is driven by the analysis of data from complex systems. My goal is to extract meaningful patterns from these data to uncover rules and mechanism governing the structure and dynamics of the interactions in such systems. Using the lenses of statistical physics and data science, I investigate the several facets of crime, urban systems, social and economic networks, systems biology, and Earth-related phenomena.

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Um grupo de pesquisadores usou escândalos de corrupção brasileiros para criar uma rede e conectar os indivíduos envolvidos. O artigo, publicado em janeiro deste ano, mostra a dinâmica da rede, usando a teoria das redes complexas. Esse tipo de abordagem pode ajudar a entender como os indivíduos se comportam nessa situação, e ainda ajudar investigadores futuramente.


Dá para imaginar a cena. Diante de uma lousa virtual, os cinco cientistas da computação lançam notícias colhidas na internet entre 1987 e 2014. As informações contidas ali apontam pessoas e esquemas de corrupção que sacudiram o Brasil no período.


A new study submitted, and accepted, in January 2018 for publication in the Journal of Complex Networks, indicates that partners in future corruption scandals can successfully be predicted using network science. The 20-page document analysed well-documented political corruption scandals in Brazil over the past 27 years, focusing on the dynamical structure of networks where two individuals are connected if they were involved in the same scandal.




Past course as teaching instructor:

  • Scientific methodology II

    University of São Paulo, Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics.
    Second semester 2017.
    Program: Academic research project. Writing of technical report. Ethics and research. Participation in projects of other statistical areas of knowledge. Standards of citations and references.

Past courses (teaching internship):

  • Physics III

    State University of Maringá, Department of Civil Engineering.
    First semester 2014.
    Program: Electrostatic. Current and electrical resistance. Electromotive force and electrical circuits. Magnetostatic. Time-dependent electromagnetic phenomena.

  • Physics I

    State University of Maringá, Department of Chemical Engineering
    First semester 2014.
    Program: Kinematics and particle dynamics. Newton’s laws. Conservation laws. Kinematics and rotation dynamics. Conceptual applications of physics and mathematics as a basis for the understanding of Physics I

  • Methods of Approximation in Physics

    State University of Maringá, Department of Physics
    Second semester 2013.
    Program: Analytical and discrete approximation methods applied to physical problems.


I would be happy to talk about my work and give further details about it. Please, do not hesitate to contact me in case you need codes, datasets, clarifications related to my work or if you are looking for collaborations in a research project.