Alice Patania

Applied Mathematician


I am currently a Research Scientist at Indiana University Network Science Institute (IUNI) in Bloomington(IN). I work on mathematical modelling for brain networks in close collaboration with Olaf Sporns and his team.
As of March 2017 I am a member of the Advisory board of the Young Researchers of the Complex Systems Society.
I obtained my Ph.D in Applied Mathematics at Politecnico di Torino with a dissertation titled: "Simplicial Data Analysis: theory, practice, and algorithms". During my PhD I worked at I.S.I. Foundation in Torino, where I was a part of the research group on "Mathematics and the foundation of complex systems".
An algebraic topologist by training, my main focus is to develop and apply new topological approaches to study complex systems. In particular, I work on applying these tools to biological networks.

Here are some of the projects I am focusing on right now:

  • Simplicial Configuration Model: Random model for Simplicial Complexes, joint work with Jean-Gabriel Young @ Université Laval, Quebec City;;
  • Statistical properties of random graphs from an homological pont of view, joint work with Dr. Riccardo Jadanza and Prof. Francesco Vaccarino @ Politecnico di Torino;
  • Studying Mathematical models of community structures in relation to simplicial complexes, joint work with Jean-Gabriel Young @ Université Laval, Quebec City;
  • Topological gene-expression networks on brain, joint work with G.Petri, P. Expert, M. Veronese, P. Selvaggi @ King's College, London
  • Creating a Python module for a high dimensional Mapper Algorithm.
  • Topological Data Analysis on real data (rna transcriptomes, quantitative semantic data, brain networks from fMRI, EEG, DTI).

Research Scientist
Indiana University Network Science Institute (IUNI), Bloomington (IN)

Ongoing collaboration with Olaf Sporns and his team at the Psychological and Brain Science Department IU.


Junior Researcher
I.S.I. Foundation, Turin (ITALY)

Part of the "Mathematics and Foundation of Complex Systems" research group at ISI Foundation. Tasks:

JUNE 2013 - NOVEMBER 2013


J.-G. Young, G.Petri, F.Vaccarino, A. Patania Construction of and efficient sampling from the simplicial configuration model
Phys. Rev. E 96, 96.032312 (2017) (Pre-print:arXiv:1705.10298)

Sep 2017

A. Patania, G. Petri, F. Vaccarino The shape of simplicial collaboration
EPJ Data Science 6.1 (2017): 18

Aug 2017

A. Patania, F. Vaccarino, G. PetriTopological Analysis of Data
EPJ Data Science 6.1 (2017): 7

Jun 2017

A. Patania, G. Petri, F. Vaccarino P-persistent homology of finite topological spaces
Rendiconti del Seminario Matematico, Universitá e Politecnico di Torino (In print) - (Pre-print:arXiv:1502.04873)

Apr 2017

S. Lumbreras, M. Pereda, I. Bertazzi, A. Patania, J.-G. Young, D. Citron, M. Haraguchi - Complex Systems Techniques applied to Power Transmission Expansion Planning - Proceedings of 2015 CSSS

Oct 2015

S. Gurciullo, M. Smallegan, M. Pereda, F. Battiston, A. Patania, S. Poledna, D. Hedblom, B. T. Oztan, A. Herzog, P. John, S. Mikhaylov - Complex Politics: A Quantitative Semantic and Topological Analysis of UK House of Commons Debates - arXiv:1510.03797

Oct 2015



PhD in Applied Mathematics
Politecnico di Torino | I.S.I. Foundation

2014 - 2017

Master Degree in Mathematics
University of Torino

2009 - 2012

Bachelor Degree in Mathematics
University of Torino

2006 - 2009




CCS 2016 - Conference on Complex Systems
Amsterdam, Netherlands

SEPTEMBER 18 - 22, 2016

Talk: "Topological gene expression networks capture spatial and gene-gene interactions."

NetSci 2016 - International Conference on Network Science
Seoul, South Korea

MAY 30 - JUNE 3, 2016

Talk at the SINM Satellite Conference: "A hierarchical stochastic growth model for simplicial complexes."

NetSci 2015 - International Conference on Network Science
Zaragoza, Spain

JUNE 1 - 5, 2015

Workshop "Discrete, Computational and Algebraic Topology"
University of Copenhagen

NOVEMBER 10-14, 2014

Presented Poster on joint work with Prof. F. Vaccarino: Poset persistence as sublevel filtration of weighted objects"

ECCS'14 - European Conference on Complex Systems
IMT Lucca

SEPTEMBER 22-26, 2014

Workshop "Topology and Geometry of Networks and Discrete Metric Spaces"
Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, Minneapolis, MN

APRIL 28 - MAY 2, 2014

Presented Poster on joint work with Prof. F. Vaccarino: "One graph to rule them all"



Mathematical methods for high-dimensional data analysis
TU München, Garching, Germany

JULY 18 - 22, 2016

Camerino, Italy

JULY 13 - 22, 2015

Complex Systems Summers School 2015
Santa Fe Institute, NM, USA Proceedings

JUNE 7- JULY 3, 2015

HTCA - Homology: Theoretical and Computational Aspects
Genova, Italy

FEBRUARY 9-13, 2015

ECCS Warm up - School on Complex Systems
IMT Lucca, Italy

SEPTEMBER 19-21, 2014

ACAT Summer School on computational topology and topological data analysis
Ljubliana, Slovenia

JULY 1-5,2013



Bridge Grant YRNCS - with Jean-Gabriel Young

MAY 2016

PhD Fellowship I.S.I. Foundation





Network Science Institute
Indiana University Bloomington
1001 Sr 45/46
Bloomington, IN 47408, USA


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