MPIDR Lab of Digital and Computational Demography | UoA School of Computer Science | UoA Center for Mathematical Social Science

Samin Aref
Position: Research Scientist - Research Area Chair
Office: Room 318, Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography
Phone: (+49) 381 2081 ext. 297
Email: sare618[at]aucklanduni[dot]ac[dot]nz
Mailing Address: Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Konrad-Zuse-Str. 1, 18057 Rostock, Germany


I am a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) working on a wide range of computational social science problems including algorithms and mathematical models for analyzing networks and international mobility of researchers. My background is in Network Science and Operations Research and I have an Erdős number of 3.

I have worked in the intersection of network science and mathematical modeling to develop efficient computational models and algorithms for analyzing the structure of large-scale networks. In particular, I focused on the fundamental mathematics of formulating graph optimization models to analyze networks with positive and negative edges (a 6-minute presentation).
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Fields of Interest:

Computational Social Science
Mathematical Modeling
Complex Networks
Big Data Modeling and Analysis
Operations Research

Current Projects:

Computational Analysis of the Structure and Dynamics in Networks with Negative Ties and Conflicting Relationships Details>
Measuring and Modeling the Migration and Mobility of Scholars Details>


2019: (accepted and working papers)
Scholarly Migration within Mexico: Analyzing Internal Migration among Researchers using Scopus Longitudinal Bibliometric Data (with A Miranda González, T Theile, and E Zagheni)

Modeling and Analysis of Security and Economic Metrics for Moving Target Defense Techniques in Cloud Computing (with H Alavizadeh, D Seong Kim, and J Jang-Jaccard)

Legislative Effectiveness Hangs in the Balance: Studying Balance and Polarization through Partitioning Signed Networks (with ZP Neal)
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Dynamic Rescheduling in Flexible Manufacturing Systems under Disruptions (with M Rahimi, R Tavakkoli-Moghaddam, and A Azaron)
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The Demography of the Peripatetic Researcher: Evidence on Highly Mobile Scholars from the Web of Science (with E Zagheni and J West)
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Social Informatics)
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A Modeling and Computational Study of the Frustration Index in Signed Networks (with AJ Mason and MC Wilson)
Networks (Old title: An Exact Method for Computing the Frustration Index in Signed Networks Using Binary Programming)
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Demography in the Digital Era: New Data Sources for Population Research (with D Alburez-Gutierrez, S Gil-Clavel, A Grow, DV Negraia, and E Zagheni)
Book of Short Papers SIS2019 (Società italiana di statistica)
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Signed Network Structural Analysis and Applications with a Focus on Balance Theory
Doctoral dissertation, The University of Auckland
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Balance and Frustration in Signed Networks (with MC Wilson)
Journal of Complex Networks
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Analysing Scientific Collaborations of New Zealand Institutions using Scopus Bibliometric Data (with D Friggens and S Hendy)
Proceedings of Australasian Computer Science Week 2018
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Computing the Line Index of Balance Using Integer Programming Optimisation (with AJ Mason and MC Wilson)
Optimization Problems in Graph Theory
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A Green Perspective on Capacitated Time-dependent Vehicle Routing Problem with Time Windows (with I Kazemian)
International Journal of Supply Chain and Inventory Management
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Measuring Partial Balance in Signed Networks (with MC Wilson)
Journal of Complex Networks
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Hub Location under Uncertainty: a Minimax Regret Model for the Capacitated Problem with Multiple Allocations (with I Kazemian)
International Journal of Supply Chain and Inventory Management
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Multi-echelon Supply Chain Flexibility Enhancement through Detecting Bottlenecks (with I Kazemian)
Global Journal of Flexible Systems Management
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The Use of a GERT Based Method to Model Concurrent Product Development Processes (with R Nelson and A Azaron)
European Journal of Operational Research
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Developing an Integrated Revenue Management and Customer Relationship Management Approach in Hotel Industry (with A Vaeztehrani and M Modarres)
Journal of Revenue & Pricing Management
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Epidemiological and Biomechanical Evaluation of Airline Baggage Handling (with A Tafazzol, M Mardani, O Hadad, and M Parnianpour)
International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
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PhD in Computer Science, The University of Auckland (UoA)
-Thesis on Signed Network Structural Analysis and Applications, supervised by Dr. Mark C. Wilson and Dr. Andrew J. Mason (examiners: Prof. Gregory Gutin and Dr. Serge Gaspers)

MSc in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Sharif University of Technology
-Thesis on Network Air Cargo Revenue Management, supervised by Prof. Mohammad Modarres (examiners: Prof. Abdol Hamid Eshragh and Dr. Mahsa Ghandehari)

BSc in Industrial Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology
-Project on Movie Industry Integrated Scheduling Methodology, supervised by Dr. Morteza Bagherpour (examiners: Prof. Ahmad Makui and Dr. Roozbeh Ghousi)

Conference Presentations and Invited Talks:

2020: CCS'20-Mallorca, Sunbelt'20-Paris, invited talk at DAAD-Bonn, AMLD'20-Lausanne

2019: Complex Networks'19-Lisbon, invited talk at PACE-Paderborn, SocInfo'19-Doha, invited talk at CCNSD-Tehran, EUSN'19-Zurich, EuroCSS'19-Zurich, IC2S2’19-Amsterdam, Sunbelt’19-Montréal, IUSSP workshop-Seville, CompleNet’19-Tarragona, ECSR workshop-Milan, invited talk at Groupe Réseaux-Montréal, invited talk at Institute WeST-Koblenz

2018: EuroCSS’18-Cologne, Digital Demography Symposium-Rostock, CCS’18-Thessaliniki, Sunbelt’18-Utrecht, ACSW’18-Brisbane

2017: IASC’17-Auckland, ORSNZ’17-Auckland, NZMS’17-Auckland, AUTMS’17-Auckland, Sunbelt’17-Beijing

2016: NZMS’16-Wellington, ORSNZ’16-Auckland, CMSS’16-Auckland, NetSci-X’16 Wroclaw

2015: NZMS’15-Christchurch, CMSS’15-Auckland

Professional Membership:

International Network for Social Network Analysis
Complex Systems Society
Max Planck PostdocNet
Te Punaha Matatini Whanau
UoA Center for Mathematical Social Science
Australian and New Zealand Association of Mathematical Physics
New Zealand Mathematical Society

External Profiles:

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