Mapping Complexity
Foundations and Applications of Network Geometry

Barcelona | November 6 – 8, 2017


Many real networks are embedded in space, either explicitly, as in airport and urban networks, or in a hidden fashion, like latent distances underlying the AS Internet or molecular interactions in the cell. The study of how space shapes the structure and function of these networks has become a hot topic, leading to the emergence of Network Geometry. Advances in this area unleash an unprecedented potential for mapping real networks and for practical applications of high impact in society.

The Macfang workshop focuses on the role of space in complex networks. We bring exciting speakers from around the world to foster a leading collaborative view on the emergent field of Network Geometry. A number of topics will be covered, including but not limited to multiplex network geometry, distance-based link prediction, geometric networks at criticality, emerging geometries of evolving networks, and the importance of space in processes such as disease propagation.

Invited speakers

Marc Barthelemy

CEA Institut de Physique Theorique, France

Marc Barthelemy is a former student of the Ecole Normale Superieure of Paris. In 1992, he graduated at the University of Paris VI with a thesis in theoretical physics titled "Random walks in random media". After his thesis, Marc Barthelemy focused on disordered systems and their properties. In 1999, he visited Prof. Stanley at Boston University and started to work on the properties of complex networks. Since 1992, he has held a position at the CEA (Paris) where his interests moved towards applications of statistical physics to complex systems. His research interests are now focused on data analysis and urban modelling, and on properties and the modelling of spatial networks. He authored recently the books "The Structure and Dynamics of Cities" (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and "Morphogenesis of Spatial Networks" (Springer, to appear 2017).

Ginestra Bianconi

Queen Mary University of London, UK

Ginestra Bianconi is an Associate Professor (Reader) at the School of Mathematical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London, UK. She received her undergraduate degree in Physics in 1998 from “La Sapienza” University of Rome, Italy and she graduated 2002 from Notre Dame University, USA with a PhD thesis entitled “Quantum Statistics in Complex Networks”. She has worked in different aspects of network theory including non-equilibrium models of networks, network entropy, quantum phenomena on networks. Recently she is focusing on emergent network geometry, information theory of networks, multilayer networks and generalized percolation transitions.

Dmitri Krioukov

Northeastern University, USA

Prof. Dmitri Krioukov graduated from Saint Petersburg State University with Diploma in Physics in 1993. In 1998 he received his Ph.D. in Physics from Old Dominion University, and moved to the networking industry as a network architect with Dimension Enterprizes. Upon their acquisition by Nortel Networks in 2000, he accepted a research scientist position at Nortel. In 2004 he moved back to academia as a Senior Research Scientist at the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Since 2014 he is an Associate Professor at the Departments of Physics, Mathematics, and Electrical&Computer Engineering at Northeastern University, and a member of the Network Science Institute, where he is the Director of the DK-Lab. DK-Lab research deals mostly with theory and fundamental aspects of complex networks. Research topics of particular interest to the lab are latent network geometry, maximum-entropy ensembles of random graphs and simplicial complexes, random geometric graphs, causal sets, navigation in networks, and fundamental aspects of network dynamics.

Hernán A. Makse

Levich Institute, City College of New York, USA

Hernán Makse currently serves as Professor of Physics at City University of New York, wherein he is responsible for the Complex Networks and Soft Matter lab at the Levich Institute. He holds a PhD degree in Physics from Boston University. He has been author of numerous publications on the theory of complex systems and the physics of granular materials. He has visited over 50 countries in the world and whenever he travels, he usually attends a concert at the main Arts Center of the city and enjoys the local culture. He loves jazz, classic literature and opera. He is also an avid footballer and likes to spend his free time kite-surfing in the northeastern Brazilian beaches.

Fragkiskos Papadopoulos

Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus

Fragkiskos Papadopoulos is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Informatics at Cyprus University of Technology. He received the Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in 2002. In 2004 and 2007 he received respectively the MSc and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. During 2007-2009 he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Applied Internet Data Analysis at the University of California, San Diego. His research interests are in network theory and network geometry. Particularly, his interests include: geometric approaches to the analysis and prediction of real networks; navigation/routing in complex networks; statistical inference and network mapping; geometry and correlations in real multiplex networks; network performance; and large-scale simulation.

Mason Porter

University of California at Los Angeles, USA

Mason Porter earned a B.S. in applied mathematics from Caltech in 1998 and a Ph.D. from the Center for Applied Mathematics from Cornell University in 2002. He was a postdoc at Georgia Tech (math), Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, and Caltech (physics) before joining the faculty of the Mathematical Institute at University of Oxford in 2007. He was named Professor of Nonlinear and Complex Systems in 2014. In 2016, he became Professor of Mathematics at UCLA. Porter is known for the diversity and interdisciplinarity of his research (and for his sharp wit). In networks and complex systems, Porter has contributed to myriad topics, including community structure in networks, core-periphery structure, social contagions, political networks, granular force networks, multilayer networks, temporal networks, and navigation in transportation systems. Other subjects he has studied include granular crystals, Bose-Einstein condensates, nonlinear optics, numerical evaluation of hypergeometric functions, quantum chaos, and synchronization of cows.

Alessandro Vespignani

Northeastern University, USA

Alessandro Vespignani is the Sternberg Family Distinguished University professor at Northeastern University. He is the founding director of the Network Science Institute and lead the Laboratory for the Modeling of Biological and Socio-technical Systems. Vespignani’s research interest are in the interdisciplinary application of statistical and numerical simulation methods to the study of biological, social and technological networks. His recent work focuses on modeling spatial spread of epidemics, including realistic and data-driven computational modeling of emerging infectious diseases; resilience of complex networks; and collective behavior of techno-social systems. Professor Vespignani serves on the editorial board of several journals and is editor-in-chief of EPJ Data Science. He has received an honorary PhD from the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands, and he is member of the Academy of Europe, Fellow of the American Physical Society, and fellow of the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences at Harvard University.



Fees include conference materials, coffee breaks and social dinner.

  • Early

    until August 4







  • Regular

    until September 4







  • Late

    until October 2








Keywords: networks, space, distance, geometry, topology, structure, function, etc.

  • Contributed

    15' + 5'

  • Flash talk

    5' + 0'

  • Poster

    DIN A0


  • May 15

    Call for abstract submission

  • June 26 July 9

    Deadline for abstract submission

  • July 24 July 28

    Notification of acceptance

  • July 31 August 4

    Deadline for early registration

  • September 4

    Deadline for regular registration

  • October 2

    Deadline for late registration



  • CHAIR - M. Ángeles Serrano - ICREA & Universitat de Barcelona
  • CO-CHAIR - Marián Boguñá - Universitat de Barcelona

  • Organizers

  • Guillermo García-Pérez - Universitat de Barcelona
  • Xavier R. Hoffmann - Universitat de Barcelona
  • Elisenda Ortiz - Universitat de Barcelona
  • Michele Starnini - Universitat de Barcelona

  • Program

  • Antoine Allard - Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
  • Alex Arenas - Universitat Rovira i Virgili
  • Alain Barrat - Centre de Physique Théorique, Marseille
  • Albert Díaz-Guilera - Universitat de Barcelona
  • Jordi Duch - Universitat Rovira i Virgili
  • Víctor M. Eguíluz - IFISC (UIB-CSIC)
  • Sergio Gómez - Universitat Rovira i Virgili
  • Jesús Gómez-Gardeñes - University of Zaragoza
  • Roger Guimerà - ICREA & Universitat Rovira i Virgili
  • Maksim Kitsak - Northeastern University
  • Kaj Kolja Kleineberg - ETH Zürich
  • Cristina Masoller - Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
  • Yamir Moreno - University of Zaragoza
  • Romualdo Pastor-Satorras - Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
  • José Ramasco - IFISC (UIB-CSIC)
  • Marta Sales - Universitat Rovira i Virgili
  • Maxi San Miguel - IFISC (UIB-CSIC)



The Macfang | BCN 2017 workshop will be held at the Centre Cívic Pati Llimona, one of Barcelona's most iconic community centers. Build on Roman and Medieval ruins and located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, at walking distance from Plaça Sant Jaume (5'), la Rambla (10'), Pla de Palau (10') and Plaça Catalunya (15'), its surroundings offer a multitude of cultural, gastronomic, lodging and after-work facilities, ensuring an enjoyable and productive stay in Barcelona.


Barcelona-El Prat airport (BCN) is serviced by numerous major and low-cost airlines. The city center is reached in 30'-45' by taxi, bus, metro or train.


Hotel occupation in Barcelona is high all-year round and prices tend to increase with time, early reservation is strongly recommended. We advise to book either through hotel pages or using searchers like booking, logitravel, trivago, or alternatives such as airbnb. Some suggested hotels, all within walking distance of the workshop venue:

The venue is well communicated via metro and bus, easily reachable from most parts of the city. Beware, however, of extended commute times during morning and afternoon rush hours.

Macfang | BCN 2017
organizing committee

James S. McDonnel Foundation Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats Universitat de Barcelona Institute of Complex Systems Universitat de Barcelona