Faculty Directory
Dirk Brockmann

Adjunct Professor

Professor, Institute for Theoretical Biology, Humboldt University of Berlin


2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

Email Dirk Brockmann


Research on Complex Systems


Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics


PhD Theoretical Physics, Georg August University, Göttingen, Germany

PhD Program Nonlinear Dynamics, Max-Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen, Germany

Diplom Physics, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Georg August University, Göttingen, Germany

Undergrad and Graduate studies of Physics and Mathematics, Georg August University, Göttingen, Germany

Undergraduate Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC

Research Interests

Physics of complex systems; dynamics of human infections diseases; social dynamics and human transport; human mediated bio-invasion anomalous diffusion and fractional transport phenomena; stochastic processes on complex topologies; reaction-diffusion dynamics on networks.

Selected Publications

D. Brockmann, “COMPLEX SYSTEMS Spotlight on mobility”, Nature, (2012)

D. Grady, C. Thiemann and D. Brockmann, “Robust classification of salient links in complex networks”, Nature Communications, (2012)

Brockmann, D.; Thiemann, C.; Grady, D., “Parameter-free identification of salient features in complex networks”, Arxiv preprint arXiv:1110.3864, (2011)

B. Blasius and D. Brockmann, “Frontiers in network science: advances and applications”, European Physical Journal B, (2011)

Brockmann, D.; O'Danleyman, G.; Lee, J. J; Seebens, H.; Blasius, B., “Complexity in human transportation networks: A comparative analysis of worldwide air transportation and global cargo ship movements”, Arxiv preprint arXiv:1103.5451, (2011)

Brockmann, D.; Belik, V.; Geisel, T., “Natural human mobility patterns and spatial spread of infectious diseases”, Arxiv preprint arXiv:1103.6224, (2011)

Brockmann, D.; Theis, F.; Thiemann, C.; Grady, D.; Brune, R., “Modularity maximization and tree clustering: Novel ways to determine effective geographic borders”, Arxiv preprint arXiv:1104.1200, (2011)

Brockmann, D.; Belik, V.; Geisel, T., “Recurrent host mobility in spatial epidemics: beyond reaction-diffusion”, Arxiv preprint arXiv:1106.3461, (2011)