## Profile

###### About

*I am an assistant professor at Twente Universty. I work at the intersection of probability theory, graph theory and stochastic networks. Problems I investigate are inspired by applications in network science, physics and computer science. Some of my research interests are:*

*Epidemic spreading*

*Epidemic and percolation processes on networks have many applications, ranging from virus spreading to internet outages. I am interested in analyzing epidemic or percolation processes on random graph models: null models for real-world networks. *

*Patterns in networks*

*Small subgraphs that occur frequently in a network data set can reveal interesting properties of the underlying data. I am interested in the occurrence of these small subgraphs in random graph models. How frequently do subgraphs appear in random graph models? And where in the graph can they be found? *

*Geometric networks*

*In most networks, we can interpret the vertices as lying in a geometric space. For example, internet users may have a two-dimensional position. In social media networks, you can interpret the position of a person as their interests, location and so on. I am interested in investigating such geometric networks from a mathematical point of view. *

**What attracted me to my new department and university? **

I like the fact that our group combines interesting mathematical research with real-world applications of mathematics.

**What are my one or two most favorite projects at this moment? **

I am currently investigating how we can detect the presence of `features' of network members from the network connections only.

**What are my fondest hopes for my research and my teaching for the next few years? **

I would like to be able to gain more understanding of realistic, mathematical network models that can be applied to social media, chemical reactions, the internet and many more.

In teaching, I hope to show students that mathematics is beautiful and intuitive, even though you sometimes have to work hard to understand it.

**What I'd like to explore, learn or do with other scientists?**

I would like to connect to scientists from all kinds of areas where networks are used, to learn about their specific properties, and interesting mathematical problems that can arise there.