With the start of the new academic year, the Institute for Advanced Study welcomes three new research fellows. Luc Coffeng, Claudi Bockting and Paul Duijn will join the IAS part-time for the duration of one year. They will work in the areas of health systems complexity and crime networks.
As a medical doctor and epidemiologist, Coffeng works on predicting and optimising the impact of public health programmes against neglected tropical infectious diseases, using individual-based models. During his fellowship, he will work on optimising ABC-SMC performance through automated selection of algorithm tuning parameters and will develop visualisation tools for performance assessment. He will test the resulting framework on stochastic transmission models of increasing complexity to assess where and when ABC-SMC can be reliably used.
Common mental health disorders (depressive and anxiety disorders) are a worldwide epidemic and there is no evidence that the epidemic is subsiding. Depression is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease (WHO). Globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression. Bockting will study how complexity modelling tools can be applied and explored to understand the onset and maintenance of common mental health disorders like depression in order to explore new targets for prevention and treatment.
The Netherlands provides an attractive environment for international organised crime activities. Law enforcement agencies in the Netherlands are struggling with preventing organised crime networks from initiating acts of extreme violence and infiltrating economic sectors, critical infrastructures, local governments. During his fellowship Duijn will focus on the following question: what is the complex adaptive reality behind organised crime networks and how can we anticipate to detect and disrupt them effectively?