Andrea Baronchelli

I research the dynamics of social and cognitive systems using mathematical modelling, data science, and experiments with human subjects. 

Topics include human collective behaviour (norms, categories, consensus, behaviour change, social contagion, online and offline social networks), blockchain-based applications and cryptocurrencies, human mobility (cities, exploration/exploitation dynamics in physical and mental spaces, cognitive networks), and fundamental network science (time-varying nets, multiplex nets, diffusion processes on nets).

I am Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at City, University of London, fellow of the ISI Foundation, and research fellow of the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies.


Check out The emergence of consensus: a 10-page review / introduction to micro-macro connections, role of social networks, social contagion, committed minorities, etc. With models and empirical results.


Selected publications:

The dynamics of norm change in the cultural evolution of language Amato, Lacasa, Díaz-Guilera and Baronchelli PNAS (2018)

Experimental evidence for tipping points in social convention Centola, Becker, Brackbill and Baronchelli Science (2018)

Evidence for a conserved quantity in human mobility  Alessandretti, Sapiezynski, Sekara, Lehmann and Baronchelli Nat. Hum. Behav. (2018)

Evolutionary dynamics of the cryptocurrency market ElBahrawy, Alessandretti, Kandler, Pastor-Satorras, and Baronchelli RSOS (2017)

The spontaneous emergence of conventions: An experimental study of cultural evolution Centola and Baronchelli PNAS (2015

Networks in Cognitive Science  Baronchelli, Ferrer-i-Cancho, Pastor-Satorras, Chater, and Christiansen Trends Cog. Sci. (2013)

Modeling human dynamics of face-to-face interaction networks
Starnini, Baronchelli and Pastor-Satorras Phys. Rev. Lett. (2013)

Random Walks and Search in Time-Varying Networks  Perra, Baronchelli, Mocanu, Goncalves, Pastor-Satorras and Vespignani Phys. Rev. Lett. (2012) 

Modeling the emergence of universality in color naming patterns
Baronchelli, Gong, Puglisi and Loreto PNAS (2010)

Cultural route to the emergence of linguistic categories  Puglisi, Baronchelli and Loreto PNAS (2008)

Sharp transition towards shared vocabularies in multi-agent systems
Baronchelli, Felici, Loreto, Caglioti and Steels  J. Stat. Mech. P06014 (2006) 



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