Sara Merino-Aceituno

Mathematics of emergence in biology and social sciences

I am Associate Professor at the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Vienna.

I work in kinetic theory applied to the study of emergent phenomena in biology, medicine and social sciences using partial differential equations, probability, numerical simulations and modelling.

A big chunk of my current work is done in collaboration with groups of experimentalists.

NEW - I am opening a post-doc position (see Position 1)

One of the main goals of my research is to understand emergence...

One of the main goals of my research is to understand large (macroscopic) dynamics and patterns for systems formed by many “particles” (where “particles” can be birds, ants, pedestrians, voters, cells, bits of capillaries,…). In other words, the goal is to understand the emergence of observable/large-scale dynamics from the discrete/microscopic underlying dynamics. This theory is applied to a variety of settings: cancer formation, pedestrian dynamics, lane formation by ants, collective dynamics, angiogenesis, development of epithelial tissue, opinion dynamics,…