Dr Jelena Grujić

Jelena Grujić did her undergraduate in physics at the Belgrade University in Serbia. She was always interested into interdisciplinary research which she first stared to explore by working on complex network with Prof. Bosiljka Tadić from Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Later she did PhD in game theory at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in Spain under supervision of Anxo Sánchez and Jose Cuesta. During here PhD she conducted laboratory experiment with human subjects playing Prisoner dilemma on a virtual  lattice. In combination with analytical work, she tried to understand if the spatial structure actually promotes cooperation in human societies. At the moment she is a postdoc working with Henrik Jensen on the CONGAS project. Her works on Tangled Nature model and well as trying to apply complex networks on the real world data....

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Dr Paul Expert

Paul Expert is currently an Associate researcher at the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London in the group of Prof Federico Turkheimer. He did my undergraduate studies at the University of Geneva until getting a Master degree in Physics. He then joined the Complexity & Networks group at Imperial College London to do my PhD under the supervision of Prof. Kim Christensen, and currently holds a visiting position in the group and usually spend two days a week at Imperial. Currently his main research interests are the study of networks structure and their use to differentiate clinical population as well as their neural correlate, using concepts from homology to study the structure complex networks and its application to neuroimaging data and self-organised critical models both theoretically and their applicability to the economy and the brain...

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Dr Xiaogeng Wan

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Dr Shama Rahman

Shama Rahman has a PhD in the ‘Neuroscience of Musical Creativity using Complexity Tools’, and is a professional actor and musician. Her research has been funded by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) whence she set up a collaboration between Imperial College London (Complexity Group), Goldsmiths College London (Centre for Computation, Culture and Cognition) and the Royal College of Music. She has investigated emergent patterns in the electrical brain activity of Jazz and Classical pianists during the generation of two types of musical creativity: Improvisation and Interpretation. Musical Creativity is a Complex system being at the juncture of neuroscience, musicology, cognitive psychology and neurophilosophy. Accordingly she has designed an experiment that is both traditionally reductive and systemically multi-faceted and holistic, which elegantly addresses the fundamental question of ‘What is Creatitivy?’ by  exploring the 3-way agreement on the performances between the subjective musicians themselves, objective external assessors and biological brain activity to highlight a ‘creative’ moment in time. Whilst staying true to a real-life performance environment for ecological validity, recording live EEG (electroencephalogram), she has trawled through music manuscripts at the British Library handpicking extracts of unknown/unfamiliar Classical music from the 15th century to present and commissioned new Jazz compositions, standardising both into unique scores readable for musicians from both backgrounds. She has presented her research at numerous conferences around the world including the European Conference for Complex Systems in Brussels, Max-Planck Institute in Germany (Dresden), the Marconi Institute for Creativity in Bologna, University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, Institute for Music in Human and Social Development at University of Edinburgh and Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London. In addition to presenting posters and being funded for several of these conferences she has also previously been funded by the Wellcome Trust Vacation Scholarship for research at Oxford University in auto-antibodies in schizophrenia, during her undergraduate degree at University College London studying Molecular Biology. Funded complexity summer schools have included Imperial College and Institut Sciences Complexes in Paris. As public engagement she has presented and conducted a live experiment entitled ‘Improvisation and Inspiration’, with 2 pianists and 100-audience members in the format of her research experimental design, with live EEG analysis of creativity at Secret Garden Party for Guerrilla Science. She is the founder of a Science/Performing Arts outfit, ‘Jugular: Joining Head and Heart’, which started developing as a concept in late 2011 and landed its first commission  by Secret Productions at two summer festivals ‘Secret Garden Party’ and ‘Wilderness’ in summer 2012. It received an Institute of Physics Public Engagement Award for this commission which comprised of two cabaret shows adhering to two themes of ‘Past’ and ‘Future’ culminating in over 4 hours of material with 10 minute lectures from leading scientists from UCL, Imperial, Oxbridge, Sussex and Cardiff universities and performance pieces. The ‘Past’ cabaret consisted of scientific topics of ‘Evolutionary Genetics and Man’s Social Brain Development’, ‘Memory’, ‘Perception of Time’, ‘Science of Ageing and Immortality’ and was also performed at Richmix in 2013 as ‘Jugular: Experiment 2’. The ‘Future’ cabaret consisted of scientific topics of ‘Complexity and Chaos’, ‘Astronomy: Origins and the Future of the Universe are in the Stars’/‘Solar Exploration’, ‘Particle Physics-Quantum Coupling and Computing’/‘Hunt for the Higgs Boson’ and a special quiz by The Londonist editor who also reviewed this show in its London incarnation, ‘Jugular:Experiment 1’, as a site-specific immersive performance in a warehouse – ‘basically a rave-about Physics!’. As a result of bringing these topics to life with challenging, informative and entertaining performances in an unusual setting to new audiences, this show was the subject of a master thesis from London College of...

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