Raissa M. D'Souza

Professor
University of California, Davis

Department of Computer Science
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Graduate Group in Applied Math
Complexity Sciences Center

2018-19 Outgoing President, The Network Science Society
2015-18 President, The Network Science Society
External Professor, Santa Fe Institute
Fellow, American Physical Society

Editorial Board, IEEE Trans. Network Science & Engineering
Editorial Board, Internet Mathematics
Advisory Board, Quanta Magazine
Editorial Board, Scientific Reports (2012-2014)
Associate Editor, Journal of Complex Networks (2013-2017)


July 1, 2015
office: 3057 Kemper Hall
email: raissa at cse.ucdavis.edu (Curriculum Vitae, Fall 2017) (Google Scholar)

Research interests: Complex networks, percolation, cascades, systems of complex systems

Bio | Publications | Team Members | Talks/Videos | Grants | Teaching | ECS/MAE 253 | Fun

NEWS: Two new papers, Aug 2018:
- Self-organization of Dragon King failures, (arxiv).
- Talent and experience shape competitive social hierarchies, (arxiv).
• Recent Perspective piece in Nov 17th issue of Science, "Curtailing cascading failures".
UC Davis recruitment in Network Theory. (Stay tuned for more news.) .
This is part of a broader initiative including Computational Neuroscience, and Data Science!

• Raissa is awarded the 2017 College of Engineering, Outstanding Mid-Career Faculty Research Award.

• Raissa is elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, Class of 2016.

Attend Mx16, May 20-22, 2016, our interdisciplinary symposium on multi-dimensional networks!

Our review article on Explosive Percolation, Nature Physics, 11(7), 2015.

"The New Laws of Explosive Networks" Quanta Magazine, July 14, 2015 & Wired Magazine, Aug 1, 2015.

SFI hosts our MURI working group on control of interdependent networks, June 23-26, 2015.

Inside Science article on our recent work in opinion dynamics with Zealots (Feb, 2015).

• Our special issue: "The Digital Age and the Future of Social Network Science and Engineering", Proc. IEEE 102 (12) 2014.

Our paper on Targeted Control appears in Nature Communications (Nov 12, 2014)

• Read our newest article in PRL on microtransitions and early warning signs for percolation (Apr 18, 2014).

• Attend NetSci 2014. I am the General Chair. (Registration information)

• PhD Candidate, Charlie Brummitt, wins J. S. McDonnell Postdoctoral Fellowship in Studying Complex Systems, 2014-2016!

• Raissa joins the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Complex Systems.

• Our MURI proposal is selected for funding! $6.25million over the next five years.
Predicting and Controlling Systems of Interdependent Networks: Exploiting Interdependence for Control
UC Davis Press Article

• Our new article in PRL (Aug 12, 2013) is chosen as Editor's Suggestion.
See the accompanying Viewpoint
, "Getting out of control", by N. A. M. Araujo.


Recent Press:

  • "The New Laws of Explosive Networks" Quanta Magazine, July 14, 2014 & Wired Magazine, Aug 1, 2015.
  • "Zealots Help Sway Popular Opinions" Inside Science, Feb. 19, 2015.
  • "The Mathematics of Averting the Next Big Network Failure", Wired Magazine/Simmons Science News, Mar. 19, 2013.
  • "When Networks Network", Science News, Sept 22, 2012.
  • "Embracing complexity", FQXi, Nov 6, 2012.

  • Selected publications: (Full publication list)

  • C. D. Brummitt, P. D. H. Hines, I. Dobson, C. Moore, R. M. D'Souza, Transdisciplinary electric power grid science PNAS, (Opinion piece), July 23, 2013.
    Supplemental Information, including figures and background.
  • C. D. Brummitt, R. M. D'Souza and E. A. Leicht, "Suppressing casades of load in interdependent networks" PNAS, Feb 21 2012.
    Executive summary: 2-page "Author Summary" (pdf)
    Press articles: Computerworld Slashdot UCD College of Engineering News ilsussidiario
  • Wei Chen, Z. Zheng and R. M. D'Souza, "Deriving an underlying mechanism for discontinuous percolation", Europhysics Letters, 100 (6), 66006, 2012.
  • W. Chen and R. M. D'Souza, "Explosive percolation with multiple giant components", Physical Review Letters, 106, 115701, 2011. (pdf)
  • D. Achlioptas, R. M. D'Souza and J. Spencer, "Explosive Percolation in Random Networks", Science, 323 (5920) 1453-1455, 2009.
    Accompanying Perspective: T. Bohman, "Emergence of Connectivity in Networks", Science, 323 (5920) 1438-1439, 2009.
    Press articles: Eurekalert Press Release New Scientist Article
  • V. Filkov, et. al. "Modeling and verifying a broad array of network properties" Europhysics Letters, 86, 28003, 2009.
  • R. M. D'Souza, C. Borgs, J. T. Chayes, N. Berger, and R. Kleinberg, "Emergence of Tempered Preferential Attachment From Optimization", PNAS, 104, (15), 6112-6117, 2007,
    (Cover Story)
    . Press articles: UCDavis press releaseLa Recherche
  • R. M. D'Souza, "Coexisting phases and lattice dependence of a cellular automata model for traffic flow", Physical Review E, 71, 066112, 2005.
    ( Movie of the elusive intermediate phases).

  • Professional history:
  • 7/2014 onwards, Professor, UC Davis.
  • 2007 - present, External Professor, Santa Fe Institute.
  • 7/2008 - 6/2014, Associate Professor, UC Davis.
  • 2005 - 6/2008, Assistant Professor, UC Davis. Joined GGCS 2005, GGAM 2007.
  • 2002-2005, Postdoctoral Fellow, Microsoft Research: Theory Group.
  • 1999-2002, Postdoctoral Fellow, Bell Labs: Math Center and Theoretical Physics Groups
  • 1999, PhD in Statistical Physics, MIT, for work done jointly in the Lab for Computer Science.

  • Recent honors:
  • Kavli Fellow, National Academy of Sciences USA: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011.


  • Teaching:
  • Winter 2017 : ECS 20, Discrete Math
  • Spring 2016 : Networks course: ECS253 / MAE 253, Network Theory and Applications
  • Winter 2016 : ENG 105, Thermodynamics
  • Winter 2015 : ECS 15, Introduction to Computers
  • Spring 2014 : Networks course: ECS289 / MAE 298, Network Theory and Applications
  • Winter 2014 : MAE 216, Advanced Thermodynamics
  • Winter 2013 : ECS 15, Introduction to Computers
  • Spring 2012 : MAE 216, Advanced Thermodynamics
  • Fall 2011 : ENG 105, Thermodynamics
  • Fall 2011 : ENG 105, Thermodynamics
  • Winter 2011 : Networks course: ECS289 / MAE 298, Network Theory and Applications
  • Fall 2010 : ECS 20, Discrete Math
  • Fall 2010 : ENG 105, Thermodynamics
  • Spring 2009 : Advanced topics in network theory
  • Fall 2008 : ENG 105, Thermodynamics
  • Fall 2007 : Networks course: NSF VIGRE Research Focus Group on Probability.
  • Spring 2008 : MAE 298, "Network Theory and Applications", (2007 version) and (2006 version)
  • Fall 2006. Winter 2006. Spring 2008. ENG 102, "Dynamics"
  • Winter 2007 : ENG 105, "Thermodynamics"
  • Mathematics Illuminated, (Episodes 7 and 11). Series produced by Annenberg Foundation and Oregon Public Broadcasting.

  • Resources for Summer Internships (a little outdated)


    Workshop organization:

    Organizing/Program Cmmts: (I no longer update this since 2016, since I am involved in too many to chronical.)
  • Steering Committee, NetSci-X, 2016, Wroclaw Poland, Jan 11-13, 2016.
  • General Chair, NetSci 2014, June 2-6, 2014.
  • Program Committee, NetSci 2013, June 3-7, 2013.
  • TPC, NetSciCom 2013, April, 2013.
  • Organizer, Graduate Group in Applied Math Mini-conference, UC Davis, Jan 26, 2013.
  • Scientific Steering Committee, Networks Of Networks: Systemic Risk and Infrastructural Interdependencies, Satellite of NetSci 2012, Northwestern University, June 19, 2012.
  • Power Grids as Complex Networks: Formulating problems for useful science and science based engineering, Santa Fe Institute, May 17-19, 2012
  • TPC, 9th Workshop on Algorithms and Models for the Web Graph (WAW'12).
  • TPC, 6th International Workshop on Self-Organizing Systems (IWSOS 2012), March 15-16, 2012, Delft, The Netherlands.
  • Dynamics of Networks workshop, for the 2010-11 Program on Complex Networks at SAMSI.
  • Co-chair, 2011 Indo-US Kavli Frontiers of Science, April 18-20, 2011.
  • Co-chair, 11th Kavli Frontiers of Science, sponsored by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Irvine CA, December 2008.
  • 10th Kavli Frontiers of Science, sponsored by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Japan, December 2007 (Organizing committee member).
  • European Conference on Complex Systems, University of Oxford, 25-29 September 2006 (TPC member).


  • Recent talks: (Slides and videos available here)

    2019

  • Invited speaker, NetSci X 2019, Jan 3-5, Santiago, Chile.
  • Invited speaker, Complenet'19, 18-21 March 2019, Tarragona, Spain.
  • Plenary lecture, European Control Conference 2019, 25-28 June 2019, Naples, Italy.

  • 2018

  • Plenary speaker, SIAM Network Science 2018, Portland Oregon, July 12, 2018.
  • Keynote speaker, NetONets 2018, satellite workshop of NetSci 2018, Paris France, June 12, 2018.
  • Invited talk, American Physical Society March meeting, March 8, 2018.
  • Keynote speaker, NetSci X 2018, Hangzhou China, Jan 5-8, 2018.
  • 2017

  • Keynote speaker, Conference on Complex Systems 2017, Sept 19, 2017.
  • Invited speaker, Symposium of Controlling Complex Networks, NetSci 2017, June 19, 2017.
  • Lecturer, NetSci 2017 International School, NetSci 2017, June 20, 2017.
  • Invited speaker, 2017 SIAM Conference on Dynamical Systems, mini-symposium Explosive Transitions in the Structure and in the Dynamics of Complex Networks, May 22, 2017.
  • Seminar, Center for Complex Systems, University of Sydney, April 2, 2017
  • 2016

  • Keynote Speaker, Complex Networks 2016, Milan, Italy Nov 30 - Dec 2, 2016.
  • Colloquium, Physics Department, Boston University, March 22, 2016.
  • Invited Speaker, APS March meeting, Session V3: Complex Network Dynamics, March 17, 2016.
  • 2015

  • Invited lecture, Mechanical Engineering/IGERT seminar, UC Santa Barbara, Nov 9, 2015.
  • Colloquium, Applied Mathematics, Northwestern University, Oct 5, 2015.
  • Keynote Speaker, NetSci 2015, Zaragoza Spain, June 1-5, 2015.
  • Invited Speaker, UC Davis, Institute for Social Sciences 2015 Conference, May 8, 2015.
  • Invited lectures, University of Alaska, Anchorage, Complex Systems lecture series, April 2-3, 2015.
  • Keynote Speaker, UC Davis, Statistical Sciences Symposium, April 10-11, 2015.
  • 2014

  • Invited Speaker, Berkeley Mini-Stat Mech Meeting, UC Berkeley, Jan. 11, 2014.
  • Colloquium, Stanford Complexity Group, Stanford University, Aug. 4, 2014.
  • The John von Neumann Public Lecture, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, University of Wisconsin, Nov. 5, 2014.
  • 2013

  • Invited Speaker, Dynamics Days US, Denver CO, Jan 3-6, 2013.
  • Invited Speaker, American Physical Society March Meeting, Baltimore MD, Mar 18-22, 2013.
  • Distinguished Physics & Astronomy Complex Systems Seminar, Northwestern University, Chicago, April 25, 2013.
  • Invited Speaker, SIAM dynamical systems conference, May 19-23, 2013.
  • Colloquium, ETH Risk Center, ETH Zurich, Oct 29, 2013.
  • 2012

  • Invited Speaker, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting, 16-20 Feb, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Distinguished Lecture Series, UC Irvine, April 27, 2012.
  • Santa Fe Institute Colloquium, May 16, 2012.
  • Power Grids as Complex Networks, Santa Fe Institute, May 17-19, 2012
  • Lecturer, 8th Cornell Probability Summer School, Cornell University, July 16-27, 2012.
  • Invited speaker, Complexity of Interacting Networks, satellite meeting of ECCS '12
  • Keynote speaker, Coupled Networks, Dragon Kings and Explosive Percolation: New Views on Extreme Events, Workshop of the ETH Risk Center, ETH Zurich, October 25-26th, 2012.
  • Physics Colloquium, UC Riverside, Nov 29, 2012.

    2011

  • Invited Speaker, American Physical Society March Meeting, Dallas, TX. Mar 21-25, 2011.
  • Invited Speaker, NetONets 2011, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. June 7, 2011.
  • Invited Speaker, NetSci 2011, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary. June 8-10, 2011.
  • Invited Speaker, The Foundational Questions Institute, Setting Time Aright, Norway and Denmark, Aug 27-Sep 1, 2011.
  • Invited Speaker, Network Frontier Workshop, Northwestern University, Dec 1, 2011.
  • Applied Math Colloquium, Cornell University, Ithaca NY, Dec 2, 2011.
  • 2010

  • Invited lecture, Nonlinear Dynamics of Networks, Univ. of Maryland, 5-9 April, 2010.
  • Working group on interdependent networks, Santa Fe Institute, June 21-24, 2010.
  • TTI Vanguard, Matters of Scale, London England, July 20-21, 2010.
  • "Science of Cities", Bellagio, Italy, July 27-30, 2010.
  • SAMSI Opening Workshop, 2010-11 Program on Complex Networks, Aug 29-Sep 1, 2010.

    2009

  • Physics Colloquium, UC Davis, Feb 9, 2009.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Engineering Systems Seminar, April 9, 2009.
  • Physics Colloquium, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, May 20, 2009.
  • Invited lecture, Canadian Discrete and Algorithmic Mathematics Conference, Montreal, May 25, 2009.
  • Invited lecture, NetSci 2009, Venice Italy, 29 June - 03 July.
  • Invited participant, "Lakeside Research Days", University of Klagenfurt Austria, 13 July - 17 July.
  • Colloquium, Microsoft Research, Oct 7, 2009.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Combinatorics Seminar, Department of Mathematics, Oct 28, 2009.
  • Northeastern University, CCNR Seminar, Dec. 8, 2009.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, LIDS Seminar, Dec.7, 2009.
  • 2008

  • Physics Colloquium, University of Maryland, April 29th, 2008.
  • Keynote address, Davis SIAM Student Research Conference, May 3, 2008.
  • ICME Colloquium, Stanford University, May 19, 2008.
  • Opening Plenary Session, Supernova 2008: Challenges for the Network Age, June 19, 2008.
  • The Network Resilience Challenge, Secretary of Defense Highlands Forum, Wilmington, DE, Oct 5-7, 2008.
  • NAKFI Complex Systems, Irvine CA, Nov 12-15, 2008.
  • Bayesian Statistics and Massive Data Streams, Applied Math Session JAFOS, Irvine CA, Dec 4-7, 2008.
  • 2007

  • DIMACS-Georgia Tech "Workshop on Complex Networks and Systems", January 22-24, 2007 (Invited Lecture).
  • Institute for Pure and Applied Math, "Random Curves, Surfaces, and Transport", April 16 - 20, 2007 (Invited Lecture).
  • Institute for Pure and Applied Math, "Random and Dynamic Graphs and Networks", May 7 - 11, 2007 (Invited Lecture).
  • NetSci 2007, May 20-25, 2007 (Invited Lecture).
  • SFI Complex Systems Summer School, Beijing, China. July 23-27, 2007 (Faculty Lecturer).
  • Network Dynamics and Traffic Control, Jamming and Flow, Applied Math Session JAFOS, Japan, Dec 2007.
  • 2006

  • AMS Meeting, Special Session on Probability and Statistical Physics, April 29-30, 2006 (Invited Lecture).
  • MAA Prep Workshop, Mathematics of Markov Chain Monte Carlo, June 12-16, 2006 (Invited Lecturer).
  • SFI Complex Systems Summer School, Beijing, China. July 2006 (Faculty Lecturer).
  • American Institute of Mathematics, "Workshop on Phase Transitions in Physics, Computer Science, Combinatorics and Probability Theory", Palo Alto, CA, August 21-25, 2006 (Invited participant).
  • 9th Annual Kavli Frontiers of Science, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Irvine, CA, December 8-10, 2006 (Invited participant).
  • Valparaiso Complex Systems Institute (ISCV), Chile.
    (Organizing the December 2006 residency month on "Networks and Statistical Physics")


  • Some fun things:

  • Gallery of scientific images and movies

  • Rock climbing

  • Sailing

  • A poem John Preskill wrote to introduce my Caltech physics colloquium.

  • Brubar Energy Bars


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