IC19 – Spreading dynamics in neural networks – and of COVID-19

Lecturer: Viola Priesemann
Fields: Networks, neural information processing, COVID


We introduce the spreading dynamics of activity in neural networks, and then show how it fosters information processing.


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Viola Priesemann
Prof. Viola Priesemann

Dr. Viola Priesemann is a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization and teaches at the Georg-August University Göttingen. She studies spreading processes, self-organization and information processing in living and artificial networks. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, she has been studying the spread of SARS-CoV-2, quantified the effectiveness of interventions, and developed containment strategies. Viola Priesemann is co-author of several position papers (e.g. of the National Academy Leopoldina), Fellow of the Schiemann-Kolleg and member of the Cluster of Excellence “Multiscale Bioimaging” at the Campus Göttingen.

Affiliation: Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization
Homepage: www.viola-priesemann.de