on June 12, 2010

Marta Sales-Pardo has been awarded a 100.000 Euro Marie Curie Reintegration grant with the project "Decomposition and Discovery of complex Networks" (DEDiNet). The reintegration program aims to reinforce the attractiveness of Europe by encouraging European researchers to return to a Member State or an Associated State in order to contribute to European research and to transfer the knowledge they acquired in the third country.

In complex systems, individual components interact with each other often in non-linear ways via a non-trivial network of interactions. The structure of such network of interactions affects that system's dynamics and conveys information about the functional needs of the system, its evolution, and the role of individual units. For these reasons, network analysis has become a cornerstone of fields as diverse as systems biology, economics and sociology. In these fields, the advance of technology has boosted our capacity to gather increasing amounts of data on large complex systems. Unfortunately, our understanding has not grown proportionally. Two of the main reasons for such disparity are: (i) that we lack a complete set of tools to summarize information and transform it into practical knowledge; (ii) he reliability of network data is often a source of concern and poses serious questions about the validity of the conclusions of network studies. The overarching goal of the proposal is to develop a framework that enables the discovery of complex networks from sparse/incomplete empirical data sets with applications to systems biology problems.