research is about exploration of Big Data and extraction of useful
information from large databases. In particular, my thesis has mostly
been about exploring mobile phone databases. This field of research has
a wide variety of applications, ranging from community detection on
large graphs, to mobiliy modeling or monitoring epidemics. During my
thesis, I've focused mainly on the modeling of spreading processes on
large networks of contacts, and more recently I've been very interested
in the use of mobile phone data to help countries towards development.
In this context, I've helped in the organization of the Orange
in 2013, and this year I spent the spring of 2014 in
New York, working in partnership with the United Nations Global Pulse
and Real Impact Analytics
on a project to use mobile phone data to monitor food security in
My research interests more generally include all dynamical aspects
of network theory, spreading processes and temporal networks as well as
applications of big data towards development.
My Ph.D. advisors are Vincent
My Ph.D. committee also includes Paul Van Dooren
I work at
UCLouvain in the applied
(INMA), in the research group on Large Graphs and Networks
I am currently an F.R.S.-FNRS
research fellow for my
Ph.D. thesis (2011-2015), and I'm currently writing my thesis, to be
presented in September 2015.
I did my master's degree in mathematical engineering (ingénieur
civil en mathématiques appliquées
) at the Ecole
polytechnique de Louvain
(2009-2011). I spent my first year of
master's as an exchange student at the Royal Institute of Technology
Stockholm, Sweden, under the program of Cluster Dual Degree
did my master's thesis under the supervision of Vincent
on the statistical analysis of the Belgian mobile phone network. In the
context of my master's thesis, I had the opportunity to spend a few
weeks as a visiting student at MIT
During my thesis, I helped organize NetMob
, the third international conference on the analysis of mobile
phone datasets, along with the Orange
on data from Côte d'Ivoire.
I also had the opportunity to spend a few months in New York in 2014,
working with UN Global Pulse
on a project of data for development. I very much enjoyed exploring the
uses of data for good, and I am convinced that in the future, more and
more of these Big Data will be harnessed to serve for development
purposes, or crisis prevention.
V. D. Blondel, A. Decuyper, G. Krings, A survey of results on mobile phone
preprint arXiv:1502.03406 (2015). [arXiv
A. Decuyper, A. Rutherford, A. Wadhwa, J.-M.
Bauer, G. Krings, T. Gutierrez, V. D. Blondel, M. A.
Food Consumption and Poverty indices with Mobile Phone Data
arXiv:1412.2595 (2014). [arXiv
This project was also featured in MIT
and on Global
M. Tizzoni, P. Bajardi, A. Decuyper, G. Kon
Kam King, C. M.
Schneider, V. D. Blondel, Z. Smoreda, M.C. Gonzàlez,
V. Colizza, On the use of human
mobility proxies for modeling epidemics
computational biology 10(7), 1003716 (2014). [PDF
L. E. C. Rocha, A. Decuyper, and V. D. Blondel. Epidemics on a stochastic model of
. In Animesh Mukherjee,
Monojit Choudhury, Fernando Peruani, Niloy Ganguly, and Bivas Mitra,
On and Of Complex Networks, Volume 2
Modeling and Simulation in Science,
Engineering and Technology, pages 301–314. Springer
A. Decuyper, V.D. Blondel, Une vie privée est-elle encore possible?
La Recherche 482 (Dec 2013)
[Article on Big
Monitoring food security with mobile phone data
, Ignite Talk
Big Data Innovation Summit - Made in Belgium, Brussels, March 2015
phone data and its uses towards development
ICTEAM tutorial seminar, Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium,
consumption and poverty indices with mobile phone data
seminar Big Data ARC research group,
Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium, October 2014.
degree distributions in mobile phone networks
Benelux Meeting, Houffalize, Belgium, March 2013.
on a mysterious distribution in large networks
UCL-INMA Largre Graphs and Networks seminar,
Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium, November 2012.
Epidemics on a
stochastic model of temporal network,
Benelux Meeting, Heijen, The Netherlands, March
Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and
Systems, Melbourne, Australia, July
Analysis of the Belgian Mobile Phone Network,
UCL-INMA Large Graphs and Networks seminar,
Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, March 2011.