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Jacques Bara

Summary

First year PhD candidate at the Mathematics for Real-World Systems Centre for Doctoral Training (MathSys II CDT). Primarily interested in network science, ABMs, dynamical systems and their applications to a huge variety of applications: social and political sciences, epidemiology, environmental development and ultimately to use science to affect positive change in the world.

I'm further interested in how best to present and visualise research in order to make it most accessible and understandable, especially where policy is concerned as the research should be open most of all to those who will be affected by it.

Publications

J Bara, O Lev, P Turrini, Predicting voting outcomes in presence of communities in Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS'21. (2021)

Speaking

Warwick Maths Institute (WMI) Colloquium

"Eigenvector Centrality and Lou Reed" (July 2021)

20th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems 

"Predicting Voting Outcomes in Presence of Communities" (May 2021)

Mathematics in the Social Sciences Reading Group 

"Cooperative Dynamic Networks" (Feb 2021)

"Information Gerrymandering and Non-Democratic Decisions" (Dec 2019)

European Conference on Artificial Intelligence 

"Can Influence Assortment Predict Voters’ Bias in Presence of Community Structure?", NETREASON Workshop (Sep 2020)

Computational Social Choice (COMSOC) Video Seminar 

"Influence Gap, Voting and Communities", Rump session (Sep 2020)

Common Ground Oxford

"A Global Crisis: Climate Change and Colonialism", panel chair, (Apr 2019)

"Festival of Liberated Curricula", workshop facilitator, (Feb 2019)

Christ Church Undergraduate Conference 

"Martian Colonies with von Neumann probes" (Apr 2017)

Internships

163 European Study Group, University of Santiago de Compostela (July 2021)

ICMS Modelling Camp, University of Edinburgh (May 2021)

Bays Consulting / Keen Marine: Trace metal mobilisation and mixing.

Research Intern, Technische Universität Berlin (Jun-Jul 2018)

Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) RISE program with the Applied Dynamic Systems group at the Technische Universität Berlin. Researched reappearance of periodic solutions to delay dynamic equations as well as spectral and numerical analysis using DDE-Biftool (a MATLAB toolkit).

Theoretical Physics Summer School, Perm State University (Jun-Aug 2017)

Funded by a BP Scholarship. Courses in fluid dynamics, anomalous diffusion, perturbation methods and lie algebra.

Teaching

Graduate Teaching Assistant, CS404/924 Agent-Based Systems, University of Warwick (2021)

Co-supervisor, CS407 Group Project, University of Warwick (2020-21)

Education

2019-2020: MSc in Mathematics of Real World Systems, University of Warwick (Distinction)

Courses include Networks and Random Processes, Population Dynamcs: Ecology & Epidemiology, Complexity in the Social Sciences.

Dissertation: Can influence assortment predict voter's bias in presence of communities?

Group project: Parareal: An application of probabilistic methods to time-parallelisation

2018-2019: MMathPhys (Part C) in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford (Distinction)

Courses in Networks, Quantum Information, Nonequilibrium Statistical Physics, Kinetic Theory, Quantum Field Theory, Conformal Field Theory, Groups and Representations, Galactic and Planetary Dynamics and Applied Complex Variables.

Mini project: On the parametrisation of non-localised centrality

2015-2018: MMathPhys (Part A & B) in Physics, University of Oxford (First Class Honours)

Academic Prizes

Roach Prize, Christ Church College, University of Oxford (2019)

Awarded by Christ Church College to the most outstanding undergraduate across the following branches of Science: Mathematics, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Physics, Materials Science and Biological Science.

Hooke Prize, Christ Church College, University of Oxford (2019)

Awarded annually by Christ Church College to the most outstanding undergraduate across the following branches of Science: Mathematics, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics, Materials Science and Biological Science.

Scholarship, Christ Church College, University of Oxford (2016-2019)

Awarded by Christ Church College for academic achievement.

Extra-curricular Activities

SSLC Chair, MathSys II, University of Warwick (2019 - Present)

Chair termly meetings between the MSc, PhD and staff of MathSys II.

Organising Member, Common Ground, University of Oxford (2018-2019)

On an organising committee to run the Festival of Liberated Curricula and facilated the Liberate Our Curricula Now: Resolutions for Change workshop as part of it. Chaired A Global Crisis: Climate Change and Colonialism panel and spoke on a Decolonising the Curriculum: Toward a Manifesto panel at the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities.

Secretary, Physics Joint Consultative Committee, University of Oxford (2016-2018)

Took minutes of bi-termly meetings between undergraduates and teaching staff at the Department of Physics, ran surveys on student satisfaction, represented undergraduates on the Equality and Diversity Committee as well.

Secretary, Oxford Alternative Ice Hockey, Oxford (2017-2018)

In charge of bi-weekly emails, signed in every member at each game, refereed matches, took minutes of termly meetings, organised a charity night.

Technical Director, Christ Church College, University of Oxford (2016)

Directed and designed tech for the Christ Church garden play.

Black and white picture of Jacques Bara, an Asian male, in front of a demonstration.

Research Interests:

  • Networks
  • Social Phenonemena
  • Dynamics and dynamical systems
  • Stochastic processes
  • Agent based models
  • Climate Change and Race

Coding Proficiencies

  • Python
  • MATLAB
  • Julia
  • NetLogo
  • Javascript
  • R