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These seminars having been running since October 2016 and they take place on Mondays at 1pm, with a focus on all aspects of research involving significant computation. Each seminar is accessible through Teams, and the majority of seminars are held in person in D2.02 or A205B. Please see details of each seminar to confirm the format.

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WCPM: Arpan Mukhopadhyay, UoW

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Location: A205B, School of Engineering

Consensus Dynamics on Networks of Biased Agents

The consensus problem for a network of distributed agents is defined as follows: each node in the network holds some opinion or belief and interacts with its neighbours according to some specific rule to reach a state of consensus where all nodes adopt the same opinion or belief. The interaction rules which lead to consensus are called consensus protocols or algorithms. Recently, there has been considerable interest in the analysis of consensus protocols due to the wide applicability of consensus protocols to a range of areas including social networks, distributed computing, biological networks, and statistical physics. While the classical consensus problem assigns the same value to all opinions/beliefs, in real-world networks, the agents often exhibit some form of bias/preference towards intrinsically superior alternatives (e.g., a newer technology or a better political opponent).

In this talk, I shall focus on the effect of bias on consensus dynamics. Specifically, I shall describe how different forms of bias (strong and weak) can affect the speed at which the network reaches consensus. We shall show that the effect of bias on the network dynamics depends on several factors including the consensus protocol being used, the initial distribution of the opinions/beliefs and the connectivity among the agents. I shall present some recent results which analytically characterise the effect of these factors on the speed of consensus. The talks will be based on the following papers:

  1. A. Mukhopadhyay, R. R. Mazumdar, R. Roy, "Voter and Majority Dynamics with Biased and Stubborn Agents", Journal of Statistical Physics, 2020.
  2. A. Mukhopadhyay, "Phase Transitions in Biased Opinion Dynamics with 2-choices Rule", Probability in Engineering and Informational Sciences, 2022

Dr. Arpan Mukhopadhyay received the B.E. degree in electronics and telecommunication engineering from Jadavpur University, India, in 2009, the M.E. degree in telecommunications from the Indian Institute of Science, India, in 2011, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 2016. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Warwick, U.K. His research interests include performance analysis of computer and communication networks, distributed network algorithms and theoretical machine learning. He has received Best Paper Awards at IFIP Performance 2015 and the International Teletraffic Congress (ITC) 2015. He was also awarded the Rising Scholar Award at the International Teletraffic Congress 2018 for his contributions to mean-field analysis of large heterogeneous networks.

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Past Seminars (2023/24)


Speaker Presentation
27th November adfs

Arpan Mukhopadhyay, UoW

Consensus Dynamics on Networks of Biased Agents


20th November Kim Jelfs

Kim Jelfs, Imperial College London

Computational discovery of molecular materials


13th Nov mf

Michael Faulkner, University of Warwick

Fast sampling at phase transitions in statistical physics


6th Nov rgc

Ricardo Grau-Crespo, University of Reading

Designing materials for thermoelectric applications: density functional theory and machine learning


30th Oct holder

Clarice Poon, University of Bath

Sparsistency for inverse optimal transport


23rd Oct EL

Ellen Luckins, University of Warwick

Multiscale free-boundary problems in reactive decontamination and filtration


16th Oct em

Edit Mátyus, ELTE Institute of Chemistry

Relativistic QED developments for atomic and molecular bound state computations


9th Oct till

Till Bretschneider, University of Warwick

Image-based modelling of cell membrane dynamics in cell migration and cell drinking


2nd Oct lukas h

Lukas Hörmann (University of Warwick)

The impact of the atomic structure of an interface on its electronic and mechanical properties


Past Seminars (2022/23)


Speaker Presentation
19th June rocco

Rocco Martinazzo (Università degli Studi di Milano)

Quantum dynamics with a multitude of electronic states: from electronic friction to quantum hydrodynamics of coupled e-n systems


12th June zsuzsanna

Zsuzsanna Koczor-Benda (University of Warwick)

Computational molecular design for terahertz detection and surface-enhanced applications

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Ferran Brosa Planella (University of Warwick)

Asymptotic methods for lithium-ion battery models

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22nd May 1 grey head

Randa Herzallah (University of Warwick)

Fully Probabilistic Control for Quantum Systems


15th May

Mohsen Mirkhalaf (University of Gothenburg)

Deep-learning-enhanced multi-scale modelling of composites


24th April

Long Tran-Tranh (University of Warwick)

Sequential Decision Making Under Resource Constraints and Potential Applications to Materials Sciences


13th March

Edina Rosta (UCL)

Enhanced Sampling Simulations of Biomolecular Systems


6th March

Yi Yu (University of Warwick)

Detecting and localising changes in different environments


27th Feb

Matt Ismail (University of Warwick)

SCRTP facilities update


13th Feb

Davide De Focatiis (University of Nottingham)

A constitutive model for high strain rate properties of amorphous polymers


6th Feb 2023

Marjolein Dijkstra

Machine learning and Inverse design of soft materials


30th Jan 2023

Hannes Holey (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

Towards multiscale modelling of boundary lubrication


23rd Jan 2023

Nils Hertl (University of Warwick)

Investigating the dynamics of H atom scattering from surfaces with molecular dynamics simulations


16th Jan 2023

Tilmann Hickel (Federal Institute for Materials and Research Testing, Berlin)

Design of finite temperature materials properties enabled by innovative digital concepts


9 Jan 2023

Volker Deringer (University of Oxford)

Atomic-scale machine learning for inorganic materials chemistry


28 Nov 2022

Doireann O'Kiely (University of Limerick)

Moving out of plane: wrinkling and buckling


21 Nov 2022

Animesh Datta (Warwick University)

Quantum simulation: An Overview


14 Nov 2022

Miguel Caro (Aalto University)

Machine-learning-driven simulation of real carbon materials


7 Nov 2022

Ganna Gryn’ova (Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies)

Computational Chemistry and Machine Learning of Functional Organic Materials


31 Oct 2022

Mark Greenaway (Loughborough)

Resonant tunnelling in graphene-boron nitride transistors


24 Oct 2022

Pavlo O Dral (Xiamen University Malaysia)

Accelerating and Improving Computational Chemistry with Artificial Intelligence /
Machine Learning


17 Oct 2022

Federico Bosi (UCL)

The quest for ultralightweight materials: from membranes to architected lattices


10 Oct 2022

Rose K Ceronsky (École
Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)

Extracting Design Principles from Physics-Adapted Machine Learning Problems


3 Oct 2022

Tess E Smidt (MIT)

Euclidean Symmetry Equivariant Machine Learning for Atomic Systems -
Overview, Applications, and open questions


Past Seminars (2021/22)


Speaker Presentation
6 June 2022

Marie Therese Wolfram (University of Warwick)

Pedestrian Dynamics

30 May 2022

Gus Hart (Brigham Young University)

Building Useful Machine-Learned Interatomic Potentials

23 May 2022

Joseph Prentice (University of Oxford)

Efficient computation of optical properties of large-scale heterogeneous systems

16 May 2022

Matthias Sachs (University of Birmingham)

HAL: Hyperactive Bayesian Learning for Molecular Force Fields


9 May 2022

Chiara Gattinoni (London South Bank University)

Electrostatic effects in nanoscale ferroelectrics


14 March 2022

Olga Bagerra

Oxford Brookes University

Recent developments on discovering structure-function relations of soft tissues. Case study: the knee meniscus


28 February 2022

Sarbani Patra

University of Warwick

The dynamics of photodissociation and isomerization reactions – Classical and quantum aspects


21 February 2022

Emilio Martinez-Paneda

Imperial College London

Predictive modelling of multi-physics material degradation challenges: batteries, corrosion and hydrogen embrittlement


14 February 2022

Julia Brettschneider

University of Warwick

Exploratory data analysis and non-parametric methods for point pattern analysis for fluorescent microscopic images and digital X-ray detectors


07 February 2022

Thomas Swinburne

Marseille Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (CINaM)

Geometric use of linear models in high accuracy or high throughput simulations of defects


31 January 2022

Giovanni Porta

Politecnico di Milano

Upscaling of solute transport and surface reactions in porous media


24 January 2022

Celia Reina

University of Pennsylvania

Predicting Non-equilibrium Phenomena: A Journey Through Space and Time Scales


17 January 2022

Laurent Béland

Queen’s University, Ontario

Simulating nuclear materials across multiple time and length scales


10 January 2022

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Jerry Wang

Carnegie Mellon University

Let's Get Moving: Modeling and Simulation of Active Matter from the Pico-Scale to the Pedestrian-Scale


06 December 2021

Juliana Morbec

University of Keele

Exploring surfaces and interfaces with first-principles quantum mechanical simulations


29 November 2021

Brendan Spillane

University of Warwick

Software, IP and Warwick Innovations


23 November 2021

Rebecca Nichols

University of Oxford

Enabling functional materials with microscopy and modelling


22 November 2021

Michele Ceriotti

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

Keynote seminar: Atomistic simulations in the age of machine learning


15 November 2021

Jinnouchi, R

Ryosuke Jinnouchi

Toyota Central R&D Labs

On-the-fly machine-learned inter-atomic potentials: method and applications


08 November 2021

Schroder, J

Jörg Schröder

Universität Duisburg-Essen

Characterization of magneto-electric composites: An algorithmic scale-bridging scheme


01 November 2021


Sam Magorrian

University of Warwick

Moiré superlattice effects in twisted bilayers of 2D semiconductors


25 October 2021


Fernanda Duarte

University of Oxford

Exploring reactions mechanisms through automation and machine learning


18 October 2021


Petra Ágota Szilágyi

Queen Mary University London

Sustainably synthesised metal-organic frameworks for sustainability applications


11 October 2021


Joshua Schrier

Fordham University

Scientific opportunities of automating materials synthesis: a case study of hybrid organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites


04 October 2021


Mario Barbatti

Aix Marseilles University

Nonadiabatic dynamics in the long timescale: the next challenge in computational photochemistry



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