Project 3 – Network Science


Termeh Shafie is a Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Konstanz. She received her Ph.D. in Statistics from Stockholm University in 2013.

Her primary research interest is statistical network analysis, in particular probabilistic network modeling of complex multi-relational data. Her other research interests lie in the areas of statistical information theory and network sampling.

Contact information:
Mail: Termeh Shafie
Phone: +49 (0)7531 88-4570
External Profile: Termeh Shafie

Full Professor

Ulrik Brandes is a professor for algorithmics at the University of Konstanz since 2003. He obtained a diploma in computer science from RWTH Aachen in 1994 and a doctoral degree in computer science from the University of Konstanz in 1999. Immediately after his habilitation in 2002, he became a professor for algorithmics at the University of Passau.

He is co-founding area editor of Network Science, associate editor of Social Networks, and editorial board member of the Journal of Graph Algorithms and Applications. He serves in the board of directors of the International Network for Social Network Analysis and the steering committee of the International Symposium on Graph Drawing.

His research interests revolve around algorithms, social networks, and visualization. In NEXUS 1492, he is leading the network science part on network reconstruction from fragmented, heterogeneous, unreliable data.

Contact information:
Mail: Ulrik Brandes
Phone: +49 7531 / 88-4433
External Profile: Ulrik Brandes

Modeling the Caribbean



Viviana Amati is a PostDoc at the University of Konstanz since 2011. She holds an MSc in Biostatistics and Experimental Statistics (2007) and a PhD in Statistics (2011) from the University of Milano-Bicocca.

Her research focuses on statistical methodology for social network analysis, particularly related to stochastic models for relational data. Most of her current work is focused on using elements of game theory in order to provide a micro-foundation to statistical network models and to point out actors’ agency in network formation.

Contact information:
Mail: Viviana Amati
Phone: +49 7531 88-4569
External Profile: Viviana Amati


Habiba is a postdoc in the NEXUS 1492 project at the University of Konstanz, Germany. She completed her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Summer 2013.

Habiba’s main interests include modeling and algorithmic analysis of large scale networks, machine learning, mathematical modeling of diffusion processes, graph mining, and graph theory.

PhD student

Jan Christoph Athenstädt is a PhD student at the University of Konstanz since 2013. He holds a Diploma in Computer Science (Dipl. Inform.) from the Karlsruhe Institute of Techonology. During his studies, he also spent a year as visiting graduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle.

His previous research experience is in graph drawing and the visualization of clusterings.

PhD student

Mereke van Garderen is a PhD student at the University of Konstanz since 2013. She holds a Bachelor in Liberal Arts and Sciences from University College Roosevelt in Middelburg, the Netherlands, and a Master in Computer Science and Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology, also in the Netherlands. Her previous research experience focused mainly on graph drawing and set visualisation.

Mereke is a PhD student within the HERA-CARIB Project.

Contact information:
Mail: Mereke van Garderen
Phone: +49 7531 88-4568
External Profile: Mereke van Garderen