Homepage of Pu Wang


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 1-174, Cambridge, MA 02139

Office Phone: (617) 452-3395

Email: puwang AT mit.edu

Personal Homepage: http://puwang.barabasilab.com



Ph.D. in Physics, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 2010
Dissertation Title: ˇ°From Human Behavior to Virus Spreadingˇ±
Dissertation Adviser: Professor Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, Associate Professor Zoltan Toroczkai

B.S. in Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China, 2005
Thesis Title: ˇ°Hardware configuration of the Dual-Energy X-ray Bone Apparatusˇ±
Thesis Advisor: Associate Professor Ji Shen

Professional Experience:


Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 03/2010-present

Visiting Researcher, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard University, 06/2009-05/2010

Research Associate, Center for Complex Networks Research, Department of Physics, Biology and Computer Science, Northeastern University, 09/2007-05/2010

Research Assistant, Center for Complex Networks Research, Department of Physics, University of Notre Dame, 01/2007-08/2007

Teaching Assistant, Department of Physics, University of Notre Dame, 08/2005-12/2006



[6]. Enhancement of Scale-Free Network Attack Tolerance, Z. Qu, P. Wang, C. Song and Z. Qin, Chinese Physics B,19 110504 (2010).[PDF]

[5]. Modelling the Scaling Properties of Human Mobility, C. Song, T. Koren, P. Wang and A.-L. Barabasi, Nature Physics 10, 818-823 (2010).[PDF]

[4]. Understanding spatial connectivity of individuals with non uniform population density, P. Wang and M.C. Gonzalez, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 367,3321-3329 (2009).[PDF]

[3]. Understanding the spreading patterns of mobile phones viruses, P. Wang, M.C. Gonzalez, C.A. Hidalgo and A.-L.Barabasi,Science 324, 1071-1076 (2009).[PDF],[Supplementary Material],[Website]

News and Views : Science, Nature Physics, NSF, BBC, Scientific American, PhysOrg

[2]. Uncovering individual and collective human dynamics from mobile phone records, J. Candia, M.C. Gonzalez, P. Wang, T. Schoenharl, G. Madey, and A.-L. Barabasi, Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical 41, 224015 (2008).[PDF]

[1]. Enhanced Situational Awareness: Application of DDDAS Concepts to Emergency and Disaster Management, G.R. Madey, A.-L. Barabasi, N.V. Chawla, M.C. Gonzalez, D. Hachen, B. Lantz, A. Pawling, T. Schoenharl, G. Szabo, P. Wang and P. Yan, International Conference on Computational Science, serial Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS 4487), pp. 1090-1097, May (2007).[PDF]

Selected List of Talks:


The Effect of Topological and Scanning Attacks in Real Mobile Phone Networks. NetSci10, Boston, MA. 05-13, 2010.

From Human Mobility to Mobile Virus Spreading. NetSci09, Venice, Italy. 07-01, 2009. [PPT],[Talk]

Understanding the Spreading Patterns of Mobile Phone Viruses. APS March Meeting, Pittsburg, PA, 03-17, 2009.

Epidemic of Cell Phone Viruses . APS March Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 03-13, 2008.

Honors, Awards, Fellowships and Scholarships:


First place in the USTC & Lenovo Cup National Programming Competition,2004

Outstanding Student Scholarship,2003

Outstanding Student Scholarship,2002

National High School Physics Olympic Competition Province silver medal,2000

Skills and Techniques:


Operating systems: Windows, Linux

Coding Languages: C/C++, Perl, Basic

Scientific tools: Mathematica, Matlab, Origin

Tex formatting: LaTeX, Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Game Programming and Visulizations:


Game Programming:

SpeedHunter: A racing game based on C++ and OpenGL, 12/2003~02/2004


Randomwalk, Levy Flight, Mobile Phone Network



last modified: Dec 1, 2010