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Head of Chair

Marc Timme, Prof. Dr. rer. nat., MA

Became TU Dresden Strategic Professor and Chair for Network Dynamics in 2017, bridging the cfaed with the Institute for Theoretical Physics. Marc is interested in building mathematical, conceptual and algorithmic foundations towards an understanding of the collective nonlinear dynamics of networks, applications fields include biological and bio-inspired technical systems, future mobility, network economy & sustainability as well as network inverse problems of inference, design, and control. Enjoys swimming, hiking, philosophy -- and science.

Research inquiries:

e-mail: marc.timme
Phone: +49 351 463 34512 / 43972
Offices: BZW A411 / BAR IV68

Management & Administration

Primary contact:

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Manuela Merkel


e-mail: manuela.merkel

Phone: +49 351 463 39922

Barkhausen-Bau, BAR IV69
Helmholtzstr. 18
01069 Dresden

Teaching inquiries

Gundula Schädlich


e-mail: gundula.schaedlich

Phone: +49 351 463 33846

Bürogebäude Zellescher Weg, BZW A110
Zellescher Weg 17
01069 Dresden

Senior Researchers


Malte Schröder, Dr. rer. nat.

Head of Research Team "Collective dynamics and sustainable mobility"

From Germany, studied at the University and the MPI for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Göttingen, joined in March 2018. Research Interest include statistical physics of network formation, percolation and phase transitions in these models as well as collective dynamics on networks, synchronization and especially the impact of optimization and economic constraints on these systems. Enjoys board games, all kinds of puzzles and cycling.

e-mail: malte.schroeder
Phone: +49 351 463 43976

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Fabio Schittler Neves, Dr. rer. nat.

Head of Research Team "Network Dynamics of Natural Computation"

Brazilian. Studied physics in Brazil and earned his PhD in Göttingen, Germany. Joined in July 2018. Research interests include emergent dynamics on networked  and dynamical systems, analogue computation in general and artificial intelligence concepts. Enjoys sports, in particular “The Beautiful Game” also known as football.

e-mail: fabio.neves
Phone: +49 351 463 43979

Xiaozhu Zhang, Dr. rer. nat.

From China, trained as an engineer in Shanghai and as a physicist in Göttingen. Joined in February 2018. Current research interests include dynamic network responses to fluctuations, pattern formation on networks, perturbation spreading and power grid dynamics. Enjoys reading and traveling.

e-mail: xiaozhu.zhang
Phone: +49 351 463 43975

Rahul O R, Dr. rer. nat.

From India, joined in April 2020. Studied physics and earned his PhD in India's southern state of Kerala. Doctoral research was about the geometrical aspects of certain nonlinear systems. Currently focussing on recurrent neural network. Interested in traveling, photography and badminton.

e-mail: rahul.or

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Jan Schlüter, Dr.

Head of Econophysics Lab


Research Associates


Ventsislava Kaykieva, M.Sc.

From Bulgaria, trained as an environmental scientist in Halle and Dresden, with a postgraduate degree in project management. Joined in June 2020. Currently focusing on the complex world of nonlinear dynamics and its applications. Enjoys cooking and baking, reading fiction, caring for plants and talking nonsense in English. 


Florencia Noriega Romero Vargas, M.Sc.

Joined in 2018, studied in Mexico city, Rio de Janeiro and Göttingen. Develops algorithms for investigating acoustic signals of animals -- whales, parrots, primates, mice, bats -- focusing on the detection and classification of animal vocalizations and the quantification of temporal and combinatorial patterns. Enjoys traveling, skateboarding and learning.

e-mail: florencia.noriega

Diemut Regel, Dr. rer. nat.

From Germany, studied psychology in Göttingen and Pune, India. Joined in December 2018. Research interests include understanding how complex behavior can arise from very simple dynamical systems and theoretical neuroscience. Enjoys hiking, canoeing, camping and wondering how the mind and the brain are connected.

e-mail: Diemut.Regel

Nora Molkenthin, Dr. rer. nat.

From Germany, studied in Berlin, Manchester, Cambridge and Uppsala. Research interests include statistical physics of network formation, network theory, protein folding, social dynamics and transport phenomena. Enjoys parkour and creativity in all its shapes.


David Stein, M.Sc.

From Germany, studied in Dresden. Joined in October 2017. Current research interests include mobility, especially transitions in collective autonomous dynamics. Enjoys music, reading and programming.

e-mail: David.Stein1

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Leif Sörensen, M.Sc.

From Germany, studied International Economics in Göttingen, Bayreuth and Tokyo. His current research interests include the economics of demand driven mobility solutions and shared mobility in Europe and developing countries. Enjoys traveling, drawing and sports.

e-mail: leif.soerensen

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Andreas Bossert, M.Sc.

From Latvia, studied in Göttingen. Andy joined in January 2021 to research on applications of data science, mobility, agent-based simulations and artificial intelligence. Enjoys traveling, tinkering with cars or anything that moves, playing chess and fishing.

e-mail: andreas.bossert

Wen-Chuang Chou, Dr. rer.nat.

From Taiwan, joined in October 2017. Research interests include theoretical neuroscience, mainly focusing on sensory coding and processing in biological neural networks as well as artificial intelligence.  Enjoys classical music, and playing the piano.

e-mail: wen-chuang.chou

Christoph Steinacker, M.Sc.

From Germany, studied in Dresden and Pohang (South Korea). Joined in October 2019. Current research interests include mobility, especially improving the bikeability of cities. Enjoys video games, movies and music.

e-mail: christoph.steinacker

PhD Students


Philip Marszal, M.Sc.

From Germany, studied Physics in Göttingen. Current interests include nonlinear dynamics, collective dynamics, pattern formation and statistical mechanics of human behavior with a focus on human mobility. Main research revolves around mobility systems exhibiting emergent collective behaviour. Enjoys programming, reading, learning and nature.

e-mail: philip.marszal

Raoul Schmidt, M.Sc.

From Germany, studied physics, mainly in Dresden. Main research interests include network reconstruction, perturbation spreading, modeling and analysis of energy systems and subgraph matching. Enjoys reading, hiking, climbing, cycling and playing the guitar when not occupied with the serious things in life.

e-mail: Raoul.Schmidt


Moritz Thümler, M.Sc.

From Germany, laboratory technician trained in Germany and South Korea, studied physics in Darmstadt. Gained experience in industry in the fields of liquid crystals, satellite data analytics and the financial industry. Joined in 2019. His current research interests include dynamic network responses to fluctuations, synchronization and power grid dynamics. Enjoys cycling, hiking and traveling.

e-mail: moritz.thuemler

Charlotte Lotze, M.Sc.

From Germany, studied in Freiberg and Dresden. Joined in October 2017. Current research interests include nonlinear dynamics especially in evolutionary models. Enjoys walking and music.

e-mail: charlotte.lotze

Verena Krall, M.Sc.

From Germany, studied Physics in Tuebingen and Oulu (Finland). Joined in May 2019. Her current research interests include effects of network topologies on mobility dynamics. Enjoys singing, reading and writing.

e-mail: verena.krall

Paul Wilhelm, M.Sc.

From Dresden, joined in May 2018. Interested in neural networks and sensory processing. Enjoys biking and rap music.

e-mail: paul.wilhelm

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Felix Jung, M.Sc.

From Germany, studied Physics in Göttingen. Hands-on experience in operating ridepooling systems. Now focused on gaining insight into fundamental principles of individual human mobility. Broadly interested in social physics. Enjoys programming and being outdoors, hiking, biking and climbing.

e-mail: felix.jung

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Kush Mohan Mittal, M.Sc.

From India, studied Physics in Paris, Hamburg and Pune. Current research interests include exploring complex mobility phenomenon primarily in the context of public transport systems. Enjoys hiking, careless dancing and seeing Manchester United win.

e-mail: kush_mohan.mittal


Georg Börner, M.Sc.

From Cologne, Germany. Studied physics in Dresden and Leipzig. Current research interests: network reconstruction, bio-inspired computing and  data security in AI systems.
Enjoys playing musical instruments, reading, cooking, and building things.

e-mail: georg.boerner

Master's Students

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Benjamin Sauer, B.Sc.

From Germany joined in June 2021. Studied physics in Darmstadt. Interested in inverse Network problems, optimization, dynamics of flow networks and machine learning. Enjoys running, climbing, drumming, ice swimming,...


Jakob Lindermeir

From Germany. Earned a bachelor's degree in physics at TU Dresden, currently working towards a master's degree in theoretical physics.
Joined in March 2021. Research interests include bio-inspired computing, in particular computational paradigms emerging from spiking neural networks and their applications to real-world problems. Enjoys programming, hiking and playing the guitar.


Jose Casadiego, Dr. rer. nat.

Jose Casadiego recently transitioned to the world of strategic consulting, taking a lead role in the areas of Predictive Modeling, Optimization, Machine Learning and Statistics in the Advanced Analytics division of Boston Consulting Group, BCG Gamma. Among his duties, he is in charge of developing novel mathematical approaches to solve industry problems and help shaping the strategy of advanced analytics across Europe. He is currently based in BCG’s Madrid Hub.

e-mail: jose.casadiego

Benjamin Schäfer, Dr. rer. nat.

Benjamin Schäfer is continuing an academic career as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow working at Queen Mary University of London. In his recent DAMOSET project: "With data-driven modelling towards a successful energy transition", he is analyzing time series of various real-world systems and applying stochastic modelling to better understand the energy system.

e-mail: benjamin.schaefer


Guosong Lin, M.Sc.

From China, studied at TU-Clausthal. Joined March 2018. Research interests include observability analysis, measurement place on network, state estimation of network, control of converter. Enjoys sport and fishing.


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Robin Zech, B.Sc.

From Germany, studied Physics in Dresden. Current research includes dynamics of on-demand ridesharing services and universal behavior of their efficiency. Enjoys electronic music and hiking.


Arash Akrami, B.Sc.

From Tehran, studied physics at Sharif University of Technology, with working experience in Cargo Transport Industry and an MBA in China. Interested in Neuroscience and studying the effects of Nonlinearity in biological and socioeconomic systems. His current research is on reservoir computing. He enjoys long biased random walks, reading literary fiction, listening to Jazz, and dancing to Techno.


Max Bolle, B.Sc.

From Germany, studied in Dresden. Joined in January 2020. Current research interests include powergrids and collective dynamics. Enjoys swimming, nature and DIY-projects.

David Storch, M.Sc.

From Germany, studied physics and economics in Göttingen and Stellenbosch (South Africa). Research interests include collective phenomena in urban mobility systems, pattern formation in shared mobility modes, network flows, as well as seamless integration of multimodal mobility services. Enjoys long-distance running and cycling.

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Thomas Gaskin, M.Sc.

Guest researcher from Germany/United Kingdom. Studied Physics and Mathematics at Heidelberg University, and Mandarin at Peking University, Beijing. Research interests revolve around agent-based modelling, opinion dynamics and social network phenomena, as well as graph generation methods.