George Cantwell

Program Postdoctoral Fellow, Starting at SFI September 2020

Starting at SFI September 2020

George Cantwell is a graduate student at the University of Michigan and will be joining SFI as a postdoc in September 2020.  His research has been focused on developing a theoretical understanding of the structure and function of real-world networks.  Among other things, he has developed tools for understanding disease propagation, mixing patterns in social networks, percolation theory, network growth, community detection, and learning.  Common to his projects is the desire to close the mathematical gaps between behaviorally rich models and real data.  His most recent project re-examines the so-called friendship paradox in social networks – the result that, on average, people have fewer friends than their friends do – and provides a new way to understand this phenomenon.