Faculty - Marta C. González

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Marta C. González

Gilbert Winslow Career Development Assistant Professor

Room 1-153
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

Telephone: 617.715.4140 Email: martag@mit.edu Research Website: http://humnetlab.mit.edu/ Assistant: Debarchana Dutta / d_dutta@mit.edu


  • Licentiate in physics, Universidad Simon Bolivar, 1999
  • Magister Sc. in physics, Central University of Venezuela, 2001
  • Ph.D. in physics (Dr. rer. nat), Stuttgart Univarsität, 2006

Research Interests

Professor Gonzalez integrates methods of complex systems with statistical physics approaches, computational sciences, geographic information systems and network theory to characterize and model human dynamics. Her current research explores human mobility patterns using mobile phone communication, propagation of mobile phone viruses and urban transportation models. Her work also addresses the analysis of networks' organization in relation to their attributes in social systems and spreading dynamics.

Selected Publications

  1. “Understanding the spreading patterns of mobile phones viruses,” P. Wang, M.C. González, C.A. Hidalgo and A.-L.Barabási. Science, 324, 1071-1076 (2009).
  2. “Understanding individual human mobility patterns,” M.C. González, C.A. Hidalgo and A.-L. Barabási. Nature 453, 479-482 (2008).
  3. "Community structure and ethnic preferences in school friendship networks," M.C. González, H.J. Herrmann, J. Kertész, and T. Vicsek. Physica A 379, 307-316 (2007).
  4. "System of mobile agents to model social networks," M.C. González, P.G. Lind and H.J. Herrmann. Physical Review Letters 96, 088702 (2006).
  5. “Opinion Formation on a Deterministic Pseudo-fractal Network,” M.C. González, A.O. Sousa and H.J. Herrmann. International Journal of Modern Physics C 340, 45-57 (2004).
  6. “Flow equations on a fractal structure,” M.C. González, Adolfo Rodriguez, Mariela Araujo. Physica A 298, 297-314 (2001).