Dr. Manuel Sebastian Mariani

Senior Research Associate

Tel.: +41 44 634 9203


“I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.”

(Richard Feynman)

Manuel is a Senior Research Associateat the University Research Priority Program on Social Networks since November 2017. He has a background in theoretical physics and received his Master degree in Physics at University La Sapienza, Roma, with a thesis on statistical-physics models of glasses. After his Master studies, he moved to Fribourg where he carried out his doctoral studies on network science, focusing mostly on the problem of ranking nodes in evolving networks. He is passionate about unveiling the structure and the dynamics of scientific and technological development, understanding spreading phenomena in networks, assessing the performance and long-term impact of information filtering tools such as ranking and recommendation. He loves sharing and developing research ideas with his teammates. When Manuel is not editing long TEX files, you'll likely find him running in Zurich's hills or training at the swimming pool.

Research focus: socioeconomic predictions, computational social science, network science

Methodological focus: network analysis, diffusion and growth models, dynamical systems, statistical learning.