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Adilson Motter

Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor

PhD, University of Campinas, Brazil, 2002

Professor Motter's research is focused on complex systems and nonlinear phenomena, primarily in the realm of chaos, fractals, statistical physics, complex networks, and biological physics.

Awards and Honors

  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 2009
  • Weinberg Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research, 2009
  • Northwestern-Argonne Early Career Investigator Award for Energy Research, 2010
  • National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, 2011
  • Erdös-Rényi Prize in Network Science, Network Science Society, 2013
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society, 2013
  • Simons Foundation Fellowship in Theoretical Physics, 2015
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2015
  • Scialog Fellow, Research Corporation and Moore Foundation, 2015
  • Outstanding Referee, American Physical Society Journals, 2016

Motter Research Page

Selected Publications

  • D.K. Wells, W.L. Kath, and A.E. Motter,
    Control of stochastic and induced switching in biophysical networks,
    Phys. Rev. X 5, 031036 (2015).
  • J. Sun, S.P. Cornelius, J. Janssen, K.A. Gray, and A.E. Motter,
    Regularity underlies erratic population abundances in marine ecosystems,
    J. R. Soc. Interface 12, 20150235 (2015).
    Supplementary Material
  • J.-R. Angilella, R.D. Vilela, and A.E. Motter,
    Inertial particle trapping in an open vortical flow,
    J. Fluid Mech. 744, 183 (2014).
  • A.E. Motter, M. Gruiz, G. Karolyi, and T. Tel,
    Doubly transient chaos: Generic form of chaos in autonomous dissipative systems,
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 194101 (2013).
  • S.P. Cornelius, W.L. Kath, and A.E. Motter,
    Realistic control of network dynamics,
    Nature Communications 4, 1942 (2013).
  • A.E. Motter, S.A. Myers, M. Anghel, and T. Nishikawa,
    Spontaneous synchrony in power-grid networks,
    Nature Physics 9, 191 (2013).
    doi:10.1038/nphys2535, Supplementary Information
  • A.E. Motter and D.K. Campbell,
    Chaos at fifty,
    Physics Today 66 (5), 27 (2013).
  • S.P. Cornelius, J.S. Lee, and A.E. Motter,
    Dispensability of Escherichia coli latent pathways,
    Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 108, 3124 (2011).
  • K. Gelfert and A.E. Motter,
    (Non)Invariance of dynamical quantities for orbit equivalent flows,
    Communications in Mathematical Physics, 300, 411 (2010).
  • T. Nishikawa and A.E. Motter,
    Network synchronization landscape reveals compensatory structures, quantization, and the positive effect of negative interactions,
    Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 107, 10342 (2010).
    doi: 10.1073/pnas.0912444107
  • A.E. Motter,
    Improved network performance via antagonism: From synthetic rescues to multi-drug combinations,
    BioEssays 32, 236 (2010) - Problems and Paradigms.
  • J. Andreasen, H. Cao, J. Wiersig, and A.E. Motter,
    Marginally unstable periodic orbits in semiclassical mushroom billiards,
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 154101 (2009).
    10.1103/PhysRevLett.103.154101 - COVER
  • E.G. Altmann, J.B. Pierrehumbert, and A.E. Motter,
    Beyond word frequency: Bursts, lulls, and scaling in the temporal distributions of words,
    PLoS One 4(11), e7678 (2009).
  • A.E. Motter and A. Saa,
    Relativistic invariance of Lyapunov exponents in bounded and unbounded systems,
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 184101 (2009).
  • T. Nishikawa, N. Gulbahce, and A.E. Motter,
    Spontaneous reaction silencing in metabolic optimization,
    PLoS Comput. Biol. 4(12), e1000236 (2008).
  • R.D. Malmgren, D.B. Stouffer, A.E. Motter, and L.A.N. Amaral,
    A Poissonian explanation for heavy tails in e-mail communication,
    Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 105, 18153 (2008).
  • A.E. Motter, N. Gulbahce, E. Almaas, and A.-L. Barabasi,
    Predicting synthetic rescues in metabolic networks,
    Mol. Syst. Biol. 4, 168 (2008).
    doi:10.1038/msb.2008.1 - EMBO and Nature Publishing Group
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