Alain Barrat

Senior Researcher

Fields of study:
Complex Networks, Transportation networks, Epidemic spreading phenomena

Alain Barrat obtained his PhD in theoretical physics at the university of Paris VI (France) in 1996. He then spent two years at the Abdus Salam ICTP in Trieste, Italy, as a postdoctoral fellow. In 1998, he entered the National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS) of France with a permanent position as junior researcher. He spent 10 years as a CNRS researcher at the Laboratoire de Physique Théorique at the University of Paris-Sud. He is currently CNRS senior researcher at the Centre de Physique Théorique in Marseille, France. He is also research scientist at the Institute for Scientific Interchange in Turin, Italy.  His research interests are in the field of disordered systems and out of equilibrium statistical mechanics. In the last years, his activity has focused on the study of complex networks and of the attached dynamical processes. His research has interdisciplinary applications such as the analysis of technological networks (Internet, transportation networks), the understanding of consensus formation in social networks or the study of epidemic spreading phenomena. Home page:


Recalibrating disease parameters for increasing realism in modeling epidemics in closed settings

L. Bioglio, M. Génois, C. Vestergaard, C. Poletto, A. Barrat, V. Colizza
BMC Infectious Diseases (2016)

Contact diaries versus wearable proximity sensors in measuring contact patterns at a conference: method comparison and participants’ attitudes

T. Smieszek, S. Castell, A. Barrat, C. Cattuto, P. J. White, G. Krause
BMC Infectious Diseases — doi:10.1186/s12879-016-1676-y (2016)

Impact of spatially constrained sampling of temporal contact networks on the evaluation of the epidemic risk

C. Vestergaard, E. Valdano, M. Génois, C. Poletto, V. Colizza, A. Barrat
European Journal of Applied Mathematics 27, 941 (2016)

Quantifying social contacts in a household setting of rural Kenya using wearable proximity sensors

M. Kiti, M. Tizzoni, T. M. Kinyanjui, D. C. Koech, P. K. Munywoki, M. Meriac, L. Cappa, A. Panisson, A. Barrat, C. Cattuto, J. Nokes
EPJ Data Science 20165:21 (2016)

Combining High-Resolution Contact Data with Virological Data to Investigate Influenza Transmission in a Tertiary Care Hospital

N. Voirin, C. Payet, A. Barrat, C. Cattuto, N. Khanafer, C. Régis, B. Kim, B. Comte, J. Casalegno, B. Lina, P. Vanhems
Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology (2015)

O023: Combining electronic contacts data and virological data for studying the transmission of infections at hospital

C. Payet, A. Barrat, C. Cattuto, C. Régis, N. Khanafer, J. Pinton, B. Kim, B. Comte, B. Lina, P. Vanhems, N. Voirin
Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control 2:O23 (2013)

Empirical temporal networks of face-to-face human interactions

A. Barrat, M. Nornberg, C. Cattuto, V. Colizza, F. Gesualdo, L. Isella, E. Pandolfi, J. Pinton, L. Ravà, C. Rizzo, M. Romano, J. Stehlé, A. E. Tozzi, W. Van den Broeck
EPJ Special Topics 222(6) (2013)

Immunization strategies for epidemic processes in time-varying contact networks

M. Starnini, T. Picard, A. Machens, C. Cattuto, A. Barrat, R. Pastor-Satorras
Journal of Theoretical Biology 337 (2013)

Fingerprinting temporal networks of close-range human proximity

Proceedings of the International Workshop on the Impact of Human Mobility in Pervasive Systems and Applications (San Diego) (2013)

Modeling temporal network using random itineraries

A. Barrat, B. Fernandez, K. Lin, L. Young
Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 158702 (2013)

New Insights and Methods for Predicting Face-to-Face Contacts

C. Scholz, M. Atzmueller, G. Stumme, A. Barrat, C. Cattuto
International Conference of Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM-13) (2013)

Wearable sensor networks for measuring face-to-face contact patterns in healthcare settings

A. Barrat, C. Cattuto, V. Colizza, L. Isella, C. Rizzo, A. E. Tozzi, W. Van den Broeck
Proceedings of the eHealth 2010 Conference Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering 69 (2012)

Random walks on temporal networks

M. Starnini, A. Baronchelli, A. Barrat, R. Pastor-Satorras
Physical Review E 85 (2012)

Friendship prediction and homophily in social media

L. M. Aiello, A. Barrat, R. Schifanella, C. Cattuto, B. Markines, F. Menczer
ACM Transactions on the Web volume 6(2), article 9 (2012)

On the dynamics of human proximity for data diffusion in ad-hoc networks

A. Panisson, A. Barrat, C. Cattuto, W. Van den Broeck, G. Ruffo, R. Schifanella
Ad Hoc Networks 10, 9 (2012)

Complex structures and semantics in free word association

P. Gravino, V. Servedio, A. Barrat, V. Loreto
Advances in Complex Systems 15 (3 & 4) (2012)

Social network dynamics of face-to-face interactions

K. Zhao, J. Stehlé, G. Bianconi, A. Barrat
Phys. Rev. E 83 (2011)

What\' s in a crowd? Analysis of face-to-face behavioral networks

L. Isella, J. Stehlé, A. Barrat, C. Cattuto, J. Pinton, W. Van den Broeck
Journal of Theoretical Biology 271 (2011)

Complex networks and glassy dynamics: walks in the energy landscape

P. Moretti, A. Baronchelli, A. Barrat, R. Pastor-Satorras
Journal of Statistical Mechanics P03032 (2011)

High-Resolution Measurements of Face-to-Face Contact Patterns in a Primary School

J. Stehlé, N. Voirin, A. Barrat, C. Cattuto, L. Isella, J. Pinton, M. Quaggiotto, W. Van den Broeck, C. Régis, B. Lina, P. Vanhems
PLoS ONE 6(8), e23176 (2011)

Simulation of an SIR infectious disease model on the dynamic contact network of conference attendees

J. Stehlé, N. Voirin, A. Barrat, C. Cattuto, V. Colizza, L. Isella, C. Régis, J. Pinton, N. Khanafer, W. Van den Broeck, P. Vanhems
BMC Medicine 9 (2011)

Folks in folksonomies: Social link prediction from shared metadata

R. Schifanella, A. Barrat, C. Cattuto, B. Markines, F. Menczer
Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Web Search and Web (2010)

Link creation and profile alignment in the aNobii social network

L. M. Aiello, A. Barrat, C. Cattuto, G. Ruffo, R. Schifanella
Proceedings of the Second IEEE International Conference on Social Computing SocialCom 2010, Minneapolis, USA, August 20-22, 2010 (2010)

Semantics, Sensors, and the Social Web: The Live Social Semantics experiments

M. Szomszor, C. Cattuto, W. Van den Broeck, A. Barrat, H. Alani
Proceedings of the 7th Extended Semantic Web Conference ESWC10 Lecture Notes in Computer Science 6089 (2010)

The Live Social Semantics application: a platform for integrating face-to-face presence with on-line social networking

G. Correndo, H. Alani, A. Barrat, C. Cattuto, W. Van den Broeck, M. Szomszor
Proceedings of the 8th Annual IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (2010)

Social dynamics in conferences: analyses of data from the Live Social Semantics application

A. Barrat, C. Cattuto, M. Szomszor, W. Van den Broeck, H. Alani
The Semantic Web – ISWC 2010 Lecture Notes in Computer Science 6497 (2010)

Renormalization flows in complex networks

F. Radicchi, A. Barrat, S. Fortunato, J. J. Ramasco
Phys. Rev. E 79 (2009)