Danial Vahabli

Sociology PhD Student, B.Sc in Physics

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I am a young researcher interested in using mathematical and computational methods to study social systems. I am currently a Ph.D. Student at Stony Brook University, NY. I am also a beneficiary of the prestigious graduate fellowship of the Institute of Advanced Computational Sciences.

Prior to moving to USA, I earned a B.Sc in Physics (GPA 3.76/4) with a minor in Sociology (GPA 4/4) at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, which is the leading university of Turkey in Physics. (Ranked 250-300 Worldwide in Physics and 258 Worldwide in Social Sciences and Management by QS Rankings)

My research interests lie in the intersection of Sociology and Computer Science. I am enthusiastic about using advanced computational methods such as Natural Language Processing, Network Science, GPU Accelerated Agent-based Simulations, and statistics to understand society at scale.

Research Interests

My Research Interests are vast and interdisciplinary, but the unifying idea in them is creating novel mathematical models which are able to describe the behavior of  Complex Systems varying from Colloidal Systems to Social and Economic Systems.

I am especially interested in Social Complexity and Computational Social Sciences.  it is fascinating for me to unveil the social networks and understand how the culture (norms and values) emerge from individual behaviors. In addition, it is interesting for me to investigate how the media is affecting public opinion and how public opinion is dictating the media.

I am also interested in the collective behavior of animals. it is mesmerizing for me to see how a simple set of rules lead to complex and rich patterns of motion and lifestyle.


1) Studying Identity using Twitter Bios. (August 2022 - Present)

Supervisor: Prof. Jason J. Jones

2) the effect of quenched and shot noise in soft active matter (April 2021 - June 2022 )

Supervisor: Prof. Tamas Vicsek

3) Hyperuniformity on the driven dissipative colloidal system (April 2021 - June 2022 )

Supervisor: Prof. Serim (Kayacan) Ilday

4) Fitness Landscape of driven dissipative colloidal system (April 2021 - June 2022 )

Supervisor: Prof. Serim (Kayacan) Ilday

5) Physics-driven machine learning Methods for characterizing the structure of materials (October 2021 - January 2022 )

Supervisor: Prof. Hande Toffoli

6)Science of Success

(October 2021 - February 2022)

Supervisor: Prof. Albert-László Barabási