Danial Vahabli

Physics and Sociology Student

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I am a young researcher interested in using mathematical and computational tools such as Game Theory, Agent-Based Modelling, Statistics, Statistical Physics, and Machine Learning to investigate Social Systems.

I am currently majoring in Physics (GPA 3.77/4) and minoring 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)

I am an intern of Prof. Tamás Vicsek (well-known for the Vicsek Model and the Vicsek Fractal) since April 2021 where I am investigating the effect of quenched and shot noise on the collective motion of soft active matter.

also, I have been studying the self-assembly of colloidal particles with Simply Complex Lab, Bilkent University, Ankara under the supervision of Prof. Serim Ilday where we have published an article on the dynamical evolution of the hyperuniformity on a far-from-equilibrium dissipative colloidal system.

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

Supervisor: Prof. Tamas Vicsek

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

Supervisor: Prof. Serim (Kayacan) Ilday

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

Supervisor: Prof. Serim (Kayacan) Ilday

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

Supervisor: Prof. Hande Toffoli

5) Science of Success

(October 2021 - February 2022)

Supervisor: Prof. Albert-László Barabási