Professor Marcel Ausloos

ProfessorProf Marcel Ausloos

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MSc, PhD

I am a Belgian engineer (U. Liege, 1967). I turned toward theoretical studies of materials and condensed matter for my M.Sc. (Brown U., 1970) and toward statistical physics for my PhD (Temple U., 1973). Advisors for the final thesis were R Simon, A. Baratoff, and K. Kawasaki, respectively. Thereafter, I have been applying statistical physics ideas and methods in various fields encompassing biophysics, financial and econo-physics, meteorology, linguistics, socio-physics, and many other non-equilibrium time-dependent systems, beside pursuing investigations on condensed matter, e.g. on liquids, alloys, magnets, ceramics, or superconductors.

After some visiting professorship, at the Freie Univ. Berlin, I returned to the University of Liege, where I spent my whole career, mainly teaching and performing some research on materials and in statistical physics. I founded the SUPRAS "horizontal" group of scientists belonging to various ULG laboratories (physics, chemistry, engineering) with fundamental or applied science interests on ceramics superconductors and magnetic materials. The research group culminated in a FNRS recognized Center of Excellence, SUPRATECS. In parallel, I initiated the GRASP, later on reforming part of the group to become GRAPES (Group of Researchers for Applications of Physics in Economy and Sociology). Since Nov. 2014, I have held a part-time chair at the School of Business, College of Social Science, Arts and Humanities, at the University of Leicester.

I have contributed greatly to statistical mechanics theory through studying various disordered systems, which can be described along fractal and multi-fractal ideas. I have been much interested in describing non-linear and out-of-equilibrium phenomena, in classical and so called exotic physics, through mathematical formalisms and simulation works. My work in econo-physics and socio-physics is widely respected.

I have in the order of 600 publications, in peer review journals and as peer review published communications at scientific meetings, with more than 300 different coauthors; I have edited 9 books, organised many international conferences, directed many graduate student theses, presented many scientific contributions at meetings or gave seminars, and taught in many "summer/winter schools". I am or have been a member of the editorial board of various journals, and very often chosen as a reviewer. My Hirsch index is greater than 40.

I have a widely open interest in interdisciplinary research and have a well known track for research project management or leadership. I have been taken as an expert for many projects by various financially granting bodies, in Europe and USA, and been recognised through several honoring distinctions.


Econophysics, sociophysics, nonlinear dynamics, nonequilibrium systems, networks, phase transitions, growth (and decay) models, fractals, scientometrics, statistical physics, materials sciences and applied mathematics.


Edited books/proceedings (2017-date)

STATISTICAL MECHANICS OF COMPLEX AND DISORDERED SYSTEMS, M. Ausloos and J. Miskiewicz, Eds., Entropy, Special Issue (MDPI, Zurich, 2017).

ECONO- AND SOCIOPHYSICS IN TURBULENT WORLD, Physica A 513, Special Issue Edited by M. Ausloos, D. Grech, T. Di Matteo, R. Kutner, C. Schinckus, H.E. Stanley (Elsevier, 2019).

Recent peer reviewed publications (2018 - date)

M. Ausloos, F.  Bartolacci, N. G. Castellano, and R.  Cerqueti, Exploring how innovation strategies at time of crisis influence performance: a cluster analysis perspective. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 30(4), 484-497 (2018).

M. Ausloos  and  R. Cerqueti, Intriguing yet simple skewness: kurtosis relation in economic and demographic data distributions, pointing to preferential attachment processes, Journal of Applied Statistics 45 (2018) 2202-2218.

J. Shi, M. Ausloos, and T.T. Zhu, Benford's law first significant digit and distribution distances for  testing the  reliability of  financial reports in  developing countries, Physica A  492 (2018) 877-888.

T. A. Mir and M. Ausloos, Benford's law: a 'sleeping beauty' sleeping in the dirty pages of logarithmic tables, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology 69(3), 349-358   (2018).

P. T. Simin, G. Jafari, M. Ausloos, C. F. Caiafa, F.  Caram, A. Sonubi, A. Arcagni, and S. Stefani, Dynamical phase diagrams of a love capacity constrained prey-predator model. European Physical Journal B  91 (2018) 43.

R. Cerqueti, G. Rotundo, and M. Ausloos, Investigating the configurations in cross-shareholding: a joint copula-entropy approach, Entropy 20 (2018) 134.

M. Ausloos, R. Cerqueti,   F. Bartolacci,  and  N. G. Castellano, SME investment best strategies. Outliers for assessing how to optimize performance,  Physica A 509 (2018) 754-765.

M.  Ausloos, R. Cerqueti, and T. A. Mir, Data on the annual aggregated income taxes of the Italian municipalities over the quinquennium 2007-2011, Data in Brief  18 (2018) 156-159.

A. Gadomski, N. Kruszewska, P. Bełdowski, B. Lent, and M. Ausloos, A tribute to Marian Smoluchowski's legacy on soft grains assembly and hydrogel formation, Acta Physica Polonica  B 49 (2018) 993-1005.

B. V.  Ileanu,  M. Ausloos, C. Herteliu, and  M. P. Cristescu, Intriguing behavior when testing the impact of quotation marks usage in Google search results, Quality and Quantity,  in press  (201?).   doi : org/10.1007/s11135-018-0771-0.

M.C. Griswold and GBD 2016 Alcohol Collaborators,  Alcohol use and burden for 195 countries and territories, 1990–2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016, The Lancet 392(10152),  1015-1035 (2018).

O. Nedic,  I. Drvenica,  M. Ausloos, and A. Dekanski,  Efficiency in managing peer-review of scientific manuscripts  - editors’ perspective,   Journal of Serbian Chemical Society 83(12), 1391-1405 (2018).

D. Dicker and GBD 2017 Mortality Collaborators, Global, regional, and national age-sex-specific mortality and life expectancy, 1950-2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017. The Lancet 392 (2018) 1684-1735.

G.A. Roth and GBD 2017 Causes of Death Collaborators, Global, regional, and national age-sex-specific mortality for 282 causes of death in 195 countries and territories, 1980-2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017. The Lancet 392 (2018) 1736-1788.

S.L. James and GBD 2017 Disease and Injury Incidence and Prevalence Collaborators, Global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and years lived with disability for 354 diseases and injuries for 195 countries and territories, 1990-2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017. The Lancet 392 (2018) 1789-1858.

H.H. Kyu and GBD 2017 DALYs and HALE Collaborators, Global, regional, and national disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) for 359 diseases and injuries and healthy life expectancy (HALE) for 195 countries and territories, 1990-2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017. The Lancet 392 (2018) 1859-1922.

J.D. Stanaway and GBD 2017 Risk Factors Collaborators, Global, regional, and national comparative risk assessment of 84 behavioural, environmental and occupational, and metabolic risks or clusters of risks for 195 countries and territories, 1990-2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017. The Lancet 392 (2018) 1923-1994.

C.G.L. Murray and GBD 2017 Population and Fertility Collaborators, Population and fertility by age and sex for 195 countries and territories,  1950-2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017. The Lancet 392 (2018) 1995-2051.

R. Lozano and GBD 2017 SDG Collaborators, Measuring progress from 1990 to 2017 and projecting attainment to 2030 of the health-related Sustainable Development Goals for 195 countries and territories: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017. The Lancet 392 (2018) 2091-2138.

L.J. Ma, M. Ausloos, C. Schinckus, and H.L.F. Chong, Fundamental Analysis in China: An Empirical Study of the Relationship between Financial Ratios and Stock Prices. Theoretical Economics Letters 8, 3411-3437 (2018).

V. Ficcadenti, R. Cerqueti, and M. Ausloos, A joint text mining-rank size investigation of the rhetoric structures of the US Presidents' speeches. Expert Systems With Applications 123 (2019) 127-142.

M. Ausloos, D.  Grech, T.  Di Matteo, R.   Kutner, Ch. Schinckus, and H.E.  Stanley, Preface, Physica A 513 (2019) 272.

R. Kutner, M. Ausloos, D. Grech, T. Di Matteo, C. Schinckus, and H.E. Stanley, Econophysics and sociophysics: Their milestones & challenges, Physica A 516 (2019) 240-253.

M. Ausloos, O. Nedic, and A. Dekanski, Correlations between submission and acceptance of papers in peer review journals, Scientometrics 119 (1) (2019) 279-302.

M. Ausloos, O. Nedic, and A. Dekanski, Seasonal Entropy, Diversity and Inequality Measures of Submitted and Accepted Papers Distributions in Peer-Reviewed Journals, Entropy 21 (2019) 564.

A.Y. Chang, K. Cowling, A.E .Micah, and Global Burden of Disease Health Financing Collaborator Network, Past, present, and future of global health financing: a review of development assistance, government, out-of pocket, and other private spending on health for 195 countries, 1995-2050. The Lancet 393(10187), 2233-2260 (2019).

G.Dhesi, B. Shakeel, and M. Ausloos, Modelling and Forecasting the Kurtosis and Returns Distributions of Financial Markets: Irrational Fractional Brownian Motion Model Approach, Annals of Operations Research (in press) ;

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