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

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

Recent peer reviewed publications (2016 - date)

M. Ausloos, O. Nedic, A. Fronczak, and P. Fronczak, Quantifying the quality of peer reviewers  through Zipf's law,  Scientometrics  106 (2016) 347-368.

M. Pomorski, M. J. Krawczyk, J. Kwapien, K. Kulakowski, and M. Ausloos, Inferring cultural regions from correlation networks of given baby names, Physica A  445 (2016) 169-175.

G. Dhesi and M. Ausloos, Modelling and Measuring the Irrational behaviour of Agents in Financial Markets: Discovering the Psychological Soliton, Chaos, Solitons & Fractals 88, 119-125 (2016).

M. J. Mrowinski, A. Fronczak, P. Fronczak, O. Nedic, M. Ausloos,  Review times in peer review: quantitative analysis and modelling of editorial workflows, Scientometrics 107 (2016) 271-286.

M. Ausloos, R. Castellano, and R. Cerqueti, Regularities and Discrepancies of Credit Default Swaps: a Data Science approach through Benford's Law,   Chaos, Solitons & Fractals  90 (2016) 8-17.

M. Ausloos, O. Nedic, and A. Dekanski,  Day of the week effect in paper submission/acceptance/rejection to/in/by peer  review journals,   Physica A 456 (2016) 197-203.

M. Ausloos and R. Cerqueti, Religion-based Urbanization Process in Italy: Statistical Evidence from Demographic and Economic Data, Quality & Quantity, 50(4), 1539-1565 (2016).

S. Sergeenkov and M. Ausloos, On the electronic viscosity of the Dirac fluid in deformed graphene, Philosophical Magazine Letters 96  (2016) 97-100.

H. Safdari, M. Kamali, A. Shirazi, M.  Khalighi, G. R. Jafari, and M. Ausloos, Fractional Dynamics of Network Growth Constrained by Aging Node Interactions,   PloS ONE 11 (05/2016) e0154983.

G. Dhesi and M. Ausloos, Finite size effects in the averaged eigenvalue density of Wigner random-sign real symmetric matrices, Physical Review E 93, 062115 (2016).

M. Ausloos and R. Cerqueti, Studies on Regional Wealth Inequalities: the case of Italy, Acta Physica Polonica A 129  (2016)  959-964.

A. Sonubi, A. Arcagni, S. Stefani, and M.Ausloos,  Peer to Peer Multiagent Competition and Cooperation with Network Effect,  Physical Review E 94 (2016) 022303.

M.  Ausloos,  F.  Jovanovic, and  C.  Schinckus, On the "usual" misunderstandings between econophysics and finance:   Some clarifications on modelling approaches and efficient market hypothesis, International Review of Financial Analysis 47, 7-14 (2016).

M.  Ausloos and R.  Cerqueti, A universal size-rank law, PLoS ONE  (2016) 0166011.

H. Ebadi, M. Saeedian, M. Ausloos, and G.R. Jafari, Effect of memory in non-Markovian Boolean networks illustrated with a case study:  A cell cycling process, Europhyics Lett.ers 116 (2016) 30004.

M. Ausloos, O. Nedic,  A. Dekanski, M. J. Mrowinski, P. Fronczak, and A. Fronczak,  Day of the week effect in paper submission/acceptance/rejection to/in/by peer  review journals. II. An ARCH econometric-like modeling, Physica A 468 (2017) 462-474.

M.  Ausloos, R.  Cerqueti,  and C.  Lupi, Long-range properties and data validity for hydrogeological time series: the case of Paglia river,   Physica A  470 (2017) 39-50.

A. Gadomski, M.  Ausloos, and T.  Casey,  On Dynamical Systems Theory  in Quantitative Psychology and Cognition Science: A Fair Discrimination Between Deterministic  and Statistical Counterparts Is Required,  Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences 21(2), 129-141 (2017).

M. Saeedian,  M. Khalighi,  N. Azimi-Tafreshi,  G. R. Jafari, and M. Ausloos, Memory effects on epidemic evolution: The susceptible-infected-recovered epidemic model, Physical Review E 95, 022409 (2017).

M.  Ausloos,  M. Saeedian, T. Jamali, S. V. Farahani,  G.R. Jafari,  How visas shape and make visible the geopolitical architecture of the planet, Physica A  484 (2017) 267-275.

C. Herteliu, M. Ausloos, B.V. Ileanu, G. Rotundo,  T. Andrei, Quantitative and qualitative analysis of editor behavior through maybe coercive citations, Publications 5 (2017) 15.

F. Hassanibesheli, L. Hedayatifar, H. Safdari,  M. Ausloos, and G.R. Jafari, Glassy states of aging social networks, Entropy 19(6) (2017) 246.

Shixue He and Marcel Ausloos, The Impact of the Global Crisis on SME Internal vs. External Financing in China,  Banking and Finance Review 9(1)  (2017) 1-17.

M.  Ausloos,  R.  Cerqueti, T. A Mir,  Data science for assessing possible tax income manipulation: The case of Italy. Chaos, Solitons and Fractals 104 (2017) 238-256.

M. J. Mrowinski, A.  Fronczak,  P.Fronczak,  O. Nedic, and M. Ausloos,  Artificial intelligence in peer review:  how can evolutionary computation support journal editors?

PLoS ONE 12(9),  e0184711  (2017).

ManYing Kang and M. Ausloos, An Inverse Problem Study: Is Credit Risk Rating a Valuably Relevant Determinant of Corporate Governance and Capital Structure in Emerging Markets? Evidence Based on China Listed Companies, Economies 5, 41 (2017).

M.  Ausloos,  Hint of a Universal Law for the Financial  Gains of Competitive Sport Teams. The case of Tour de France cycle race,  Frontiers in Physics 5 (2017) 59.

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.

Jing Shi, M. Ausloos, and Tingting 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, 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, 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  (2018).   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, J. Serb. Chem. Soc.,  in press (2018).

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