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Igor Belykh
Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics,
Georgia State University,
30 Pryor Street, Atlanta, GA 30303.
Phone: (404) 413-6411
Fax: (404) 413-6403

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests: Bio- and Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Neuroscience, Biological and Engineering Networks

I am currently an Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics with a joint appointment at the Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State University. I am also an associate member of the Center for Nonlinear Science at Georgia Institute of Technology.

I received a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Nizhny Novgorod (former Gorky), Russia in 2000, under the direction of Professor Leonid P. Shilnikov, the pioneer of homoclinic bifurcation theory.

Before coming to Georgia State in 2006, I completed a five-year postdoc at the Laboratory of Nonlinear Systems, joint with the Brain Mind Institute at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne ( École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL).

My interdisciplinary research program combines applied mathematics, neuroscience, biology, and engineering, with a main focus on the dynamics and control of biological and technological networks. In particularly, I apply rigorous mathematical techniques and computational methods to investigate the interplay between network structure and overall network dynamics, in view of its role in information processing, cooperative behavior, and pattern formation.

My research is supported by the National Science Foundation (2016-2019 grant: DMS-1616345) and the U.S. Army Research Office (2015-2018 grant: No. W911NF-15-1-267).

I serve on editorial boards of six international journals, including the SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems, International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, and IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems-I, where I received the Best Associate Editor award for the 2012-2013 term.

Academic Service: Editorial Board Member

IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers

SIAM J. on Applied Dynamical Systems

Int. J. of Bifurcation and Chaos

Dynamics of Continuous, Discrete & Impulsive Systems. Series B: Applications and Algorithms

Journal of Nonlinear Systems and Applications

IEICE Nonlinear Theory and Its Applications (NOLTA).

Recent News

One of my research projects involving synchronization and control of evolving networks was featured in the article "Robotic Fish to the Rescue."

Upcoming and Recent Conferences

November 14-15, 2016: my lab is hosting the next installment of the IEEE International Workshop on Complex Networks and Systems.

July 2016: a plenary talk at the 6th IFAC International Workshop on Periodic Control Systems, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

February 2016: an invited talk at the Int. Workshop "The interplay of stochastic and deterministic dynamics in networks at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI), The Ohio State University.

I was a co-organizer of the 2015 annual meeting of the Society of Mathematical Biology, which was held at Georgia State University in July 2015 with over 450 participants attending from 26 countries.

Special Issues

I am co-organizing a Focus of Chaos "Collective dynamics of mechanical oscillators and beyond" (together with Maurizio Porfiri, NYU).

This Focus Issue targets a largely unexplored area, entailing rigorous mathematical analysis and modeling of cooperative networks that arise in the field of mechanics. Examples to be covered in this Focus Issue range from bridges and mechanical pendula to self-organizing networks of moving agents, with application in robotics and animal behavior.
Print publication date: November, 2016.


I co-organized a 2015 Special Issue of IJBC "Nonlinear Dynamics in Bio-Systems". Our paper on ecological networks also published in this issue: R. Jeter and I. Belykh, Int. Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, Vol. 25, No 7, 1540002 (2015).


I co-organized and managed a 2014 Special Issue of Physica D "Evolving dynamical networks" [together with Mario di Bernardo, Juergen Kurths, and Maurizio Porfiri]. See our review paper which opens the issue: I. Belykh, M. di Bernardo, J. Kurths, and M. Porfiri, "Evolving dynamical networks", Physica D, V. 267, pp. 1-6 (2014).

Open Positions

There are PhD student positions available in my group. Highly motivated students interested in applied dynamical systems and networks are welcome to apply by e-mail. Funding is also available for undergraduate students.