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"A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes. It is innocent unless found guilty. A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe. It is guilty until found effective." -- Edward Teller

I work in the general area of complex systems research, bringing and developing tools from mathematics, equilibrium and non-equlibrium statistical physics, nonlinear dynamics and chaos theory to bear on applications ranging from fluid flows, processes in solids, to complex networked systems. Lately I have been increasingly interested in non-traditional models of learning and computation by physical systems, in particular brain neuronal systems and agent-based approaches to social behavior.

Solving hard Sudokus with a continuous-time solver:
Mária Ercsey-Ravasz has implemented an analog Sudoku solver (+1-in-9 SAT) based on the paper below, and with Erzsébet Ravasz Regan have generated a movie about the "flow of thoughts" in some of the number fields (the right frame of the movie) by the solver, when solving one of the hardest Sudoku puzzles on record (the puzzle is from Elser et.al., PNAS, 104(2) 418-423 (2007), Fig 5 of the Supporting Info). The movie can also be downloaded in wmv format and in mp4 format. Also see: arxiv.org: 1208.0370

Recent papers
•  N.T. Markov, M. Ercsey-Ravasz, D.C. Van Essen, K. Knoblauch, Z. Toroczkai and H. Kennedy. "Cortical high-density counter-stream architectures." Science 342(6158), 1238406 (2013).
•  M. Ercsey-Ravasz, N.T. Markov, C. Lamy, D.C. Van Essen, K. Knoblauch, Z. Toroczkai and H. Kennedy. "A predictive network model of cerebral cortical connectivity based on a distance rule." Neuron 80(1), 184-197 (2013).
•  P. L. Erdős, I. Miklós, Z. Toroczkai. "A decomposition based proof for fast mixing of a Markov chain over balanced realizations of a joint degree matrix." SIAM J. Discr. Math., submitted (2013) | arxiv.org:1307.5295 (math.CO)
•  N.T. Markov, M. Ercsey-Ravasz, C. Lamy, A.R. Ribeiro Gomes, L. Magrou, P. Misery, P. Giroud, P. Barone, C. Dehay, Z. Toroczkai, K. Knoblauch, D.C. Van Essen, H. Kennedy. "The role of distance on the speci ficity of inter-areal connectivity in the macaque cerebral cortex." Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 110(13), 5187-5192 (2013).
•  H. Kennedy, K. Knoblauch and Z. Toroczkai. "Data coherence and completion actually do count for interareal cortical network" Neuroimage 80, 37-45 (2013).
•  M. Ercsey-Ravasz and Z. Toroczkai. "The Chaos Within Sudoku." Scientific Reports, 2, 755 (2012). | doi:10.1038/srep00725 | arxiv.org: 1208.0370
•  B. Molnár, M. Ercsey-Ravasz and Z. Toroczkai. "Continuous-time Neural Networks Without Local Traps for Solving Boolean Satisfiability." 13th International Workshop on Cellular Nanoscale Networks and their Applications (CNNA). Aug 29-31 (2012) Turin, Italy. Book Editors: F. Corinto and G.E. Pazienza. (2012). pdf
•  M. Ercsey-Ravasz, R. Lichtenwalter, N.V. Chawla and Z. Toroczkai. "Range-limited centrality measures in non-weighted and weighted complex networks." Phys. Rev. E 85, 066103 (2012). arxiv.org/1111.5382
•  H. Kim, C.I. Del Genio, K.E. Bassler and Z. Toroczkai. "Constructing and sampling directed graphs with given degree sequences." New J. Phys. 14, 023012 (2012). arxiv.org/1109.4590
•  N. T. Markov, M. Ercsey-Ravasz, A.R. Ribiero Gomes, C. Lamy, J. Vezoli, L. Magrou, P. Misery, A. Falchier, R. Quilodran, J. Sallet, M.A. Gariel, R. Gamanut, C. Huissoud, S. Clavagnier, P. Giroud, D. Sappey-Marinier, P. Barone, C. Dehay, Z. Toroczkai, K. Knoblauch, D.C. Van Essen, H. Kennedy. "A weighted and directed interareal connectivity matrix for macaque cerebral cortex" Cereb. Cortex , advance access, Sep. 25 (2012) | free journal access
•  M. Ercsey-Ravasz, Z. Toroczkai, Z. Lakner and J. Baranyi. "Complexity of the International Agro-Food Trade Network and its Impact on Food Safety." PLoS ONE 7(5), e37810 (2012) | doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0037810
♣  M. Ercsey-Ravasz and Z. Toroczkai. "Optimization hardness as transient chaos in an analog approach to constraint satisfaction." Nature Physics 7, 966-970 (2011). Cover-page article. | doi:10.1038/nphys2105 | arxiv.org: 1208.0526v1
•  N.T. Markov, P. Misery, A. Falchier, C. Lamy, J. Vezoli, R. Quilodran, P. Giroud, M.A. Gariel, M. Ercsey-Ravasz, L.J. Pilaz, C. Huissoud, P. Barone, C. Dehay, Z. Toroczkai, D.C. Van Essen, H. Kennedy, K. Knoblauch. "Weight consistency specifies regularities of cortical networks." Cereb. Cortex 21 , 1254-1272 (2011). free journal access .
•  A. Asztalos and Z. Toroczkai. "Network discovery by generalized random walks." Europhysics Letters 92 50008 (2010). arxiv.org/1008.4980   (the arxiv version contains the proofs as well).
•  M. Ercsey-Ravasz and Z. Toroczkai. "Centrality scaling in large networks." Phys. Rev. Lett. 105 , 038701 (2010). physics.soc-ph/1003.0692v2.pdf
•  C.I. Del Genio, H. Kim, Z. Toroczkai and K.E. Bassler. "Efficient and exact sampling of simple graphs with given arbitrary degree sequence." PLoS ONE 5(4) , e10012 (2010). physics.soc-ph/1002.2975v1.pdf
•  P. L. Erdős, I. Miklós, Z. Toroczkai. "A simple Havel-Hakimi type algorithm to realize graphical degree sequences of directed graphs." Electronic J. Combinatorics 17(1) , R66 (2010). math.CO/0905.4913v2.pdf
Zoltán Toroczkai
Professor,
Physics Department,

Concurrent Professor,
Computer Science and Engineering,
University of Notre Dame


Erdős nr: 2

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