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Name: Yang-Yu Liu
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Email: Yang-Yu
Research Interest: Complex Network, Statistical Mechanics, Combinatorial Optimization
Hometown: Suqian, Jiangsu, China
Lab Position: Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School and Associate Scientist, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Very Smart, Interesting Person

Education / Academic Career

  Ph.D. in Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  M.S. in Physics, Nanjing University
  B.A. in Physics, Nanjing University

Biography / Interests

  My past research efforts focused on condensed matter and statistical physics, especially non-equilibrium and hysteresis phenomena in different physical systems. In pursuing my M.S. degree in physics, I have been working on flux creep and vortex dynamics simulations in type-II superconductors. During my phD study, I worked on disordered magnets. My research projects encompassed both theoretical and applied areas. My theoretical work focused on the zero-temperature random-field Ising model both in equilibrium and out of equilibrium. My applied work focused on the determination of the intrinsic switching field distribution for perpendicular recording media. Currently, I am working on the control of network, using both analytical methods and numerical simulations.


  • Harry G. Drickamer Graduate Fellowship for excellence in Physics Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007 • Motorola Fellowship for excellence in Physics Research, Nanjing University, 2002 • Guanghua Scholarship for graduate students, Guanghua Education Fund, China, 2002 • Guanghua Scholarship for undergraduates, Guanghua Education Fund, China, 1999 • Renmin Scholarship for undergraduates, Nanjing University. Awarded four times, 1997-2000

Selected Publications

  Controllability of complex networks, Yang-Yu Liu, Jean-Jacques Slotine & Albert-László Barabási, Nature 473, 167–173 (12 May 2011)