Rion Brattig Correia  

Ph.D. in the Complex Networks & Systems track of Informatics.

I have a Ph.D. in the Complex Networks & Systems track of Informatics from the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing & Engineering at Indiana University (IN, USA). In my PhD I was advised by Prof. Luis M. Rocha. I am currently a post-doctoral researcher at Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, a life sciences institute in Oeiras, Portugal. My current work involves the application of complexity science methods, including data and network science, to genetic networks, aiming at uncovering genes responsible for human diseases. I also maintain an affiliation as a Visiting Scientist with Indiana University, where I assist Principal Investigators from three labs in all phases of an R01 NIH grant with the goal of developing MyAura, a system to help people with epilepsy better manage their condition. I have a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor in Management Information Systems from the Universidade Regional de Blumenau (FURB), in Brazil. I co-taught the PhD level class Introduction to Informatics at IU; and taught the undergraduate classes General Systems Theory, Management Information Systems, and Foundations in Information Systems at FURB as a substitute professor. At the time I also managed the Technology Development & Transfer Laboratory (LDTT) from the School of Systems and Computing at FURB where I assisted in the development of a city-wide solution of electronic health records. I have authored papers in top scientific journals, including PNAS and Nature Digital Medicine, in the field of Biomedical Complexity – Complex Networks and Systems; I also wrote papers and book chapters in Business Intelligence.

Interests

I am interested in improving human health, a multi-leveled complex adaptive system of interacting chemical components at the micro, and whole individuals at the macro level. My research is focused towards understanding this system, all the way from biochemical regulation and systems biology, to individual, social, and population level behaviors. I primarily use methods from complexity science and its sub-fields of data and network science; supported by inherently heterogeneous data, including Boolean networks, electronic health records, and social media.

keywords: #DigitalHealth, #DigitalMedicine, #HumanHealth, #ComplexSystems, #ComplexNetworks, #BioMedicalComplexity, #ComputationalIntelligence, #ComputationSocialScience #MachineLearning #ArtificialIntelligence.

Papers

Year Reference
2021

T. Simas, R.B. Correia, L.M. Rocha [2021]. "The distance backbone of complex networks". Journal of Complex Networks. In Press. arXiv:2103.04668

2021

A.J. Gates, R.B. Correia, X. Wang, & L.M. Rocha [2021]. "The effective graph reveals redundancy, canalization, and control pathways in biochemical regulation and signaling". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS), 118 (12) e2022598118. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2022598118

Our paper was featured on the March 23rd (2021) cover of PNAS.

2021

A. Min, W. Miller, L.M. Rocha, K. Börner, R.B. Correia & P.C. Shih [2021]. "Just In Time: Challenges and Opportunities of First Aid Care Information Sharing for Supporting Epileptic Seizure Response". Proc. ACM Hum.-Comput. Interact. 5, CSCW1, Article 113 (April 2021), 24 pages. doi: 10.1145/3449187

2020

R.B. Correia, I.B. Wood, J. Bollen & L.M. Rocha [2020]. "Mining social media data for biomedical signals and health-related behavior". Annual Review of Biomedical Data Science, 3:1. doi: 10.1146/annurev-biodatasci-030320-040844 arXiv: 2001.10285

2020

R.B. Correia, et al [2020]. "Meeting Report: Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência-Institut Curie Young Scientists' Retreat 2019". Preprints. doi: 10.20944/preprints202001.0099.v1

2019

R.B. Correia [2019]. "Prediction of Drug Interaction and Adverse Reactions, with data from Electronic Health Records, Clinical Reporting, Scientific Literature, and Social Media, using Complexity Science Methods". PhD Thesis. Indiana University. School of Informatics, Computing & Engineering. doi: 10.5967/wbf0-fe75

2019

R.B. Correia, L.P. de Araújo Kohler, M.M. Mattos, L.M. Rocha [2019]. "City-wide Analysis of Electronic Health Records Reveals Gender and Age Biases in the Administration of Known Drug-Drug Interactions". npj Digital Medicine. 2: 74. doi: 10.1038/s41746-019-0141-x arXiv: 1803.03571

2018

R.B. Correia, A.J. Gates, X. Wang, L.M. Rocha [2018]. CANA: A python package for quantifying control and canalization in Boolean Networks. Frontiers in Physiology. 9: 1046. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2018.01046 arXiv:1803.04774

2016

R.B. Correia, L. Li, L.M. Rocha [2016]. "Monitoring potential drug interactions and reactions via network analysis of Instagram user timeliness". Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing. 21:492-503.

This work was selected by Russ Altman in his AMIA Translational BioInformatics Year in Review 2016.

2015

Correia, Rion B., K. N. Chan, & L.M. Rocha [2015]. "Polarization in the US Congress." The 8th Annual Conference of the Comparative Agendas Project (CAP). Lisbon, Portugal, June 23-24, 2015.

see full CV (in portuguese) for the complete list of papers.

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Conference Proceedings / Participation

Year Conference Location Reference
2021 XIII Semana Acadêmica Sistemas de Informação Blumenau, Brazil (virtual) Keynote presentation: Correia, R.B. [2021] Um cientista de dados num instituto de pesquisa em biologia celular. XIII Semana Acadêmica do curso de Sistemas de Informação da Universidade Regional de Blumenau (FURB). 03-05 de maio. Blumenau, Brazil.
2020 Complex Networks 2020 Madrid (virtual)

Proceedings: Correia, R.B., P. Navarro-Costa, and L.M. Rocha [2020]. "Extraction of overlapping modules in networks via spectral methods and information theory". Complex Networks 2020. The 9th International Workshop on Complex Networks and Their Applications. Dec. 1-3, 2020, Madrid, Spain (Online).

Proceedings: Gates, A., R.B. Correia, X. Wang, and L.M. Rocha [2020]. "The effective graph: a weighted graph that captures nonlinear logical redundancy in biochemical systems". Complex Networks 2020. The 9th International Workshop on Complex Networks and Their Applications. Dec. 1-3, 2020, Madrid, Spain (Online).

2019 Complex Networks 2019 Lisbon, Portugal

Participation: Local Committee Organizer

2019 Conference on Complex Systems (CCS) Singapore

Presentation: A. Gates, R.B. Correia, X. Wang & L.M. Rocha [2019]. "EffectiveControl Pathways in The Canalizing Dynamics of Biochemical Regulation and CorticalNetworks". Conference on Complex Networks 2019. Sep 30-Oct 04, 2019, Singapore.

Presentation: R.B. Correia, I. Wood, X. Wang, S. Khare & L.M. Rocha [2019]. "Prediction of Drug Interactions and Adverse Reactions with data from Electronic Health Records, Clinical Reporting, Scientific Literature, and Social Media, using Complexity Science Methods". Conference on Complex Networks 2019. Sep 30-Oct 04, 2019, Singapore.

2019 NetSci 2019 Burlington, VT, USA

Presentation: A. Gates, X. Wang, R.B. Correia, L.M. Rocha [2019]. "The effective graph captures canalizing dynamics and control in Boolean network models of biochemical regulation". NetSci 2019: International School and Conference on Network Science. May 27-31, 2019, Burlington, VT, USA.

2019 WISH CHI 2019 Glasgow, U.K.

Poster (by Aehong Min): A. Min, W.R. Miller, L.M. Rocha, K. Borner, R.B. Correia, P.C. Shih [2019]. "Understanding Health Information Management of People with Epilepsy and Their Caregivers". Workshop on Interactive Systems in Health Care, The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. May 4-9, 2019, Glasgow, U.K.

2018 Conference on Complex Systems (CCS) Thessaloniki, Greece

Presentation: Towards understanding the multi-level complexity of human health: from drug interactions to human sexual behavior.

Presentation: Redundancy in the Structure and Dynamics of Complex Networks.

2018 NetSci 2018 Paris, France

Lightning Talk (by Luis Rocha): Correia, R.B., Ratkiewicz, N., Barrat, A. and Rocha, L.M. [2018]. "The Metric Backbone of Contact Networks in Epidemic Spread Models". NetSci 2018, International School and Conference on Network Science. Paris, France, June 11-15, 2018. (Papers and materials presented)

2017 Complex Networks 2017 Lyon, France

Proceedings: Correia, R.B, Gates, A., Manicka, S., M. Marques-Pita, X. Wang, and L.M. Rocha [2017]. "The effective structure of complex networks: Canalization in the dynamics of complex networks drives dynamics, criticality and control". Complex Networks 2017. The 6th International Workshop on Complex Networks & Their Applications. Nov. 29-Dec. 01, 2017, Lyon, pp. 354-355

2017 Translational Bioinformatics in Precision Medicine (TBC) Long Beach, California, USA

Presentation: City-wide analysis of Drug-Drug Interactions: towards understanding the multi-level complexity of human health.

2017 Conference on Complex Systems (CCS) Cancun, México

Presentation: Public health monitoring of drug interactions, patient cohorts, and behavioral outcomes via network analysis using multi-source user timelines.

Presentation: The effective structure of complex networks: Canalization in the dynamics of complex networks drives dynamics, criticality and control.

2017 European Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics (ISSX) Cologne, Germany

Keynote presentation: Assessing DDI Relevance Using Large Databases: From Social Media to Published Literature.

2016 Conference on Complex Systems (CCS) Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Presentation: Legislative polarization and social activism: a data-driven analysis of political communication.

Presentation: Public health monitoring of drug interactions, patient cohorts, and behavioral outcomes via network analysis of Instagram and Twitter user timelines.

2016 Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB) Hawaii, USA

Poster: City-level exploration of Drug Drug Interactions: the case of Blumenau, Brazil.

Proceedings: R.B. Correia, L. Li, L.M. Rocha [2016]. "Monitoring potential drug interactions and reactions via network analysis of Instagram user timeliness". Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing. 21:492-503.

This work was selected by Russ Altman in his AMIA Translational BioInformatics Year in Review 2016.

2015 The 8th Annual Conference of the Comparative Agendas Project (CAP) Lisbon, Portugal

Proceedings: Correia, Rion B., K. N. Chan, & L.M. Rocha [2015]. "Polarization in the US Congress." The 8th Annual Conference of the Comparative Agendas Project (CAP). Lisbon, Portugal, June 23-24, 2015.

2015 International Conference on Computational Social Science Helsinki, Finland

Poster: Detecting conflict in social unrest using Instagram

Presentation: Discourse Polarization in the US Congress

see full CV (in portuguese) for the complete list of conference proceedings.

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News & Media

Year Reference
2021 FURB Notícias. April 12, 2021. Cientistas estudam sistemas para tratar o câncer de mama. In Portuguese.
2021

Agência Lusa. March 16, 2021. Investigadores criam modelo que distingue principais interações de genes com organismo. In Portuguese.

Replicated in Portugal news: Público (online); SIC Notícias (online) RTP Notícias (online); Sábado (online); Destak (online); Jornal Económico - Sapo (online); Observador; Porto Canal - Sapo (Online); Saúde Mais tv (online); Health News: informação em saúde (online); Jornal Médico (online).

2019 G1 – Longevidade: Modo de Usar. October 03, 2019. Mulheres e idosos têm maior risco de interação medicamentosa. In Portuguese.
2019 News at IU Bloomington (press release). August 12, 2019. Women and elderly at higher risk of dangerous drug interactions.
2019

FURB Notícias & FURB TV. August 12, 2019. Artigo internacional revela danos com interação medicamentosa. In Portuguese.

Watch the video:

2019 IGC Science News (Facebook video). August 06, 2019. Interações medicamentosas
2019

Agência Lusa. August 06-08, 2019. Mulheres são 60% mais afetadas por interação de medicamentos. In Portuguese.

Replicated in Portugal news: Diário de Viseu (printed newspaper); Alert (online); Delas (online); TSF (online); Diário de Notícias da Madeira (online); O Minho (online); Notícias ao Minuto; Observador (online); Sapo (online); SIC Notícias.

2016 IGC News. November 17, 2016. Challenges with Biology: IGC at the Science and Technology Week’ 2016.
2016
2016

SoIC News, January 22, 2016: "SoIC study finds Instagram is a source to uncover drug interactions and adverse reactions."

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Open-code projects

Project Description github
CANAlization This package implements a series of methods used to study control, canalization and redundancy in Boolean Networks. CANA
Distance Closure This package implements methods for the calculation of Distance Closure on Complex Networks. distanceclosure
Variable Trigonometric Threshold This package implements the Variable Trigonometric Threshold (VTT) linear classifier to be used in the scikit-learn package. VTT

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Editor/Reviewer

Year Journal Role More information
2015-Current PLOS ONE Reviewer Thank you citation for 2015 and 2016.

2018-Current NetSci Reviewer
2019-Current IC2S2 PC Member/Reviewer
2020-Current ACM Transactions on Computing for Healthcare Review Reviewer
2012-2013 Dynamis Editor More information here.

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Awards

Year Award Amount
2021
2nd place at the #InsideIGC Photo Competition at Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência. Two submissions among the chosen top 10. External jury: Akiko Iwasaki, Leslie Vosshall, Antônio Coutinho, Elisabete Caramelo, Goncalo Rocha, Teresa Firmino, & Laura Alvarez. See the awarded photo.
€ 50.00
2018

CNetS PhD Award. School of Informatics, Computing & Engineering. Indiana University, Indiana, USA.

"In recognition of leadership and service to the welfare of the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research and the School at large and of excellence in academic achievement"

US$ 500.00
2017 Grant Challenges: Precision Health Initiative – Research Assistant. Indiana University, Indiana, USA.

24 month stipend with covered tuitions
2016 Travel award. National Library of Medicine (NLM) & National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA.

US$ 1,250.00
2016 Travel award. Graduate and Professional Student Government, Indiana University, Indiana, USA. US$ 500.00
2013 Science Without Borders Ph.D. Fellowship, Ministry of Education, Brazil. 48 months stipend with covered fees and tuitions

see full CV (in portuguese) for the complete list of awards.

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Community & Outreach

Year Title Description
2019-Current Member, IGC Post-Doctoral Committee Served the more than 80 post-doctoral researchers at IGC. Managed a yearly budget of more than €10,000. Helped organize the Young Scientists Retreat 2019, a joint retreat for IGC and Institut Curie (Paris) post-doctoral researchers. Lobbied for the construction of a "Scientists House", a €2,7M investment by the city of Oeiras to house scientists.
2019-Current Mentor, BRASA Served as mentor for the Brazilian Student Association (BRASA) assisting students wanting to do their masters/doctoral studies abroad. Assisted them in shaping their CV & statements letters for program applications.
2019-Current Job Shadowing - Scientist for a Day Participated in the Job Shadowing - Scientist for a Day program at IGC. In this program high school seniors spend an entire day with a scientists, following his/her footsteps to better grasp what it means to do scientific research.
2019 Local Committee Member, Complex Networks Helped organize the Complex Networks 2019 conference in Lisbon, Portugal.
2016 Science and Technology Week 2016 Interactive puzzles in an online platform for the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência in the 2016 Portuguese Science and Technology Week (in portuguese). See news release here.
2013-2015 Social Chair of GISA Founding member and elected social chair of Graduate Informatics Student Association (GISA) in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing & Engineering at Indiana University for two consecutive years.
2013-current The Blackbox A game/tool in teaching Informatics/Complexity Science for undergraduates. Adapted to the web from Luis Rocha's website.

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