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.
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.
T. Simas, R.B. Correia, L.M. Rocha . "The distance backbone of complex networks". Journal of Complex Networks. In Press. arXiv:2103.04668
A.J. Gates, R.B. Correia, X. Wang, & L.M. Rocha . "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.
A. Min, W. Miller, L.M. Rocha, K. Börner, R.B. Correia & P.C. Shih . "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
R.B. Correia, I.B. Wood, J. Bollen & L.M. Rocha . "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
R.B. Correia, et al . "Meeting Report: Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência-Institut Curie Young Scientists' Retreat 2019". Preprints. doi: 10.20944/preprints202001.0099.v1
R.B. Correia . "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
R.B. Correia, L.P. de Araújo Kohler, M.M. Mattos, L.M. Rocha . "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
R.B. Correia, A.J. Gates, X. Wang, L.M. Rocha . 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
R.B. Correia, L. Li, L.M. Rocha . "Monitoring potential drug interactions and reactions via network analysis of Instagram user timeliness". Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing. 21:492-503.
Correia, Rion B., K. N. Chan, & L.M. Rocha . "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.
|2021||XIII Semana Acadêmica Sistemas de Informação||Blumenau, Brazil (virtual)||Keynote presentation: Correia, R.B.  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 . "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 . "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 . "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 . "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 . "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 . "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: 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. . "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 . "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 . "Monitoring potential drug interactions and reactions via network analysis of Instagram user timeliness". Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing. 21:492-503.
|2015||The 8th Annual Conference of the Comparative Agendas Project (CAP)||Lisbon, Portugal||
Proceedings: Correia, Rion B., K. N. Chan, & L.M. Rocha . "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.
|2021||FURB Notícias. April 12, 2021. Cientistas estudam sistemas para tratar o câncer de mama. In Portuguese.|
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.|
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|
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.|
SoIC News, January 22, 2016: "SoIC study finds Instagram is a source to uncover drug interactions and adverse reactions."
|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|
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"
|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.
|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.|