Published February 26, 2020
The University at Buffalo Department of Mathematics is pleased to announce that Dr. Naoki Masuda, Associate Professor, is the winner of the JSPS (Japan Society for Promotion of Science) Prize 2020. The national award recognizes his work, “Pioneering Research on Theory and Data-Analysis Methods for Temporal Networks”. Dr. Masuda attended the JSPS Awards Ceremony in February, 2020, accompanied by his daughter, Ami Masuda. The JSPS 2020 Award included full funding of their travel to Japan. While there, Dr. Masuda and Ami participated in an exclusive audience with the Japanese Royal Family.
The JSPS 2020 Award recognizes Dr. Masuda's work, “Pioneering Research on Theory and Data-analysis Methods for Temporal Networks”. The work considers how various real-world systems can be modeled as networks. Dr. Masuda particularly contributed to analysis of temporal (i.e., time-varying) networks, including mathematical modeling and analysis, as well as developing algorithms to analyze temporal network data. He and his collaborators built a unified theory to quantify dynamics of consensus formation and epidemic spreading on temporal networks, and proposed node importance measures using random walks on temporal networks, to name a few.
The JSPS Prize is awarded each year to a select group of researchers, under forty-five years of age, across all fields of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.