Dane Taylor

Assistant Professor
PhD, Applied Mathematics, University of Colorado, Boulder

Contact Information:

311 Mathematics Building
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260-2900

Tel:  (716) 645-8796
Fax: (716) 645 5039

E-mail: danet@buffalo.edu

Personal website: Dane Taylor
Google Scholar: Dane Taylor


Networks are  widespread in technology, biology, and society. Moreover, they can encode similarity between arbitrary objects (i.e., images, videos, etc.) and thus play a crucial role for data-analysis methodology in general. I develop mathematical, statistical and machine learning tools to study network representations of complex systems and data. My work falls under two broad groups:

  • Network-Data Analytics — methodology development for community detection, ranking systems, network inference, and manifold learning;
  • Dynamics on and of Networks — nonlinear and stochastic systems including social contagions, oscillator synchronization, and network evolution.

Importantly, these two groups are closely intertwined. That is, realistic modeling of dynamical systems typically requires assimilation with empirical data. At the same, data-analysis methodology often stems from the study of dynamics. Random walks, for example, are central to algorithms including PageRank, Infomap, and Diffusion Map. I study network dynamics and network data as a synergistic pursuit.

Selected Publications

  • Z Li, PJ Mucha and D Taylor (2017) Network-ensemble comparisons with stochastic rewiring and von Neumann entropyarXiv preprint.

  • D Taylor, JG Restrepo and FG Meyer (2016) Ensemble-based estimates of eigenvector error for empirical covariance matricesarXiv preprint.

  • D Taylor, RS Caceres and PJ Mucha (2017)  Super-resolution community detection for layer-aggregated multilayer networks. Physical Review X, in press. arXiv preprint.
  • D Taylor, SA Myers, A Clauset, MA Porter and PJ Mucha (2017)  Eigenvector-based centrality measures for temporal networksMultiscale Modeling and Simulation 15(1), 537-574.

  • D Taylor, PS Skardal and J Sun (2016) Synchronization of heterogeneous oscillators under network modifications: Perturbation and optimization of the synchrony alignment functionSIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics 76(5), 1984-2008.

  • D Taylor, S Shai, N Stanley and PJ Mucha (2016) Enhanced detectability of community structure in multilayer networks through layer aggregationPhysical Review Letters 116, 228301.