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Igor Belykh
Department of Mathematics and Statistics,
Georgia State University,
30 Pryor Street, Atlanta, GA 30303.
Phone: (404) 413-6411
Fax: (404) 413-6403

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests: Engineering and Applied Mathematics, Biological and Engineering Networks, Locomotion, Vibrations and Control

I am a Full Professor of Applied Mathematics at Georgia State University. I am also an associate member of the Center for Nonlinear Science at Georgia Institute of Technology.

I received a Ph.D. in Dynamical Systems from the Chair of Nonlinear Dynamics and Automatic Control at the University of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia in 2000, under the direction of Professor Leonid Shilnikov, the pioneer of homoclinic bifurcation theory.

Prior to joining Georgia State in 2006, I was a Postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Nonlinear Systems in the Department of Electrical Engineering and the School of Computer and Communication Sciences at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne ( École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL) from 2001 to 2005.

My research interests are in applications of dynamical systems in engineering and biology, including complex networks, dynamical instabilities in mechanical systems, and locomotion. In particular, I apply rigorous mathematical techniques and computational methods to investigate the interplay between network structure and overall network dynamics, in view of its role in information processing, cooperative behavior, and pattern formation.

My research is supported by the National Science Foundation (2016-2019 grant: DMS-1616345) and the U.S. Army Research Office (2015-2018 grant: No. W911NF-15-1-267).

I serve on editorial boards of six international journals, including the SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems, International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, and IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems-I, where I received the Best Associate Editor award for the 2012-2013 term.

Academic Service: Editorial Board Member

IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers

SIAM J. on Applied Dynamical Systems

Int. J. of Bifurcation and Chaos

Dynamics of Continuous, Discrete & Impulsive Systems. Series B: Applications and Algorithms

Journal of Nonlinear Systems and Applications

IEICE Nonlinear Theory and Its Applications (NOLTA).

Recent News

Our recent 2017 Science Advances paper received media coverage from major news outlets, including New York Times, Physics World, Popular Science, Science News, New Scientist , Russia News Today, Welt Der Physik (in German).

This NSF-funded research on modeling pedestrian-bridge interactions was also featured in a GSU front page article "Biomechanical Model Could Reduce Wobbling Of Pedestrian Bridges."

My project funded by the U.S. Army Research Office was recently featured in a Georgia State article "Robotic Fish to the Rescue." It was also highlighted in a Fishsens Magazine article.

Upcoming and Recent Conferences

Co-organizer of the minisymposium "Oscillators with switching parameters," 2017 SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems, Snowbird, USA, May 20-25, 2017.

November 17, 2016: Public lecture (2016 CLEC Lecture Series) "Our brains from a complex network perspective" at the Georgia Southern University.

November 14-15, 2016: my lab hosted the 2016 installment of the IEEE International Workshop on Complex Networks and Systems.

July 2016: a plenary talk at the 6th IFAC International Workshop on Periodic Control Systems, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

February 2016: an invited talk at the Int. Workshop "The interplay of stochastic and deterministic dynamics in networks at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI), The Ohio State University.

I was a co-organizer of the 2015 annual meeting of the Society of Mathematical Biology, which was held at Georgia State University in July 2015 with over 450 participants attending from 26 countries.

Special Issues Organized

2016 Focus of Chaos "Collective dynamics of mechanical oscillators and beyond" (together with Maurizio Porfiri, NYU).


2015 Special Issue of IJBC "Nonlinear Dynamics in Bio-Systems". Our paper on ecological networks also published in this issue: R. Jeter and I. Belykh, Int. Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, Vol. 25, No 7, 1540002 (2015).


2014 Special Issue of Physica D "Evolving dynamical networks" [together with Mario di Bernardo, Juergen Kurths, and Maurizio Porfiri]. See our review paper which opens the issue: I. Belykh, M. di Bernardo, J. Kurths, and M. Porfiri, "Evolving dynamical networks", Physica D, V. 267, pp. 1-6 (2014).

Open Positions

There are PhD student positions available in my group. Highly motivated students interested in applied dynamical systems and networks are welcome to apply by e-mail. Funding is also available for undergraduate students.