Contact information

Igor Belykh
Department of Mathematics and Statistics,
Georgia State University,
Mailing address: P.O. Box 4110, Atlanta, GA 30302-410
Physical address: 25 Park Place, office 1309
Phone: (404) 413-6411
Fax: (404) 413-6403

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests: Bio- and Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Neuroscience, Engineering, Applications in Biological and Engineering Networks

I am a Full Professor of Applied Mathematics with a joint appointment at Neuroscience Institute 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 Applied Mathematics from the Chair of Nonlinear Dynamics and Automatic Control at the University of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia in 2000, under the direction of Professor Leonid P. Shilnikov, the pioneer of homoclinic bifurcation theory. During my Ph.D. studies, I received a prestigous scholarship from the Swiss Confederation and spent an academic year in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne from 1998 to 1999.

Prior to joining Georgia State in 2006, I completed a five-year postdoc in the Laboratory of Nonlinear Systems, joint with the Brain Mind Institute at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne ( École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL).

I am fundamentally motivated by an interest in using applied and computational mathematics to gain insight into complex biological and man-made systems. My main research interests are in applications of dynamical systems in biology, neuroscience, and engineering, including complex networks, dynamical instabilities in mechanical systems, the origin of motor diseases, locomotion and models of human gait, and robotics. In particularly, 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 "Modern approaches to modeling bridge instabilities," 2019 SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems, Snowbird, USA, May 19-23, 2019 (together with Alan Champneys).

November 19-21, 2018: Invited talk at the International Workshop "Dynamics of coupled oscillator systems," Weierstraass Institute for Applied Analyses and Stochastics, Berlin, Germany.

August 14-17, 2018: Invited talk at the 7th International Conference on Nonlinear Science and Complexity (in the memory of Valentin Afraimovich), San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

July 16-20, 2018: Invited talk at the 5th International Conference "Dynamics, Bifurcations, and Strange Attractors" (in the memory of Leonid Shilnikov), Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

June 26-29, 2018: Invited talk at the 12th Annual q-bio conference", Rice University, Houston.

May 2-4, 2018: Invited talk at the International Conference "Frontiers of Mathematical Biology: Modeling, Computation and Analysis," University of Central Florida, Orlando.

Major past events:

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.