Hi, I'm Rob Kooij, I am a senior scientist at the Cyber Security & Robustness department and professor at Delft University of Technology in the field of Network Science. My specialization is robustness and resilience aspects of networks and systems. I am mainly working for the PMC Security Monitoring & Detection, looking at cyber security in the context of critical infrastructures, but I am also interested in applying insights from network science to other domains.
My research field is Network Science, which aims to understand the graph structure of networks and the dynamic processes that take place on networks. Examples of processes on networks are transport of items (IP packets with digitalized information, cars, containers) and diffusion (epidemics, electric current, water flows, human emotions). The Network Architectures and Services Section at the Delft University of Technology contributes to the fundaments of Network Science: we investigate amongst others geometric representations of networks, epidemic spread on networks, spectra of graphs and network algorithms. In addition, we apply our mathematical knowledge to the design, management and control of critical infrastructures, such as telecom networks and power grids. The topic of my chair is Robustness of Complex Networks, i.e. the extent to which complex network are able to deal with perturbations imposed on them. Using mathematical models we try to tackle the following questions: how can we quantify the robustness of networks, how can we identify the most vulnerable parts of the network and how can we mitigate such vulnerabilities. Within TNO I am applying my results to critical infrastructures, in order to make them more resilient towards both failures and attacks.
- Co-author of a paper Nature Communications paper, Transition from simple to complex contagion in collective decision-making, in 2022, see https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-022-28958-6
- Obtained seed funding from the TU Delft Safety & Security Institute, for the project Assessing the Recoverability of Critical Infrastructural Networks, see Awarded proposals third round (tudelft.nl)
- The paper on epidemics on networks which I co-authored in 2009, exceeded 1000 citations in 2021 https://nas.ewi.tudelft.nl/people/Piet/papers/IEEEToN_virusspread.pdf
- Invited lecture De verspreiding van COVID-19 begrijpen: de rol van AI, for Het Bataafsche Genootschap, 2020, see https://www.bataafschgenootschap.nl/agenda/eerdere-jaarprogrammas-vanaf-2010-2011/
- Organisation of the 4th Delft - Girona Workshop on Robustness of Complex Networks, 2021, see https://www.nas.ewi.tudelft.nl/seminars/rocn2021/
- Organisation workshop Cybersecurity for water management systems in the 21th century, RMIT, Ho Chi Minch City, Vietnam, 2019
- Fenghua Wang (China Scholarship Council), Network Controllability ( - 2023)
- Peng Sun (China Scholarship Council) Network Controllability (-2022)
- Xiangrong Wang (China Scholarship Council), Robustness of Networks (-2017)
- Yakup Koç (NWO), Robustness of Smart Grids (- 2015)
- Jasmina Omic (Next Generation Infrastructures), Epidemics on Networks (- 2010)
- N. Horsevad, D. Mateo, R.E. Kooij, A. Barrat, R. Bouffanais; Transition from simple to complex contagion in collective decision-making; Nature Communications 13 (1), 1-10, 2022
- C. de Winter, V.R. Palleti, D. Worm, R.E. Kooij; Optimal placement of imperfect water quality sensors in water distribution networks; Computers & Chemical Engineering 121, 200-211, 2019
- X. Wang, Y. Koç, S. Derrible, S.N. Ahmad, W.J.A. Pino, R.E. Kooij; Multi-criteria robustness analysis of metro networks; Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications 474, 19-31, 2017