Ben F. Maier

Complex Systems Research and Data Science


I’m Ben, a post-doctoral researcher mainly studying how human behavior influences the spread of infectious diseases, but with widespread interest and experience regarding complex systems, network theory, data science, educational outreach, and algorithmic arts. Having a background in physics, I’m trained in analyzing and visualizing big data sets as well as searching for the fundamental mechanisms that shape a system’s behavior. My current position is with Dirk Brockmann, professor for theoretical biology at Humboldt University of Berlin and the Robert Koch Institute.

You’re cordially invited to investigate my full CV if you’re interested in further information.

Selected Publications

Effective containment explains subexponential growth in recent confirmed COVID-19 cases in China


B. F. Maier*, D. Brockmann

COVID-19 lockdown induces structural changes in mobility networks — Implication for mitigating disease dynamics


F. Schlosser*, B. F. Maier, D. Hinrichs, A. Zachariae, D. Brockmann

Abschätzung der Infektionswelle durch die SARS-CoV-2 VOC Omikron


B. F. Maier*, A. Burdinski, M. Wiedermann, M. an der Heiden, T. Harder, F. Schlosser, D. Brockmann

Germany's current COVID-19 crisis is mainly driven by the unvaccinated


B. F. Maier*, M. Wiedermann, A. Burdinski, P. Klamser, M. A. Jenny, C. Betsch, D. Brockmann

epipack: An infectious disease modeling package for Python


Potential benefits of delaying the second mRNA COVID-19 vaccine dose


B. F. Maier*, A. Burdinski, A. H. Rose, F. Schlosser, D. Hinrichs, C. Betsch, L. Korn, P. Sprengholz, M. Meyer-Hermann, T. Mitra, K. Lauterbach, D. Brockmann

Digital contact tracing contributes little to COVID-19 outbreak containment


A. Burdinski*, D. Brockmann, B. F. Maier*

Thresholding normally distributed data creates complex networks


G. T. Cantwell*, Y. Liu, B. F. Maier*, A. C. Schwarze, C. A. Serván, J. Snyder, G. St-Onge

Commentary: A network science summer course for high school students


F. Klimm*, B. F. Maier*

Combining clinical epidemiology, NGS-based analysis and modelling approaches to reveal transmission dynamics of vancomycin-resistant enterococci in a high risk population within a tertiary care hospital


B. Neumann*, J. K. Bender, B. F. Maier, A. Wittig, S. Fuchs, T. Semmler, D. Brockmann, H. Einsele, S. Kraus, L. H. Wieler, U. Vogel, G. Werner

Netwulf: Interactive visualization of networks in Python


Generalization of the small-world effect on a model approaching the Erdős-Rényi random graph


Modular hierarchical and power-law small-world networks bear structural optima for minimal first passage times and cover time


B. F. Maier*, C. Huepe, D. Brockmann

Cover time for random walks on arbitrary complex networks


B. F. Maier*, D. Brockmann

Selected Open-Source Software

epipack, Build epidemiological models for analytical and numerical analyses as well as network simulations

netwulf, Interactive visualizations of networks

tacoma, C++ and Python package for the analysis and simulation of temporal networks in continuous time

cMHRN, fast creation of modular-hierarchical, power-law, and regular small-world networks

QSuite, a command-line interface for efficient management and analysis of simulations on compute clusters

binpacking, optimal distribution of weights to containers

fisheye, JavaScript library for local magnification of data in visualizations