Epidemic spreading in Complex Networks

Assistant Professor of Physics at Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV) - Brazil

👤 Assistant Professor of Physics at the Department of Physics of the Federal University of Viçosa (UFV), Brazil, investigating both the fundamental aspects of epidemic spreading and their real-world applications with high-resolution data-driven models coupling human mobility and contact patterns, while also trying to understand information propagation and the dynamics of echo chambers on social media.

👥 Member of the Complex Systems Investigation Group (GISC)

💻 Hands-on expertise in web server administration and scientific computational cluster management, all within the Linux ecosystem, especially in High-Performance Computing using Fortran and data science and analysis with Python, among other skills that bridge scientific research with software development.

🛠️ Some skills: High-Performance Computing (Fortran, C), Python (numpy, scipy, pandas, geopandas, sympy, and others), data mining and analysis, GIS, LaTeX, Bash, Linux, Docker, HTML, CSS, Javascript, NodeJS, NextJS, SQL, APIs




[15] Government inaction on COVID-19 vaccines contributes to the persistence of childism in Brazil
Lorena G. Barberia, Alexandra Boing, Luciana Santana, Wesley Cota, Leonardo S. Bastos
The Lancet Regional Health - Americas 2022;13: 100346 [Open Access]
[14] Modeling Communicable Diseases, Human Mobility, and Epidemics: A Review
David Soriano-Paños, Wesley Cota, Silvio C. Ferreira, Gourab Ghoshal, Alex Arenas, Jesús Gómez-Gardeñes
Annalen der Physik, 2100482 (2022) [Open Access]

[13] Effects of infection fatality ratio and social contact matrices on vaccine prioritization strategies
Arthur Schulenburg, Wesley Cota, Guilherme S. Costa, Silvio C. Ferreira
Chaos 32, 093102 (2022)
Supplemental Material: https://wcota.me/p222supp

[12] Data-driven approach in a compartmental epidemic model to assess undocumented infections
Guilherme S. Costa, Wesley Cota, Silvio C. Ferreira
Chaos, Solitons and Fractals 163 112520 (2022)
Supplemental Material: https://wcota.me/p221supp


[11] Infectious disease dynamics in metapopulations with heterogeneous transmission and recurrent mobility
Wesley Cota, David Soriano-Paños, Alex Arenas, Silvio C. Ferreira, Jesús Gómez-Gardeñes
New Journal of Physics 23 073019 (2021) [Open Access, video abstract available]


[] Doctoral thesis: Spreading phenomena on complex networks and social systems
Wesley Cota
September, 2020
Doctor Scientiae (Physics)
Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Brazil
Full text and information [Open Access]
Recorded defense (audio pt-br, slides in english)
Adviser: Silvio da Costa Ferreira Junior
Co-adviser: Jesús Gómez-Gardeñes
[10] Outbreak diversity in epidemic waves propagating through distinct geographical scales
Guilherme S. Costa, Wesley Cota, Silvio da Costa Ferreira Junior
Phys. Rev. Research 2, 043306 (2020) [Open Access]
Supplemental Material: https://wcota.me/covid19brmetapopSI
In Portuguese: Modelagem do avanço da COVID-19 no interior do Brasil

See the Supplemental Material for details


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Other version: Metapopulation modeling of COVID-19 advancing into the countryside: an analysis of mitigation strategies for Brazil, medRxiv 2020.05.06.20093492 (2020)

[9] Monitoring the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Brazil at municipal and federative units level
Wesley Cota
SciELOPreprints:362 (2020) [Open Access, description of the data]
Interactive page: English, Portuguese
[8] Modeling the spatiotemporal epidemic spreading of COVID-19 and the impact of mobility and social distancing interventions
Alex Arenas, Wesley Cota, Jesús Gómez-Gardeñes, Sérgio Gómez, Clara Granell, Joan T. Matamalas, David Soriano-Paños, Benjamin Steinegger
Physical Review X 10, 041055 (2020) [Open Access]
Supplemental Material: https://wcota.me/p202supp

Other version: Derivation of the effective reproduction number ℛ for COVID-19 in relation to mobility restrictions and confinement, medRxiv 2020.04.06.20054320 (2020)

[7] Mathematical model for the spatiotemporal epidemic spreading of COVID-19
Alex Arenas, Wesley Cota, Jesús Gómez-Gardeñes, Sérgio Gómez, Clara Granell, Joan T. Matamalas, David Soriano-Paños, Benjamin Steinegger
medRxiv 2020.03.21.20040022 [Open Access]
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[6] Spectral properties and the accuracy of mean-field approaches for epidemics on correlated networks
Diogo H. Silva, Silvio C. Ferreira, Wesley Cota, Romualdo Pastor-Satorras, Claudio Castellano
Phys. Rev. Research 1, 033024 (2019) [Open Access]
[5] Quantifying echo chamber effects in information spreading over political communication networks
Wesley Cota, Silvio C. Ferreira, Romualdo Pastor-Satorras, Michele Starnini
EPJ Data Science 8, 35 (2019) [Open Access]
Supplemental Material: https://wcota.me/p191supp


[4] Robustness and fragility of the susceptible-infected-susceptible epidemic models on complex networks
Wesley Cota, Angélica S. Mata, Silvio C. Ferreira
Physical Review E 98, 012310 (2018)
[Conference poster]
[3] Griffiths phases in infinite-dimensional, non-hierarchical modular networks
Wesley Cota, Géza Ódor, Silvio C. Ferreira
Scientific Reports 8:9144 (2018) [Open Access]
Supplemental Material: https://wcota.me/p181supp
[Conference poster]


[2] Optimized Gillespie algorithms for the simulation of Markovian epidemic processes on large and heterogeneous networks
Wesley Cota, Silvio C. Ferreira
Computer Physics Communications 219C (2017) pp. 303-312
Repository: wcota/dynSIS
[Conference poster]


[1] Griffiths effects of the susceptible-infected-susceptible epidemic model on random power-law networks
Wesley Cota, Silvio C. Ferreira, Géza Ódor
Physical Review E 93, 032322 (2016)