I am Lucas Böttcher. Below you can find some information about me and my research.


Current and Past Positions
Education (courses)


  1. S. Wald, L. Böttcher, From classical to quantum walks with stochastic resetting on networks, arXiv:2008.00510, GitHub repo
  2. T. Asikis, L. Böttcher, N. Antulov-Fantulin, NNC: Neural-Network Control of Dynamical Systems on Graphs, arXiv:2006.09773, GitHub repo
  3. P. Richter, M. Henkel, L. Böttcher, Aging and equilibration in bistable contagion dynamics, Phys. Rev. E., 102, 042308 (2020), arXiv:2006.05937
  4. S.D.S. Reis, L. Böttcher, K.P. da C. Nogueira, G.S. Sousa, A.S. Lima Neto, H.J. Herrmann, J.S. Andrade Jr, Spatio-temporal characteristics of dengue outbreaks, arXiv:2006.02646
  5. L. Böttcher, M. Xia, T. Chou, Why case fatality ratios can be misleading: individual- and population-based mortality estimates and factors influencing them, Phys. Biol. 17, 6 (2020), arXiv:2003.12032, medRxiv:2020.03.26.20044693
  6. L. Böttcher, N. Antulov-Fantulin, Unifying continuous, discrete, and susceptible-infected-recovered processes on networks, Phys. Rev. Research 2, 033121 (2020), arXiv:2002.11765
  7. L. Böttcher, H. Gersbach, Incentivizing Narrow-Spectrum Antibiotic Development with Refunding, arXiv:2007.06468, medRxiv:2020.07.13.20152652
  8. F. D'Angelo, L. Böttcher, Learning the Ising Model with Generative Neural Networks, Phys. Rev. Research 2, 023266 (2020), arXiv:2001.05361, GitHub repo
  9. L. Böttcher, A Random-Line-Graph Approach to Overlapping Line Segments, J. Complex Netw., cnaa029 (2020), arXiv:1911.10679
  10. S. Nauer, L. Böttcher, M. A. Porter, Random-Graph Models and Characterization of Granular Networks, J. Complex Netw., cnz037 (2019), arXiv:1907.13424
  11. S. Xu, L. Böttcher, T. Chou, Diversity in Biology: definitions, quantification, and models, Phys. Biol. 17, 3 (2020), arXiv:1908.08190
  12. L. Böttcher, H. Gersbach, The Great Divide: Quantifying Drivers of Polarization in the US Public, EPJ Data Science (2020), arXiv:2001.05163
  13. L. Böttcher, P. Montealegre, E. Goles, H. Gersbach, Competing Activists--Political Polarization, Physica A, 123713 (2019), arXiv:1910.14531
  14. S. Strub, L. Böttcher, Modeling Deformed Transmission Lines for Continuous Strain Sensing Applications, Meas. Sci. Technol., (2019), arXiv:1912.13319
  15. M. Hoferer, L. Böttcher, H.J. Herrmann, H. Gersbach, The Impact of Technologies in Political Campaigns, Physica A, 122795 (2019), arXiv:1909.07644
  16. L. Böttcher, H.J. Herrmann, H. Gersbach, Clout, Activists and Budget: The Road to Presidency, PLoS ONE 13(3):e0193199. (2018), arXiv:1802.02048
  17. L. Böttcher, H.J. Herrmann, M. Henkel, Dynamical universality of the contact process, J. Phys. A 51, 125003 (2018), arXiv:1802.00037
  18. L. Böttcher, J. S. Andrade Jr., H.J. Herrmann, Targeted Recovery as an Effective Strategy against Epidemic Spreading, Sci. Rep. 7, 14356 (2017), arXiv:1710.05807
  19. L. Böttcher, J. Nagler, H.J. Herrmann, Critical Behaviors in Contagion Dynamics, Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 088301 (2017), arXiv:1701.08988, GitHub repo
  20. L. Böttcher, O. Woolley-Meza, D. Brockmann, Temporal dynamics of online petitions, PLoS ONE 12(5):e0178062. (2017), arXiv:1705.04202
  21. L. Böttcher, M. Lukovic, J. Nagler, S. Havlin, H.J. Herrmann, Failure and recovery in dynamical networks, Sci. Rep. 7, 41729 (2017), arXiv:1610.00997
  22. L. Böttcher, O. Woolley-Meza, E. Goles, D. Helbing, H.J. Herrmann, Connectivity disruption sparks explosive epidemic spreading, Phys. Rev. E 93, 042315 (2016), arXiv:1604.07783
  23. L. Böttcher, N.A.M. Araújo, J. Nagler, J.F.F. Mendes, D. Helbing, H.J. Herrmann, Gender gap in the ERASMUS mobility program, PLoS ONE 11(2):e0149514. (2016), arXiv:1602.01442
  24. L. Böttcher, O. Woolley-Meza, N.A.M. Araújo, H.J. Herrmann, D. Helbing, Disease-induced resource constraints can trigger explosive epidemics, Sci. Rep. 5, 16571 (2015), arXiv:1508.05484, ssrn.2496128
  25. R. Mani, L. Böttcher, H.J. Herrmann, D. Helbing, Extreme power law in a driven many-particle system without threshold dynamics, Phys. Rev. E 90, 042201 (2014), arXiv:1404.7460

Books and chapters
  1. L. Böttcher, H.J. Herrmann, Computational Statistical Physics, preprint
  2. L. Böttcher, chapter on Contagion Dynamics in Complex Networks, Automata and Complexity, Essays presented to Eric Goles on the occasion of his 70th birthday, to appear in Emergence, Complexity, and Computation in 2020, preprint
Media coverage and highlights


Year Courses
2019 Introduction to Computational Physics Computational Statistical Physics Dynamical Processes in Complex Networks
2018 Mathematik III
2017 Numerische Methoden




Lucas Böttcher