Dr Sebastian Ahnert is a University Lecturer at the Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology, University of Cambridge and a Senior Research Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute.
Sebastian’s research interests lie in theoretical physics, biology, mathematics and computer science. He is particularly interested in using algorithmic descriptions of structures and functional systems to quantify and classify their complexity. Examples of the application of such approaches include pattern detection in gene expression data, the classification of protein quaternary structure, the structure of genotype-phenotype maps, and the identification of large-scale features in complex networks.Sebastian is also interested in interdisciplinary applications of network analysis, particularly in digital methods and large-scale data analysis in the humanities. Since 2012 he has collaborated with Ruth Ahnert on historical correspondence networks. He is currently a Co-I on the AHRC-funded ‘Networking the Archives: Assembling and Analysing Early Modern Correspondence’.