• Complexity Science, Neural Networks, Computational and Statistical Physics, Social Networks, Biological Physics, Predictive Analytics, Project Management, Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Forecasting

Research Interests

  • Complex systems, Neural networks, Network science, Computational and statistical physics
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Christopher P. Monterola, PhD

Aboitiz Chair in Data Science
Head, Aboitiz School of Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship
Executive Managing Director, ACCeSs@AIM

Academic Background

  • Ph.D. in Physics, (Most Outstanding PhD Student (College of Science), Edgardo Gomez Award for Excellence in Dissertation Research, Batch Valedictorian), University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD)
  • Master of Science in Physics, (Most outstanding MS student (College of Science), Batch Valedictorian), University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD)
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics, (Magna cum Laude, Dean’s medallion, Best Thesis), University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD)

Professional and Academic Experience

  • Senior Scientist and Capability Group Manager (CGM) of the Complex Systems (CxSy) Capability Group, Computing Science Department, Institute of High Performance Computing, A*STAR, Singapore (founding CGM, August 2013-present)
  • Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Complexity Institute, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. (October 2015-present)
  • Principal Investigator, Complex Systems Programme, A*STAR Urban Systems Initiative (2012-present)

Affiliations, Awards, and Honors

  • 2016, Country Prize Winner (Singapore), United Nation Global Pulse's The Big IDEAS Competition for Sustainable Cities and Urban Communities, June 2016. EF Legara, C Monterola, JF Valenzuela.
  • 2016, SMRT Most Innovative Solution Award, IHPC (from CxSy MA Ramli, V Jayaraman, G Lee, C Monterola), SMRT Vendors'; Day, 30 March 2016.
  • 2014, ICCS Best Workshop Paper. N Othman, EF Legara, V Selvam, C Monterola, "Simulating Congestion Dynamics of Train Rapid Transit using Smart Card Data," International Conference on Computational Science, Cairns, Australia, 9-12 June 2014.
  • 2013, IEEE SCALE Challenge. First Prize Winner. H Kasim, T Hung, EF Legara, C Monterola, G Lee, X Li, BS Lee, S Lu, L Wang, and V Jayaraman, "Scalable Complex System Modeling for Sustainable City," Sixth IEEE International Scalable Computing Challenge (SCALE 2013), Delft, Netherlands, 14-16 May 2013.
  • 2009-present, Conferred the scientist rank 1 by the University of the Philippines System
  • 2008-2012, University of the Philippines Centennial Professorial Chair
  • EF Legara and C Monterola
    Inferring Passenger Types from Commuter Eigentravel Matrices
    Transportmetrica B: Transport Dynamics, published online on 28 Feb 2017.
    keywords: human mobility, travel pattern recognition, activity pattern recognition, automated fare collection, machine learning
  • B Yang and C Monterola*
    Efficient intersection control for minimally guided vehicles: A self-organised and decentralised approach
    Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies 72, pp. 283-305, 2016.
    keywords: Urban intersection control; Lightless intersection control; Intelligent
    transportation system; Traffic modelling and simulations
  • J Pang and C Monterola*
    Dendritic growth model of multilevel marketing
    Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation 43, pp. 100–110, 2017.
    keywords: dendritic networks, multilevel marketing, balancing factor, Pareto principle
  • N Hu, EF Legara, GG Hung, KK Lee, and C Monterola*
    [PDF] Impacts of land use and amenities on public transport use, urban planning and design
    Land Use Policy 57, pp. 356–367, 2016.
    keywords: land-use, transport, urban planning, urban design, LUTM
  • B Yang, X Xinhua, ZF Pang, C Monterola
    Cluster Statistics and Quasisoliton Dynamics in Microscopic Optimal Velocity Models
    Physical Review E 93: 042212, 2016.
    keywords: optimal velocity model, traffic, quasi-soliton dynamics
  • HY Xu, G Li, EF Legara, SH Kuo, D Zhao and C Monterola*
    [PDF] Generalized cross entropy method for estimating joint distribution from incomplete information
    Physica A 453, Pages 162–172, July 2016.
    keywords: Maximum entropy, Minimum discrimination information, Joint distribution, KL
  • MA Ramli*, V Jayaraman, C Monterola, et al
    Impact of Commuter Fluctuations on the Headway Regularity of Public Buses in Singapore
    Sigma Journal of Engineering and Natural Sciences, 2016.
    keywords: Commuter waiting time, regularity, public bus, headway
  • C Monterola*, EF Legara, P Di, KK Lee, GG Hung
    Non-invasive procedure to probe the route choices of commuters in rail transit systems
    Procedia Computer Science 80, 2016, pp. 2387–2391. (Proceedings of International Conference on Computational Science 2016)
    keywords: Route choices, Rail transit systems, Travel time distribution, Gumbel distribution, Arrival times
  • B Yang, L Chea, A Verma and C Monterola*
    Self-organized traffic flow at the lightless intersection: algorithms, policies and simulations of the environmental Impact
    Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy 18, Dec 2015.
    keywords: Urban Intersection control . Lightless . Fuel use . GHG footprint
  • B Yang* and C Monterola
    Classification and unification of the microscopic deterministic traffic models
    Physical Review E 92, 042802, 02 October 2015.
    keywords: Traffic models, two-phase and three-phase models, generalized optimal velocity model, intelligent driver model
  • G Li, D Zhao, SH Kuo, HY Xu, N Hu, G Zhao, C Monterola*
    Entropy based modelling for estimating demographic trends
    Plos One September 18, 2015 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0137324
    keywords: Age structured population model, entropy based method, household size model, convex optimisation
  • V Narang, MA Ramli, M Poidinger, A Singhal, P Kumar, G de Libero, C Monterola*
    Automated identification of core regulatory genes in human gene regulatory networks
    Plos Comp. Biology September 22, 2015 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004504
    keywords: Human Gene Regulatory networks, Community detection, Heirarchial Clustering, mRNA, Transcription factors
  • N. Huynh*, E.F. Legara,C Monterola
    A dynamical model of twitter activity profiles
    Proceedings of 26th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media Accepted: May 2015
    keywords: Twitter activities, Topic diffusion, Clustering analysis
  • F Ling, C Monterola, Y Hu
    The simplified self-consistent probabilities method for percolation and its application to interdependent networks
    New Journal of Physics New J. Phys. 17 063025 June 2015
    keywords: Interdependent networks; Self-consistent probability equations; Critical phase transition; Percolation theory; Critical threshold
  • X Su*, J Pang, C Monterola
    Asymmetric optimal-velocity car-following model
    Physica A Vol. 436 Pages 565–571 October 2015
    keywords: Car-following theory, Assymetric optimal-velocity; Critical density; Linear stability condition
  • Y Bo, C Monterola
    A general scheme for deterministic microscopic traffic models. Part 1 Theoretical construction
    Traffic and Granular Flow Pages 451-458 2016
    keywords: Traffic models, two-phase vs three phase, car following models
  • Y Bo, C Monterola
    A general scheme for deterministic microscopic traffic models. Part 2 Empirical Verifications
    Traffic and Granular Flow Pages 451-458 2016
    keywords: Traffic models, two-phase vs three phase, car following models
  • NB Othman, EF Legara, V Selvam and C Monterola *
    A data-driven agent-based model of congestion and scaling dynamics of rapid transit systems
    Journal of Computational Science 10, ASeptember 2015, Pages 338–350.
    keywords: Agent-based model; Rapid transit systems; Congestion; Smart card data
  • MA Ramli and C Monterola*
    The resilience of the encounter network of commuters for a metropolitan public bus system
    Proceedings of ICCS, Accepted: March 2015
    keywords: Encounter networks; Epidemic models; Network properties
  • EF Legara, KK Lee, GG Hung and C Monterola*
    Mechanism-based model of a mass rapid transit system: A perspective
    Intl Journal of Modern Physics C 36 2015
    keywords: Agent-based model; Rapid transit systems; Capacity; Power Law; Complex systems
  • Bo Yang, Soo Kng Teo, Bart Hoeben, Christopher Monterola, Yi Su
    Robust identification of heartbeats with blood pressure signals and noise detection
    Computing in Cardiology, pp. 565-568 Sept 2014
    keywords: ECG heartbeats; signal detection; noise detection; heart beat classification
  • MA Ramli and C Monterola*
    Probing and shaping the information transfer of noise-perturbed complex networks
    Journal of Computational Science. Accepted: 12 August 2014
    keywords: Adaptive thresholding; Stochastic resonance; Complex networks; First passage time; Markov chains
  • C Abundo, C Monterola*, EF Legara
    Criticality of forcing directions on the fragmentation and resilience of grid networks
    Nature Scientific Reports. Accepted: 30 July 2014
    keywords: Networks; Basquin's law; Link preservation; Memory
  • ZF Pang, N Othman, KM Ng and C Monterola*
    Efficiency and robustness of different bus network designs
    Intl Journal of Modern Physics C 26, 1550024 (2015)
    keywords: Bus network optimization; network designs; multi-objective optimization
  • JF Valenzuela, C Monterola, EF Legara, X Fu, and SM Goh
    On centripetal flows of entities in scale free networks with nodes of finite capability
    Complexity 21, September 2015 Pages 283–295.
    keywords: Flows; Traffic; Scale-free networks
  • A Paguirigan Jr, C Monterola, and R Batac* Loss of criticality in the avalanche statistics of sandpiles with dissipative sites
    Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation 20, March 2015, Pages 785–793.
    keywords: Sandpile models; Scaling phenomena in complex systems; Self-organization of complex systems; Computational techniques: statistical physics and nonlinear dynamics
  • C David*, EF Legara, JM Atun, C Monterola
    News frames of the population issue in the Philippines
    International Journal of Communication 8, pp. 1247-1267, 2014.
    keywords: Framing; Semantic Network Analysis; News Frames; Population; Family Planning
  • MA Ramli, C Monterola*, KK Lee, and GG Hung A method to ascertain rapid transit systems' throughput distribution using network analysis
    Procedia Computer Science 29, pp. 1621–1630, 2014.
    keywords: Complex networks; Centralities; Transport dynamics; Rail transit systems
  • NB Othman, EF Legara, V Selvam, and C Monterola*
    Simulating congestion dynamics of train rapid transit using smart card data
    Procedia Computer Science 29, pp. 1610–1620 2014.
    keywords: Multiagent systems; Transport dynamics; Rail transit systems
  • JF Valenzuela, EF Legara, X Fu, RSM Goh, R de Souza, and C Monterola*
    A network perspective on the calamity–induced inaccessibility of communities and the robustness of centralized, landbound relief efforts
    Intl. J. of Mod. Phys. C. 25, 1450047, 2014.
    DOI No. 10.1142/S0129183114500478
    keywords: Relief Operations; Calamities; Logistics; Complex networks
  • EF Legara, C Monterola*, KK Lee, GG Hung
    Critical capacity, travel time delays and travel time distribution of rapid mass transit systems
    Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications 406, pp. 100–106, 15 July 2014.
    keywords: Agent-based modelling; Transport dynamics; Rail transit systems
  • J. Decraene, C. Monterola*, KK Lee, GG Hung, M. Batty
    The Emergence of Urban Land Use Patterns Driven by Dispersion and Aggregation Mechanisms
    PLoS ONE 8(12): e80309 (2013).
    DOI No. 10.1371/journal.pone.0080309
    keywords: Entropy; Land use; Quality of life; Radii; Singapore; Statistical dispersion; Topographic maps; Urban environments
  • J. Pang, C. Monterola, and J. Bantang*
    Noise-induced synchronization in a lattice Hodgkin-Huxley neural network
    Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications 393, pp. 638–645 (2014).
    DOI No. 10.1016/j.physa.2013.08.069
    keywords: Hodgkin–Huxley neurons; Lattice network; Synchronization
  • E.F. Legara*, C. Monterola*, and C. David>
    Complex Network Tools in Building Expert Systems that Perform Framing Analysis
    Expert Systems With Applications 40, Issue 11, pp. 4600–4608 (2013).
    DOI No. 10.1016/j.eswa.2013.01.064
    keywords: Framing analysis; Complex network analysis; Clustering analysis; Community detection
  • J. Decraene, C. Monterola*, G. Lee, and T. Hung
    A Quantitative Procedure for the Spatial Characterization of Urban Land Use
    Intl. J. of Mod. Phys. C. 24, Issue 01, 1250092 (2013).
    DOI No. 10.1142/S0129183112500921 keywords: Spatial entropy; dissimilarity index; land use; urban planning and development
  • J.C. Pang, J. Bantang and C. Monterola*
    Effect of random link malfunctions to synchronization of Hodgkin-Huxley Neurons in a lattice network
    Intl. J. of Mod. Phys. C 23, Issue 03, pp. 1250027-1- 14 (2012).
    DOI No. 10.1142/S0129183112500271 keywords: Hodgkin–Huxley neurons; Lattice network; Synchronization
  • R. Batac, A. Longjas and C. Monterola*
    Statistical distributions of avalanche size and waiting times in an inter-sandpile cascade model
    Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications 391, Issue 3, pp. 616–624 (2012).
    DOI No. 10.1016/j.physa.2011.08.032
    keywords: Inter-sandpile cascade model; Landslides; Cellular automata

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