Didier Sornette#

Didier Sornette
Membership Number:5242
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:SWITZERLAND

Present and Previous Positions

  • 1981 - 1990 Research scientist at the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research)
  • 1984, 09-12 Visiting scientist : Canberra, Australie
  • 1985 - 1986 Post-Doc at College de France in the Condensed Matter Laboratory of Prof. P.G. de Gennes (Nobel prize in Physics, 1991)
  • 1986 - 1990 part-time visiting scientist Ecole Polytechnique, Paris (
  • 1992, 07-10 visiting scientist at the KITP Santa Barbara, CA, USA
  • 1990 - 2006 Research director at CNRS in Physics, France
  • 1996 - 1999 Professor-in-Residence part-time at the Department of Earth and Space Sciences and at the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, UCLA
  • 1999 - 2006 Professor of Geophysics and Earthquake Physics, part-time at UCLA
  • 2004 - 2009 Concurrent Professor of East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), Shanghai, China, May
  • 2006 - present Professor at ETH-Zurich on the Chair of Entrepreneurial Risks
  • 2007 - present associated with the Department of Physics (D-PHYS), ETH Zurich
  • 2007 - present associated with the Department of Earth Sciences (D-ERWD), ETH Zurich
  • 2007 - present Professor of Finance at the Swiss Finance Institute
  • 2009 - present Honorary Professor of the East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China (since 2009)
  • 2016 - present Specially-Appointed Professor, Tokyo Tech World Research Hub Initiative, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2019-09 - present Chair Professor at SUSTech part-time (Southern University of Science and Technology), Shenzhen, China and dean of the Institute of Risk Analysis, Prediction and Management, Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, 518055, China (since September 2019)

Fields of Scholarship
  • Prediction of social, commercial and marketing success
  • Hawkes process
  • Financial crisis observatory
  • Mathematisation of Fiske's relational models theory
  • Statistical physics of complex systems
  • Multifractal stress activated model of rupture and earthquakes
  • Global Earthquake Forecasting System
  • Statistical physics models of fractures and faults
  • Social bubble hypothesis, innovation and economic growth
  • Discrete scale invariance and log-periodic power laws
  • Earthquake physics and prediction
  • Human cooperation and Altruistic punishment
  • Faulting, jointing and damage
  • Financial bubbles: The Johansen-Ledoit-Sornette model and LPPLS (log-periodic power law singularity) models
  • Quantum decision theory
  • Prediction of crises and extreme events
  • Dragon-kings and extreme risks

Honours and Awards
  • 1985 Science et Defence French Young Investigator National Award (Paris, France)
  • 2002 Risques-Les Echos prize (Paris, France)
  • 2010 E. N. Lorenz Lecture of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), December 16.
  • 2011 Ehrenfest Colloquium, Leiden, The Netherlands, 12 October.
  • 2013 AAAS Fellow for " for pioneering and novel developments in the prediction of crises and extreme events in complex systems, with particular applications to risk assessment in economics and technology.
  • 2019 Member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (Schweizerische Akademie der Technischen Wissenschaften, SATW) https://www.satw.ch

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