Dervis Can Vural

Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy

Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy

384G Nieuwland Science Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-6977

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Research Interests

Derviş Can Vural is interested in systems where (1) disorder and (2) strong interactions plays an important role. He uses analytic and computational approaches to solve many-body problems in statistical mechanics, condensed matter physics, and theoretical biology. Research themes include complex networks, population genetics and evolution, disordered / soft materials, many-body quantum mechanics, inverse problems, reliability theory, swarms and active matter.


B.S., Physics, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 2002
M.S., Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004
Ph.D., Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011


1. N. Rupprecht, D.C. Vural, Limits on Inferring the Past, Physical Review E, 97.6 (2018): 062155

2. S. Ghonge, D.C. Vural, Temperature as a quantum observable, Journal of Statistical Mechanics, (2018): 073102

3. X. Fu, S. Kato, J. Long, H. Mattingly, C. He, D.C. Vural, S. Zucker, T. Emonet, Spatial Self-Organization Resolves Conflicts Between Individuality and Collective Migration, Nature Communications, 9.1 (2018): 2177

4. B. Morsky, D.C. Vural, Cheater-altruist synergy in immuno-pathogenic ecological public goods games, Journal of Theoretical Biology, 454, 7: 231-239 (2018)

5. G. Uppal, D.C. Vural, Shearing in Flow environment promotes evolution of social behavior in microbial populations, eLife. 2018 May 22;7:e34862

6. N. Rupprecht, D.C. Vural, Collective Motion of Predictive Swarms, PLoS ONE, 12(10), e0186785 (2017)

7. V. Nguyen, D.C. Vural, Morphological Inversion of Complex Diffusion, Physical Review E, 96.3 (2017): 032314

8. G. Forte, D.C. Vural, Iterative Control Strategies for Nonlinear Systems, Physical Review E, 96.1 (2017): 012102

9. S. Ghonge, D.C. Vural, Inferring Network Structure from Cascades, Physical Review E, 96.1 (2017): 012319