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Section for Science of Complex Systems

Medical University of Vienna
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Michael Szell is PhD candidate in physics at University of Vienna, Austria, and research assistant at the Section for Science of Complex Systems, Medical University of Vienna, since 2008. He graduated at Vienna University of Technology in 2007, in technical mathematics with focus on computer science. Besides pursuing his studies, Szell has co-developed the Massive Multiplayer Online Game 'Pardus' ( since 2004. The universe of the game features a rich socio-economic system with a worldwide user-base of more than 350,000 players. For commercially handling Pardus he co-founded an enterprise in 2006 of which he is manager. The main part of his scientific work involves the analysis of socio-economic behavior and dynamic social networks of players from his online game. His research interests cover the analysis and modeling of complex socio-economic systems and social dynamics, social network analysis and network theory, statistical physics, as well as behavioral economics and evolutionary game theory. The hobbies of Michael Szell include playing Badminton, Tennis, Squash, and the piano, programming, reading, and enjoying life in and around Vienna. Szell is fluent in German, English, as well as Hungarian due to his Hungarian ancestry.

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