Eckehard Olbrich
Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik in den Naturwissenschaften
Inselstr. 22
04103 Leipzig

Office: B3 04


+49 341 9959 568

+49 341 9959 658

Eckehard Olbrich

Research interests

  • Computational Social Science: text and network analysis for social media data
  • Information theoretic approach to complex systems: measures of complexity, complex networks, information decomposition, multi-level systems, game theory
  • Time series analysis - in particular analysis and modeling of human sleep EEG


My Publication page. Or see my Google Scholar page. Old page with my Publications.

Theme issue "The complexity of sleep" edited by Thomas Wennekers, Peter Achermann and Eckehard Olbrich based on the Workshop: Complex Dynamics in Large-Scale Interacting Brain Systems: Towards Physical Models of Sleep and Consciousness at the MPI PKS Dresden


Current projects
  • SoMe4Dem - Social Media for Democracy – understanding the causal mechanisms of digital citizenship (Horizon Europe 101094752) - Coordinator
Past collaborative projects
  • ODYCCEUS - Opinion dynamics and cultural Conflict in European Spaces (Horizon 2020 732942) - 2017 2021 - Coordinator
  • MatheMACS - Mathematics of multi-level anticipatory complex systems (FP7-ICT-318723) - Work Package Leader
  • CEEDS - The collective experience of emphatic data systems (FP7-ICT-258749) - Research Scientist
  • An information theoretic approach to autonomous learning of embodied agents - funded by the DFG priority program "Autonomous learning"(SPP 1527)  - Co PI
  • Evolution of networks: Modeling the complexity and robustness of evolving biochemical networks - funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung in the intiative "New conceptual approaches to modeling and simulation of complex systems" - Research Scientist

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Curriculum vitae

  • 1985-1990 Study of physics at the Technical University Dresden
  • 1990 Diploma in physics at the Technical University Dresden
  • 1990-1994 PhD-student at the Institute for Theoretical Physics of the Technical University Dresden
  • 1995 PhD in theoretical solid state physics
  • 02/1995-03/2000 Postdoc in the nonlinear time series analysis group at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems Dresden
  • 04/2000-04/2004 Research fellow in the group "Computer Assisted Physics" at the University Zürich working on time series analysis of EEG
  • since 05/2004 Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences
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