Dr Fabian Held

BA Bayreuth MSc Munich PhD Sydney
Research Associate in Computational Modelling

Member of the Charles Perkins Centre

F07 - Carslaw Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone ​+61 2 8627 0427

Website Fabian's Blog
Charles Perkins Centre - Integrative Systems Lab

Biographical details

Fabian’s research focuses on the development and self-organisation of social groups, especially the emergence of patterns of behaviour from complex networks of interactions and individuals’ adaptations. He holds a PhD in Marketing from the University of Sydney, an MSc in Statistics from the University of Munich and he studied "Philosophy & Economics" as an undergraduate. In his current work at the Charles Perkins Center he employs techniques from statistics, machine learning and computational social science to better understand how human behaviour and decision making affect and are affected by their social, economic, technological and environmental context.

Research interests

Fabian is a statistician with a keen interest in modelling complex systems and in the analysis of social networks. He works with data big and small, and he is particularly involved in translating the ideas of domain experts into actionable research projects and developing the associated computational analysis. In doing so, he gained experience in fields as diverse as economics, gerontology, medical education, marketing and veterinary science. His own research focus is on collaborative networks; how they enhance and limit our actions, and how their performance can be influenced, supported nd sustained. As part of this, he is currently exploring the potential benefits of reproducible scientific computing in research collaboration. Fabian speaks R and NetLogo fluently and will find his way around Python, Git, Bash and D3.

  • Computational Social Science
  • Complex adaptive social systems
  • Management and coordination in complex networks
  • Development and diffusion of information and ideas
  • Data Visualisation

Current projects

Selected grants

2017

  • Setting the standard for consumer data sharing practices of top-rated health apps; Grundy Q, Bero L, Holz R, Held F, Kay J, Allman-Farinelli M; DVC Research/Sydney Policy Lab.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Held, F., Wilkinson, I. (2018). Computer Simulation and Agent-Based Models as a Research Method. In Per Vagn Freytag and Louise Young (Eds.), Collaborative Research Design - Working with Business for Meaningful Findings, (pp. 377-398). Singapore: Springer.
  • Wilkinson, I., Held, F., Marks, R., Young, L. (2014). Developing Agent-Based Models of Business Relations and Networks. In Robert Stocker, Terry Bossomaier (Eds.), Networks in Society: Links and Language, (pp. 113-140). Singapore: Pan Stanford Publishing. [More Information]

Journals

  • Grundy, Q., Held, F., Bero, L. (2017). A social network analysis of the financial links backing health and fitness apps. American Journal of Public Health, 107(11), 1783-1788. [More Information]
  • Chan, B., Reeve, E., Matthews, S., Carroll, P., Long, J., Held, F., Latt, M., Naganathan, V., Caplan, G., Hilmer, S. (2017). Medicine information exchange networks among healthcare professionals and prescribing in geriatric medicine wards. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 83(6), 1185-1196. [More Information]
  • Held, F., Le Couteur, D., Blyth, F., Hirani, V., Naganathan, V., Waite, L., Seibel, M., Handelsman, D., Cumming, R., Allore, H., Gnjidic, D. (2017). Polypharmacy in older adults: Association Rule and Frequent-Set Analysis to evaluate concomitant medication use. Pharmacological Research, 116, 39-44. [More Information]
  • Roberts, C., Daly, M., Held, F., Lyle, D. (2017). Social learning in a longitudinal integrated clinical placement. Advances in Health Sciences Education, 22(4), 1011-1029. [More Information]
  • Grundy, Q., Held, F., Bero, L. (2017). Tracing the potential flow of consumer data: A network analysis of prominent health and fitness apps. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 19(6). [More Information]
  • Held, F., Blyth, F., Gnjidic, D., Hirani, V., Naganathan, V., Waite, L., Seibel, M., Rollo, J., Handelsman, D., Cumming, R., Le Couteur, D. (2016). Association Rules Analysis of Comorbidity and Multimorbidity: The Concord Health and Aging in Men Project. Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, 71(5), 625-631. [More Information]
  • Held, F., Wilkinson, I., Marks, R., Young, L. (2014). Agent-based Modelling, a new kind of research. Australasian Marketing Journal, 22(1), 4-14. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Held, F., Marks, R., Young, L., Wilkinson, I. (2010). Exploring the Dynamics of Economic Networks - First Steps of a Research Project. 3rd World Congress on Social Simulation WCSS 2010.
  • Held, F., Marks, R., Wilkinson, I., Young, L. (2010). Modelling the Dynamics of Relations and Networks in B2B Markets - First Steps of a Research Project. Australian and New Zealand Marketing Academy Conference ANZMAC 2010, New Zealand: Department of Management, College of Business and Economics, University of Canterbury.

Other

  • Held, F. (2014), Modelling the Evolution of Business Relationships and Networks as Complex Adaptive Systems. (Doctoral Thesis), University of Sydney. [More Information]

2018

  • Held, F., Wilkinson, I. (2018). Computer Simulation and Agent-Based Models as a Research Method. In Per Vagn Freytag and Louise Young (Eds.), Collaborative Research Design - Working with Business for Meaningful Findings, (pp. 377-398). Singapore: Springer.

2017

  • Grundy, Q., Held, F., Bero, L. (2017). A social network analysis of the financial links backing health and fitness apps. American Journal of Public Health, 107(11), 1783-1788. [More Information]
  • Chan, B., Reeve, E., Matthews, S., Carroll, P., Long, J., Held, F., Latt, M., Naganathan, V., Caplan, G., Hilmer, S. (2017). Medicine information exchange networks among healthcare professionals and prescribing in geriatric medicine wards. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 83(6), 1185-1196. [More Information]
  • Held, F., Le Couteur, D., Blyth, F., Hirani, V., Naganathan, V., Waite, L., Seibel, M., Handelsman, D., Cumming, R., Allore, H., Gnjidic, D. (2017). Polypharmacy in older adults: Association Rule and Frequent-Set Analysis to evaluate concomitant medication use. Pharmacological Research, 116, 39-44. [More Information]
  • Roberts, C., Daly, M., Held, F., Lyle, D. (2017). Social learning in a longitudinal integrated clinical placement. Advances in Health Sciences Education, 22(4), 1011-1029. [More Information]
  • Grundy, Q., Held, F., Bero, L. (2017). Tracing the potential flow of consumer data: A network analysis of prominent health and fitness apps. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 19(6). [More Information]

2016

  • Held, F., Blyth, F., Gnjidic, D., Hirani, V., Naganathan, V., Waite, L., Seibel, M., Rollo, J., Handelsman, D., Cumming, R., Le Couteur, D. (2016). Association Rules Analysis of Comorbidity and Multimorbidity: The Concord Health and Aging in Men Project. Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, 71(5), 625-631. [More Information]

2014

  • Held, F., Wilkinson, I., Marks, R., Young, L. (2014). Agent-based Modelling, a new kind of research. Australasian Marketing Journal, 22(1), 4-14. [More Information]
  • Wilkinson, I., Held, F., Marks, R., Young, L. (2014). Developing Agent-Based Models of Business Relations and Networks. In Robert Stocker, Terry Bossomaier (Eds.), Networks in Society: Links and Language, (pp. 113-140). Singapore: Pan Stanford Publishing. [More Information]
  • Held, F. (2014), Modelling the Evolution of Business Relationships and Networks as Complex Adaptive Systems. (Doctoral Thesis), University of Sydney. [More Information]

2010

  • Held, F., Marks, R., Young, L., Wilkinson, I. (2010). Exploring the Dynamics of Economic Networks - First Steps of a Research Project. 3rd World Congress on Social Simulation WCSS 2010.
  • Held, F., Marks, R., Wilkinson, I., Young, L. (2010). Modelling the Dynamics of Relations and Networks in B2B Markets - First Steps of a Research Project. Australian and New Zealand Marketing Academy Conference ANZMAC 2010, New Zealand: Department of Management, College of Business and Economics, University of Canterbury.

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