Aparna Ananthasubramaniam

I am a first-year Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan's School of Information, with research interests in computational social sciences and complex systems. My advisors are Daniel Romero and David Jurgens. Before starting my Ph.D., I worked in the social sector for over 5 years, managing Research and Development at fintech nonprofit Mission Asset Fund and co-founding and serving as co-director of Heart and Home Collaborative Women's Shelter. Before that, I got my Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Master's Degree in Management Science and Engineering (Operations Research and Analytics) from Stanford University.


Agent-Based Modeling Workshop
Aparna Ananthasubramaniam
Active Living Research Conference, 2014.
In this teaching session on agent-based modeling for public health researchers, we covered how to formulate an agent-based model and examples of their applications in studying the relationship between a neighborhood's built environment and the physical activity levels of their inhabitants.

Contrasting existence and robustness of REM/NREM cycling in physiologically-based models of regulatory networks
Cecilia Diniz Behn, Aparna Ananthasubramaniam, Victoria Booth
SIAM Journal of Applied Dynamical Systems, 2013
Typical human sleep throughout the night consists of alternating periods of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and non-REM (NREM) sleep. The purpose of this study is to use physiologically based mathematical models to explore the dynamic implications associated with competing hypotheses for network-based REM sleep regulation. By establishing the implications of network structure for the mechanisms and dynamics of NREM/REM state transitions, this comparative analysis identifies key targets for future experimental work to distinguish the structure of the proposed physiological REM sleep regulatory network.
Link. PDF. Slides (coming soon).