CSH Talk by Ambra Amico: “Structure and resilience of large-scale distribution networks: a complex system perspective to supply-chains”

Mar 03, 2023 | 15:0016:00

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The focus of my talk is on distribution networks. In these networks, manufacturers and distributors work closely together to ensure consumers have access to goods and services. First, I will present a novel dataset, the ARCOS, which is still unexplored by the scientific community. This collects nearly half a billion records of opioid shipments in the United States. Then, I will describe how I leveraged these data to reconstruct and empirically analyze the opioid distribution network in the United States. Next, I will present two network-based dynamic models to investigate this system. The first model explains the system formation; the second describes its possible response to supply-side shocks. I will conclude the talk with a final overview of the main findings.



Ambra Amico is a PhD candidate at the Chair of Systems Design ETH Zurich.
Before joining the Chair, I received a Master’s degree in Physics from “La Sapienza University” in Rome, where he got his interest in the field of complex systems.
Currently,he focuses his research on growth processes and cascade phenomena in supply networks in general and distribution networks in particular.
Using a data-driven approach, he develop network-based dynamic models to describe the interactions between firms and between firms and consumers and explain how these influence, on the one hand, system growth and, on the other hand, its resilience to external shocks.


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 Ambra Amico will give a talk on Friday, March 3, 2023 at 2 PM in the Salon.


Mar 03, 2023


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