Ernesto Estrada is currently a Senior ARAID Researcher at the Institute of Mathematics and Applications (IUMA) at the University of Zaragoza. He is well known for his many contributions to the mathematical study of networks and their applications to diverse fields. He is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Complex Networks published by Oxford University Press (OUP) and has published more than 220 papers, which have received more than 14,000 citations and his h-index is currently 60. He has also published 2 textbooks with OUP and edited one with Springer. He was elected SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) Fellow in the class of 2019, Fellow of the Latin American Academy of Science in the same year, Member of the Academia Europeae in 2014, and of the International Academy of Mathematical Chemistry in 2004. He was a recipient of the UK Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award for the period 2014-2018. His research interests are broad in the mathematical study of the structure of, and of the dynamics on, discrete systems, as well as their applications to real-life problems in chemistry, molecular and cellular biology, sociotechnical systems, ecological problems, geopolitical analysis, among others.
Lucas Lacasa graduated in Theoretical Physics from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and received his PhD in Physics of Complex Systems from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in 2009. Currently Lucas is Reader in Applied Mathematics at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), where he holds a tenured position since 2013. He is also a visiting research fellow at Kings College London. He has been an invited researcher at several universities including University of Oxford and UCLA (University of California Los Angeles) and, between 2017 and 2020, he was an Early Career Fellow of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). His research spans several areas of Complexity Science, and currently is developing innovative methods for Data Analysis at the crossroads of Dynamical Systems and Network Science, a topic for which he has been recently awarded the international USERN prize in Formal Sciences.