Tobias Galla

Tobias Galla

I received my undergraduate degree (the German diploma) in physics in 1999 from the University of Münster, with a thesis on supersymmetric Ward identities in the group of Professor Gernot Münster. I was then a PhD student in theoretical physics at the University of Oxford and Balliol College, where I worked on topics related to the Minority Game with Professor David Sherrington. In Oxford a PhD is not called a PhD, but a DPhil. I completed mine in 2004. Subsequently I moved to the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy as a postdoc, and then took up a permanent position at the University of Manchester in 2007, first as a Research Councils UK Research Fellow, then I got promoted through the ranks (Senior Lecturer, Reader, Professor). Since 2019 I have been based at IFISC, where I am now a CSIC tenured researcher (`Investigador Científico').

Degrees and diplomas
2004: Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford (Balliol College), UK
1999: Diplom in Physics, University of Münster, Germany
1996: Vordiplom in Physics and in Mathematics, University of Münster 
1980: Diploma of play, Parents nursery school Palo Alto, California 

Research interests
Dynamics of disordered and stochastic complex systems, in particular individual-based models, with applications in evolutionary game theory, information processing, learning and decision making, stochastic population dynamics, and mathematical biology (gene regulatory systems, anti-microbial resistance). 

My work combines theoretical approaches from statistical mechanics (master equation, path integrals, stochastic differential equations) and numerical simulations.

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Recent Publications

Aging effects in Coordination games

Ciardella, Samuele (supervisors: San Miguel, Maxi; Galla, Tobias)
Master Thesis (2023)

Lyapunov Exponents for Temporal Networks

Caligiuri, Annalisa; Eguiluz, Victor, Di Gaetano, Leonardo; Galla, Tobias; Lacasa, Lucas
Physical Review E 107, 4 (2023) , (2023)

Network Meta-Analysis: A Statistical Physics Perspective

Davies, Annabel L; Galla, Tobias
Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment 2022, 11R001 (1-79) (2022)

Liquid-Hexatic-Solid phases in active and passive Brownian particles determined by stochastic birth and death events

Almodovar, Alejandro; Galla, Tobias; López, Cristóbal
Physical Review E 106, 054130 (2022)

Local and global ordering dynamics in multistate voter models

Ramirez, Lucía; San Miguel, Maxi; Galla, Tobias
PHYSICAL REVIEW E 106, 054307 (1-17) (2022)

Ongoing Research projects


A Physics approach to sociotechnical systems: from theory to data analysis.

P.I.: Tobias Galla, Sandro Meloni, Maxi San Miguel, Raúl Toral
APASOS objective is to use mathematical and computational methods combined with data and physics thinking to model complex socio-technical systems. APASOS is organized into two workpackages (WP). WP 1 focuses on models ...


Maria de Maeztu 2023-2026

P.I.: Ernesto Estrada, Ingo Fischer, Emilio Hernández-García, Rosa Lopez, Claudio Mirasso, Jose Javier Ramasco, Raúl Toral, Roberta Zambrini
After 15 years of its existence, IFISC can point to a proven track record of impactful research. The previous 2018-2022 MdM award has significantly enhanced the institute's capabilities, as demonstrated by an ...


Corpus Automático y Fenómenos de Contacto en Mallorca: Inteligencia, Entrenamiento y Lengua

P.I.: David Sánchez
El presente proyecto tiene como objetivo avanzar en el conocimiento de la variedad de español en contacto con el catalán en Mallorca mediante la creación de un macrocorpus multiformato y la aplicación ...

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