Dynamics and Collective Phenomena in Social and Socio-technical Systems

Social systems are prominent examples of Complex Systems, emergent phenomena, and the Micro-Macro paradigm. Today’s main societal changes and challenges arise from the feedback loop that entangles society with Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) as a prototypical socio-technical system.

In this line of research we develop new concepts, tools and models aiming at identifying generic mechanisms underlying collective phenomena in these systems. We do this in the framework of Computational Social Sciences with the use of Game Theory, Statistical Physics, Agent Based Models, Complex Networks Theory, and Big Data analysis. We study phenomena such as opinion formation, cooperation, cultural conflicts, language competition and social learning. Moreover, we focus on ICT data-driven research on socio-technical systems, addressing problems of human mobility, transportation, tourism, city science, epidemics, and energy consumption.


Researchers

  • Pere Colet

    Pere Colet

  • Ernesto Estrada

    Ernesto Estrada

  • Tobias Galla

    Tobias Galla

  • Emilio Hernández-García

    Emilio Hernández-García

  • Lucas Lacasa

    Lucas Lacasa

  • Víctor M. Eguíluz

    Víctor M. Eguíluz

  • Sandro Meloni

    Sandro Meloni

  • Jose Javier Ramasco

    Jose Javier Ramasco

  • Maxi San Miguel

    Maxi San Miguel

  • David Sánchez

    David Sánchez

  • Raúl Toral

    Raúl Toral

  • Konstantin Klemm

    Konstantin Klemm

  • Juan Fernández Gracia

    Juan Fernández Gracia

Recent and ongoing Research projects

ARCTIC

Air Transport as Information and Computation

P.I.: Massimiliano Zanin
This project is an ERC Starting Grant of panel SH2, "Institutions, Values, Environment and Space". Air transport has by and large been studied as a transportation process, in which different elements, e.g. ...

VPP4ISLANDS

Virtual Power Plant for Interoperable and Smart isLANDS

P.I.: Pere Colet
VPP4Islands aims to facilitate the integration of renewable systems, accelerate the transition towards smart and green energy and help Islands to exploit energy efficiency potential and innovative storage approaches, foster the active ...

PACSS

Physics approach to complexity in sociotechnical systems

P.I.: Sandro Meloni, Jose Javier Ramasco, Maxi San Miguel, Raúl Toral
This project, Physics approach to complexity in sociotechnical systems (PACSS), wants to contribute to the understanding of sociotechnical phenomena from the perspective provided by the application of the modern field of complex ...

OLGRA

Operadores Laplacianos en grafos y redes con repulsores/atractores y dinámicas relacionadas

P.I.: Ernesto Estrada
El uso de grafos está ampliamente extendido como una herramienta matemática para el estudio de diversos sistemas. En Físicas estos son usados en modelos electrónicos de sistemas conjugados, en sistemas de spines, ...

Next4Mob

Next Generation Tools for advanced mobility solutions

P.I.: Jose Javier Ramasco
Cities and metropolitan areas must confront the challenges of rapidly increasing urbanization and mobility needs, including the emergence of new transport solutions (e.g., individual electric devices, shared transport, mobility-as-a- services applications, etc.). ...

APASOS

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 ...

iCOOP

Reinforcement of research and training on power grid instability control

P.I.: Pere Colet
Access to electricity in most African countries is seriously limited. When conditions allow it, instability dominates the pow er grid and often leads to blackout. There is a very reduced number of ...

NouLloguer

Influence of new models of vacation renting on residential housing: ICT Data economic analysis

P.I.: Jose Javier Ramasco
Project funded by the Regional Government of the Balearic Islands to study the new markets of real estate renting with ICT data.

FACE

FAIR Computational Epidemiology

P.I.: Jose Javier Ramasco
Project to build a data-driven simulation platform associated to the PTI Salud Global of CSIC and funding through recovery funds EUNextGeneration.

CAFECONMIEL

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 ...

Mobility 2030

CSIC PTI Mobility 2030

P.I.: Jose Javier Ramasco
CSIC PTI (Interdisciplinar Platform) to foment the scientific collaborations between CSIC groups/institutes and industrial partners in the ambit of urban mobility.

Salud Global

Salud Global

P.I.: Jose Javier Ramasco
CSIC PTI (Interdisciplinar Platform) to foment the scientific collaborations between CSIC groups/institutes and industrial partners in the ambit of one health.

AIHUB

AIHUB

P.I.: Jose Javier Ramasco
HUB CSIC for fomenting the research and services on Artificial Intelligence.

Recent Publications

Analysis of the blackout risk reduction when segmenting large power systems using HVDC lines

D. Gomila, B.A. Carreras, J.M. Reynolds-Barredo, P. Colet, and O. Gomis-Bellmunt
International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems 148, 108947 (2023)

Aging in binary-state models: The threshold model for complex contagion

Abella, David; San Miguel, Maxi; Ramasco, José J.
Physical Review E 107, 024101 (2023)

Structure, resilience and evolution of the European Air Route Network from 2015 to 2018

Esteve, Pau; Ramasco, Jose J.; Zanin, Massimiliano
IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering , (2023)

Understanding small-scale COVID-19 transmission dynamics with the Granger causality test

Romero García, Carolina; Briz-Redón, Álvaro; Iftimi, Adina; Lozano, Manuel; De Andrés, José; Landoni, Giovanni; Zanin, Massimiliano
Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health , (2023)

Endemic infectious states below the epidemic threshold and beyond herd immunity

Javier Aguilar, Beatriz Arregui García, Raúl Toral, Sandro Meloni, Jose J. Ramasco
, (2023)

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Assessing blackout risk in the power grid with high penetration of variable renewable energies

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