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

  • Emilio Hernández-García

    Emilio Hernández-García

  • 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

  • Nagi Khalil

    Nagi Khalil

  • Konstantin Klemm

    Konstantin Klemm

Recent and ongoing Research projects

ESoTECoS

Emergent social, technical and ecological complex systems

P.I.: Pere Colet
The project ESoTECoS constitutes an approximation from the perspective of the physics of complex systems to the societal challenges within the field of Social Changes and Innovation. The project background lays in ...

SPASIMM

Spatiotemporality in sociobological interactions, models and methods

P.I.: Konstantin Klemm, Víctor M. Eguíluz
The Physics of Complex Systems is experiencing an important research activity, first due to the development of the Theory of Complex Networks, and second due to Big Data. The model driven approach ...

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 ...

ESPON Housing

ESPON EGTC "Big Data for Territorial Analysis and Housing Dynamics"

P.I.: Jose Javier Ramasco
Contract obtained in the call for tenders opened by the European Commission through the ESPON 2020 (https://www.espon.eu) program devoted to study territorial uses in the EU.

MOREHOUSE

Modeling hOusing maRkets dynamics thanks to Emerging and HeterOgeneoUs data SourcEs

P.I.: Jose Javier Ramasco
CSIC cooperation project with the French CNRS on the study of the real estate market using big data. The project MOREHOUSE connects with the ESPON Housing contract of the EU Commission to ...

COSTNET

European Cooperation for Statistics of Network Data Science

P.I.: Maxi San Miguel
A major challenge in many modern economic, epidemiological, ecological and biological questions is to understand the randomness in the network structure of the entities they study: for example, the SARS epidemic showed ...

Recent Publications

Data analysis and modeling of patient flow in emergency services in hospitals

Perelló, Joan (Supervisors: Raul Toral, Claudio Mirasso)
Master Thesis (2019)

Herding and idiosyncratic choices: Nonlinearity and aging-induced transitions in the noisy voter model

Artime, Oriol; Carro, Adrián; F. Peralta, Antonio; Ramasco, José J.; San Miguel, Maxi; Toral, Raúl .
Comptes Rendus Physique 20, 262-274 (2019)

Modelling residential segregation for economical reasons

Adria Plazas (Advisor: Jose Javier Ramasco)
Master Thesis (2019)

Ordering dynamics in the voter model with aging

Peralta,A.F.;Khalil,N.;Toral,R.
Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications , 122475 (2019)

Vector-borne epidemics driven by human mobility

Soriano-Paños,David;Arias-Castro,Judy Heliana;Martínez,Hector J.;Meloni,Sandro;Gómez-Gardeñes,Jesús;
(2019)

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