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

  • Tobias Galla

    Tobias Galla

  • 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

  • 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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Distancia-COVID

Impact of social distancing measures on the spreading of COVID-19 pandemics in Spain

P.I.: Jose Javier Ramasco
The project addressed the emergency call launched by the ISCIII and was selected for funding by CSIC. It incorporates three phases: (i) the description of mobility and the changes introduced by the ...

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.

SMOF

Strategic Manipulation in Dynamic Processes of Opinion Formation on Multiplex Networks

P.I.: Maxi San Miguel
The project generally aims at a better understanding of influence maximization in dynamical models of opinion formation on large-scale multiplex networks. The research combines numerical simulation and approximation techniques to understand opinion ...

Recent Publications

DEGREE-BIASED ADVECTION-DIFFUSION ON UNDIRECTED GRAPHS/NETWORKS

Miranda, M.; Estrada, E.
Submitted (2021)

Quantifying the drivers behind collective attention in information ecosystems

Calleja-Solanas, Violeta; Pigani,Emanuele ; Palazzi, María J; Solé-Ribalta, Albert; Suweis, Samir; Borge-Holthoefer, Javier; Meloni, Sandro
Journal of Physics: Complexity 2, 45014-45029 (2021)

Evolutionary Game Theory with payoff fluctuations: Bet-Hedging

Calvo Ibáñez, Ruben (supervisor Tobias Galla)
Master Thesis (2021)

From networked SIS model to the Gompertz function

Ernesto Estrada, Paolo Bartesaghi
Submitted (2021)

Los límites matemáticos de la amistad, la enemistad y el Big Data

Estrada, Ernesto
Periodico ABC, Seccion ABCdario de la Matematicas, , (2021)

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Analyzing online communication as ecological systems

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

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Defining the 'temperature' of language features

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It is estimated that 'modern' human language has been with us for at least 100,000 years. Unfortunately, the historical evolution of languages is often poorly documented, and evidence does not go further back in time than the moment when ...

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