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I am a researcher at the CRM Complex Systems Group. My research has been addressed to describe, model, and try to predict the behavior of complex systems. The approach has been diverse: theoretical, computational, experimental, and analysis of observational data. Main systems of interest are natural hazards (earthquakes, hurricanes, rain…) and communication systems (human language, music…), paying special attention to the necessary statistical tools. Together with my colleagues, we have found physical-like laws in several of these systems, and we have published our results in physics, geophysics, geology, and cross-disciplinary-science journals. Our results have been communicated to society through newspapers, radio, and TV. In the meantime of all this I got a PhD in Physics, a post-doc in Denmark, and a Ramón y Cajal fellowship back in Spain. Currently, I coordinate the CRM Complex Systems Group. The rest of the team members are:

Irina Espejo (undergraduate student)
Víctor Navas (predoctoral researcher)
Isabel Moreno Sánchez (predoctoral researcher)
Oliver Planes (master project)
Isabel Serra
(postdoctoral researcher)

Indeed, I am very interested in the training of researchers, at the undergraduate, master, and doctoral level, having organized several summer schools in recent years.

Interested in joining the CRM Complex Systems Group? Contact me at acorral at crm dot cat

I participate actively in the

Previous positions:

Assistant research professor at the Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen 1997-1999
Lecturer at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, 1999-2001
Ramón y Cajal Fellow at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2001-2006
Group leader at the Centre de Recerca Matemàtica, 2007-now

Curriculum Vitae (not updated regularly, sorry)


Invited Lecturer at International Summer School: Large Fluctuations and Extreme Events, Dresden, October 2015

Invited Lecturer at AGU's Fall Meeting in San Francisco, December 2014

Invited Lecturer at Data Analysis and Modeling in Earth Sciences, Milano, October 2014

Recent talks and courses

Fitting of power-law distributions

Temporal scale invariance and extreme events

Language and music: power laws, Zipf's law, scaling laws, Heaps' law, and even complex networks

Four laws of statistical seismology in fracture experiments

Branching processes, self-organization, and the statistics of natural hazards

Short course on power laws, branching processes and self-organization

Some recent papers 
New paper on the timing of paleoearthquakes (Geology 2015)

Paper on rain-event statistics

Paper on the evolution of frequency distribution with text length

Paper on power-law fitting

Book chapter on branching processes and self-organized criticality

Paper on the evolution of music

Comments on the paper: 

Article on Nature Physics about tropical-cyclones

Orientative papers

Statistical similarity between the compression of a porous material and earthquakes,
J. Baro, A. Corral, X. Illa, A. Planes, E. K. H. Salje, W. Schranz, D. E. Soto-Parra and E. Vives,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 088702 (2013).

Scaling of Tropical-Cyclone Dissipation,
A. Corral, A. Osso, and J. E. Llebot, Nature Phys. 6, 693-696 (2010).

Long-term clustering, scaling, and universality in the temporal occurrence of earthquakes,
Alvaro Corral, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 108501 (2004).
Tracer Dispersion in a Self-Organized Critical System,
Kim Christensen, Alvaro Corral, Vidar Frette, Jens Feder, and Torstein Jøssang, Phys. Rev. Lett. 77, 107-110 (1996). (pdf)

Self-Organized Criticality and Synchronization in a Lattice Model of Integrate-and-Fire Oscillators,
Alvaro Corral, Conrad J. Perez, Albert Diaz-Guilera, and Alex Arenas. Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 118-121 (1995). (pdf)

Outreach papers 

Processos de ramificació, criticitat i autoorganització: aplicació als desastres naturals,
A. Corral and F. Font-Clos, Butlletí de la Societat Catalana de Matemàtiques 29 (1), 5-49 (2014).

Leyes de escala, universalidad y renormalización en la ocurrencia de los terremotos en espacio, tiempo y tamaño,
Alvaro Corral, Revista Iberoamericana de Fisica 3(1), 55-61 (2007). (pdf, in Spanish)

Física Estadística dels Fenòmens Catastròfics,
Alvaro Corral, La Física de Cada Día, edited by David Jou i Josep Enric Llebot,
Fundació Caixa Sabadell, p. 45-67 (2007). ISBN: 978-84-95166-68-5
. (pdf, in Catalan)

Popular article in Epoca about Hurricanes (pdf, in Spanish)​

Former Group Members

Anna Deluca (postdoc at MPIPKS, Dresden)
Francesc Font-Clos (postdoc at ISI, Torino)

Francesc Font-Martínez (postdoc at University of Limerick)
Rosalba García-Millán (Master student at Oxford University)