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I coordinate the CRM Complex Systems Group, whose research is addressed to understand complex systems. Our 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. We have found statistical physical-like laws in several of these systems. Our results have been communicated to society through newspapers, radio, and TV. 

The team members are:

Isabel Serra (research associate)
Antoine Allard (La Caixa postdoctoral fellow)
Álvaro González (Juan de la Cierva postdoctoral fellow, coming soon)
Jordi Baró (coming soon)
Víctor Navas (predoctoral researcher)
Patricia Paredes (predoctoral researcher)​
Alfredo Ignacio Hernández (master student)

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 alvaro dot corral at uab dot es

I (try to) lead the
network complexitat.cat.

Curriculum Vitae


Recent talks and courses 



New paper on the non-power-law tail of earthquake size (Sci. Rep. 2017, with SI)

Paper on the statistics of avalanches in compression experiments (Phys. Rev. E 2016) 


Paper on similarity-based time series motifs (Expert Systems with Applications 2016)

Paper to test universality of critical exponents (Phys. Rev. E 2016)



Representative papers

J. Baró, 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. Ossó, and J. E. Llebot, Nature Phys. 6, 693-696 (2010).
(with SI​)

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 

La ciencia dels sistemes complexos al Centre de Recerca Matematica​
A. Corral, A. Roxin, and T. Alarcón, Noticies de la Societat Catalana de Matematiques 41, 50-57 (2017).

A. Corral, I. Moreno-Sanchez, F. Font-Clos, ​Investigacion y Ciencia ​478, 16-17 (2016).

A. Corral, A. Diaz-Guilera, ​Revista de Fisica ​5(2), 4-10 (2016).
A. Corral, C. Masoller, A. Turiel, ​Revista de Fisica ​5(2), 11-16 (2016).

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)​


In the media
 
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2012/07/26/is-pop-music-evolving-or-is-it-just-getting-louder/
http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2012/07/science-music
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2179432/All-songs-DO-sound-Modern-pop-louder-uses-chords-classic-albums-Fifties-Sixties.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/26/us-science-music-idUSBRE86P0R820120726
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-57480692-71/the-songs-remain-the-same-but-louder-say-scientists/
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/science/article3488229.ece ​


Former group members

Anna Deluca (postdoc at ISGlobal, Barcelona)
Francesc Font-Clos (postdoc at ISI, Torino)

Francesc Font-Martínez (postdoc at University of Limerick)
Albert Ossó (postdoc at University of Reading)
Rosalba García-Millán (predoctoral researcher at Imperial College London)
Irina Espejo (master student at Oxford University)


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