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Colloquia and Camp Seminars

Our CAMP seminars provide you with a wide array of topics covering the mathematical sciences. This seminar series, which has been running since 2012, is organized by the CRM research groups, inviting experts and collaborators to deliver a talk on a specific topic related to the research carried out at the center. The CAMP seminar series is the perfect meeting point for the PhD students currently working on their thesis projects and other young researchers interested on the opportunities offered at the CRM.

What do we offer?

This seminar series is intended to reflect the research interests of the applied mathematics groups with the CRM, namely Industrial Mathematics, Complex Systems, Computational and Mathematical Biology and Computational Neuroscience. For further details on the groups (click here).

Given the diverse nature of the groups, seminars can cover a variety of research topics and will provide a forum for the presentation of results, not only by established researchers but also post-docs and PhD students.

For further information or to offer a seminar feel free to contact organizers ( or any of the heads of groups, Tim Myers (, Alvaro Corral (, Tomas Alarcon ( and Alexander Roxin (

This seminar series has evolved from the previous Industrial Mathematics and subsequently Industrial and Biological Maths series.

General Information

Sessions will be usually from 12:00 to 13:00 on Thursday in room C1/028. Previously, from 11:30 to 12:00, we will have coffee and cookies. Please, the day of the week can change, make sure to check any possible time and/or room changes above!

Thursday, 11:30-13:00h (coffee served before from 11:30 to 12:00)
Room C1/028
Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Facultat de Ciències, UAB
Bellaterra, Spain

The seminar is open to the public. If you wish to receive information on future sessions or related activities, please send a message to the organizers (

Past Sessions

Friday, July 16th, 2021
Davide Faranda, CEA-LSCE
Title: Physics-driven learning of Extreme Events in Complex systems

Friday, March 13th, 2020
Leonid Berlyand, Penn State University, USA
Title: Mathematics of Active Gels: Stability & Traveling Waves

Thursday, March 5th, 2020
Neus Sabaté, Institut de Microelectronica de Barcelona-Centre Nacional de Microelectronica (IMB-CNM)
Title: Please dispose after use: designing sustainable diagnostic devices in a circular economy

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 (RESCHEDULED)
Andreas Deutsch, TU Dresden, Centre for Information Services and High Performance Computing, Dresden, Germany
Title: Biological lattice-gas cellular automaton models for the analysis of collective effects in cancer invasion

Friday, September 13th, 2019
Miquel Angel Pujana, Institut Català d’Oncologia – Institut d’Investigació Biomèdica de Bellvitge (ICO- IDIBELL)
Title: Towards comprehensive id​entification of cancer modulators

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Scott McCue, Queensland University of Technology
Title: Similarity solutions of a nonlinear diffusion equation with an application to cell migration assays

Mark McGuinness, University of Wellington
Title: Crackling volcanic bombs​

Tuesday, June 12, 2019
Pedro Fajardo, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Valparaíso, Chile
Title: Set of Sustainable Thresholds: An Approach to Operationalize Sustainability Definitions

Friday, June 7, 2019
Elena Akhmatskaya, Basque Center for Applied Mathematics (BCAM), Basque Country
Title: Fail-Safe Hamiltonian Monte Carlo

Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Jose M.G. Vilar, Biofisika Institute (CSIC-UPV/EHU) University of the Basque Country
Title: Winning the Big Data Technologies Horizon Prize: Fast and reliable forecasting of electricity grid traffic by identification of recurrent fluctuations

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Saúl Ares (Systems Biology Programme, Centro Nacional de Biotecnología – CSIC, Madrid(
Title: Pattern formation in filaments of nitrogenfixing cyanobacteria: evolvability through criticality

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Stefanella Boatto (IM, Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Title: Modelling epidemics dynamics with time dependent infectivity parameters. The example of Dengue in Rio de Janeiro

Monday, February 11, 2019
Esther Ibañez (ISI Foundation, Torino Italy)
Title: Quantified persistence homology: stability and reliability for topological data analysis on fMRI data

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Rosalba García-Millán (Imperial College, London UK)
Title: Field Theory of branching processes

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 in Auditorium at 14:30h
Isabel Serra (Centre de Recerca Matemàtica)
Title: Introducción a R

Thursday, October 18, 2018 in Room A1
Brian R. Wetton (Mathematics Department, University of British Columbia – UBC)
Title: Asymptotic error analysis

Thursday, April 26, 2018
Juan MR Parrondo (Universidad Complutense de Madrid and GISC
Title: Irreversibility and dissipation in chemical and biological systems

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Michelle Starnini (Universitat de Barcelona)
Title: Time-varying network approach in social dynamics: data-driven and analytical modelling

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Ian Hatton (Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Title: Nature’s recurring number: Similar scaling laws from embryos to ecosystems

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Konstantin Starkov (Instituto Politécnico Nacional, CITEDI, México)
Title: Tumor clearance problem in dynamical cancer models with immunotherapy and global stability analysis

Monday, July 14, 2017
Carsten Wiuf (University of Copenhagen
Title: Mathematical tools for analysing systems of Ordinary Differential

Monday, May 29, 2017 (Cancelled)
Isaac Salazar-Ciudad (Biotechnology Institute, University of Helsinki)

Thursday, May 25, 2017
Andrew Morozov (University of Leicester)
Title: Detecting structural sensitivity in biological models: Developing a new framework

Friday, May 12, 2017
Daniel Rodríguez Amor (MIT)
Title:Dynamics between steady states in microbial ecosystems

Thursday, May 11, 2017
Andreas Meyerhans (UPF)
Title: Virus infection fate regulation: transcriptional dynamics reveals a critical role of the Xcl1-Xcr1 communication axis in chronic infection

Friday, May 5, 2017
Rodrigo Ledesma-Aguilar (Northumbria University)
Title: Moving a droplet almost for free

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Daniele Avitabile (University of Nottingham)
Title: Analysing coherent structures via interfacial dynamics: from spatio-temporal canards to coarse-grained computations

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Javier Macía Santamaría (UPF)
Title: Genetic and electric circuits follow the same rules

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Abigail Jimenez (CRM)
Title:​ Deception island: from the land of mist and snow

Thursday, April 06, 2017
Abigail Jimenez Lloret (Universidad de Almeria)
Title: Operational Earthquake Forecasting: the seismologists quest

Thursday, February 21, 2017
Josep Sardanyès, Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Title: Nonlinear Dynamics and Catastrophic Extinctions in Unstable Tumor Cells Populations

Thursday, February 9, 2017
Bernat Corominas-Murtra (Medical University of Viena)
Title: History-dependence, Sample Space Reducing processes and the emergence of generalised scaling exponents

Thursday, February 2, 2017
Matthew Hennessy (Centre de Recerca Matemàtica)
Title: Swelling-induced instabilities in growing polymer network

Monday, January 23, 2017
Esther Ibañez-Marcelo ( ISI Foundation Torino, Italy)
Title: Introduction to Topological Data Analysis and an application to fMRI data

Thursday, January 10, 2017
Pablo Padilla, UNAM & University of Cambridge
Title: Brain activity models

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Oleguer Sagarra, DRIBIA
Title: Non-binary maximum entropy network ensembles applied to the study of urban mobility

Thursday, November 24, 2016
Guillermo García-Pérez, Departament de Física de la Matèria Condensada, Universitat de Barcelona
Title: The complex architecture of primes and natural numbers

Thursday, November 10, 2016
David Miralles, Universitat Ramón Llull
Title: Interacting with objects: from interface to machine learning

Thursday, October 6, 2016
Lluís Alsedà, UAB – Departament de Matemàtiques
Title: Numerical computation of invariant objects with wavelets

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Rubén Pérez Carrasco, University College London
Title: Intrinsic noise profoundly alters the dynamics and steady state of morphogen-controlled bistable genetic switches

Friday, July 1, 2016
Ramón Ferrer, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Title: Compression and the origins of Zipf’s law of abbreviation and other linguistic laws

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Claudia Trejo, Universitat de Barcelona
Title: Front microrheology of biological fluids

Thursday, March 15, 2016
Pilar Guerrero, UCL London
Title: Towards a model of growth and patterning in the vertebrate neural tube

Thursday, July 30, 2015
Daniel Sànchez Taltavull, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Title: Modelling red blood cell development

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Carlos Lugo, Sainsbury Lab, Cambridge
Title: Structural features of RNA phenotype networks and its effects on biological evolution

Thursday, June 4, 2015
Aurora Hernández-Machado, Universitat de Barcelona
Title: Roughness and wetting at microscales

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Isabel Serra, Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Title: Statistical models for tails and applications

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Alexander Pimenov, Weierstrass Institute, Berlin
Title: Population models and the effects of hysteresis

Thursday, July 17, 2014 (Cancelled)
Carles Simó, Universitat de Barcelona
Title: TBA

Thursday, June 5, 2014 (Cancelled)
Mario Gutiérrez Puig, Universitat de Barcelona
Title: TBA

Friday, May 23, 2014
Carlos Ruiz, Monterrey, Mexico
Title: Anestesia, ¿Física o Farmacia?

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Panagiota Theodoni, Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Title: Fluctuations in perceptual decisions

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Marina Martinez-Garcia, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Title: Causal correlation paths across cortical areas in decision-making

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Huaxiong Huang, York University of Canada
Title: Immersed boundary methods for problems with moving interfaces

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Maria Chiricotto, University of Rome
Title: Droplets spreading under contact-line friction

Thursday, March 13, 2014
Édgar Roldán, ICFO (Castelldefels, Barcelona)
Title: Thermodynamics of symmetry breaking

Thursday, March 6, 2014
Marta Ibañes, Dep. Estructura i Constituents de la Materia, UB
Title: Patterning the embryo: Cooperation and competition
Thursday, February 27, 2014 Cancelled
Oleguer Sagarra, Universitat de Barcelona
Title: Equilibrium statistical mechanics and Networks: A (short, basic) introduction

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Toni Guillamón, Departament de Matemàtica Aplicada I, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Title: Predicting phase and amplitude variation in transient neuronal states

Thursday, February 13, 2014 (Cancelled)
Michele MacDevette, Industrial Mathematics group, Centre de Recerca Matemàtica

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Fèlix Campelo, Centre de Regulació Genòmica
Title: A mechanism by which proteins sense and modify the geometry and topology of intra-cellular membranes

Thursday, January 23, 2014
Luis Ortíz , Financial Mathematics and Risk Control, Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Title: A wavelet look to the discounted expected payoff pricing formula

Thursday, December 12, 2013
Georgina Palau, Computational Biology & Biomedical Systems, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Title: Using cardiac modelling for understanding cardiovascular diseases

Thursday, December 5, 2013
Sarah Mitchell, Department of Mathematics & Statistics University of Limerick
Title: Asymptotic, numerical and approximate results for spherical Stefan problems

Thursday, November 28, 2013
Francesc Font Martínez, Industrial Mathematics Group, Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Title: Mathematical modelling of special solid-liquid phase transitions

Thursday, November 21, 2013
Susanna Manrubia, Centro de Astrobiología, Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial, Madrid, Spain
Title: Evolution on heterogeneous genotype networks causes phenotypic entrapment

Thursday, November 7, 2013
Marina Vegue, Computational Neuroscience Group, Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Title: Study of the Wilson-Cowan equations, a neural network model

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Vladimir Sobolev, Samara State Aerospace University, Russian Federation
Title: Canards in combustion problems

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Carles Barril, Mathematical Epidemiology Group, Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Title: Social behavior and the spread of
sexually transmitted diseases

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Vincent Cregan, Industrial Mathematics Group, Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Title: Application of asymptotic method
s to industrial problems

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Nico Stollenwerk, Centro de Matemática e Aplicaçoes Fundamentais, Universidae de Lisboa, Portugal
Title: Fokker-Planck- and Hamilton-Jacobi-approximations in parameter estimation of complex epidemiological systems

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Jörn Davidsen, Complexity Science Group, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Calgary, Canada
Title: Inferring Causal Connections and Functional Networks

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Eugenia Corvera-Poire, Dep. Fisica y Quimica Teorica, Facultad de Quimica, UNAM, Mexico
Title: Vascular alterations. Screening, rerouting, robustness and critical sites for blood supply

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Lou Kondic, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Title: Films, Rings, and Rivulets: Instabilities of Liquid Metals on Nanoscale

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Francesc Font Clos, Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Title: The striking robustness of time-evolving word co-occurrence networks

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Fabian Spill, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford
Title: Mathematical Models of Vascular Tumour Growth

Thursday, May 9, 2013
José Mazón, Universitat de Valencia
Title: Algunos problemas de transporte de masas obtenidos como límites de p_Laplacianos
(Organized jointly with “Seminari d’equacions en derivades parcials i aplicacions”)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Juan Luis Fernández Martínez, Departamento de Matemáticas. Area de Matemática Aplicada (Universidad de Oviedo)
Title: Inverse problems, uncertainty analysis and industrial applications

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Jorge F. Mejias, Department of Physics and Centre for Neural Dynamics, Neurophysics Group, University of Ottawa (Canada)
Title: Optimal heterogeneity for coding in spiking neural networks

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Juan Calvo Yagüe, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
Title: Kinetic models in gravitation and the rotation curve of the Milky Way

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Esther Ibáñez Marcelo, CRM
Title: Evolutionary dynamics of populations with genotype-phenotype map

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Alex Roxin, CRM
Title: The problem with computational neuroscience

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Julia Sánchez, BCAM-Basque Center for Applied Mathematics, Bilbao
Title: Numerical computation of stability boundaries for structured population models

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Daniel Sánchez Taltavull, CRM
Title: Stochastic models of cell populations with hierarchical structure and latently cell activation and viral blip generation in HIV-1 patients

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Nicholas R. Moloney. London Mathematical Laboratory, London, UK
Title: An information-theoretic model for communication

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Eduard Vives University of Barcelona, Spain (PPT in PDF)
Title: Criticality during boiling crisis: Acoustic emission avalanches

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Antoni Ivorra, Polytechnic School Exchange Coordinator DTIC, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Title: An engineer’s perspective on irreversible electroporation for tissue ablation

Thursday, September 27, 2012
Luis E Bergues Cabrales, Universidad de Oriente, Santiago de Cuba
Title: Mathematical modeling of tumor growth in mice following low-level direct current

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Abigail Wacher, BCAM – Basque Center for Applied Mathematics (Bilbao)
Title: Moving Finite Elements; From Shallow Water equations to Aggregation of microglia in Alzheimer’s disease

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Pilar Guerrero, Computational & Mathematical Biology Group, CRM
Title: Stochastic multi-scale models of cell population with age-structured

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Mark Sinclair
Title: An Overview of Applied Financial Mathematics

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 (Cancelled)
Pilar Guerrero, Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Title: Stochastic multi-scale models of cell population with age-structured

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Joan Serrà, IIIA-CSIC Patterns, Regularities, and Evolution of Contemporary Popular Music

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Bernat Corominas Murtra, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Title: Why is Zipf’s law so common?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Ivon Rodriguez, Universitat de Barcelona
Title: Microfluidic device for human blood plasma separation and magnetic cell manipulation

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Francesc Font Clos, CRM
Title: Von Neumann’s model for production economies applied to metabolic networks

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Simoneta Rubol, UPC
Title: Mutual interaction between water dynamics & bacteria activity

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Anna Deluca, CRM
Title: Analysis of the predictability of local rain records from different climates

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Daniel Gaude-Fugarolas, Independent Research and Consultancy in Physical Metallurgy and Engineering
Title: Computational Modelling of Steel Transformation Processes

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Yury Bakhtin, Georgia Tech
Title: Noisy heteroclinic networks and sequential decision making

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Jordi Zamora, UPC
Title: Stochastic and deterministic rogue waves: from low dimensional models to chaotic dynamics in semiconductor lasers