Universidad Carlos III De Madrid

Prof. Angel Sánchez , project coordinator

Received his PhD in Theoretical Physics (with distinction) from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, in 1991. He then went on to a postdoctoral stay at Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA, as a Fulbright fellow. Currently, he is full professor of Applied Mathematics at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, where he founded the Interdisciplinary Group in Complex Systems (GISC, www.gisc.es) in 1996, and also an associated researcher with BIFI, the institute of UNIZAR that takes part in this project. He has co-authored almost 150 papers in prestigious international journals, receiving about 3000 citations (h=31), and he has been an invited speaker at more than 40 national and international conferences. His research deals mostly with the applications of the physics of complex systems to social and biological sciences, and has contributed to the advancement of different fields ranging from economics to condensed matter physics through ecology and theoretical computer science. He has been the PI of 16 projects, with funding from the Spanish government, the Madrid regional government, NATO and ESF, and he has also collaborated with the gas & oil company Repsol (www.repsol.com) and with the consulting company everis (www.everis.com). His recentmost national grant was MOSAICO (2006-2013), an excellence grant awarded only to high quality groups with a funding around 500 000 €. He was also Co-Director (with I. Rehberg) of the International Research Training Group Madrid-Bayreuth “Non-equilibrium phenomena and phase transitions in Complex Systems”, 2000-2004. He was a member of the FP7 coordination action for complex systems ASSYST and of the ESF Cost Actions “Physics of Risk” and “Physics of Cooperation and Conflict”. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of Scientifc Reports, PLOS ONE and Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment. He is a reviewer for ERC, FP7, several national funding agencies, and funding agencies from other countries (EPSRC, NWO, FWO, FONDECYT, FONCYT, etc.), and he reviews manuscripts for Nature, Physical Review Letters, Journal of the Royal Society Interface and up to more than 20 JCR journals.

Prof. José A. Cuesta

Graduated in Physics (with distinction) at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, in 1987, and received his PhD in Theoretical Physics (with distinction) from the same university, in 1992. Since then, with short periods working at the AMOLF Institute at Amsterdam, The Netherlands, he works in the Mathematics department of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, where he was appointed as an associate professor in 1995.  Currently, he is full professor of Applied Mathematics at that department, where he is a group leader within the Interdisciplinary Group in Complex Systems (GISC, www.gisc.es). He is also an associated researcher with BIFI as well as with YCCSA, at the University of York, UK. He has co-authored almost 100 papers in prestigious international journals, receiving about 2700 citations (h=28). He has been an invited speaker at more than 20 national and international conferences. His current research deals mostly with the applications of the physics of complex systems to biological and social sciences, and has contributed to the advancement of different fields ranging from condensed matter physics to economics through ecology and evolution. He has been the PI of 11 projects, with funding from the Spanish government and the Madrid regional government, has supervised 5 PhD students, and is in the evaluation pannel of several national agencies. He is an Associate Editor of BMC Evolutionary Biology.

Dr. Alberto Antonioni

Dr. Antonioni got a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Mathematics at the University of Turin, Italy, in 2008 and 2010, respectively. His undergraduate background is mainly oriented to mathematics and computer science. His research work is focused on three main interrelated topics of complex systems: evolutionary game theory, complex networks and experimental economics. In May 2015, he got a Ph.D. Degree in Information Systems at the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and a Ph.D. Degree in Mathematical Engineering from the Department of Mathematics at the Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain. Since September 2015, he is also affiliated as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for BioComputation and Physics of Complex Systems (BIFI) in Zaragoza, Spain.

Dr. María Pereda

María Pereda got a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering, specialised in Electronics in 2006, and Degree in Industrial Organisation Engineering (with distinction) in 2008, both at the University of Burgos. She got Master’s Degree in Research in Process Systems Engineering in 2010 and PhD in Process Systems Engineering at University of Valladolid in March 2014 (with distinction). Her PhD research work pursued to apply different artificial intelligence techniques to an automatic control problem: the control of a wastewater treatment plant. Afterwards, she did her first postdoctoral research period (2 years) at University of Burgos, studying the emergence and resilience of cooperation in ancient societies using complex systems methodologies. Her major research interest is the study of complex systems and the discovery of patterns and unpredictable behaviours. The main methods of her research so far have been Modelling, Machine Learning, Game theory and Network theory. Find out more in her personal website.


Dr. Ignacio Tamarit

Ignacio Tamarit holds a Bachelor and Master in Physics (Theoretical Physics) from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) and a Bachelor in Music from Conservatorio Superior de Música del País Vasco (Musikene). After complementary Master studies in Mathematical Engineering at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), he obtained his PhD (with distinction) at the same institution under the supervision of Prof. Angel Sánchez.



Prof. Yamir Moreno

Professor Yamir Moreno got his PhD in Physics (Summa Cum Laude) from University of Zaragoza in 2000. Shortly afterwards, he joined the Condensed Matter Section of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy as a research fellow. He is the head of the Complex Systems and Networks Lab (COSNET) since 2003 and is also affiliated to the Department of Theoretical Physics of the Faculty of Sciences, University of Zaragoza. He is currently the Deputy Director of the Institute for Biocomputation and Physics of Complex Systems (BIFI) and member of its Government Board and Steering Committee. During the last years, he has been working on several problems such as: the study of nonlinear dynamical systems coupled to complex structures, transport processes and diffusion with applications in communication and technological networks, dynamics of virus and rumors propagation, game theory, systems biology (the TB case), the study of more complex and realistic scenarios for the modeling of infectious diseases, synchronization phenomena, the emergence of collective behaviors in biological and social environments, the development of new optimization data algorithms and the structure and dynamics of socio-technical and biological systems. He has published more than 150 scientific papers in international refereed journals and he serves as reviewer for around 30 scientific journals and research agencies. His research works have collected more than 9000 citations (h=39), including the most cited Physics Reports of the last ten years (Phys. Rep. 424, 175-304 (2006), 3000+ citations). Prof. Moreno has supervised 8 undergraduate and 7 PhD Thesis at the University of Zaragoza. Currently, 4 more PhD theses are being supervised. At present, he is a member of the Editorial Board of Scientific Reports, Applied Network Science and Journal of Complex Networks, an Academic Editor of PLoS ONE, and since September 2014, a Divisional Associate Editor of Physical Review Letters. Since 2015, Prof. Moreno is the elected President of the Complex Systems Society (CSS) and also belongs to its Executive Committee and Council. He is also Vice-president and Board member of the Network Science Society and member of the Future and Emerging Technology Advisory Group of the European Union’s Research Program: H2020. Besides, he is a member of the Advisory Board of the WHO Collaborative Center “Complexity Sciences for Health Systems” (CS4HS) in Vancouver, Canada. Professor Moreno is also a Fellow of the Institute for Scientific Interchange (ISI), Turin, Italy.

Dr. Carlos Gracia-Lazaro

Obtained the BS in Physics in 2006. He got his MSc in Physics and Physical Technologies from University of Zaragoza and some years later, the PhD in Physics (Summa Cum Laude) at the Department of Condensed Matter Physics of the same university (2012), with a thesis entitled “Dynamics and Collective Phenomena of Social Systems”. Since then, he has been a member of the Institute for Biocomputation and Physics of Complex Systems (BIFI) of the University of Zaragoza, where he currently works as a research fellow at COSNET Lab. His research interests are mainly focused on Evolutionary Game Theory, Social Dynamics and Complex Networks, applying Physics and Mathematics to Social and Biological Sciences, including theoretical and experimental studies on cooperation in human society. He has published, jointly with members of COSNET Lab and other universities, several papers in top international scientific journals (Nature Communications, PNAS, Scientific Reports, Physical Review E, PLoS ONE, etc.) and has presented his results at various international conferences and workshops.

Alfredo Ferrer

Alfredo Ferrer Marco was graduated in Computer Science at the Higher Polytechnic Engineering Center (CPS) of the University of Zaragoza in 2009. Shortly afterwards, he joined the Institute for Biocomputation and Physics of Complex Systems (BIFI) as a software developer. During these years, Alfredo has attended several scientific and business meetings or events. He masters different programming languages and platforms such as: C++, Java, JavaScript, MySQL, jQuery, PHP, Cloud Computing, etc. Alfredo actively participated, with another BIFI researchers from the Computer Lab headed by Prof. Alfonso Tarancón, in the development of the Web application used for running the PD experiment that took place in Zaragoza in 2011. The application was developed in Ruby On Rails, a technology used by different Websites like Twitter. He also implemented a MySQL protocol to handle and manage experimental datasets. Alfredo has also been the leading software developer in several other social dilemma’s experiments such as the one exploring reputation in dynamical networks and that inspecting how cooperation evolves across an individual lifetime. Currently, he is part of the Kampal Team.


University of Oxford

Robin Dunbar

Is Professor of Evolutionary Psychology in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, a Fellow of Magdalen College and Director of the Social & Evolutionary Neuroscience Research Group (SENRG); he is also a Visiting Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Computational Science at Aalto University, Finland. He gained his MA from the University of Oxford and PhD from Bristol University; in 2011 he was awarded an Honorary DSc in Technology by Aalto University, Finland. He has held Research Fellowships and Professorial Chairs in Psychology, Biology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, Stockholm University, University College London, and the University of Liverpool. He has been awarded the Osman-Hill Medal by the Primate Society and the Huxley Medal by the Royal Anthropological Institute. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1998, and was co-Director of the British Academy’s Centenary Research Project. His principal research interests focus on the evolution of sociality (with particular reference to ungulates, primates and humans). He is best known for the social brain hypothesis, the gossip theory of language evolution and Dunbar’s Number (the limit on the number of relationships that we can manage). His current project focusses on the mechanisms of social cohesion, and uses a range of approaches from comparative analysis to cognitive experiments to neuroimaging to explore the mechanisms that allow humans to create large scale communities. His research group currently consists of 6 postdocs and a Research Fellow; he has supervised over 40 PhD students, published 18 academic books and edited volumes, 9 popular science books and over 300 journal papers and book chapters.

Cole Robertson

Research associate.


University of Cambridge

Sanjeev Goyal

Professor in Economics and Fellow at Christ’s College, is a pioneer and leading international scholar in the economic study of networks. He obtained his PhD in 1990 from Cornell University, USA and has held Chairs at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, University of London and Essex, previously. Connections: an introduction to the economics of networks was published by Princeton University Press in 2007. A Chinese translation appeared in 2010.

Frederic Moisan

Postdoctoral Fellow


Universiteit van Amsterdam

Cars Hommes

Full Professor in Economic Dynamics at the School of Economics. He received his MSc in Mathematics in 1985 and obtained his PhD in Economics in 1991 at the University of Groningen. In 1998 he obtained a prestigious Pioneer grant of the Netherlands Science Foundation (NWO) to start CeNDEF. Together with William Brock he proposed a behavioral approach of heterogeneous expectations based upon evolutionary fitness to describe herding, bubbles and market crashes. This behavioral framework has been widely applied in finance and in macro and the work has become widely cited. Cars Hommes is a pioneer in experimental macroeconomics and is the author of an influential overview on heterogeneous agent models and complex evolutionary systems in the Handbook of Computational Economics II (2006) and a recent book “Behavioral rationality and heterogeneous expectations in complex economic systems”, Cambridge 2013. He has been the Editor of the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control 2002-2012 and is currently in the Editorial Board of 5 international journals. He is an Institute of New Economic Thinking (INET) grantee and has this year been elected President of the Society of Computational Economics (SCE). He is also winner of the Distinguished Lorentz Fellowship 2014 in the Netherlands for his interdisciplinary research. Cars Hommes has been an active participants in many EU FP7 projects like CRISIS, RASTANEWS and POHLIA, and is currently coordinating the MACFINROBODS project. He also cooperates with policy institutions such as the Dutch Central Bank, the FRB New York, FRB St. Louis, the ECB, the Bank of Spain and the Bank of England.

Joep Sonnemans

Full Professor in Behavioral Economics and an internationally recognized experimental economist. Graduated in mathematics and social psychology at the University of Utrecht and holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Amsterdam. He is a specialist in behavioral finance and behavioral economics.

Anita Kopányi-Peuker

Postdoctoral researcher at CeNDEF, University of Amsterdam since September 2015. She obtained an MPhil degree and PhD in economics from the Tinbergen Institute and the University of Amsterdam. She is experienced in behavioral and experimental economics using laboratory experiments in her research.

Jan Tuinstra

Full Professor of Economic Theory at the School of Economics, University of Amsterdam. He received his MSc in Econometrics from the University of Groningen in 1995 and his PhD in Economics from the University of Amsterdam in 1999. He specializes in models of learning and evolutionary competition in economics and is an expert in experimental economics.

Aljaz Ule

Assistant Professor at the School of Economics, UvA. His research is focused mainly on dynamics of social institutions such as social networks, culture and social norms, and their effect on social behavior such as generosity and cooperation. His research tools include laboratory experiments, computer simulations and game theoretic analysis.


Aalto University

Prof. Kimmo Kaski

Full Professor of Computational Science at BECS of Aalto University School of Science & Supernumerary Fellow of Wolfson College of Oxford University and Associate Fellow of Said Business School of Oxford University. He received his MSc in Electrical Engineering at Helsinki University of Technology and obtained his D.Phil. degree in Theoretical Physics at University of Oxford. He has been two five year terms as Academy Professor of Academy of Finland, director of Centre of Excellence for two six year termsas well as holding other professorial positions in Finland and USA. He is Fellow of American Physical Society, of Institute of Physics (Chartered Physicist), of Academia Europeae, and a number of other learned societies. In research he has a broad experience in computational science and information technology in general, with current focus being on Complex Systems and Networks research, Data Science focusing on complexities of economic, techno-social, and societal systems, earning him the following bibliometrical indicators: Web of Science (v.5.14): 335 publ., with 5260 citations & H-index = 37; Google Scholar: 443 publ., with 9500 citations & H-index = 49, i10-index = 181; ResearchGate: Views: 21500; Downloads: 7000; Impact pts: 737.05; RG Score: 44.70. The department home page including recent publications can be found at becs.aalto.fi and below there is a few recent publications highlighting the research of Prof. Kaski’s group, relevant to the project.

Dr. Raj Kumar Pan

Is a research associate in complex systems group at BECS, Aalto University School of Science. His research deals with developing methods to analyze empirical data, ranging from socio-economic data to social networks. His research interests include temporal networks, weighted complex networks, dynamical processes occurring on networks, and social networks. He has about 32 publications with 750 citations with an h-index of 14 (Google Scholar).

MSc Daniel Monsivais

Has got two MSc degrees from UNAM, one in Computer Science and another one in Physics and is now in Aalto as PhD student under Prof. Kaski’s supervison. He has strong background in computing and computational modelling, and is thus a good match.

Kunal Bhattacharya

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Computer Science


Universitat de València

Prof. Penélope Hernández

Received her Ph.D. degree in Economics (with distinction) from University of Valencia, Spain, in 2000. From 2001 to 2003, she got two European contracts. The first one was in THEMA, Cergy Pointoise as a TMR Network Fellowship, and the second one was an Individual Fellowship Marie Curie. Currently, she is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Valencia. He has co-authored papers in prestigious international journals, as Econometrica, Operation Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Games and Economic Behavior among others. Her research interests include Game Theory, Economics of Information and Behavioral Economics. Namely, her research deals with models of bounded rationality and communication applied to strategic enviroments. Moreover, she has worked on behavioral and experimental problems under the Economics point of view. She has been the director of Lineex, the experimental laboratory of the University of Valencia, and she develops protocols of running experiments. She has involved in more that 10 national and international projects of research as Ministerio de Educación in Spain, the European Comission, IPTS, and other identities as Mapfre Insurance and BBVA Bank.

Dr. Guillem Martínez-Cànovas

He is a Computer and Telecommunications Engineer (2011) from University of Valencia. He obtained his PhD. in Industrial Economics (2014) from University of Valencia while working at the Laboratory for Research in Experimental Economics (LINEEX) of the same University. He is highly skilled in software design and programming, mainly web applications, and system administration, mainly Linux. At LINEEX, he has been involved in more than 100 behavioral economics projects for Universities, Research Institutions and Companies from all over the world. His research focuses on the areas of Game Theory, Networks and Experimental Economics. You can visit his personal website here.

Dr. Manuel Muñoz-Herrera

I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Economics department in the University of Valencia since March 2016. I obtained my masters in Economics at the U. Valencia and my PhD in Sociology at the ICS in the University of Groningen (The Netherlands). My research interests are on the strength connections have when individuals establish ties in social networks. I am particularly interested in understanding relationships when populations are heterogeneous (the individuals differ in key intrinsic characteristics) and when history and affect emerge and ties become harder to break due to emotional commitment. In my work I have focused on game theoretic formal modelling as well as on experimental/behavioral research. You can visit my personal website here.

MSc. Ignacio Alastrué

Holds a double Degree in Law (2011) and Management and Business Administration (2012) by the University of Valencia and has obtained a MSc Degree in Strategic Consulting (2015) by the same institution. He launched his career at LINEEX by implementing the data protection system for participants and redesigning behavioural economics experimental procedures. Having finished the internship for the Lab, he got involved in an International Trade&Development Programme arranged by the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain in London. He developed his work experience within international IT consulting firms doing business analysis and development. After two years, he has recently joined back to LINEEX and he is now responsible for marketing, project management and recruitment. He has developed proposals and reports for national and international public institutions and private firms.