Plenary Speakers

Albert Díaz-Guilera got his degree in Physics at Universitat de Barcelona (1983).ADGuilera_size350x350 PhD in Science at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (1987). Postdoctoral stays in Gorlaeus Laboratories (Leiden, The Netherlands) and “Centre de Physique de Solide” (Sherbrooke, Canada). His research is currently focused on general aspects of complexity, particularly in complex networks. He is currently the Director of the Universitat de Barcelona’s Institute of Complex Systems (UBICS).
Being by education a statistical physicist, his research lines had been broadening to cover aspects in many different fields: biology, economy, social sciences, computer science, linguistics. Direct collaborations with scientists with different backgrounds have been possible by means of stays in different centres (Mathematics at Imperial College London, Chemical and Biological Engineering at Northwestern University, Ecologia UNAM, Potsdam Institute of Climatogy, Potsdam Psychology, Sociology at ETHZ).
He is the author of more than 100 articles in physics and interdisciplinary journals with over 10,000 citations [Google Scholar] and has given about one hundred talks at conferences and research centres. He is also the PI of projects from Catalan and Spanish Governments and EU and the leader of the research group PHYSCOMP2 (
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Antonio Politi earned the Laurea in Physics at the University of Florence in 1978 with a Thesis on Two-photon optical bistability. APolitiThree years later in 1981, he became Researcher at the Istituto Nazionale di Ottica (INO) in Florence and he kept that position until 1992, when he was appointed Chief Researcher. Meanwhile, he was visiting scientist at IBM Ruschlikon (1986), and at Drexel University. From 1994 to 2005, he managed the Quantum Optics section of INO. In 2001 he was appointed Director of Research at INO, and he kept the position until 2005, when he moved to found the Florence section of the newly established CNR Institute for Complex Systems (ISC). In 2010 he has co-founded the joint Israeli-Italian Laboratory for Neuroscience and in 2011 he was invited to joint the University of Aberdeen as the “Sixth Century Chair in the Physics of Life Science”.
Since 1998, he is an Associate Editor to the Chaos and Nonlinear Dynamics section of Physical Review E. From 2006 to 2011, he was Editor of the Chaos and Complex-Systems section of the Physics A Journal. He has co-authored with R. Badii a book on Complexity (1998) and recently one with A. Pikovsky on Lyapunov Exponents (2016). Prof. Politi has been elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics and of the American Physical Society. In 2004 he was awarded the Gutzwiller Fellowship from the Max-Planck Institute for Complex System in Dresden and in 2011 he was awarded the Senior Humboldt Prize. He has published about 200 papers, receiving 10,000 citations and an h-index 49 (Google-scholar).

Celso Grebogi earned his M.Sc. (1975) and Ph.D. (1978) degrees from the University of Maryland at College Park, United States. CGrebogi_size350x350He joined the University of California at Berkeley as a post-doctoral fellow under Prof. Allan Kaufamn. In 1981, Professor Grebogi returned to the University of Maryland as a faculty, joining the Department of Mathematics as a Professor in 1990, with joint appointments at the Institute for Plasma Research and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology. He has remained at the University of Maryland as a Full Professor until 2001 when he resigned to go back to Brazil as Full Professor at the Institute of Physics, University of Saõ Paulo. In 2005, he was invited to join the University of Aberdeen as the “Sixth Century Chair in Nonlinear and Complex Systems”, where he is the Founding Director of the Institute of Complex Systems and Mathematical Biology (ICSMB).
Professor Grebogi did extensive research in the field of plasma physics before his work on the theory of dynamical systems. In particular, his research on chaotic dynamics combines analytical methods and techniques with extensive computer experiments utilizing state-of-the-art computational facilities. Currently, he focuses on systems biology, neuro-dynamics, methods to control chaos, the dynamics of spatio-temporal systems, active processes in chaotic flows, relativistic quantum dynamical systems, and nanosystems –including graphene. In recognition of his scientific accomplishments, which amounted to over 400 publications [Google Scholar: 35,000 citations, h-index 85], and the delivery of over 400 invited lectures at international conferences and at universities and other institutions, he received many awards, prizes, multiple honorary doctor degrees, and other distinctions. He is also a fellow of various scientific societies and academies. He was listed in the 2016 Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates and is a Thompson-ISI Highly Cited Author.

MCDepassierCristina Depassier is a Professor of Physics at the Institute of Physics, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago de Chile.  She has done extensive work on the propagation of fronts of reaction-diffusion equations. Her current interests include the study of the dynamics of domain walls in ferromagnetic materials in the micromagnetic model.

Cristina Masoller is an Associate Professor of Physics at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona, Spain.CMasoller She is interested in inter-disciplinary research in dynamical complex systems. Her research topics include laser dynamics, neuronal models and excitability, synchronization, complex networks, time-series analysis, climate data analysis,  and extreme events. Se received both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Physics from Uruguay’s Universidad de la República and her Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College in the United States. She received an ICREA Academia award from Generalitat de Catalunya (2010 and 2015) and she is a fellow of the Optical Society.

GMindlin_size350x350Gabriel Mindlin is a Professor at the Physics Department of the School of Sciences at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a researcher of CONICET. He works in the Physics of birdsong production, running a laboratory where the problem is adressed from a variety of perspectives. These include theoretical and experimental studies of the biomechanics of avian phonation, as well as electro-physiological measurements in different areas of the song system.

Hinke Osinga is Professor in Applied Mathematics at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. HMOsinga_size350x350She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Fellow of the New Zealand Mathematical Society, and Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. She is a specialist in dynamical systems theory and the development and application of numerical methods for computing invariant manifolds. Her work constitutes a significant contribution to manifold theory, for which she was awarded the Research Award of the New Zealand Mathematical Society. Her publications, illustrations, animations and outreach activities have made her famous worldwide in the mathematics and arts communities. Her international standing was recognised by her invitation to speak at the 2014 International Congress of Mathematicians.

ILCaldas_size350x350Iberê Luiz Caldas is a Full Professor at the Department of Applied Physics, University of São Paulo, Brazil. His research is focused in applications of dynamical systems in plasma physics, Hamiltonian systems, non-linear oscillators, and neural networks.

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Jason Gallas earned a bachelor and master degrees in physics from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and a Dr. rer. nat. (German PhD), from the University of Munich, Germany, in 1983, in Atomic Physics and Quantum Optics.JGallas_size350x350 Starting 1997, he became Full Professor at the Federal University in Porto Alegre and, after 2012, at the Federal University of Paraiba, Joao Pessoa, Brazil.
His current interests focus on problems in Complexity Theory and on Algebraic Dynamics, namely the exact mathematical description of the dynamics of physical oscillators. Further information about his research and a list of publications can be found at his website.


Jürgen Kurths is a German physicist and mathematician. He is a chair of the research domain Transdisciplinary Concepts of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor of Nonlinear Dynamics at the Institute of Physics at the Humboldt University, Berlin.JKurths
His research is mainly concerned with nonlinear physics and complex systems sciences and their applications to challenging problems in Earth system, physiology, systems biology and engineering.
Professor Kurths is an elected fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the Academia Europaea. He received an Alexander von Humboldt research award and was awarded the L.F. Richardson Medal of the European Geosciences Union. He was bestowed with several Dr. honoris causa and several honorary professorships. He was a Burgers Visiting Professor at University of Maryland and is a Chapman Professor at the University of Alaska (Fairbanks). He is editor-in-chief of the AIP journal CHAOS. His H-index is 84 and he is a highly cited researcher with over 60,000 citations.

Katja Lindenberg earned her Ph.D. in Theoretical Physica from Cornell University in 1967 under the direction of Jim Krumhansl.KatjaPhoto She then did a two-year postdoc with Elliott Montroll at the University of Rochester, and joined the faculty at the University of California San Diego in 1969. From early on she has worked on stochastic processes and on reaction-diffusion phenomena. She also worked on polaron formation and transport and on pulse propagation in granular chains. In the past decade or so she has worked on non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, stochastic processes, synchronization and anti-synchronization phenomena in noisy systems, and stochastic thermodynamics. She has over 350 publications with more than 10,000 citations.


MChavezMario Chavez has a background in complex systems applied to neurosciences (M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in France). After holding different postdoctoral positions (France & Italy) in the field of nonlinear physics and biomedical signal processing, he became a researcher at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). His research activities concern new methodologies for characterising functional connectivity of electrophysiological signals recorded at multiple scales (LFP/MEG/EEG/SEEG/fMRI). He has developed a complex network-based framework to quantify the functional interactions between different neural structures involved in generation and propagation of epileptic activities.
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RRoy_size350x350Raj Roy is a professor of physics and Director of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology at the University of Maryland, United States. He earned his Ph.D. in 1981 from the University of Rochester. He is a Fellow of American Physical Society and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. His research interests include the study of non-linear dynamics and noise in optical devices and systems relevant to very practical technological applications such as compact disk players, fibre optic communications, and the development of optical switching devices and laser arrays. His publications have received more than 13,000 citations and an h-index 58 (Google-scholar).