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Ricard V. Solé (UNAV)

Ricard V. Solé, professor, ICREA-Complex Systems Lab, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (UNAV) and external Professor of the Santa Fe Institute (New Mexico, USA), senior member of the NASA-associate Center of Astrobiology (CAB) in Madrid, and member of the Council of the European Complex Systems Society. He is a member of the editorial board of several international journals, including Advances in Complex Systems, FRACTALS, Ecological Complexity and Marine Ecology. He completed a five-year degree in Physics and another 5-year degree in Biology at the University of Barcelona and received the PhD in Physics in 1991.

He has supervised 12 Ph D theses and is PI of three EU projects and one american, NIH project. His main research interests go around understanding the possible presence of universal patterns of organization in complex systems, from prebiotic replicators to evolved artificial objects as well as the relevance of selection, tinkering and emergence in shaping complex networks.

He has published more than 140 scientific papers and book chapters on complex systems and has written three books in the area (including Signs of Life, Basic Books, New York 2001, in collaboration with Brian Goodwin). His contributions have been featured in diverse publications, from The New York Times, New Scientist, Nature or Science to several popular and technical books.

His most recent research projects involve cellular networks in development and cancer as well as language webs. Most of his recent research will be collected in a forthcoming book, Evolving Webs, to be published by Princeton U. Press within its Series on Complex Systems.

His role in this project is analysis of global and local network properties in disease networks. His contribution is development of theoretical and modeling tools for the study of network diseases. Using input from both existing literature on neurodegenerative diseases and data obtained through the project, mathematical and computer models of complex networks involved in MS and AD will be constructed. A general purpose software for representing, analysing and modeling these networks will be constructed.

Suitability for allocated work

The Complex Sytems Lab located at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra is recognized as one of the leading world groups in the world exploring diverse aspects of complex systems (see our website ). Its members have been trained in interdisciplinary approaches to cmplexity and include a wide array of scientific perspectives, including Biology, bioinformatics, molecular biology, statistical physics, computer science and nonlinear dynamics.

Key publications

Montoya JM, Pimm SL, Solé R. Ecological networks and their fragility. Nature. 2006 Jul 20;442(7100):259-64
Solé R Language: syntax for free? Nature. 2005;434:289

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