M. Ángeles Serrano

Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

M. Ángeles Serrano obtained her Ph.D. in Physics at the Universitat de Barcelona in 1999. One year later, she also received her Masters in Mathematics for Finance at the CRM-Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. After four years in the private sector as IT consultant and mutual fund manager, she returned to academia in 2004. She completed her postdoctoral research at Indiana University (USA), the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland) and IFISC Institute (Spain). She came back to Barcelona in 2009, when she was awarded a Ramón y Cajal Fellowship at UB. In February 2009, she obtained the Outstanding Referee award of the American Physical Society. She is a Founder Member of Complexitat, the Catalan Network for the study of Complex Systems, and a Promoter Member of UBICS, the Universitat de Barcelona Institute of Complex Systems. M. Ángeles Serrano is ICREA Research Professor at the Universitat de Barcelona from October 2015.

Research interests

Complex networks -e.g. the Internet, molecular networks in the cell, or the international trade system- are ubiquitous and around us. All of them, regardless of their origin, talk a common language that we are starting to understand. A major challenge for a better comprehension of the relation between their structure and function, and so for the prediction of their adaptation capabilities and evolution, is the characterization of the multilevel nature of complex networks in space and time. We are investigating the role of space, producing maps of networks embedded in a hidden geometry where distance stands as a measure of the tendency of elements to interact. Our focus is also on multiplexes and on networks of networks, in which different types of interactions coexist, and on the impacts of time variability in the presence of connections. Our applications cover a wide variety of real systems, from biological systems to economic and sociotechnological networks.

Selected publications

– Vazquez F, Serrano MA & San Miguel M 2016, ‘Rescue of endemic states in interconnected networks with adaptive coupling’, Scientific Reports, 6, 29342.

– Garcia-Perez G, Boguna M, Allard A & Serrano MA 2016, ‘The hidden hyperbolic geometry of international trade: World Trade Atlas 1870-2013’, Scientific Reports, 6, 33441.

– Kleineberg K-K, Boguna M, Serrano MA & Papadopoulos F 2016, ‘Hidden geometric correlations in real multiplex networks’, Nature Physics, 12, 11, 1076 – 1081.

Selected research activities

  • Network geometry and gravity models in complex networks“, Invited Speaker at the Symposium Leiden Networks Days, Leiden, The Netherlands, 23 September 2016.
  • The hidden geometry of complex networks“, Distinguished Keynote Speaker at CCS 2016, Conference on Complex Systems, Beurs Van Berlage, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 19-22 September 2016.
  • Network geometry: expanding the heritage of Newton’s gravity law“, Invited Speaker at the Network Geometry and Topology Workshop, Satellite Meeting of NetSci 2016 International Conference on Network Science, Seoul, South Korea, May 30 – June 3, 2016.
  • PI of an awarded grant, MINECO 2016.
  • Program Committee Member of 2 international conferences.
  • Promoter Member of UBICS, the Universitat de Barcelona Institute of Complex Systems, created in 2016.
  • Catalan Network for the study of Complex Systems, Founder and Board Member.
  • Director, Master Thesis “Navigability of time-varying networks embedded in hidden metric spaces“, Elisenda Ortiz Castillo, UB January 2016.