M. Ángeles Serrano

Universitat de Barcelona

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 from 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

- Kleineberg K-K, Buzna L, Papadopoulos F, Boguna M & Serrano MA 2017, 'Geometric Correlations Mitigate the Extreme Vulnerability of Multiplex Networks against Targeted Attacks', PHYS REV LETT 118, 21, 218301

- Ortiz E, Starnini M & Serrano MA 2017, 'Navigability of temporal networks in hyperbolic space', Scientific Reports 7, 15054

- Guell O, Sagues F & Serrano MA 2017, 'Detecting the Significant Flux Backbone of Escherichia coli metabolism', FEBS Letters 591, 10, 1437 - 1451

- Allard A, Serrano MA, Garcia-Perez G & Boguna M 2017, 'The geometric nature of weights in real complex networks', Nature Communications 8, 14103

- Haerter JO, Diaz-Guilera A & Serrano MA 2017, 'Noise-induced polarization switching in complex networks', Physical Review E 95, 4, 042305

Selected research activities

Chair, International Workshop Mapping Complexity Macfang 2017, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, November 6-8

Co-Chair, International School on Network Science NetSci 2017, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, June 19-20

Chair, Minisymposium on Chemical Networks, Engineering of Chemical Complexity International Conference 2017, Vilanova i la Geltrú, Catalonia, Spain, June 19-22

Invited Speaker, "Multiscale unfolding of complex networks by geometric renormalization", International Conference on Network Science NetSci 17, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, June 19-23

Public Lecture, "Networks: a change of paradigm", and Keynote Speaker, "The hidden geometry of complex networks: foundations and applications", Networks Scientific Conference 2017, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 7-9

Keynote Speaker, "Multiscale unfolding of complex networks by geometric renormalization", Critical and collective effects in graphs and networks CCEGN-17, Moscow, Russia, May 15-19

Board member: UBICS, Universitat de Barcelona Institute of Complex Systems; Complexitat.cat, Catalan Network for the study of Complex Systems

Paper media coverage: The World Trade Atlas 1870-2013 (Sci Rep 6, 33441, 2016) in El Periódico online 02/18/2017, and in press 02/19/2017