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A team of experienced behavioural researchers

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Ángel Sánchez Sánchez:

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) 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 and with the consulting company everis. 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.

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Penélope Hernández Rojas:

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, Economy 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.

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Yamir Moreno Vega:

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.

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Antonio Cabrales:

Professor of Economics at University College London and affiliated Researcher of the CEPR, Executive Vice President of the European Economic Association and past president of the Spanish Economic Association. Formerly, he has been a profesor at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.

Professor Cabrales has worked in a wide range of topics: the economics of networks and mechanism design, learning and evolutionary games, experimental and behavioural economics, and industrial organization. He is associate editor at the Journal of Economic Theory, and formerly an editor of the Berkeley Electronic Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy and Investigaciones Económicas, as well as former associate editor of the Journal of the European Economic Association and SERIEs.

He has published at the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, the Review of Economic Studies, Nature Scientific Reports, PLoS One, Physical Review Letters and other scholarly journals. 

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Adriana Alventosa Baños:

Graduated in Economics by the University of Valencia and holds a Master Degree in Economics of this same university. In 2015, she began her PhD on Industrial Economics under the supervision of Gonzalo Olcina and Penélope Hernández, with an FPI grant of the Ministry of Economics and Competitiveness. Her research fields are Game Theory, Behavioral Economics and Information Theory.

Additionally, she has been collaborating with the Laboratory of Research in Experimental Economics (LINEEX) since 2013.

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José A. Cuesta Ruiz:

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.

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Alfredo Ferrer Marco:

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.

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Carlos Gracia Lázaro:

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.

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Jose Manuel Pavía Miralles:

Jose M. Pavía, PhD in Economics from Universitat de Valencia in 1997, is since April, 2010 Chair Professor of Quantitative Methods at the University of Valencia (Spain). He is based in the Department of Applied Economics of the Faculty of Economy. Pavía develops and applies empirical methods in many areas of social science research, including economics, political science, sociology, demography and actuarial science; always with a methodological and statistical bias. He focuses on innovations that bridge the gap between statistical theory and practical applications. His research interests are diverse and they comprise forecasting, electoral issues, Bayesian statistics, statistical (machine) learning, risk assessment, mechanisms, sampling, spatial statistics, network analysis, ecological inference, income inequality, demography, quarterly accounts, time series and regional economics.

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Pablo Lozano Rodriguez:

Pablo Lozano got a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering, specialised in Industrial Electronics and Automation in 2016 from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), while studying Mathematics at Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED). Currently finishing a Master's degree in Mathematical Engineering at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, his interests are Complex Systems applied to social sciences and biology, and Game Theory.

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María Pereda García:

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.

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Ignacio Tamarit Ramírez:

Ignacio Tamarit is graduated in Physics (Theoretical Physics) at Universidad Complutense de Madrid and graduated in Music at Conservatorio Superior de Música del País Vasco (Musikene). After complementary Master’s studies in Mathematical Engineering at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, he is currently completing his PhD at the same institution.

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