Álvaro Corral

Álvaro Corral

Álvaro Corral
PhD in Physics, from University of Barcelona
Researcher at CRM

Personal webpage

email: acorral@crm.cat


My research has been addressed to describe, model, and try to predict the behavior of complex systems. The approach has been diverse: theoretical, computational, experimental, or based on observational data. Main systems of interest are natural hazards (earthquakes, hurricanes…) and communication systems (human language, music…), paying special attention to the necessary statistical tools. Together with my colleagues, we have found physical-like laws in several of these systems, and we have published our results in physics, geophysics, geology, and cross-disciplinary-science journals. Our results have been communicated to society through newspapers, radio, and TV. In the meantime of all this I got a PhD in Physics, a post-doc in Denmark, and a Ramón y Cajal fellowship back in Spain.
I am also very interested in the training of students, having organized several summer schools in recent years. I participate actively in the network of researchers complexitat.cat.


Previous positions

  • Assistant research professor at the Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen 1997 – 1999
  • Lecturer at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, 1999 – 2001
  • Ramón y Cajal Fellow at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2001 – 2006
  • Group leader at the Centre de Recerca Matemàtica, 2007 – now


Research Interests

  • Complex systems
  • Self-organized critical systems
  • Extreme-event statistics
  • Power-law distributions
  • Zipf’s law


Prizes, awards, honors and distinctions

  • Outstanding Research Career from the I3 program evaluation, Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology, 2005.
  • Lorenz Lecturer at the 2011 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysics Unión.


Selected publications