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ICREA research professors form a vibrant community of scientists and researchers in all areas of knowledge that contribute to the advancement of humankind by exploring, interpreting and questioning. Have a look and learn about their amazing discoveries and findings here:

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  • Tolsa Domènech, Xavier

    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

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    Tolsa Domènech, Xavier

    Research Professor at
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
    Experimental Sciences & Mathematics
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    Research interests

    I work in mathematical analysis. My research deals with complex analysis, Fourier analysis and geometric measure theory. Particularly, I am interested in the relationship between analytic notions such as analytic capacity or harmonic measure, and geometric concepts like rectifiability. In a sense, analytic capacity measures how much a set in the plane is visible or invisible for analytic functions. On the other hand, rectifiability tells you if a set is contained in a countable collection of curves with finite length. Some years ago, I proved that analytic capacity is semiadditive. This was an open problem since the early 1960s. More recently I have studied related problems in higher dimensions. In particular, in a recent collaboration with F. Nazarov and A. Volberg I have proved the so called David-Semmes conjecture in the codimension 1 case. This result has important applications to the study of harmonic measure, which is another of my main interests.  

    Key words

    Fourier analysis, geometric measure theory, analytic capacity, rectifiability, quasiconformal maps

    ORCID

    : 0000-0001-7976-5433

  • Toribio Mateas, Josefa

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

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    Toribio Mateas, Josefa

    Research Professor at
    Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
    Humanities
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    Research interests

    My goal in philosophy has long been the same: to explore the nature of the mind within a naturalistic framework. What is most distinctive of my research is my ongoing effort to respect scientific findings about mental phenomena while insisting on the critical importance of the method of analysis and the theoretical tools provided by analytic philosophy. My current research focuses on the analysis of central topics in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of cognitive science, with a special emphasis on the philosophy of perception and rationally responsive unconscious mental states such as implicit attitudes.

    Key words

    Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology, Philosophy of Cognitive Science

    ORCID

    : 0000-0002-5180-6755

  • Toro, Juan Manuel

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

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    Toro, Juan Manuel

    Research Professor at
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
    Social & Behavioural Sciences
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    Research interests

    I am interested in studying why the ability of language has only emerged in humans and not in other animals. I tackle this issue using a combination of experimental techniques and populations that include human adults and infants, and non-human animals. Our studies have demonstrated that some of the building blocks of language learning are found in other animals, including the abilitiy to extract information from speech using prosodic and statistical regularities. We have also showed how phonological representations guide general learning  mechanisms. Recently, we are also exploring music cognition, including consonance processing, brain entraintment to metrical structures and harmonic predictions. Through this work, I have tried to unveil what is uniquely human and what is shared with other animals in the field of language processing.

    Key words

    Language processing, Comparative Cognition, Speech, Rule Learning

    ORCID

    : http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5336-5658

    RESEARCHER ID

    : F-3933-2010

  • Torrents Arenales, David

    Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS)

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    Torrents Arenales, David

    Research Professor at
    Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS)
    Life & Medical Sciences
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    Research interests

    Genomes are the central molecules of life because they carry all the information necessary for the development, the survival and the reproduction of all organisms.  Over the lasts 20 years, the study of the genome in a biomedical context has provided valuable information about the genetic and molecular basis of diseases. Current sequencing of DNA allows the incorporation of the genome analysis as an integrated and regular protocol within the health-care system, resulting in a Precision Medicine, where the genomic information will be determinant for a more accurate diagnosis and for the selection of a more precise treatment. In this context, our group and my research activity is focused on the understanding the relationship between genomic variation and disease, in order to generate the basis for more precise medical care.  

    Key words

    Genomics, Bioinformatics, Cancer Genomics, Genetics, Complex Diseases, Personalized Medicine

    ORCID

    : 0000-0002-6086-9037

    RESEARCHER ID

    : G-5785-2015

  • Torres, Diego F.

    Institut de Ciències de l'Espai (CSIC - ICE)

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    Torres, Diego F.

    Research Professor at
    Institut de Ciències de l'Espai (CSIC - ICE)
    Experimental Sciences & Mathematics
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    Research interests

    The familiar sights of peacefully shining stars would be replaced by something extreme and variable should you look with gamma-ray eyes. You would be glancing at the most energetic phenomena known in astrophysics: accreting masses around black holes, pulsars, close binaries, regions of stellar formation, explosions of supernovae, and others. I develop theoretical models for these scenarios, and test them with observations using ground-based telescopes and satellites. My research focuses on compact objects and cosmic rays. My earlier research includes gravitation and cosmology; particularly, scalar-tensor theories and non-minimal couplings, scalar dark matter, boson stars, gravitational lensing, and wormholes. I published several papers on all these topics. My research group hosted about 30 scientistssince its foundation in 2006. You can know more about all this, including links to my publicatoins, from my webpage,  https://sites.google.com/view/dft-research

    Key words

    high energy astrophysics, astronomy, cosmic-rays, gamma-rays, neutrinos

    ORCID

    : 0000-0002-1522-9065

    RESEARCHER ID

    : O-9422-2016

  • Trepat, Xavier

    Institut de Bioenginyeria de Catalunya (IBEC)

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    Trepat, Xavier

    Research Professor at
    Institut de Bioenginyeria de Catalunya (IBEC)
    Engineering Sciences
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    Research interests

    We aim at understanding how physical forces and molecular control modules cooperate to drive biological function. We develop new technologies to map and perturb the main physical properties that determine how cells and tissues grow, move, invade and remodel. By combining this physical information with systematic molecular perturbations and computational models we explore the principles that govern the interplay between chemical and physical cues in living tissues. We study how these principles are regulated in physiology and development, and how they are derailed in cancer and aging.

    Key words

    Biophysics, Biomechanics, Cell Migration, Nanotechnology, Biomaterials

    ORCID

    : 0000-0002-7621-5214

    RESEARCHER ID

    : I-3912-2015