The ICREAs

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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    Francesc Burjachs
    Burjachs Casas, Francesc
    Research Professor at
    Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social (IPHES)
    Humanities
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    Research interests

    My investigation seeks to understand the climatic changes that happened along human evolution. This information is important to appreciate some of the factors which have influenced our evolution towards the current species. More precisely, my work is developed in the science of Palynology, which basically consists in the study of the fossil pollen trapped in the soil that our ancestors stepped on. In this way, we can describe the landscape in which they lived, the climate they endured, the vegetables they ate, etc.

    Key words

    Pollen analysis, archaeopalynology, prehistory, palaeoclimatology, palaeoenvironment, social evolution.

    ORCID

    : 0000-0002-7200-9552

    RESEARCHER ID

    : G-2064-2015
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    Jordi Cabot
    Cabot Sagrera, Jordi
    Research Professor at
    Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
    Engineering Sciences
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    Research interests

    My research falls into the broad area of systems and software engineering, especially promoting the rigorous use of software models and engineering principles in all software engineering tasks while keeping an eye on the most unpredictable element in any project: the people involved in it. Current research topics include the development of pragmatic formal verification techniques to assess the quality and security of software systems, the analysis and data mining of open source projects (and the communities around them) to optimize their collaboration and organizational structures, the study of scalability challenges in the design and deployment of large systems and the role AI can play in software development (and vice versa).

    Key words

    software engineering, formal methods, quality, interdisciplinarity, open source

    ORCID

    : 0000-0003-2418-2489

    RESEARCHER ID

    : P-7723-2015
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    Andreu Cabot
    Cabot, Andreu
    Research Professor at
    Institut de Recerca en Energia de Catalunya (IREC)
    Engineering Sciences
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    Research interests

    My research focuses on the design, production and manipulation of nanocrystals and nanomaterials, their functional characterization and their technological application in the energy field. I use solution-based processes to produce these nanocrystals and to assemble them to the macroscale. Solution-based methods allow both a unique control over composition and crystal phase at the nanometer scale and a high versatility in the development of socially and economically-relevant technologies. From an application point of view, I have centered my work in the development of materials for energy conversion and storage. In particular, my group develops solution-processed thermoelectric nanocomposites from the bottom-up assembly of colloidal nanocrystals, catalysts and photocatalysts and electrode materials for fuel cells and batteries.

    Key words

    Nanomaterials, nanotechnology, energy, photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, catalysis, photocatalysis, colloids
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    Xavier Cabré
    Cabré Vilagut, Xavier
    Research Professor at
    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)
    Experimental Sciences & Mathematics
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    Research interests

    My research field is the mathematical analysis of Partial Differential Equations. These equations arise in mathematical physics, differential geometry, finance, and biology. My focus is on elliptic and parabolic equations, and on the analytical understanding of the regularity, symmetry, and other qualitative properties of their solutions. This often involves the use of geometric tools such as isoperimetric inequalities, whose study is an important part of my research. My main current project concerns a recently flourishing area: reaction problems for fractional diffusions associated to jump or Lévy processes. These are the so called 'anomalous diffusions', well noticed in the last decades in some reaction and biological fronts, as well as in mathematical finance.

    Key words

    Partial differential equations, reaction-diffusion problems, fractional diffusions, isoperimetric and Sobolev inequalities

    ORCID

    : 0000-0001-5682-3135

    RESEARCHER ID

    : L-2727-2014
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    Mario Cáceres
    Cáceres Aguilar, Mario
    Research Professor at
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
    Life & Medical Sciences
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    Research interests

    The genomic revolution has unveiled extraordinary possibilities unthought-of before. In particular, we are interested in understanding genomic structural variation and gene-expression changes, and how they relate to individual and species differences. To address these questions, we use humans as a model and take a multidisciplinary approach that combines experimental and bioinformatic analysis of the great wealth of data available, generating results of interest to many diverse fields. Our main line of research is the global analysis of polymorphic inversions in the human genome, which aims to investigate the biological significance of one of the less known types of variants in humans. This ranges from the development of new methods for inversion study and the first database of human polymorphic inversions, to the characterization of their population distribution, functional effects and selection signatures, as a way to ultimately determine their contribution to complex traits.

    Key words

    Genetics, Genomics, Human, Evolution, Structural variants, Gene expression

    ORCID

    : 0000-0002-7736-3251

    RESEARCHER ID

    : A-6379-2009
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    Caterina Calsamiglia
    Calsamiglia Costa, Caterina
    Research Professor at
    Institute for Political Economy and Governance (IPEG)
    Social & Behavioural Sciences
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    Research interests

    Her research focuses on Public Economics with an emphasis on school choice, educational policies, affirmative action, measurement of non-cognitive skills and welfare economics in general. Her work includes theoretical, experimental and empirical analysis.

    Key words

    Education, Data, Theory, Mechanism Design, School Choice, Non cognitive measurements

    ORCID

    : 0000-0003-2079-7179

    RESEARCHER ID

    : K-4009-2014