Cristina Masoller

Associate Professor

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Recent Publications

o   Quantification of network structural dissimilarities. Nature Communications 2017. Media attention.


o   UYPRESS article on science and technology (April 2017)


o   First Workshop of ITN BE-OPTICAL, Alcudia, Mallorca, Spain, September 2017

Research lines and key words (click on the images to download the papers)

Nonlinear dynamics of semiconductor lasers

Video: how complex optical signals emerge from noisy fluctuations

Optical rogue waves, optical chaos, feedback, time-delay, photonic neurons, synchronization, stochastic phenomena, biomedical imaging, incoherent light, speckle reduction.

Neuronal excitability



Temporal coding, inter-spike-interval (ISI) correlations, models of spiking neurons, FitzHugh-Nagumo model, coherence resonance, stochastic resonance.

Complex networks and data analysis



Climate networks, communities, network inference, nonlinear time-series analysis, Hilbert analysis, information theory, Granger causality, tipping points and early warnings, image classification tools.


I am interested in dynamical complex systems: systems that evolve in time, which are composed by interacting nonlinear elements. The main goals of my research are to exploit complex phenomena for novel applications and to develop data analysis tools for complex signals. Semiconductor lasers, neuronal excitability, complex networks and data analysis might seem, at first sight, unrelated research fields; however, semiconductor lasers can generate complex output signals with a wide range of time-scales and apparently random spikes which resemble neuronal spikes; therefore, the laser experimental setup allows recording long datasets under controlled conditions, which in turn allow testing novel data analysis tools.



Here is the list of my publications (pdf files available) and here, a few selected publications.


Read here about my teaching activities (including slides of lectures in English).

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Read here about my projects.


Read here about present and former students, and image gallery.

Conferences, workshops, seminars, schools

Here is the list of events that I have attended, including photos and presentations.

Here is the list of the events that I am organizing (and events organized in the past).


Read here about my biography and find here my CV (updated March 2017).

Media attention

Read here about our research in the media


Contact information

My office and the semiconductor laser lab are located at Gaia Building (map), UPC Campus Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain.

cristina.masoller @, cristina.masoller @

Colom 11, Terrassa 08222, Barcelona, Spain

Tel: (0034)937398507