Cristina Masoller

Associate Professor @ Physics Department,

Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya

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Recent Publications

o   Generation of Optical Rogue Waves on demand. Optics Express, December 2017.

News and Events

o   SciEd, educational outreach project lauched, December 2017

o   BEOPTICAL project in the Spanish national newspaper La Vanguardia, December 2017

o   ICTP-SAIFR PhD School on Nonlinear Time Series Analysis and Complex Networks, Sao Paulo, Brazil, February 2018

o   2nd BE-OPTICAL Workshop, La Grande-Motte, France, March 2018.

o   MPIPKS Workshop on Predicting transitions in complex systems, Dresden, Germany, April 2018.

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 1) to exploit complex phenomena for novel applications and 2) to develop novel data analysis tools for complex signals.


Semiconductor lasers, neuronal excitability, complex networks and climate data analysis might seem, at first sight, unrelated research topics; however, semiconductor lasers can generate spiking output signals with a wide range of time-scales which resemble neuronal spikes; hence, the laser experimental setup allows recording large datasets under controlled conditions, which in turn allow testing the data analysis tools that we routinely use for the analysis of real-world signals.



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).

Looking for an undergraduate project (TFG or TFM), a summer internship, a PhD project or a postdoc? Contact us!



My research is funded by the European Commission, the Spanish and the Catalan governments. 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, here my OSA fellow profile, and find here my CV.

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