Research projects - Prof. Cristina Masoller, Physics Department


Ongoing grants

Marie Curie ITN CAFE: Climate advanced forecasting of sub-seasonal extremes

2019-2023, H2020-813844

Web page: http://www.cafes2se-itn.eu/


Partners: Centre de Recerca Matemàtica (Spain, Coordinator), Univ. Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain), Technische Universitaet Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany), Potsdam Institut für Klimafolgenforschung(Germany), Aria Tech. (France), Meteo-France, CSIC (Spain), Max-Planck-Institute For Complex Systems (Germany), Universidad de la República (Uruguay), European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (UK).


Description: Forecasting climatic extreme events on the sub-seasonal time scale (from 10 days to about 3 months) is very challenging because of the poor understanding of the phenomena that may increase predictability in this time scale. The goal of the CAFE project is to improve the sub-seasonal predictability of extreme events by training of 12 PhD students in a wide range of interdisciplinary topics including climate science, complex systems and data analysis.

Participants of CAFE Kick-off meeting, Mallorca, Spain, March 2019

Complex dynamical systems and advanced data analysis tools

2019 - 2021

Funding: Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades, Spain, PGC2018-099443-B-I00


Description: The aim of this project is to improve the understanding of nonlinear phenomena in complex systems by the use of various data analysis tools, with the long-term goal of exploiting nonlinear phenomena for applications. The research is interdisciplinary and involves experiments, simulations and data analysis.

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Funding: Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA), Generalitat de Catalunya.


The ICREA Academia is a grant for professors that have permanent positions in Catalan universities. This grant allows Prof. Masoller to reduce her teaching load and to intensify research activities.



Finished grants

Marie Curie ITN BE-OPTICAL: Advanced biomedical imaging and data analysis

2015-2019, H2020-675512

Web page: http://beoptical.eu/


Coordinator: C. Masoller


Partners: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain); Georg August University (Germany); Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (Germany); University of St. Andrews (UK); Institut de Microcirugia Ocular (Spain); Centre de Nanosciences et de Nanotechnologies (France); Nicolaus Copernicus University (Poland); University of Glasgow (UK); PicoQuant GmBH (Germany).


Description: Biomedical imaging is a research field that is producing ground breaking scientific discoveries that improve our life quality, and have a huge economic impact. To advance this field, is crucial to invest in the new generation of researchers. BE-OPTICAL provided top-level training to 14 PhD students, in a wide range of imaging technologies and signal processing tools. BE-OPTICAL brought together an interdisciplinary team of physicists, engineers and medical doctors, with complementary expertise.


BE-OPTICAL was featured in the Success Stories web page of the European Comission (2017).


BE-OPTICAL was featured in national and local newspapers (2016): La Vanguardia, El Periodico, Diario de Terrassa

Members of UPC team (Terrassa, Barcelona, October 2016). From left to right: D. Halpaap, J. Tiana, T. Alterini, C. Masoller, J. Pujol, M. Vilaseca, F. Diaz, P. Amil and A. Rodriguez.


Participants of the first BE-OPTICAL school (Gottingen, Germany, November 2016)


Complex physical and biophysical systems: towards a comprehensive view of their dynamics and fluctuations


Funding: Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad, Spain, FIS2015-66503-C3-2-P.


Partners: Universitat Pompeu Fabra (coordinator); Universitat de Barcelona; Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya.


Description: This project studied a wide range of stochastic and complex systems that exhibit nonlinear phenomena, such as excitability or extreme fluctuations.

Workshop on Recent Advances on Stochastic and Nonlinear Dynamics of Complex Systems, organized at the end of the project, in honor of Prof. Carme Torrent (Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain, February 4, 2019).

Marie Curie ITN LINC: Learning about Interacting Networks in Climate

2011-2015, FP7-289447

Web page: https://climatelinc.eu/


Coordinator: C. Masoller


Partners: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain); Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacte Research (Germany); Bar-Ilan University (Israel); Utrecht University (The Netherlands); Universidad de la Republica (Uruguay); Universitat de les Illes Balears (Spain); Climate Risk Analysis (Germany); Ambrosys (Germany); Vortech (The Netherlands).


Description: LINC trained 12 PhD students and 3 postdocs in the interdisciplinary set of skills required to undertake a successful career in physics and geosciences with expertise in climatology, networks and complex systems.


The results of the project were published in the European Commission web page (Oct. 2016) and are contained in the book “Networks in Climate”, published by Cambridge University Press, 2019.

Participants of the Final LINC conference, Viena, Austria, 2015


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