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The complexity of cities: structure, mobility, correlations
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CRM- Centre de Recerca Matemātica
AREA OF KNOWLEDGE
Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering Panel
Dr. Álvaro Corral
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RESEARCH PRODUCT / RESEARCH GROUP
Alvaro Corralīs personal Website
Research Project / Research Group Description
Many problems that humankind faces arise from large human aggregations in the form of cities and megalopolis. An increasing number of people is living in urban areas, which poses formidable challenges regarding infrastructure, mobility, transport of goods,
sustainability and inequality. And although we collectively created those challenges, we do not know how they came to be, nor how to fix them.
Urban systems present statistical patterns caused by the interaction between smaller units. A fundamental problem is how human settlements scatter through a territory and cluster into large agglomerations. The current structure of cities has emerged from the
competition between top-down interventions and bottom-up self-organization, but frustration between different interactions leads to non-unique solutions for the morphology and non-unique distribution of functions. In addition, different feedback mechanisms
may lead to the reinforcement of segregation and exclusion. Fractal structures have been known to describe the outcome of such processes, whereas Zipfs law has been claimed to account for the overall population of such aggregations. Self-similar patterns
seem also to be present for many urban variables, but the relationship between processes that gave rise to such configurations is unknown. In addition, correlations between the different subsystems are most of the time ignored.
This project aims to address these issues from a three-fold approach: empirical, computational and theoretical. The use of large databases of population, infrastructure, mobility, etc. will lead to statistical facts that will be confronted with computational
modeling as well as with theoretical insights. In their turn, theoretical and computational insight will trigger new empirical questions. It will be fundamental to consider that the different urban descriptors are not independent but strongly entangled. It
is expected that the project will unveil fundamental principles of urban science.
Job position description
We are looking for predoctoral researchers with a broad interest in understanding the complexity of urban processes and with a cross-disciplinary attitude. Strong background in applied mathematics, stochastic processes, statistical physics, complex-systems
science, and/or computational modeling are required. The successful candidate will join the CRM Complex-Systems Group and will work under the co-supervision of Prof. Elsa Arcaute (Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London).
Elsa Arcauteīs personal website
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Do you want to start your research career?
la Caixa Foundation's doctoral
fellowships programme INPhINIT
supports the best scientific talent to promote innovative, excellence research in Spain and Portugal. Apply for a PhD fellowship and give your story a boost.
The programme is divided into two different frames:
INPhINIT Incoming: 35 PhD fellowships. Candidates must have resided or carried out their main activity in Spain for less than 12 months in the last 3 years.
INPhINIT Retaining: 30 PhD Fellowships. Candidates must have resided or carried out their main activity in the same country, either Spain, or Portugal, more than 12 months in the last 3 years.
The Centre de Recerca Matemātica offers 6 PhD fellowships
on the following thesis project:
|What is offered?
INPhINIT doctoral fellowships offer a competitive salary and a series of complementary training opportunities in transversal skills, stays in companies, incentives once the thesis is completed, among other aspects that place these scholarships among the most
attractive and comprehensive in Europe.
Fellows enjoy a 3-year contract in a stimulating research training environment, with access to appropriate equipment, facilities and opportunities
. Among other elements, these fellowships offer a highly competitive salary and
complementary opportunities for training on transferable skills.
- January 27 2022: Deadline for submitting applications
- February 10, 2022: Deadline for submitting the language certificate
- April 11, 2022: Notification of the shortlist results and arrangement of interviews.
- May 24-25-26, 2022: Interviews
- June 8: Notification of the final results
- June 8 to June 30: Center-Student agreement
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