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Francisco Rodrigues

Complex Systems and Data Science | University of São Paulo


Short Biography

Francisco Rodrigues is a Professor of Complex Systems and Data Science at the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science (ICMC), University of São Paulo - Brazil, the best-ranked and most renowned university in Latin America. He is also an editor of Chaos, Solitons & Fractals, an editor of Journal of Computational Science, a co-editor of the Europhysics Letters (EPL), and an associate editor of the Journal of Physics: Complexity. From February 2018 to February 2019, Francisco was a visiting professor at the University of Warwick, the U.K., Mathematics Institute, working at the Centre for Complexity Science. He was awarded a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship. Francisco holds a degree in Physics (2001, B.A. degree) and a master's degree in Computational Physics (2004), both from the University of São Paulo. In 2007, he got his PhD in Physics from the Physics Institute of São Carlos (University of São Paulo). After that, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the same institute with a Fapesp fellowship (2007-2010). At the beginning of 2010, he got a tenure-track position at the ICMC as a lecturer and researcher. He became an associate professor in 2013 and Full Professor in 2022. Francisco has been a merit scholar of the Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq) since 2011, a distinction held only by a small fraction of Brazilian academics. He coordinated more than 50 research projects (including some international projects). During the last years, he has been working on several problems related to the structure and dynamics of complex systems and data science. He is interested in epidemic models, causal inference, machine learning, synchronization of coupled oscillators and social dynamics. These studies have been applied in several areas, including epidemiology, neuroscience, systems biology, ecology, economy, climate dynamics, and transportation networks. Francisco has authored more than 120 scientific papers in international journals, including Nature Communications, Nature Ecology, Physical Review Letters, Advances in Physics, Physics Reports, Physical Review X, and Climate Dynamics, among others. These papers have received more than 7,800 citations (Google Scholar) (h-index 33). He also authored the book "An Introduction to Multiplex Networks: Basic Formalism and Structural Properties", published by Springer in 2018. He concluded the supervision of more than ten master's students and six PhDs and advised more than thirty undergraduate students. His teaching activities in graduate and undergraduate courses are related to the fields of Data Science, Statistics, Mathematical Modelling, Stochastic Processes, Network Science, and Complex Systems. Francisco was also a visiting researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Research (Germany), at the University of Zaragoza (Spain) and the Complexity Science Hub Vienna (Austria). Francisco was an invited lecturer at the Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain), and the University of Warwick (the United Kingdom). His collaboration network includes more than 150 researchers worldwide.
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