Francisco A. Rodrigues is an associate 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 and an associate editor of Journal of Physics: Complexity.
From February 2018 to February 2019, Francisco was a visiting professor at the University of Warwick, the UK, 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 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 at the end of 2013. Francisco is 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 several 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, such as the development of concepts and methods for characterization of complex networks, the study of epidemic and rumour spreading in social and technological networks, the modelling of synchronization of coupled oscillators and the development of new methods for pattern recognition and data mining. These studies have been applied in several areas, including financial market, neuroscience, systems biology, ecology, climate dynamics, and transportation networks. Francisco has authored more than 100 scientific articles in international journals, including Physical Review Letters, Advances in Physics, Physics Reports, Physical Review X, Climate Dynamics, among others. These papers have received more than 6,100 citations (Google Scholar). 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 ten master’s students, four PhDs and advised about 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, at the University of Zaragoza and at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna. Francisco was an invited lecturer at the Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain, and the University of Warwick, the UK.