PEOPLE

The Research Center for Social Complexity (CICS in spanish), is a platform for research in human behavior within modern society in relation to paradigms of mathematical models and quantitative analysis. Our philosophy at CICS is that human behavior can only be understood by integrating its psychological, economic, cultural and historical dimensions. Therefore, the next step in studying human behavior is to unify the diverse social sciences.

People’s general belief is that social and natural sciences are incompatible because they study issues that are fundamentally different. The research program at CICS is based on the opposite premise: human behavior is the result of biological processes and social interactions, which must abide by social laws that are similar to the laws of physical systems. This implies that in order to advance in social studies, multidisciplinary work is indispensable. Therefore, the CICS team brings together scientists from different fields of study, all motivated by a common purpose: to better understand human behavior and social interactions phenomena in a multidimensional and integrated manner.

 

Faculty

Carlos Rodriguez-Sickert 

Director of the Center for Research in Social Complexity.
Full professor.
Ph.D. in Economics, University of Cambridge, UK. BA in Economics, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. International Fellow, Santa Fe Institute.
Research interests: Culture/Biology Dynamics, Social Networks.
Web:
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Jorge Fábrega

Director Ph.D in Social Complexity at Universidad del Desarrollo.
Ph.D., MPP, Public Policy Studies, The University of Chicago, USA.
BA in Economy, and Sociolgy, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Research interests: Social Networks.
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Ricardo Andrés Guzmán

Ph.D. in Economics, Master in Financial Economics and Industrial Engineer.
B.Sc in Computer Science, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile.
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Isabel Behncke

Ph.D. in Evolutionary Antropology, Oxford University, UK. Social and Evolutionary Neuroscience Research Group, Oxford University, UK.
Research interests: Play, Cognition (Anthropology), Conservation Biology.
Web: Oxford Academy 

Francisco Zamorano M.

Ph.D. in Medical Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Researcher at Facultad de Gobierno, Universidad del Desarrollo.
Research interests: Developmental Disorders, Social Neurosciences, Brain Imaging.
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Tamas David-Barrett

Ph.D. in Economy, University of London.
MPhil in Economics, University of Cambridge
Social and Evolutionary Neuroscience Research Group, Oxford University, UK.
Research interests: Complex Networks, Evolutionary Anthropology and Biology, Evolution and Human Behavior.
Web: Oxford Academy 

Pablo Billeke

Ph.D. in Medical Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. Researcher at Facultad de Gobierno, Universidad del Desarrollo.
Research interests: Social Neurosciences.
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Junior Faculty

Alejandra Figueroa Vargas

Coordinator of Neuroscience Lab
Master of Biologic and Medical Science. Mention in Neurosciences, Universidad de Chile.
Kinesiologist, Universidad de Chile.
Research Interest: Cognitive Neurosciences.

Josefina Larraín 

Coordinator of Clinic Equipment
Ph.D in Psychology, Universidad Diego Portales (c).
Psychologist, Universidad de Artes, Ciencias y Comunicación.
Speech therapist, Universidad Mayor.

 

Staff

Tamara Yaikin

Coordinator of Trasnfer Unit
Master of Sociology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
BA in Sociology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Claudia Fernandino Bonino

DCCS Coordinator
Master in Strategic Communications, Universidad de Desarrollo. Publicist, BA in Communications, Universidad Del Desarrollo.

Paz Santander Tapia

Outreach Coordinator
Journalist, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Diploma of Science Communication, Universidad de Chile (c).

Marla Andrea Cuvertino Dinamarca

Secretary

 

 Ph. D. Students

Class 2014

Cristian Candia-Castro

Physical Engineer, Universidad de Concepción.
Master of Science in Physics, Universidad de Concepción.
Research Interest: Data Science, Complex Networks, Sociophysics, Econophysics, Text Mining, Data Mining.

Jorge Castillo Sepúlveda

Mathematical engineer, Universidad de Concepción, Chile.
Research interests: Phase transitions, Paradigm shifts, Biocomplexity, Sociocultural Evolution, Social Network Analysis, Dynamical Systems.

Sammy Drobny

BA in History and Political Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Research Interests: Politics, International Relations, and Political Theory.

Víctor Landaeta Torres

B.Sc. in Physics, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Research Interests: Data Science, Behavioral Economics, Social Networks.

María Ignacia Rivera

Marine Biologist, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

 

Class 2015

Jorge Urrutia

Graduate in Mathematics and Physics. Universidad Tecnológica del Chocó
Msc. Operations Research and Statistics. Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira.
Research Interests: Behavioral economics, Decision models.

Ignacio Toledo

M.Sc. in Electric Engineering, Universidad de Concepción.
B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering, Universidad de Concepción.
Research Interests: Cooperation, Social Networks, and Experimental Economics.

Carina Sturla

B.Sc. in Renewable Natural Resources Engineering, Universidad de Chile.

Mauricio Aspé

Ph.D. (c) in Sciences, mention Neuroscience, Universidad de Valparaíso.
M.Sc. in Biological Sciences, mention Neuroscience, Universidad de Valparaíso.
B.Sc. in Psychology, Universidad de Valparaíso.
Research interest: Game theory, Cooperative behavior, Genetics, Brain dynamics, Complex networks, Philosophy of mind.

Class 2016

María Teresa Barbato Epple

B.Sc. in Biological Sciences. Mention in Natural Resources and Environment. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Research interest: Behavioral Economics, Decisión Models, Human Behavior, Evolutionary Psychology.

Sebastián Díaz Araya

B.A in Business and Administration/Economics.Diploma of Higher Education in Management of Enterprise Data Analytics/ Big Data.
Research interests: Social Network theory, Programming and Statistical modelling, Data Science.

Yerka Freire

B.Sc in Physics and M.Sc. In Science, Universidad de Concepción, Chile.
Research interests:  Complex systems, emergent phenomena, phase transitions and Agent-based models.

María Paz Martínez Molina

B.Sc. In Bioengineering and M.Sc in Substance Abuse, Universidad de Concepción, Chile.
Research interests: Neuroscience and behavior.

Gabriela Valdebenito Oyarzo

Medical Tecnology specialist in Imaging and Medical Physics, Universidad del Desarollo, Chile.
Research interests: Social Neuroscience.


Class 2017

Diego Andrés Tapia Ramirez

B.Sc. in Biological Sciences. “Mention in Natural Resources and Environment”. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Oriana Cristina Figueroa Valdebenito

B.Sc. in Psychology, Universidad de Santiago de Chile.

Nicolás Ignacio Ferrer Lorca

B.Sc. in Psychology, Universidad de Chile.

Eduardo Andrés Méndez Hidalgo

B.Sc. in Sociology, Universidad de Chile.

Sebastián Andrés Donoso Contreras

B.Sc in Physics and M.Sc. In Science, Universidad de Chile.