In 2016, Ignacio Calderon de la Barca (a.k.a. Gonzalo Ignacio Calderón de la Barca Rodo) obtained his bachelor's degree in Physics at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (UMSA), Bolivia. Currently he is a Research Assistant and a member of the Complex Systems Group at UMSA, in which he also participated twice as an exhibitor. He is currently working on three investigations related with the group: characterization of the synchronization of electrically coupled neurons with different behaviors, which is an extension of his graduation project; behavior of the synchronization estimator according to the heterogeneity of complex networks, for configurations up to 5 nodes, and finally, a work on nonlinear data analysis of patients with sleep apnea in collaboration with the University of Las Palmas Gran Canaria, Spain. His research interests lay mainly in the area of particle physics, quantum field theory, and nonlinear dynamics. Ignacio is currently looking forward to start his Ph.D. studies in the USA or Canada.
Gabriela Conde-Saavedra earned her Physics degree in 2007 from Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (UMSA), Bolivia. In 2011, she earned her M.Sc. in Astronomy from Observatório do Valongo/UFRJ-Brazil. Her interests focuses on synchronization, chaos, fractals and observational cosmology. Currently, she is a research associate for the Instituto de Investigaciones Físicas (IIF) of the Physics Department at UMSA and a member of the Complex Systems Group.
Stéphanie Depickère earned her Ph.D. in 2003 from Paris XIII University, France, and the Free University of Brussels, Belgium (co-tutelage), in biological sciences (ethology). After studying the aggregation behavior of various ant species, using experiments and modeling, she worked in 2004 on the gregarious behavior of cockroaches for the European project LEURRE (mixed societies of robots-insects). In 2005, she earned a fellow to study in Bolivia the aggregation behavior of bloodsucking bugs (Triatominae), vector of Chagas disease. Since 2006, she has obtained several post-doctoral positions in the area of vector control in Bolivia at the IRD (French Institute of Research for the Development) - Medical Entomology Laboratory, INLASA (Institute of Laboratories in Health), Bolivia. She has been working in different areas such as epidemiological researches, vectorial competence, resistance to insecticide, distribution of wild bug populations, and implementation of alternative methods to the chemical control on Chagas disease (Ecohealth). Since 2005, she has interacted with the Complex Systems Group, IIF, UMSA, in Bolivia.
Sorge Oporto-Almaraz, graduated in Chemistry in 2013 from the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (UMSA), Bolivia, with the graduation project "Nonlinear Phenomena in Belousov-Zhabotinsky Reaction". He performs a master's degree in chemistry oriented to the study of biochemical emergent phenomena. Sorge is “a part within the whole” as participant in the Complex System Group and eventual expositor in The Bolivian Course of Complex Systems (chemical oscillators, phase transitions). He enjoys “being” far from equilibrium dissipating energy over a bike or appreciating artworks.
Zui Oporto-Almaraz earned the degree of Licenciado en Física in 2004 from Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (UMSA), Bolivia. In 2012, he earned the degree of Douctor em Física from Universiade Federal de Espírito Santo, Brasil. After obtaining his Ph.D., Zui became a postdoctoral researcher at the Universidade Federal de Viçosa from 2015 to 2016. He's a research associate of the Física-Matemática e Teoria Quântica dos Campos research group from Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Brazil. Currently, he is also a member of the Complex Systems Group at UMSA. His research interests include the canonical quantization of gravity, topological field theories and its relation with gravity, Chern-Simons theory, and effective theories of gravity from higher dimensional theories.
Marcelo Ramirez-Avila obtained his degree in physics in 1995 from Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (UMSA) in La Paz, Bolivia. His thesis was related to biophysics and nuclear physics "Effects and characterization of radiation in crystalline lens.". Immediately after his defense, he moved to Argentina in order to follow postgraduate studies in radiation protection at the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) where his final work dealt with the study of the radioprotection aspects against radon and its progeny. In 1996 he started studies in theoretical physics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium, obtaining his Master degree in 1997 being his research work on nonlinear dynamics, more specifically in the implementation of a software to perform bifurcation analysis. From 1999 to 2004, he got a PhD award from the Belgian Technical Cooperation and having obtained his PhD after the defense of his thesis “Synchronization phenomena in light-controlled oscillators.” From 2010 to 2012 he was awarded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with a grant to do research at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (HU). Since 1998 he has a permanent position at the Instituto de Investigaciones Físicas of UMSA where he taught several courses, among others: General Physics (theory and laboratory), Classical Mechanics, Modern Physics, Thermodynamics, Statistical Mechanics, Nuclear Physics, Solid State Physics, Biophysics, Nonlinear Dynamics and Complex Systems. His actual research is focused on the analysis of complex systems especially on topics related to synchronization, complex networks, chaos, and time series analysis. He obtained several prizes and awards being the most relevant the van Buuren Foundation Prize to outstanding PhD thesis (2003), the Prize of the Third World Academy of Sciences in 2007, the Prize to the best intellectual production at UMSA (2012), and the Prize to UMSA’s outstanding professors in 2014.
In 2002, Veronica Subieta obtained her bachelor's degree in Physics at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés where she is currently pursuing a post-graduate degree. Initially her research was centered in gravitation, specifically in gravitational wave radiation. In 2006, she won the award given by The Third World Organization for Women in Science with the work "Collision of Black Holes". Nowadays, Veronica works at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés as a teacher and researcher in the Complex Systems Group studying opinions dynamic and also in the area of education, participates in the organization of the Scientific Olympiads in Physics and Astronomy and Astrophysics, forms part of the academic committee of this event and participated in several occasions like leader of the Bolivian team at international events.
Sergio Yanez-Pagans (a.k.a. "Yapa") was born in 1993 in La Paz, Bolivia. In 2010, he won the gold medal in the OCC interregional Physics Olympiad organized by the UCB, Bolivia. Later, in 2016, he earned his B.Sc. in Physics from Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (UMSA), Bolivia. His graduation project "Parametrically driven field φ in an expanding background.", related to the fields of cosmology, field theory, and nonlinear dynamics, was the first study done about the "Inflaton" in Bolivia. In 2017, Sergio became a Ph.D. student of the Department of Physics at the University of Arizona, with a research focus in space science (astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology), which is ranked #6 in the World University Rankings and U.S. News ranking for this area, above institutions such as Cambrigde, Stanford, MIT, and Oxford among others. His research interests lay mainly on the fields of cosmology and field theory, including topics such as dark matter, dark energy, inflation, and time. "Yapa" is a former Research Assistant and actual member of the Complex Systems Group at UMSA, in which he also participated as one of the organizers of the XIV Bolivian School on Complex Systems. His research with the group includes an international collaboration between UMSA and the ULPGC, Spain, dealing with time series analysis of physiological signals of patients with sleep apnea disorder and a study of the behavior between synchronization time and heterogeneity of complex networks. Sergio is also a professional chef and loves practicing many sports.