Clara Granell.

Researcher in Complex Systems
Beatriz de Galindo Júnior @ Universitat Rovira i Virgili


Long story short, I’m a researcher at Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona. I study Complex Systems, mainly developing models for epidemic spreading, but also neuronal networks and community detection on Complex Networks.

My background is in Computer Science. I did my PhD with Prof. Alex Arenas and Prof. Sergio Gómez, in Tarragona. Since then, I’ve had postdoctoral appointments at the Department of Applied Math at the University of North Carolina, and in the Department of Physics in Universitat de Barcelona, funded by a JSMF Postdoctoral Fellowship. After that, I got a Juan de la Cierva-Formación in the Department of Physics in Universidad de Zaragoza. Now I’m back in Tarragona, my hometown, in a program called Beatriz de Galindo (Junior) that allows me to do research and teaching at the Department of Computer Science and Mathematics of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili.


  1. Derivation of the effective reproduction number R for COVID-19 in relation to mobility restrictions and confinement.

    A. Arenas, W. Cota, J Gómez-Gardeñes, S. Gómez, C. Granell, J.T. Matamalas, D. Soriano-Paños, B. Steinegger -- Submitted (2020).

  2. Functional strengthening through synaptic scaling upon connectivity disruption in neuronal cultures.

    E. Estévez-Priego, S. Teller, C. Granell, A. Arenas, and J. Soriano -- Submitted (2020).

  3. Pulsating-campaigns of human prophylaxis driven by risk perception palliate oscillations of direct contact transmitted diseases.

    B. Steinegger, A. Arenas, J. Gómez-Gardeñes and C. Granell. -- Phys. Rev. Research 2, 023181 (2020).

    [Phys. Rev. Research]

  4. Spontaneous functional recovery after focal damage in neuronal cultures.

    S. Teller, E. Estévez-Priego, C. Granell, D. Tornero, J. Andilla, O. Olarte, P. Loza-Alvarez, A. Arenas, and J. Soriano -- eNeuro, 7 (1) (2019).


  5. Epidemic Spreading in Localized Environments with Recurrent Mobility Patterns.

    C. Granell and P. J. Mucha. -- Phys. Rev. E 97, 052302 (2018).

    [Phys. Rev. E] - [pdf]

  6. Case studies in network community detection.

    S. Shai, N. Stanley, C. Granell, D. Taylor and P. J. Mucha. -- Submitted (2017)


  7. Detection of timescales in evolving complex systems.

    R. K. Darst, C. Granell, A. Arenas, S. Gómez, J. Saramäki, and S. Fortunato. -- Scientific Reports (2016)

    [Sci. Rep.] - [pdf]

  8. The physics of spreading processes in multilayer networks.

    M. De Domenico, C. Granell, M. A. Porter and A. Arenas -- Nature Physics (2016)

    [Nat. Phys.] - [pdf]

  9. Information transfer in community structured multiplex networks.

    A. Solé-Ribalta, C.Granell, S. Gómez and A. Arenas -- Frontiers in Physics, 3 (2015).

    [Front. Phys.] - [pdf]

  10. Benchmark model to assess community structure in evolving networks.

    C. Granell, R. K. Darst, A. Arenas, S. Fortunato and S. Gómez -- Phys. Rev. E, 92, 012805 (2015)

    [Phys. Rev. E] - [pdf]

  11. Emergence of assortative mixing between clusters of cultured neurons.

    S. Teller, C. Granell, M. De Domenico, J. Soriano, S. Gomez and A. Arenas -- PLOS Computational Biology 10(9): e1003796 (2014)

    [PLOS Comp. Biol.]

  12. Competing spreading processes on multiplex networks: awareness and epidemics.

    C. Granell, S. Gomez and A. Arenas -- Physical Review E, 90, 012808 (2014)

    [Phys. Rev. E] - [pdf]

  13. Dynamical interplay between awareness and epidemic spreading in multiplex networks.

    C. Granell, S. Gomez and A. Arenas -- Physical Review Letters, 111, 128701 (2013)

    [Phys. Rev. Lett.] - [pdf]

  14. Structural patterns in complex systems using multidendrograms.

    S. Gomez, A. Fernandez, C. Granell and A. Arenas -- Entropy 15 5464-5474 (2013)

    [Entropy] - [pdf]

  15. Hierarchical multiresolution method to overcome the resolution limit in complex networks.

    C. Granell, S. Gomez and A. Arenas. -- International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, 22, 1250171 (2012)

    [Intl. J. Bifurcat. Chaos] - [pdf]

  16. Unsupervised clustering analysis: A multiscale complex networks approach.

    C. Granell, S. Gomez and A. Arenas -- International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, 22, 1230023 (2012)

    [Intl. J. Bifurcat. Chaos] - [pdf]

  17. Mesoscopic analysis of networks: applications to exploratory analysis and data clustering

    C. Granell, S. Gomez and A. Arenas -- Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science, 21, 016102 (2011)

    [Chaos] - [pdf]

  18. Data clustering using community detection

    C. Granell, S. Gomez and A. Arenas -- International Journal of complex systems in Science, 1, 21-24 (2011)



Academic year 2020-21


Academic year 2018-19

Metodologies de la programació
Grau en Enginyeria Informàtica.
Fall Semester.
Course code 17234116.
Access course here (registered students only).

Estructura de Dades
Grau en Enginyeria Informàtica.
Spring Semester.
Course code 17234115.

Complex Networks
Màster en Seguretat Informàtica i Intel·ligència Artificial.
Spring Semester.
Course code 17685208.

Data Visualization
Màster en Seguretat Informàtica i Intel·ligència Artificial.
Spring Semester.
Course code 17685206.


Office address

Lab 323. Dept. Enginyeria Informàtica i Matemàtiques (Computer Science & Mathematics). Universitat Rovira i Virgili.
Avda. Paisos Catalans 26, 43007, Tarragona, Spain.


Official: clara (dot) granell (at) urv (dot) cat
Alternative (stable) e-mail address: claragranell {AT} gmail (dot) com
Note: my former UNC, UB and Unizar email addresses are not operative anymore. Incoming messages are not replied with an Undelivered Status Notification Failure. Please re-send any important e-mails to any of the current addresses.


Skype user:  cgranell
Researcher id:  H-7837-2015
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For more information about my work, check out my (hopefully updated) Curriculum Vitae here.