Francisco A. Rodrigues is an associate professor at the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science (ICMC), University of São Paulo - Brazil, the best-ranked and most renowned university in Latin America. Francisco holds a degree in Physics (2001, B.A. degree) and has a master’s degree in Computational Physics (2004), both from University of São Paulo. In 2007, he got his Ph.D. 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 Fapesp fellowship (2007-2010). In 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 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 rumor spreading in social and technological networks, the modeling 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 published more than 80 papers in scientific journals, receiving more than 3,800 citations (Google Scholar). He concluded the supervision of six master’s students, four PhDs and advised about twenty undergraduate students. Francisco is an accredited primary Ph.D. supervisor at the University of São Paulo. His teaching activities in graduate and undergraduate courses are related to the fields of Statistics, Mathematical Modelling, Stochastic Processes and Network Science. Currently, Francisco is a visiting professor at the University of Warwick, Mathematics Institute, working at the Centre for Complexity Science. He was awarded a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship. He was also a visiting researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Research and at the University of Zaragoza.
Awards and honors
Leverhulme Professorship, the UK, (2018)
Merit scholar of the Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq) (2016)
Merit scholar of the Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq) (2013)
Merit scholar of the Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq) (2011)
Best teacher award, University of São Paulo (2015) (link)