Professor Elsa Arcaute is a physicist with a master’s in Mathematics (part III of the Mathematical Tripos) and a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Cambridge, UK. Her doctoral research was on Clifford algebras applied to Penrose’s twistors, and to multi-particle wave-functions. She moved to the field of Complex Systems while visiting Professor Henrik Jensen at the Complexity and Networks group at Imperial College London. Later she joined the group as a postdoc where, working with Professor Kim Christensen as part of a multidisciplinary project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), her research focused on self-regulation in social systems. The work was done alongside Dr Ana Sendova-Franks, a biologist who manipulated ant colonies, Dr Torbjorn Dahl, an engineer who programmed robots, and Dr Angela Espinosa, a social scientist who developed an intervention for the viability of an Irish eco-village.
Currently, she is an Associate Professor in Spatial Modelling and Complexity at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), and Co-Investigator of an EPSRC grant on Digital Economies, and a MacArthur funded research project on Smart Cities. Previously she was part of an ERC (European Research Council) funded project lead by Professor Michael Batty, entitled ‘MECHANICITY: Morphology, Energy and Climate cHANge In the CITY’.