Dr Elsa Arcaute is Course Director of the MRes Smart Cities. Elsa is a physicist with a master in Mathematics (part III of the Mathematical Tripos) and a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Cambridge, UK. She has been working in the field of Complex Systems for many years. She was previously part of the Complexity and Networks group at Imperial College London, where she worked on self-regulation in social systems. The work focused on ant colonies, robots, and on the development of an intervention for the viability of an Irish eco-village.
Currently her research focuses on scaling laws and on defining cities using different methodologies; from networks and percolation theory, to GIS tools.