Born in Catania the 14th of January 1960
Associate Professor of Theoretical Physics, Mathematical Models and Methods
at the Physics and Astronomy Department of the University of Catania, Italy (since November 1998)
Qualified as a Full Professor in the area 02/A2 Theoretical Physics of Fundamental Interactions on January 2014. Confirmation of the qualification on September 2019 (Giudizio in Italiano)
Qualified as a Full Professor in the area 02/B2 Theoretical Physics of Condensed Matter on April 2017 (Giudizio in Italiano)
External Faculty Member of the Complexity Science Hub Vienna
Codirector of the International School on Complexity at the Ettore Majorana Foundation in Erice with A. Zichichi, G. Benedek, M. Gell-mann and C. Tsallis
Member of the Council of the Complex Systems Society.
Results for the national evaluation of research quality (in Italian) VQR 2011-2014 - VQR 2004-2010 - VQR 2015-2019
Institutional Coordinator of the PhD course on Complex Systems for Physical, Socio-economic and Life Sciences at the University of Catania since 2016
Departmental Delegate for Strategic Planning since 2018
President of the Joint Departmental Commission (2020-2023)
Rector's Delegate for Internationalization at the University of Catania march 2013 - november 2016
Erasmus Institutional Coordinator of the University of Catania march 2013 - november 2016
Associate member of Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN) since 1998
Coordinator for INFN Sezione Catania of the project DYNSYSMATH
Principal Investigator of the FIR Research Project 2014 at the University of Catania
Multi-layer Networks and Efficient Decision Dynamics
Principal Investigator for the Catania Unit of the PRIN 2017 "Stochastic forecasting of Complex Systems"
Codirector of the International Lipari School on Complex Systems since 2010
Member of the Advisory Editorial Board of "Physica A" since october 2005
Member of the Editorial Board of the "International Journal of Statistical Mechanics" march 2013 - july 2016
Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal "Cogent Physics" since 2014
Member of the Editorial Board of the Elsevier journal "Heliyon" since may 2015
Member of the Review board of the international journal Frontiers in physics | Social physics since 2018
Specialty Chief Editor of Frontiers in Complex Systems since 2022
Member of the Italian Physical Society (SIF)
Member of the Complex Systems Society (CSS)
Coauthor of more than 170 scientific publications in international and national journals
Supervisor of several Post-docs, PhD and Master students
(Vito Latora, Antonio Causa, Salvatore Rizzo, Filippo Caruso, Alessandro Pluchino, Manlio De Domenico, Giovanna Miritello, Marco Scalisi, Dario Zappalà, Emiliano Marchese, Emanuele Sicurella, Nicola Cinardi, Valeria Mazzeo, Giulio Burgio among many others)
Referee of several international journals, including among others:
Physical Review Letters, Physical Review E, Chaos, International Journal of Modern Physics, Physica A, Physica D, Chaos Solitons and Fractals, Journal of Statistical Physics, Europhysics Letters, Fluctuation and Noise Letters, New Journal of Physics, Journal of Physics A, Entropy, Modern Physics Letters B, Journal of complex networks,PLOSONE, PNAS, Nature Scientific Reports
Theoretical physics, Statistical Mechanics, Complex systems, Complex Networks, Social behaviour, Econophysics, Agent Based Models, Chaos, Nonlinear dynamics
Some of the most cited papers
(Source Google scholar)
Fellowship at the Niels Bohr Institute of Copenhagen, september 1984 - march 1985.
Military Service (Artiglieria contraerea), april 85 - april 86 (Sabaudia - Bologna).
Fellowship INFN, june 1986 - june 1988.
Fellowship at the Niels Bohr Institute of Copenhagen, september 1988 - june 1989.
Fellowship at the Centro Siciliano di Fisica Nucleare e Struttura della Materia, University of Catania, march 1990 - march 1991.
Permanent position as INFN researcher, sezione di Catania, in the period may 1991-october 1998.
Rappresentante dei ricercatori INFN sezione di Catania, july 1995- july 1998.
Associate Professor of Nuclear and Particle Physics since 14.10.1998.
Visiting scientist at Center of Applied and Mathematical Theoretical Physics of Maribor, Slovenia.
Visiting scientist at Center of Theoretical Physics of MIT, Cambridge USA.
Coordinator of the theoretical group (Gruppo IV) at INFN sezione di Catania, may 1998 - may 2004.
Presidente Struttura Didattica Aggregata di Fisica, 04.11.2004 - 04 -11- 2010
Member of Commissione paritetica di Dipartimento (2013-2016)
Member of the National Advisory Committee for STAPHYS23 in 2007
Codirector of the Erice International Workshop "Complexity, Metastability and Nonextensivity" July 2004
Codirector of the Erice International school "New Trends in Statistical Mechanical Foundations of Complexity" , july 27- august 3 2015, Erice, Italy
Organization of meetings and conferences:
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