London Institute

People

Fellows

Guido Caldarelli
Chris Pickard
Bela Bollobas, FRS
Thomas Fink
Luciano Pietronero
Oscar Dahlsten

Postdocs

Paul Smith
Marec Serlin
Alexis Gallagher
Tomas Juskevicius
Richard Johnson
Jamie Blundell
Nicholas Day
Kedron Silsbe
Alex Volkmann
Michal Przykucki
Francois Lafond
Ilaria Colzi
Thomas Reeves
Dominik Vu
Dr Hamza Zeytinoglu
Marco Bardoscia
Francesco Caravelli
Uwais Iqbal
Paolo Barucca

Visitors

Antonius Coolen
Eric Beinhocker
Sebastian Ahnert
Stefano Battiston
Sang Chin
Charles Epstein
Robert Farr
Andrea Gabrielli
Andrew Green
Matthew Turner
Antonio Scala
Gregorio D’Agostino

Trustees

Thomas Fink
Luciano Pietronero
Thomas Tombrello
Sir Peter Williams, FRS
Martin Reeves
Dame Shirley Porter

Staff

Joachim Rotteveel
Antonia Tingey
Shane England
Eversheds
Peters Elsworthy & Moore
Donald Insall
Anna Maria Loguercio

Guido Caldarelli

Fellow

Caldarelli studied physics at the University of Rome ‘Sapienza’ and did a PhD in statistical physics at SISSA/ISAS in Trieste working on self-organized criticality. He did postdocs in Manchester and Cambridge. Caldarelli is now associate professor of physics at IMT Lucca and the Italian CNR, and has been a visiting professor at Ecole Normale Superieure and in Barcelona.

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Chris Pickard

Fellow

Pickard studied physics at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge and has worked in Cambridge (England), National Center for High Performance Computing (Taiwan) and the Universities of Kiel (Germany), Paris 6/7 (France), and St Andrews (Scotland). He is currently an ESPRC Leadership Fellow, and recently accepted a chair in physics at UCL. Pickard helps the modern research scientist see the universe at the atomic scale, through quantum mechanics.

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Bela Bollobas, FRS

Fellow

Bollobas did his PhD in Cambridge under Frank Adams and was elected a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He was appointed to the Jabie Hardin Chair of Excellence at the University of Memphis, and was more recently awarded a Senior Research Fellowship at Trinity College. Bollobas is a Fellow of the Royal Society and was awarded the Senior Whitehead Prize. He has represented Oxford for modern pentathlon and Cambridge for fencing.

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Thomas Fink

Felow

Fink studied physics at Caltech, winning the Fisher Prize for top physicist, and did a PhD at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge with Robin Ball. He was a Junior Fellow at Caius College, Cambridge, and a postdoc at Ecole Normale Superieure with Bernard Derrida. He is currently a Charge de Recherche in physics in the French CNRS. Fink has written popular science books with sales of 1/3 million. Outside of physics, Fink is interested in design, simplicity, adaptability, skiing and shooting.

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Luciano Pietronero

Fellow

Pietronero studied physics in Rome and was a research scientist at Xerox Webster and Brown Boveri. He then moved to Groningen, where he was professor in condensed matter theory. Since 1987 he is professor of physics at the University of Rome “Sapienza” and director of the Institute for Complex Systems, which he founded in 2004. Luciano was chairman of StatPhys 23 and recently won the Fermi Prize, the highest award of the Italian Physical Society. He joined LIMS in 2010.

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Oscar Dahlsten

Fellow

Dahlsten is also at the Clarendon Laboratory in Oxford. Previously he worked at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at ETH Zurich. He was trained at Imperial College. He is a Research Fellow of Wolfson College and a Lecturer of St Catherine’s College, both of Oxford University. He is one of the founders of a new approach to non-equilibrium statistical mechanics which is inspired by single shot information theory. He has also contributed several results on the foundations of quantum theory from a quantum information perspective.

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Paul Smith

Postdoc

Paul studied mathematics at Trinity College, Cambridge, first as an undergraduate and then as a PhD student under the supervision of Béla Bollobás. He is now doing a postdoc at IMPA in Rio de Janeiro with Rob Morris, working on bootstrap percolation and related models. Outside of mathematics, Paul has captained Cambridge and represented England at karate.

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Marec Serlin

Summer Undergrad. Research Fellow

Marec studied physics at Caltech. As a Physics 11 student, he developed a telescope calibration algorithm using wavefront measurements to be implemented in CCAT. He spent the 2013 summer at LIMS doing research on fractal mechanics and understanding why more choice is not always better. Outside of research, Marec enjoys mountain biking and playing football (soccer). He captained the Caltech men’s soccer team in 2013 and 2014.

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Alexis Gallagher

Postdoc

Gallagher studied physics at Harvard before moving to New York where he was a management consultant in finance and to Milan where he was a software designer. He did a Ph.D. at St Peter’s College, Oxford with Alan Grafen in mathematical biology and joined LIMS in 2009 to do a postdoc with funding from DARPA. Outside of research, Gallagher in interested in theatre, improvisation, technology and design.

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Tomas Juskevicius

Summer Grad. Research Student

Tomas Juskevicius studied Mathematics in Vilnius University for his undergraduate degree, worked in the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics as an assistant (Vilnius University). He is now seeking a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Béla Bollobás.

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Richard Johnson

Summer Grad. Research Student

​Richard read Mathematics at Pembroke College, Cambridge for his undergraduate degree, and then returned following a stint in the financial industry to sit a Masters at Merton College, Oxford and the Part III Tripos back in Cambridge. He is now undertaking a PhD in Memphis under the supervision of Prof. Béla Bollobás.

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Jamie Blundell

Postdoc

​Blundell read physics at Sydney Sussex College, Cambridge, before sitting the Physics Tripos Part III. He did his Ph.D. at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge with Eugene Terentjev, where he divided his time between the Theory of Condensed Matter and Biological and Soft Systems groups. He did a postdoc at LIMS with funding from DARPA and DTRA before starting a Stanford postdoc with Daniel Fisher in 2012.

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Nicholas Day

Summer Undergrad. Research Fellow

Day read mathematics as an undergraduate at King’s College, Cambridge, and is currently sitting the Part III Tripos in mathematics at Cambridge. He has spent the summers of 2011 and 2012 working on exact dynamics of Boolean clocks with simple topologies, funded in part by a grant from DARPA.

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Kedron Silsbe

Graduate Research Fellow

​Silsbee studied physics at Caltech, winning the Housner prize for research. As a Physics 11 student, and later with the support of two SURF fellowships, he worked on modelling tidal heating on Enceladus, and methods to determine critical coupling in tree networks. He spent 2011/12 at LIMS doing research before starting his Ph.D. in astrophysics at Princeton. Outside of physics, Silsbee enjoys classical piano, mountaineering and skiing.

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Alex Volkmann

Summer Graduate Research Fellow

​Volkmann studied mathematics and physics at the Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg and at École Normale Supérieure in Lyon. He is currently finishing his Ph.D. at the Max-Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam under Professor Gerhard Huisken. Volkmann is a fellow of the International Max-Planck Research School (IMPRS) and the Berlin Mathematical School (BMS).

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Michal Przykucki

Postdoc

Michał graduated from Wrocław University of Technology with a Masters in Computer Science under the supervision of Prof. Michał Morayne. He then moved to Cambridge to read Mathematics at Trinity College. He took Part III of the Mathematical Tripos and went on to do a PhD degree under the supervision of Prof. Béla Bollobás, which he completed in summer 2013.

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Francois Lafond

Postdoc

François studied economics in France at the Universities of Clermont-Ferrand and Strasbourg, focusing on innovation and development. He then moved to the the Netherlands for his Ph.D at UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University. In his thesis, he worked on theoretical and empirical models of knowledge networks as self-organizing bipartite graphs. He joined LIMS in February 2014 to work on the GROWTHCOM project with Doyne Farmer.

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Ilaria Colzi

Postdoc

Ilaria studied Environmental Biology at University of Florence for her master degree. During her PhD in Plant Physiology, she spent some months at Vrije University of Amsterdam, thus getting the European PhD title. She is now working as postdoc researcher doing studies on electrical signals generated by plants and their possible use as the next generation organic sensing devices. Outside of research, Ilaria is interested in photography and enjoys fitness and skiing.

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Thomas Reeves

SURF

Thomas Reeves is moving into his third year at Princeton University as an undergraduate mathematics major. He was a U.S. Presidential Scholar and National Merit Scholar. In addition to mathematics, he is a passionate pianist and composer.

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Dominik Vu

Postdoc

Dominik Vu read mathematics at the Vienna University of Technology and the Ecole Polytechnique before being matriculated at Hughes Hall, Cambridge, and sitting Part III of the Mathematical Tripos. He is currently working towards a Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Bela Bollobas, University of Memphis. Outside of his academic work, Dominik’s interests include travelling, non-profit work and ballroom dance.

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Dr Hamza Zeytinoglu

Associate Research Scientist

Doctor of Medicine from training (Ege University Medical School), he studied at Boston Uni. School of Public Health and is a certified Process Management mentor (Advanced Training Program, LDS Hospitals, Utah). Since 2000 as one of the pioneers in Healthcare Informatics and post-doc research fellow in Harvard Medical School, MA, he applied advanced statistics, networks analysis, systems design and workflow metrics within various settings of healthcare systems. He served as physician informaticist and consultant to the National Health Service, NHS-UK and as developer of an unique claims management tool serviced a widely used cloud platform for Practice Based Commissioning reform (2007-2013). As a consultant he coordinates social networks, crowdsourcing and values-driven change initiatives in European projects, SIMPOL and DOLFINs and supports change and process management projects in various sectors.

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Marco Bardoscia

Postdoc

Marco Bardoscia got his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics at the University of Bari and spent three years as postdoctoral fellow at ICTP. His research interests are focused on interdisciplinary applications of ideas and techniques of statistical physics. He is a passionate music enthusiast.

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Francesco Caravelli

Research Associate

Francesco Caravelli is a theoretical physicist, interested in quantum and classical systems and the application of techniques of statistical physics to other disciplines such as economics and engineering.

His PhD was in condensed matter models for quantum gravity, involving work in statistical physics of dynamical graphs models, renormalization group and black holes, but more recently he has been involved in complex systems research, complex networks and agent-based models.

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Uwais Iqbal

SURF

Uwais Iqbal has just completed his BSc in Physics with Theoretical Physics at Imperial College London. His BSc project involved applying and extending traditional network centrality measures for use on citation networks. He is now continuing onto an MSc in Physics during which he hopes to focus on and specialise in Theoretical Physics. Uwais is also a passionate hobbyist software developer and has developed his own Android apps which have received thousands of downloads to date. Uwais’ other interests include pursuing a traditional scholarship degree in Islamic studies. Uwais enjoys reading and learning about the world.

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Paolo Barucca

Postdoc

Paolo is a Theoretical Physicist specialising in Statistical Physics of disordered and complex systems. He is currently researching systemic risk in financial networks trying to provide general, informative and reliable indicators for quantifying the risk of default cascades in networks, prevent systemic crises, and design more sustainable financial policies.

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Joachim Rotteveel

Staff, Media

Joachim Rotteveel studied Fine Art at the AKV|St-Joost in The Netherlands followed by the Media Technology MSc programme at the University of Leiden. Since his graduation in 2005 he worked as an artist / designer / technologist in the intersections between art, science and technology. He collaborated with several research labs and museums such as Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, University of Amsterdam, TU Delft Biorobotics Lab, Augmented Reality Lab.

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Antonia Tingey

Staff, Grants

​Antonia Tingey studied at King’s College, London before starting a career in management in and around London. She has worked in business development in the restaurant trade (Simpsons of Cornhill, the Atrium, Elistano) and business strategy and design (Industry Architecture and Design). Tingey most recently assisted Lady Meyer CBE with her charity PACT before starting at LIMS in 2011.

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Shane England

Accounts

​Shane England has managed accounts for a variety of business in London. He oversees LIMS payroll, liaises with HMRC, allocates research grant monies, and works with our independent accountants Brebners to prepare our annual accounts. England divides his time between London and Sussex, and when away from from his spreadsheets breeds Irish Wolfhounds.

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Eversheds

Solicitors

​Because LIMS continues to innovate how research is organised and funded, it is essential to have a solid legal foundation. Eversheds is the UK’s leading legal adviser to the higher education and research sector. Glynne Stanfield, LIMS’ chief solicitor, heads Eversheds’ governance practice and the international education practice. He and his team guide LIMS in its tranactions with international grant-giving bodies, Research Councils UK, and the Charity Commission, as well as advise on intellectual property and how to eliminate bureaucracy.

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Peters Elsworthy & Moore

Accountants

​PEM are an independent firm of Chartered Accountants based in Cambridge. They act as our Independent Examiners and Accountants as well as providing advice to ensure compliance with the ever-changing legal and regulatory environment of the charity and not-for-profit sector.

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Donald Insall

Architects

​Donald Insall is a firm of architects and historic building consultants who have worked on some of the UK’s most distinguished buildings, including Windsor Castle, the Royal Albert Hall and Trinity College, Cambridge. They orchestrated planning permission for our Grade II* listed building and helped reinstate the 18th-century plan on the upper floors. Donald Insall continue to advise LIMS as we redecorate the interior of our building.

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Anna Maria Loguercio

EU Grant Assistant

​Anna Maria Loguercio has a degree in Political Sciences and is involved in the social life of her community in Rome. She has spent more than 20 years in a non-profit organization for the assistance of people and their recovery from drug-addiction. In her spare time (not that much) she is a professional manager of European projects. After a strep (foc) she is now involved in the management of the ip multiplex. On a part time basis she works at LIMS as a consultant for the accounting of our European projects.

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Thomas Fink

Trustee

​Fink studied physics at Caltech, winning the Fisher Prize for top physicist, and did a Ph.D. at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge with Robin Ball. He was a Junior Fellow at Caius College, Cambridge, and a postdoc at Ecole Normale Superieure with Bernard Derrida. He is currently an associate professor of physics in the French CNRS. Fink has written popular science books with sales of 1/3 million. Outside of physics, Fink is interested in design, simplicity, adaptability, skiing and shooting.

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Luciano Pietronero

Trustee

​Pietronero studied physics in Rome and was a research scientist at Xerox Webster and Brown Boveri. He then moved to Groningen, where he was professor in condensed matter theory. Since 1987 he has been professor of physics at the University of Rome “Sapienza” and director of the Institute for Complex Systems, which he founded in 2004. Luciano was chairman of StatPhys 23 and recently won the Fermi Prize, the highest award of the Italian Physical Society.

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Thomas Tombrello

Former Trustee

A native of Texas, Dr Tombrello earned his BA, MA and PhD degrees at Rice. He then moved to Caltech, where he was William R. Kenan, Jr Professor, chair of the Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy, Technology Assessment Officer, and is currently Robert H. Goddard Professor of Physics. Dr Tombrello had a brief stint on the Yale faculty and served as Vice President and Director of Research at Schlumberger-Doll Research. He is a consultant for Schlumberger, Applied Minds, FormFactor, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the University of Southern California. He is on the Boards of Directors of the American Friends of Uppsala University and the Loh Down on Science Media Lab.

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Sir Peter Williams, FRS

Trustee

Sir Peter Williams is a Fellow and former Treasurer and Vice President of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and Chairman of the National Physical Laboratory and the Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation. He began his career at Selwyn College, Cambridge in semiconductor physics, and has subsequently held positions as: Chancellor of the University of Leicester, a non-executive director of GKN plc and of WS Atkins plc, Chairman and Chief Executive of Oxford Instruments plc, Deputy Chief Executive of VG Instruments Ltd, Master of St Catherine’s College Oxford, Chairman of Trustees of the Science Museum, a Trustee of Marie Curie Cancer Care, Chairman of the Engineering and Technology Board and Chairman of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council.

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Martin Reeves

Trustee

Martin Reeves is a senior partner and managing director at the Boston Consulting Group. He leads the BCG Strategy Institute worldwide. A BCG Fellow since 2008, Martin is a senior member of the Health Care practice area. Before joining BCG, Martin worked for AstraZeneca in Japan and the UK. He holds at triple first-class degree in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from Cranfield Institute of Technology. Martin also studied physiology at Tokyo University and Japanese at Osaka University. He joined the LIMS Board in 2015.

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Dame Shirley Porter

Trustee

Dame Shirley Porter, Lady Porter, DBE, grew up in London and Switzerland during the time her father launched what would later become the Tesco empire. An early environmental activist, she was elected as a Conservative member of Westminster City Council in 1974 and began her campaign to tackle litter, adult shops and municipal services. She was Lord Mayor of Westminster and Leader of the Westminster City Council from 1983 to 1991. Dame Shirley heads the Porter Foundation, originally set up by her father’s family, which has endowed the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Academy and the V&A museums. She helped establish the Porter School of Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University, which opened its showcase LEED Platinum-graded building in 20014. Dame Shirley was awarded the ‘Green Globe’ in 2009 for contributions to the environment.

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Antonius Coolen

Former Fellow

Coolen studied theoretical physics at the University of Utrecht. He did postdocs at the Biophysics Research Institute in Utrecht, and at the Theoretical Physics department in Oxford with David Sherrington. He is currently professor of applied mathematics at King’s College, London, where he created the disordered systems group.

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Eric Beinhocker

Visiting Scientist

​Eric Beinhocker is the Executive Director of the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School. INET@Oxford is a research center devoted to economic theory and public policy practice. Beinhocker is also a Visiting Professor at Central European University in Budapest. Prior to joining Oxford, he was a partner at McKinsey & Company. His work has appeared in the Financial Times, Newsweek, The Times, Harvard Business Review, and he is the author of The Origin of Wealth. Beinhocker is also chairman of the ‘Growth and Shared Prosperity in the UK’ initiative for the IPPR.

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Sebastian Ahnert

Visiting Scientist

Ahnert read physics at Cambridge and did his Ph.D. at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge with Michael Payne. He did a postdoc at the Curie Institute and later with Laszlo Barabasi at Northeastern University. He is currently a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Theory of Condensed Matter group in the Cavendish and a Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. Outside of research, his interests include photography and cooking.

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Stefano Battiston

Research Scientist

​Battiston studied at SISSA, Brandeis, and Ecole Normale Superieure, and is currently a senior researcher in complex systems design at ETH Zurich. He is a coordinator of the European Project FOC, aimed at anticipating structural instabilities in global financial networks. He also manages a Swiss project on the impact of OTC derivatives on systemic risk.

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Sang Chin

Visiting Scientist

​Dr Sang (Peter) Chin is currently the branch chief scientist of the Cyber Technology Branch at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He is currently PI for a 4-year ONR grant (Geometric Multi-Resolution Analysis) where he is s applying geometric sparse recovery techniques to high dimensional data with low intrinsic dimension. He is a Merle A. Tuve fellow as an adjunct assistant research professor in the ECE Department in the Whiting School of Engineering at JHU.

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Charles Epstein

Visiting Scientist

​Epstein studied mathematics at MIT and the Courant Institute, where he won the K. O. Friedrichs Prize. He did a postdoc at Princeton with W. Thurston before moving to the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been since. Epstein is currently Thomas A. Scott Professor of Mathematics and graduate chair of Applied Mathematics, as well as Professor of Radiology in the School of Medicine. He has been a visiting professor at Paris, the IHES and the Courant Institute.

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Robert Farr

Research Scientist

​Farr read physics at Cambridge, where he won the Clerk Maxwell University Prize for top physicist of his year, then sat the Mathematical Tripos Part III. He did his Ph.D. at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge with Robin Ball. He is currently a research scientist at Unilever, dividing his time between the UK and the Netherlands. Farr is currently co-supervising a research student at Nottingham University.

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Andrea Gabrielli

Visiting Scientist

​Gabrielli studied physics at the the Univeristy of Rome, ‘Sapienza’, where he also did his Ph.D. He did postdocs at Laboratoire PMC, Ecole Polytechnique in France and the INFM/Enrico Fermi Research Center in Italy. Gabrielli took up a tenure track position at INFM and the Institute of Complex Systemcs at the Italian National Research Council, where he is now an associate professor.

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Andrew Green

Visiting Scientist

​Green is professor in theoretical physics at the London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL. He currently holds an EPSRC Leadership Fellowship and is a former Visiting Miller Professor at UC Berkeley. He did his D.Phil at Oxford with Alexei Tsvelik, followed by a Lindemann Fellowship at Princeton, a Junior Research Fellowship in Trinity College, Cambridge and Royal Society URF in Oxford. From 2003 he was at the University of St Andrews, as Lecturer, Reader and finally Professor. He started his UCL position in 2011.

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Matthew Turner

Visiting Scientist

​Turner did his PhD under Mike Cates in the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge. He Junior research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, and later a Royal Society URF. He spent time as a postdoc in the ITP at UCSB and as the W M Keck fellow in the Centre for Studies in Physics and Biology at Rockefeller University in New York. He currently holds an EPSRC Leadership Fellowship and is a visiting Joliot-Curie Professor at ESPCI in Paris.

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Antonio Scala

Visiting Scientist

​Scala studied physics and computer science at the University of Napoli Federico II working with A. Coniglio. He did a Ph.D. in condensed matter physics at Boston University under H. E. Stanley. As a postdoc at Rome La Sapienza he worked with F. Sciortino and P. Tartaglia. He is now research professor of physics in the Institute for Complex Systems at the National Research Council of Italy (CNR).

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Gregorio D’Agostino

Visiting Scientist

​Gregorio D’Agostino attained his “laurea” and PhD in Physics at University of Rome “La Sapienza”. He is presently Associate Professor at ENEA (Italian National Agency for the New Technology the Innovation and the Sustainable Economic Development) and Visitor Researcher at Boston University. He belongs to the Directory Council of the AIIC the Italian Association of Experts in Critical Infrastructures and is a member of the OSN (Observatory for National Security). He has been project manager and coordinator of the European project MOTIA aimed at Modelling Interdependencies among ICT critical Infrastructures and is currently involved in different EU projects.

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