Statistical mechanics, complex networks, computational physics, energy landscapes, glassy systems
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).