Board

Dino Pedreschi

  • Coordinator

Dino Pedreschi is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Pisa, and a pioneering scientist in mobility data mining, social network mining and privacy-preserving data mining. He co-leads with Fosca Giannotti the Pisa KDD Lab - Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Laboratory, a joint research initiative of the University of Pisa and the Information Science and Technology Institute of the Italian National Research Council, one of the earliest research lab centered on data mining. His research focus is on big data analytics and mining and their impact on society. He is a founder of the Business Informatics MSc program at Univ. Pisa, a course targeted at the education of interdisciplinary data scientists. Dino has been a visiting scientist at Barabasi Lab (Center for Complex Network Research) of Northeastern University, Boston (2009-2010), and earlier at the University of Texas at Austin (1989-90), at CWI Amsterdam (1993) and at UCLA (1995).

Albert-László Barabási

  • Board Member

Albert-László Barabási is the Robert Gray Dodge Professor of Network Science and a Distinguished University Professor at Northeastern University, where he directs the Center for Complex Network Research, and holds appointments in the Departments of Physics and College of Computer and Information Science, as well as in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women Hospital in the Channing Division of Network Science, and is a member of the Center for Cancer Systems Biology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. A Hungarian born native of Transylvania, Romania, he received his Masters in Theoretical Physics at the Eötvös University in Budapest, Hungary and was awarded a Ph.D. three years later at Boston University. Barabási latest book is Network Science (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

Vincenzo Barone

  • Board Member

The main research interests of Vincenzo Barone are related to a theoretical microscopic approach for the study of structural, dynamic, electronic and spectroscopic properties of complex systems (materials, nanostructures, biomolecules, “soft matter”), as well as of their reactivity. Areas in which the PI has provided remarkable contributions include:
Density functional theory: (i) Development and validation of new density functionals; (ii) validation of DFT for molecular spectroscopy studies; in particular, contributions concerning open shell molecules are widely recognized; (iii) implementation and parameterization of tight-binding (TB) DFT and of its time dependent (TD) extensions (TB-TD-DFT) allowing for a wider range of applications involving both ground and excited electronic states.

Roberta Bracciale

  • Board Member

Roberta Bracciale, PhD., is Assistant Professor of Media Sociology at the Department of Political Science, University of Pisa, Italy. She teaches “Sociology of New Media” within the Master Degree in: Business Communication and Human Resources Policy; Humanistic Informatics; and Sociology, and “Media Theory” at Italian Navy Academy of Livorno.
She is founder of the MediaLaB - Big Data in Social and Political Research Laboratory at the Department of Political Science, University of Pisa.
Her current research interests focus on the social impact of digital media in the everyday life of the citizens, with particular attention to methodological perspectives related to media studies (eg. Big Data and Digital Methods) applied to the field of Political Communication and to the issue of Digital Inequalities.

Chiara Cappelli

  • Board Member

Chiara Cappelli received a Ph.D. summa cum laude in Chemistry in 2002 from the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy. After four years as postdoctoral fellow at the Italian Institute for the Physics of Matter (INFM-CNR), she joined the faculty at the University of Pisa. From 2015, she is an Associate Professor in Physical Chemistry at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. Her research activity is rooted in theoretical and computational chemistry, and especially focuses on the development of theoretical models and computational codes to treat the effects of the external environment on molecular properties and spectroscopies.

Alessandro Cellerino

  • Board Member

Alessandro Cellerino received a PhD in Neurobiology from Scuola Normale Superiore and studied molecular mechanisms of neruonal plasticity in vivo. In the last ten years, his activity concentrated in the development of Nothobranchius furzeri as a model species for aging studies. This species is now established in about ten laboratories in the world including Stanford University and the Fritz Lipmann Institute in Jena and Alessandro Cellerino is recognized as the world-leader for this model system. For his studies on N. furzeri, he received the prestigious “Max Bürger Preis” of the German Gerontological Society. In collaboration with the Fritz Lipmann Institute, a protocol of RNA-Seq was developed to quantify and the genome of this species is currently being assembled. In the last years, research interest focused on molecular mechanisms regulating neuronal stem cells in vivo using N. furzeri as a model.

Francesca Chiaromonte

  • Board Member

I am a statistician developing methods for the analysis of large, high-dimensional and complex data, and applying such methods in several scientific fields – including contemporary “Omics” sciences, Meteorology and Economics.
I received a Laurea (cum laude) in Statistic and Economic Sciences from the University of Rome La Sapienza (Rome, Italy) and a Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis MN, USA).
At the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (Pisa, Italy) I work in the Institute of Economics. At the Pennsylvania State University (University Park PA, USA) I work in the Department of Statistics; I am also active in the Institute for Genome Sciences (one of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences), the Center for Medical Genomics, the Center for Comparative Genomics and Bioinformatics, and I have a courtesy affiliation with the Department of Public Health Sciences.

Giulio Cimini

  • Board Member

Giulio Cimini is Assistant Professor in Quantitative Analysis and Modeling of Complex Economical and Financial Systems at IMT Lucca (NETWORKS unit). His main expertise includes statistical physics, theory of complex networks, numerical simulations and data analysis. He mainly works on interdisciplinary applications of physics, with particular focus on economic and financial systems, but he also worked on social and biological networks. Born in 1984, he graduated in Physics at “Sapienza” University of Rome in 2009 and got his doctorate in Physics at University of Fribourg in 2013. He was then awarded a grant from the Swiss Natural Science foundation for a research project at Universidad Carlos III in Madrid. Before his current position, he held a post-doc research fellowship at Institute for Complex Systems (ISC-CNR) in Rome.

Marco Conti

  • Board Member

Marco Conti is a Research Director of the Italian National Research Council (CNR). From December 2012 up to November 2016, when he was appointed member of the CNR Scientific Council, he was the director of the CNR Department of Engineering, ICT and Technologies for Energy and Transport. He is member of the board of directors of IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca (a public graduate school) and of Consorzio RFX (a public-private research institute in the field of controlled thermonuclear fusion. He has published in journals and conference proceedings more than 400 research papers related to design, modeling, analysis and experimentation of computer networks, future Internet, social networks and pervasive systems. He received several Best Paper Awards (BPAs), including the IFIP TC6 Networking 2011 BPA and the IEEE WoWMoM 2013 BPA. He co-authored the books “Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs): Architectures, Protocols and Performance Evaluation” (Springer 1997) and “Online Social Networks: Human Cognitive Constraints in Facebook and Twitter Personal Graphs” (Elsevier 2015).

Tommaso Cucinotta

  • Board Member

Prof. Tommaso Cucinotta has a MSc in Computer Engineering from University of Pisa and a PhD from Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna. He spent more than 10 years at the Real-Time Systems Laboratory (ReTiS) of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna carrying out research in security and smart-card based authentication, adaptive deadline-based scheduling in the Linux kernel for embedded, soft real-time and multimedia applications, temporal isolation in virtualized cloud services and novel Operating System designs for massively parallel and distributed systems. He has been MTS at Bell Labs in Dublin, carrying out industrial research on security and confidentiality, and real-time performance of cloud systems, with a focus on Telco applications. He has also been a Software Development Engineer in AWS DataBase Services in Dublin, Ireland, working on scalability and performance enhancements to the AWS DynamoDB NoSQL real-time data-base. Since 2016, he is back at the ReTiS of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna as associate professor.

Giuseppe De Pietro

  • Board Member

Giuseppe De Pietro is director at Istituto di Reti e Calcolo ad Alte Prestazioni (ICAR) of the Italian National Research Council. His current research interests are E-health, Computer Aided Diagnosis systems, Cognitive Computing and Virtual Reality.
He is the author or co-author of over 200 scientific papers published in international journals and conferences, and member of many international conference Program Committees and scientific journal editorial boards

Fabio Gadducci

  • Board Member

Born in 1966, Fabio Gadducci graduated in Computer Science (Laurea in Science dell'Informazione) at the University of Pisa in 1991, and received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1996 (VII cycle) within the consortium formed by the Universities of Genoa, Pisa and Udine.
He has been a Research Fellow from October 1996 until September 1998 at the Technische Universitaet Berlin, Germany, and from April until December 1999 at the University of Edinburgh, UK.
He is currently Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Pisa, and among his activities, member of the IFIP Working Groups 1.3 Foundations of System Specification (since February 2008) and 9.7 History of Computing (since June 2012). He is serving since 2015 in the Scientific Committee of Gruppo di Informatica (GRIN) and since 2017 in the Consiglio Universitario Nazionale (CUN). He has been part of various Italian and EU-sponsored research programme, and the national coordinator of the Italian project PRIN08 SisteR (Reduction Systems: synthesis, refinement and verification of behavioural models).

Fosca Giannotti

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Fosca Giannotti is a senior researcher at the Information Science and Technology Institute of the National Research Council at Pisa, Italy, where she leads the Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Laboratory – KDD LAB – a joint research initiative with the University of Pisa, founded in 1995, one of the earliest European research groups specifically targeted at data mining and knowledge discovery. Her current research interests include data mining query languages, knowledge discovery support environment, web-mining, spatio-temporal reasoning, spatio-temporal data mining, and privacy preserving data mining. She has been involved in several research projects both at national and international level, holding both management and research positions. She has been the coordinator of various European and national research projects and she is currently the co-ordinator of the FP6-IST project GeoPKDD: Geographic Privacy-aware Knowledge Discovery and Delivery. She is responsible for the Working Group on Privacy and Security in Data mining of the KDUBIQ network of excellences.

János Kertész

  • Board Member

János Kertész (Dr. rer. nat. Eötvös University, 1980; DSc 1989). He was postdoc at the University of Cologne, at TU Munich and researcher at the Institute of Technical Physics in Budapest. Since 1991 he has been professor at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and since 2012 at the Central European University (CEU). At CEU he is director of the PhD Program in Network Science, the first of this kind in Europe. His main interest is in interdisciplinary applications of statistical physics and in computational social science. He is elected member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has been decorated by several recognitions including “Finland Distinguished Professorship” and “Szechenyi Prize” of the Hungarian State.

Fabrizio Lillo

  • Board Member

Fabrizio Lillo is Full Professor of Mathematical Methods for Economics and Finance at the University of Bologna (Italy). Formerly he has been Associate Professor of Mathematical Finance and leader of the group of Quantitative Finance at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (Italy). He has been also External Faculty and Professor (2009-2012) at the Santa Fe Institute (USA). He received the Master (laurea) in Physics and PhD in Physics at the University of Palermo (Italy). He has been postdoc (1999-2001) and then researcher of the National Institute of the Physics of Matter, INFM (2001-2003). After that he has been postdoc (2003) and member of the External Faculty (2004-2009) of the Santa Fe Institute. He has been awarded the Young Scientist Award for Socio- and Econophysics of the German Physical Society in 2007. He is author of more than 85 referred scientific papers, which, according to Google Scholar, his papers have received more than 5,600 citations and his h-index is 36. He has been invited speaker in more than 25 international conference in the last 4 years.

Pier Luigi Lopalco

  • Board Member

Pier Luigi Lopalco, MD, Full Professor of Hygiene and Preventive Medicine at the University of Pisa (Italy). He started his academic career in January 2000 as Researcher at University of Foggia. In December 2001 he got a position as Associate Professor at University of Bari. Between 2005 and 2015 he joined the ECDC, where has been Head of the Vaccine Preventable Disease Programme. During that period he has contributed to strengthening European collaboration in the field of vaccination programmes and produced several guidance documents to support the decision making process for introduction of new vaccines at national level. Since October 2015 he took back his position in the Italian University, moving to Pisa in April 2016, where he is teaching Epidemiological Methods and Public Health at the School of Medicine. His research activity has been focused on infectious disease epidemiology and prevention. He is co-author of more than 120 scientific articles in peer reviewed journals. He has co-authored a chapter in the textbook Vaccines 6th Edition by Plotkin S., Orenstein W., and Offit P.

Francesco Marcelloni

  • Board Member

Francesco Marcelloni received the Laurea degree in Electronics Engineering and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Pisa in 1991 and 1996, respectively. He is currently a full professor at the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Pisa. He has been a member of the Academic Senate of the University of Pisa. He has co-founded the Computational Intelligence Group at the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Pisa in 2002. Further, he is the founder and head of the Competence Centre on MObile Value Added Services (MOVAS).

Stan Matwin

  • Board Member

Stan Matwin is the Director of the Institute for Big Data Analytics at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, where he is a Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) at the Faculty of Computer Science. He is also a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Ottawa, and a State Professor at the Institute for Computer Science of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He holds the titles of Fellow of the European Coordinating Committee on AI, and Fellow of the Canadian AI Association (CAIAC). In 2017 Stan Matwin has been elected one of the nine members of the Board of Directors of CS-Can/Info Can, an organization serving as a focal point for computer science research and education in Canada. Internationally recognized for his work in text mining, applications of machine learning, and data privacy, Stan Matwin is a member of the Editorial Boards of leading journals in machine learning and data mining. He is the General Chair of KDD 2017 in Halifax, Canada.

Anna Monreale

  • Board Member

Anna Monreale is an assistant professor at the Computer Science Department of the University of Pisa and a member of the Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Laboratory (KDD-Lab), a joint research group with the Information Science and Technology Institute of the National Research Council in Pisa. She has been a visiting student at Department of Computer Science of the Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NewJersey, USA) (2010). Her research interests include big data analytics, social networks and the privacy issues raising in mining these kinds of social and human sensitive data. In particular, she is interested in the evaluation of privacy risks during analytical processes and in the design of privacy-by-design technologies in the era of big data. She earned her Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Pisa in June 2011 and her dissertation was about privacy-by-design in data mining.

Elena Pavan

  • Board Member

Elena is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore. She holds a degree in Communication Sciences (University of Padova, Italy, 2004) and a PhD in Sociology (University of Trento, 2009). She developed her expertise in the study and the use of social network analysis in various field of research (from supra national governance political processes to human-computer interaction) and in conjunction with other analytical techniques, such as lexicon-content analysis. Her most recent research interests pertain to the relationships between collective action/political participation and social media use. Within this area, she is working interdisciplinary to combine technical and social knowledges into the study of socio-technical systems and is employing network analysis techniques and tools. She recently published in international journals and in relevant Italian journals. Her PhD dissertation on Internet governance and multistakeholderism has been released in January 2012 as a book for Lexington Publications.

Alex 'Sandy' Pentland

  • Board Member

Professor Alex "Sandy" Pentland directs the MIT Connection Science and Human Dynamics labs and previously helped create and direct the MIT Media Lab and the Media Lab Asia in India. He is one of the most-cited scientists in the world, and Forbes recently declared him one of the "7 most powerful data scientists in the world" along with Google founders and the Chief Technical Officer of the United States. He has received numerous awards and prizes such as the McKinsey Award from Harvard Business Review, the 40th Anniversary of the Internet from DARPA, and the Brandeis Award for work in privacy.

Andrea Mario Cuore Piccaluga

  • Board Member

Andrea Piccaluga is Professor of Innovation Management at the Istituto di Management, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, where he is coordinator of the PhD programme in Management. He is President of Netval, the Italian network of University Technology Transfer Offices. He has also launched DBA programmes at Scuola Sant'Anna. He holds a PhD from Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna and a Master in Technology and Innovation Management from SPRU (University of Sussex, Brighton). He is Associate editor of the R&D Management Journal and Creativity and Innovation Management Journal. He collaborates with large and medium-sized companies (Knauf, GE Oil&Gas, Loccioni, TT Venture, etc.) in the field of Open Innovation and with the regional governments of Puglia (Arti) and Tuscany in the field of policies for entrepreneurship and technology transfer. He is member of the board of SIAF (Scuola Internazionale di Alta Formazione) in Volterra.

Nadia Pisanti

  • Board Member

Nadia Pisanti graduated cum laude in Computer Science at the University of Pisa in 1996. In 1998 she obtained a DEA degree at the University of Paris Est, and in 2002 a PhD in Informatics at the University of Pisa. She has been visiting fellow at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, ERCIM fellow at INRIA Rhone Alpes, research fellow at the University of Pisa, and CNRS post-doc at the University of Paris 13. Since 2006 she is with the Department of Computer Science of the University of Pisa. During the academic year 2012-2013 she was on sabbatical leave at Leiden University and visiting fellow of the Life Science group at CWI Amsterdam. Since 2015, she is part of the international INRIA team ERABLE. Her research interests fall in the field of Computational Biology and, in particular, in the design and application of efficient algorithms for the analysis of genomic data.

Monica Pratesi

  • Board Member

Monica Pratesi is Professor of Statistics at Pisa University, where she has been since 2002. She also currently serves as Director of the School of the Italian Statistical Society. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Statistics from the University of Florence in 1993. From 1993 to 1996 she worked at the University of Florence as research assistant, and from 1997 to 2001 at the University of Bergamo as Associate Professor of Statistics.
Her research interests are in small area estimation, inference in elusive populations, nonresponse in telephone and Internet surveys, design effect in fitting statistical models. Professor Pratesi is co-author of Metodi di stima in presenza di errori non campionari (Springer, 2012) and is the author of over fifty papers on survey methodology and analysis of survey data.

Raffaele Perego

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Raffaele Perego, is a senior researcher of the Italian National Research Council (CNR). He leads the High Performance Computing Laboratory (HPC Lab) belonging to the Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologia dell’Informazione A. Faedo (ISTI), the largest CNR institute involved in ICT Research. The laboratory is located in the CNR Research Area of Pisa, and is closely linked with the University of Pisa and the SoBigData Lab. His research interests include Web Mining, Web Search and the design of large-scale information systems for the efficient management, analysis, synthesis, search of large amounts of data. He has published more than 130 papers on these topics on peer-reviewed journals, books, and proceedings of international workshops/conferences. He commonly serves in the PC committee of top-level conferences of his research area.

Chiara Maria Angela Roda

  • Board Member

She is Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Pisa. Since the beginning of her scientific career she collaborates with the Istituto Nazionale of Fisica Nucleare (INFN). She works in experimental physics and is presently participating in the ATLAS experiment held at CERN Laboratory in Geneva and leading the ATLAS group in Pisa. She has been one of the Physicists that discovered the Higgs boson in 2012. Her research activities include both data analysis and new detector developments. In physics analysis her work addresses both precision measurements and new particles searches. New detector development activities include track triggers and hadronic-calorimetry. In ATLAS, an international collaboration of about 2000 physicists, she has leading and management roles. She co-teaches the course of experimental laboratory in particle physics at the Department of Physics and the course of mechanics and thermodynamic at the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Salvatore Ruggieri

  • Board Member

Salvatore Ruggieri is Full Professor at the Computer Science Department of the University of Pisa, where he teaches at the Master Programme in Data Science and Business Informatics. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science (1999), whose thesis has been awarded by the Italian Chapter of EATCS as the best Ph.D. thesis in Theoretical Computer Science. He is a member of the KDD LAB, with research interests focused in the data mining and knowledge discovery area, including: discrimination discovery and prevention, privacy and fairness, languages and systems for modelling the process of knowledge discovery; sequential and parallel classification algorithms; web mining; and applications. He was the coordinator of Enforce, a national FIRB (Italian Fund for Basic Research) young researcher project on Computer science and legal methods for enforcing the personal rights of non-discrimination and privacy in ICT systems (2010-2014, enforce.di.unipi.it). He was the program chair of the XIII Italian Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Pisa 10-12 December 2014.

Tiziano Squartini

  • Board Member

Tiziano Squartini is a physicist, working from November 2015 as an Assistant Professor at IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, in Lucca (within the NETWORKS Research Unit). He was born in 1983 in Siena, where he graduated in 2008 with a Master's Degree in Physics and defended his PhD thesis ("Information-theoretic approach to the analysis of complex networks") in 2011. During the biennium 2012-2013 he was Postdoctoral Researcher at the Lorentz-Institute for Theoretical Physics (Leiden, NL) under the supervision of Diego Garlaschelli. From January 2014 to October 2015 he was Postodoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Complex Systems UOS Sapienza in Rome, under the supervision of Luciano Pietronero. His research activity focuses on complex networks theory, both on the development of novel theoretical models and on their application (mainly to financial and economic systems). He currently collaborates with the Supervisory Policy Division of the Dutch National Bank. Other research interests concern statistics and statistical mechanics.

Franco Turini

  • Board Member

Franco Turini was born in 1949 in Italy. He graduated in Computer Science (Laurea in Scienze dell' Informazione) summa cum laude in 1973, from the University of Pisa. He is currently a full professor in the Department of Computer Science of the University of Pisa. In 78/80 he has been a visiting scientist of the Carnegie-Mellon University (Pittsburgh) and of the IBM Research Center S.Jose, afterwards. In 92/93 he has been visiting professor at the University of Utah. His research interests include programming languages design, implementation, and formal semantics especially in the field of functional and logic programming. In 1990-1993 he has been responsible for an Italian national programme sponsored by the National Research Council for "New generation Languages". He has been coordinator of the "Meta- and non-monotonic reasoning area" of the BRA Esprit Action No 6810 "Compulog II". Recently, he co-edited with Krzysztof Apt a book entitled Meta-logics and Logic Programming, published by The MIT Press.

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