Alessandro PLUCHINO

Associate Professor of Theoretical physics, mathematical models and methods [FIS/02]
Office: DFA 319
Email: alessandro.pluchino@ct.infn.it
Phone: 095-3785423
Web Site: www.pluchino.it
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Office Hours: Monday and Thursday from 10:00 to 11:00


Alessandro Pluchino is an associate professor of theoretical physics, mathematical methods and models, at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Catania and he has also the qualification of full professor in Theoretical Physics of fundamental interactions. He is delegate of research at INFN and local coordinator of PLEXNET. His research activity mainly focuses on the elaboration of mathematical and computational models of complex systems, through the network analysis and agent-based models tools, but he also addresses fundamental physics, statistical mechanics, complex networks and chaos theory, with applications to biological, geological, ecological, economic and social systems. He is also interested to develop optimization methods through bioinspired algorithms with applications to management engineering, infrastructures and transportations. Author of more than 100 scientific publications, among which several books, and speaker at numerous international conferences, he is also actively engaged in scientific dissemination for a non-specialist audience. In 2010 he was awarded, with Andrea Rapisarda and Cesare Garofalo, of the Ig-Nobel Prize for Management at Harvard University.

1990-1994: Degree in Physics at University of Catania;

1995-2001: Private activity as co-founder of two different software houses (Worksoft S.A.S – Trecastagni, CT – and Zetanet P.S.C.R.L. – Modica, RG): dealer Autodesk with Asia Computers; teacher in courses of Autocad 2D & 3D; development of CAD projects (2D-3D), databases, internet websites, etc...

2001: Winner at the National Competition for Teaching at Secondary School;

2001-2008: Permanent position as Teacher of Mathematics and Physics (A049) at the “Istituto Statale d’Arte” in Catania;

2002-2005: Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics at the Faculty of Science at the Catania University;

2005-2007: Post-doc fellowship FIS/02 “Fisica teorica, modelli e metodi matematici” at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Catania;

2007-2008: Collaboration research with the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Catania;2008: Post-doc fellowship FIS/02 “Fisica teorica, modelli e metodi matematici” at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Catania;

Since 01/01/2009: Permanent position as researcher scientist and assistant professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Catania;

Since October 2015: Associate Professor of theoretical physics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Catania;

Since 2002: Association with INFN (National Institute for Nuclear Physics), Sezione di Catania;

Since 2014: Local coordinator of the INFN Projects “PIECES” and “PLEXNET” ;

Since 2010: Co-Director of the LIPARI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL ON COMPLEX SYSTEMS - Lipari, Italy;

2010: Winner (with Andrea Rapisarda and Cesare Garofalo) of the "Ig-Nobel Prize 2010 for Management" - Harvard University and M.I.T. (Boston, USA) http://www.pluchino.it/ignobel.html;

Since 2014: Member of the Interdisciplinary Research Center about Diagnosis and Therapy of Brain Tumors, University of Catania;

Since 2015: Member of the Interdisciplinary Study Center about Pascal and ‘600 (CESPES), University of Catania;

Since 2015: “Counselor” for students of the First Degree in Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Catania;

Since 2016: Staff Member of PHD in Complex Systems for Physical, Socio-Economical and Life Sciences, University of Catania;

Since 2017: Member of the Scientific Program Committee of the annual conference “Summer Solstice Conference on Discrete Models of Complex Systems”;

Since 2017: Member of CCS/ITALY, “Italian Regional Chapter on Complex Systems”;

Since 2018: Academic Editor of the scientific Journal PLOS ONE;

Since 2018: Member of Scientific Committee for the “Collana di Computational Social Science”, Franco Angeli Editore;

Since 2018: Incaricato di ricerca scientifica presso INFN, Sezione di Catania;

July 2018: Habilitation at the level of Full Professor by the Italian National Committee of Theoretical Physics;

Since 2019: Member of SIF (Italian Physics Society).

Research Interests .
Statistical mechanics; dynamics and thermodynamics of systems with long-range interactions; complex systems; phase transitions and critical phenomena; self-organized criticality; glassy systems; chaos and nonlinear dynamics; fractals; turbulence; plasma physics; ether-drift experiments and void structure; synchronization in many-body systems; complex networks theory applied to physical, biological, social and economic systems; numerical simulations; agents- based simulations.

Bibliometric Indicators

H-Index: 21 (Scopus, October 2019) Citazioni: 1386 (Scopus, October 2019)

Web Site: http://www.pluchino.it

Referee of many International Journals, among which: PLOS ONE, Physical Review E, Chaos, International Journal of Modern Physics C, Physica A, Journal of Statistical Physics, Europhysics Letters, Chaos, Entropy, Eur. Phys. Journal B, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulations (JASSS)

Attended Conferences and International Projects

Conferenze e Progetti Internazionali

  • Ø  International Workshop ‘Stochastic Systems:from randomness to complexity’ (29-31 July 2002) – Erice (TP), Centro Ettore Majorana - Uditore

  • Ø  International Workshop ‘Energy and information transfer in biological systems’ (18-22 settembre 2002) – S.Tecla Palace Hotel – Acireale (CT) - Uditore

  • Ø  International Workshop “Anomalous distributions, non-linear dynamics and non-extensivity” – (2002) Santa Fè (New Mexico – USA) - Uditore

  • Ø  Workshop su Biologia e Sistemi complessi – Università di Firenze (2002)

  • Ø  Convegno internazionale “Frontier Science 2003 - A non linear world: the real world” – Università di Pavia (2003) - Presentazione di un poster

  • Ø  Scuola internazionale E.Fermi “The physics of Complex Systems: new advances and perspectives” – (2003) Varenna (Lago di Como) – Presentazione di un poster

  • Ø  Convegno internazionale “Next 2003 – News and expectations in thermostatistics” – (2003) Villasimius (Cagliari). Talk presentation

  • Ø  Conferenza Internazionale “Trends and perspective in extensive and non-extensive statistical mechanics” in honour of Constantino Tsallis 60th birthday – Angra dos Reis (Brazil) 2003 - Talk presentation

  • Ø  “International Conference on Complex Systems” - ICCS 2004 (Boston - USA) - Presentazione di un poster

  • Ø  International Conference “Experimental Chaos 2004” (Firenze, 2004) - Presentazione di un poster

  • Ø  Invited talk to the International conference “Complexity and Nonextensivity: New Trends in Statistical Mechanics” - Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics - (14-18 March 2005) Kyoto, Japan

  • Ø  3rd NEXT International Conference “News Expectations and Trends in Statistical Physic”" (13-18 August 2005, Kolimbari - Crete, Greece) - Talk presentation

  • Ø  XCI Congresso Nazionale S.I.F. - Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia dell'Università di Catania 26 Settembre - 1 October 2005 – Presentazione di un Poster

  • Ø  Invited talk to the Internationational symposium in honour of Alberto Robledo "Nonlinearity, nonequilibrium and complexity: Questions and perspectives in statistical physics"; Tepoztlan, Mexico – 28/11/05- 02/12/05

  • Ø  London Mathematical Society, “Durham Symposium on Dynamical Systems and Statistical Mechanics”; Durham, UK – 3-7 July 2006 - Talk presentation

  • Ø  International Conference on “Ettore Majorana's legacy and the Physics of the XXI century” to commemorate the centennial of Majorana's birth, Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia Universita' di Catania – 5-6 October 2006

  • Ø  Invited talk all’International Conference on "Complexity, Metastability and Nonextensivity - Catania Next07", satellite conference of StatPhys23, 1-5 July 2007 - Catania, Italy

  • Ø  International Conference STATPHYS23 on statistical physics, 9-13 July 2007, Genova, Italy Presentazione di un poster

  • Ø  Invited talk all’International Workshop on "Ecological Complex Systems: Stochastic Dynamics and Patterns", 22-26 July 2007, Cittá del Mare - Terrasini (Palermo), Italy

  • Ø  WIVACE 2007 - Workshop Italiano di Vita Artificiale e Computazione Evolutiva, 5-7 Settembre 2007, Sampieri (Ragusa), Italy

  • Ø  The 10th Experimental Chaos Conference - 3-6 June 2008 - Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Università di Catania - Presentazione di un poster

  • Ø  Sigma-Phi 2008 - International Conference on Statistical Physics - 14-18 July 2008 Kolimbari, Creta - Talk presentation

  • Ø  Invited talk to the International Conference on Nonextensive Statistical Mechanics - NEXT08, 27-31 October 2008, Iguacu, Brazil

  • Ø  Physcon 2009 - 4th International Scientific COnference on Physics and Control - 1-4 Settembre 2009 - Facoltà di Ingegneria dell'Università di Catania - Talk presentation

  • Ø  TIC-STH 2009 - IEEE Toronto International Conference - Science and Technology for Humanity - 26-27 Settembre 2009 - Toronto, Canada - Talk presentation

  • Ø  Co-Direction of the LIPARI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL "Complex Systems Series" - Lipari, Italy, 3-10 July 2010

  • Ø  STATPHYS 24 - International Conference on Statistical Physics - Convention Centre, Cairns, Australia, 19-23 July 2010 - Presentazione di un poster

  • Ø  Invited talk a Uniwinding Complexity - Statistical Physics Perspectives on Complex Systems and Complex Materials - Port Douglas, Australia - 24-26 July 2010

  • Ø  Invited talk at Harvard University (Boston) for the “IG NOBEL PRIZE 2010 CEREMONY” – 30 September 2010 http://www.pluchino.it/ignobel.html

  • Ø  Invited talk at M.I.T. (Boston) as IG NOBEL PRIZE 2010 winner – 1 October 2010

  • Ø  Co-Direction of the LIPARI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL "Complex Systems Series" - Lipari, Italy, 9-16 July 2011

  • Ø  LIPARI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL "Computational Social Science: text and decisions" - Lipari, Italy, 17-23 July 2011 – Tutorial presentation on NetLogo environment

  • Ø  ECCS'11 - European Conference on Complex Systems - Vienna 12-16 Settembre 2011 - Talk presentation

  • Ø  International collaboration with Prof.Constantino Tsallis for a research project on Non Extensive Statistical Mechanics at CBPF (Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas), Rio de Janeiro from 03/02/2012 to 18/02/2012;

  • Ø  Invited talk at Max-Planck Insitut fur Polymerforschung - Mainz, Germania – 03 July 2012

  • Ø  Co-Direction of the LIPARI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL "Complex Systems Series" - Lipari, Italy, 14-21 July 2012

  • Ø  LIPARI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL "Computational Social Science: text and decisions" - Lipari, Italy, 21-28 July 2012 – Invited Tutorial on the software environment for agent-based simulations NetLogo

  • Ø  Invited talk at International Symposium on Tsallis Entropy and Its Applications press oil Murray Gell-Mann Institute of Complexity Science – Central China University, Wuhan, China – 16-18 October 2012

  • Ø  Co-Direction of the LIPARI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL "Complex Systems Series" - Lipari, Italy, 6-13 July 2013

  • Ø  ECCS'13 - European Conference on Complex Systems - Barcellona 16-20 September 2013 - Talk presentation

  • Ø  Invited talk to the Conference on “Complex System: Foundation and Applications”, celebration of 70 years of Prof.C.Tsallis – 28 October – 1 November 2013- CBPF (Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas) - Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

  • Ø  2013-2014 – Staff of the Jean Monnet European Project “New Strategies for Democratic Development and Political Integration in Europe” coordinated by Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza dell’Università di Catania (http://www.news-eu.org), with a talk about “Deputati Indipendenti ed Efficienza del Parlamento” – 29/11/2013

  • Ø  Invited talk at IPSA World Congress 2014, Panel RC06.461: Sortition as a democratic procedure, 19-24 July 2014 - Montreal, Canada

  • Ø  Co-Direction of the LIPARI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL "Complex Systems Series" - Lipari, Italy, 27 July – 2 August 2014

  • Ø  Collaborazione internazionale con il Prof.Constantino Tsallis per un progetto di ricerca su Non Extensive Statistical Mechanics al CBPF (Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas), Rio de Janeiro from 22/11/2014 to 29/11/2014

  • Ø  IC2S2 2015 – International Conference on Computational Social Systems – 08-11 June 2015 Helsinki, Finlandia - Talk presentation

  • Ø  Co-Direction of the LIPARI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL "Complex Systems Series" - Lipari, Italy, 12-18 July 2015

  • Ø  Invited talk to the International School of Complexity “New trends in statistical mecvhanical foundation of complexity: applications in high energy and plasma physics, long-range interactions, edge of chaos and elsewhere”, 27 July – 03 August 2015 – Erice, Italy

  • Ø  Invited talk to the Conference “Biophys ’15 – From physics to biology and beyond”, 9-11 Settembre 2015 – Florence, Italy

  • Ø  Invited talk at the International Workshop on “Foundations of complexity: Nonadditive entropies and Nonextensive statistical mechanics”, 04-30 October 2015 - Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

  • Ø  Invited talk at the XVI International "Disordered Systems: Theory and its Applications" Symposium, 25-27 May 2016, Istanbul, Turkey

  • Ø  IC2S2 2016 – International Conference on Computational Social Science – 24-26 June 2016 Chicago, USA - Talk presentation

  • Ø  Co-Direction of the LIPARI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL "Computational Complex and Social Sciences" - Lipari, Italy, 10-17 July 2016

  • Ø  Invited talk to the Conference “Biophys & Pieces ’16”, 26-28 Settembre 2016 – Bari, Italy

  • Ø  Invited talk at “IgNobel Spring Tour Show 2017”, March 21, 2017 - EPFL Forum Rolex, Lausanne (Switzerland)

  • Ø  Membro dell’Organizing Committee del “IgNobel Spring Tour Show 2017”, April 6, 2017 - Department of Physics, Catania (Italy)

  • Ø  Membro dell’Organizing Committee della “Summer Solstice 2017 – 9th International Conference on Discrete Models of Complex Systems”, June 21-23 2017, Catania (Italy)

  • Ø  Co-Direction of the LIPARI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL "Computational Complex and Social Sciences" - Lipari, Italy, 16-22 July 2017

  • Ø  Invited talk at “IgNobel Spring Tour Show 2017”, EPFL Forum Rolex, Lausanne (Switzerland) March 21, 2017

  • Ø  CCS 2017 – International Conference on Complex Systems – September 17-22 2017, Cancun (Mexico) - Talk presentation

  • Ø  AUTOMATA 2018 – The 24th Annual International Workshop on Cellular Automata and Discrete Complex Systems – June 20-22 2018 - Ghent University (Belgium) - Talk Presentation

  • Ø  Invited talk at “Festival della Complessità 2018” – June 30 2018 – Ragusa Ibla (Italy)

  • Ø  Co-Direction of the LIPARI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL "Computational Complex and Social Sciences" - Lipari, Italy, 19-25 July 2018

  • Ø  Talk at Econophysics Colloquium 2018 - September 12-14 2018, Palermo (Italy)

  • Ø  CCS 2018 – International Conference on Complex Systems – September 23-28 2018, Thessaloniki (Grece) - Talk presentation

  • Ø  Invited talk at CCS 2018 Satellite meeting on “Questions and perspectives in understanding complexity via nonlinearity and information theory” - September 26 2018, Thessaloniki (Grece)

  • Ø  Invited talk at TIRES 2019 – February 26 2019, Bari (Italy)

 


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Research Interests: Statistical mechanics; dynamics and thermodynamics of systems with long-range interactions; complex systems; phase transitions and critical phenomena; self-organized criticality; glassy systems; chaos and nonlinear dynamics; fractals; turbulence; plasma physics; ether-drift experiments and void structure; synchronization in many-body systems; complex networks theory applied to physical, biological, social and economic systems; numerical simulations; agents- based simulations.