Alessandro Zocca

In September 2017 I joined the group of Adam Wierman at Caltech, thanks to the NWO Rubicon grant I have been recently awarded, to work on the topic "Renewables and uncertainty in future power systems: Mathematical challenges and solutions".

Research interests:

My research is centered around the study of complex systems where randomness plays a crucial roleMy work lies mostly in the area of applied probability, but has many deep ramifications in other areas, such as pure probability, statistical physics, graph theory, operations research, algorithm design, and combinatorics. 

My long-term goal as a researcher is to analyze the randomness emerging in these complex systems with rigorous mathematical tools, as well as understand how such randomness can be mitigated or, on the opposite, leveraged to improve the system performances.

The main focus of my current research are stochastic models instrumental to understand and quantify the impact of a high penetration of renewable energy sources on power grids. More specifically, I work on rare-event analysis and stochastic optimization, especially in relation to cascading failures.

Furthermore, I am also still working on some topics related to my PhD thesis, namely
  • Low-temperature behavior (metastability and tunneling phenomena) of various interacting particle systems;
  • Delay performance analysis of random-access algorithms.
For more details have a look at the list of publications and ongoing projects and my Google Scholar page.


Office: 203 Annenberg

Mailing address: 

California Institute of Technology
1200 E. California Boulevard
MC 305-16 
Pasadena, CA 91125