About Me

Academic CV

(For an overview on my scientific research and list of publications, see my Research page.)


  • 2018 - Present. External member of the ISIDE university-level project (funded by University of Rome Tor Vergata).

Mentoring Activity

PhD Students

  • Emilio Cruciani, co-supervised with G. D'Angelo and L. Becchetti.


  • Iliad Ramezani, intern at Max-Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarbrücken, during Summer 2018.
  • Emilio Cruciani, intern at Max-Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarbrücken, in Summer 2017.
  • Giacomo Scornavacca, intern at Max-Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarbrücken, in Summer 2017.

Bachelor Students

  • Niko Kleer, at HTW Saar, Saarbrücken. Thesis: Self-Stabilizing Broadcast with 1 Bit. Defended in 2017.

Awards, Grants etc.


  • I've been invited to attend the 6th Heidelberg Laureate Forum.


  • I've been awarded a fellowship of the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, for the Brain and Computation Program.
  • My PhD thesis On the computational power of simple dynamics has been awarded the Best PhD Thesis in Theoretical Computer Science Award by the Italian Chapter of EATCS.



  • The paper "Plurality Consensus in the Gossip Model" (SODA '15) by L. Becchetti, A. Clementi, me, F. Pasquale, and R. Silvestri, won the Best Paper of the PhD School in CS at Sapienza 2015, with two other papers.

Thanks for their support:

2018 - I'm an external participant to the 2017 Mission Sustainability Project "ISIDE" led by Francesco Pasquale at University of Rome "Tor Vergata".

August 2015 - I've been granted a "Progetti Avvio alla Ricerca Anno 2015", some grants from Sapienza University reserved to PhD students and postdocs.

September 2014 - I joined the group awarded the Italian MIUR-PRIN 2010-11 Project ARS TechnoMedia, coordinated by Alessandro Panconesi.

October 2013 - Awarded an Italian Government PhD Scholarship at Sapienza University of Rome.

2008 - 2013 - My bachelor's and master's studies were supported by LAZIODISU Scholarship - Agency for the Right to University Studies in the Lazio region.

Academic Service

Program Committee


Organized Workshops et sim.

Spring 2018 - I've been organizing the Brain-related Computing Interest Group's meetings in the The Brain and Computation Program of the Simons Institute.

November 2015 - With Luca Becchetti, Andrea Clementi and Francesco Pasquale, I organized the second edition of the workshop Kolmogorov Meets Turing.

Reviewer Activity

Conference reviews for STOC, SODA, PODC, ICALP, SPAA, Random Structures & Algorithms, DISC, IPDPS, ICDCS, OPODIS, EUROPAR, SIROCCO, CIAC.

Journal reviews for Distributed Computing, PLOS One, JCSS, Computer Networks, Physics Letter A, ACM Transactions on Parallel Computing.

Visiting Positions

(I'm not reporting all short visits)

November 2017

I've been visiting Ofer Feinerman's lab at the Weizmann Institute of Science.

April 2017

I've been visiting George Giakkoupis at INRIA, Rennes.

March 2017

I've been visiting Amos Korman at IRIF, Paris.

February 2017

I've been visiting Petra Berenbrink's group, Universität Hamburg.

August 2016

Visiting PhD student of Petra Berenbrink's group, Universität Hamburg.

January-May 2016

I had the great pleasure to partecipate to the entire Counting Complexity and Phase Transitions program at the Simons Institute as a visiting graduate student.

February 2015

Visiting PhD student of Robert Elsässer's Efficient Algorithms Group, University of Salzburg.

November-January 2014/15

Visiting PhD student at LIAFA (now IRIF), invited by Pierre Fraigniaud.


2013 - 2017

PhD in Computer Science

Sapienza - Università di Roma

Advised by Riccardo Silvestri and Andrea Clementi.

Final evaluation: Outstanding cum laude.

February 2011 - July 2013

Master's degree in Computer Science

Università di Roma Tor Vergata

2008 - 2011

BSc. in Mathematics

Università di Roma Tor Vergata

Schools & Workshops

(The following list is not exhaustive after September 2015 (and not updated anymore after October 2017))

October 2017

COST Action CA15140 'Improving Applicability of Nature-Inspired Optimisation by Joining Theory and Practice (ImAppNIO)'


July 2016

4rd Workshop on Biological Distributed Algorithms

Chicago (co-located with PODC'16)

September 2015

Cargèse fall school on random graphs


August 2015

3rd Workshop on Biological Distributed Algorithms


April 2015

Workshop "Random Walks on Random Graphs and Applications"


August 2014

Summer School on Randomized Techniques for Combinatorial Algorithms

Simon Fraser University

September 2013

Fall School "Phase Transition in Random Discrete Structures"

Graz University of Technology

August 2011

AILA Summer School in Logic

Associazione Italiana di Logica e sue Applicazioni

September 2010

The Rome-Moscow School of Matrix Methods and Applied Linear Algebra

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Institute of Numerical Mathematics INM-RAS and Università di Roma Tor Vergata

Other Activities

Accepted solutions to mathematical problem solving journals

  • Mathematical Excalibur: 341 p.s. (published solution), 356 p.s., 364 p.s., 370 p.s.
  • Mathematical Reflections: u166 p.s., u172 p.s., u175 p.s., u179 p.s., u182 p.s., u185 p.s., u195 p.s.
  • Mathematics Magazine: m1846. “Ponder This” - IBM Research: December 2012, August 2013.

Extra-Academic Activities

Social Service Activity

  • 2008/09 - CNGEI (Corpo Nazionale Giovani Esploratori ed Esploratrici Italiani). After several years as a member of the CNGEI Boy Scouts in the towns of Velletri and Colleferro (Rome) during my high-school years, I co-founded the Boy Scouts CNGEI group in Artena and served, from September 2008 to August / 2009, as a vice chief scout of the Esploratori group (age range 11-16).
  • 2008 - Archimede Cooperativa Sociale Onlus. I served as a children's entertainer in Archimede's summer camp in Velletri, taking care of a child with autism.
  • 2006 - Murales - Rocca Priora Newspaper. I volunteered as satirical cartoonist for the weekly newspaper of Rocca Priora (Rome).


  • Karate Shotokan. During middle school and early high school, I practiced Karate Shotokan, passing the 1st dan black belt exam.
  • Poetry. During my high school years I won several regional poetry and literary contests, such as Oltre Aniene, Letteralmente Pace, and a honorary plaque for Artena citizens.