Academic CV

Awards, Grants etc.


I've been awarded a Simons fellowship 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.

December 2016

Outstanding PhD Student of Year 2015-2016 Award (ex-equo), awarded by the Computer Science PhD School of Sapienza University of Rome to the best PhD student(s) of the School.

August 2016

The paper "KADABRA is an ADaptive Algorithm for Betweenness via Random Approximation" by Michele Borassi and me won the Best Student Paper (Track B) at ESA 2016.

October 2015

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:

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

Organized Workshops

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.

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

Visiting Positions

(I'm not reporting each 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)

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