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IMT administrative offices and IMT Library will be closed for Christmas holidays from December 24, 2015 to January 6, 2016
December 22nd, 2015
IMT Professor Rocco De Nicola edits volume on national security published in the 'Intelligence System for the Security of the Republic' website
November 30th, 2015
IMT Professor of Software Systems for Global Computing Rocco De Nicola, along with Prof. Roberto Baldoni of the Sapienza University in Rome, coordinated the realization of the volume 'Il futuro della Cyber Security in Italia per la sicurezza e per la protezione degli interessi economici del Paese', a white paper that analyses the principal challenges that Italy must face over the next five years to remain in line with other developed countries. The paper also seeks to increase the general awareness of cyber threats and the defensive capacity of the country. De Nicola and Baldoni coordinated the work of over fifty Italian researchers from the most prestigious universities in Italy.
Because of the relevance of Prof. De Nicola's work, the volume has been published on the home page of the 'Intelligence System for the Security of the Republic' website. Moreover, the volume was presented to the Italian Senate last week. The Director of the Scuola IMT Alti Studi Lucca expressed his sincere congratulations to Prof. De Nicola for his successful effort in completing such an important task, in line with the excellence that the Scuola always intends to pursue.
A candlelight vigil against terrorism - IMT with the City and the Province of Lucca
November 19th, 2015
In light of last Friday's tragic events in Paris the City and the Province of Lucca have organized a candlelight vigil against terrorism that will be held this afternoon at 5.00 pm starting at Palazzo Ducale, continuing through the streets of the historic center of Lucca and ending at the Monument of Don Aldo Mei.
The members of the IMT community will take part in this vigil to express the solidarity of the Institute with all the families affected by the barbaric acts of last week and to highlight their unequivocal condemnation of all kinds of terrorism.
The Washington Post: a Study of IMT Researchers Demonstrates the Futility of Debunking Conspiracy Theories in Social Media
October 30th, 2015
By Caitlin Dewey
The Washington Post
..."Walter Quattrociocchi - the head of the Laboratory of Computational Social Science at IMT Lucca - and a team of seven other researchers studied how two groups of U.S. Facebook users interacted with news on the site. One group was comprised of people who interact with reputable science pages. (Those are the ones who presumably have a level of news literacy.) The other group was made of people who like far-out conspiracy pages - anti-vaxxers, Illuminati-watchers, that kind of thing.
They quickly came to two conclusions about the conspiracy and non-conspiracy groups. First off: They didn't overlap at all, which means the misinformed, as we'll politely call them, were unlikely to ever see the truth. And second, when the conspiracy group did encounter "debunking" information, it didn't change their mind. In fact, it just made them more resolute: After encountering a post that challenged a conspiracy theory, theorists tend to like and comment on pages about that theory even more."...
*To read the full article, please check the link bellow.
Horizon 2020: the EC has published the new calls. 16 billion euro allocated for research and innovation projects for the next two years.
October 29th, 2015
On October 15th, the European Commission published the Horizon 2020 calls for the next two-year period. For 2016-2017, 16 billion euros will be allocated for the financing of research and innovation projects.
For the Excellence in Science, the European Research Council has allocated 1,6 billion euros for financing brilliant researchers and their excellent frontier research.
For researchers' training and mobility, the available budget for the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (ITN, RISE, Individual Fellowships) is around 800 million euros for 2016 and a further 800 million euros for 2017.
The EC has also allocated a considerable budget for the Societal Challenges research fields, defining for each specific call the research topics to be addressed: from the "Key enabling technologies" funding, in primis ICT (around 500 million for 2016) to Health (around 350 million for 2016), from the funding of Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy (around 450 million for 2016) to the support of Smart and Green Transport (for 2016 around 450 million have been budgeted). Also for the "Societal Challenge" Europe in a changing word - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies, 100 million euros have been allocated for 2016.
All details and information on the calls are available on the Participant Portal of the EC: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/index.html
For further information and support for the application of a project proposal you may contact the Research, Projects and Technology Transfer Office: email@example.com
Horizon 2020: pubblicati i nuovi bandi. Disponibili circa 16 miliardi di euro per il prossimo biennio per finanziare progetti di ricerca e innovazione
Lo scorso 15 ottobre la Commissione Europea ha pubblicato i nuovi bandi 2016-2017 di Horizon 2020. Per il prossimo biennio saranno disponibili circa 16 miliardi di euro per finanziare progetti di ricerca e innovazione.
Per l'eccellenza scientifica l'European Research Council (ERC) ha stanziato circa 1,6 miliardi di euro per il finanziamento di ricercatori brillanti e delle loro ricerche eccellenti e di frontiera.
Per la formazione e la mobilita' dei ricercatori il budget disponibile per le Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (ITN, RISE, Individual Fellowships) e' di circa 800 milioni per il 2016 e di ulteriori 800 milioni per il 2017.
La commissione ha poi stanziato budget importanti per tutti i campi della ricerca delle Societal Challenges definendo, per ogni call, i topic di ricerca da affrontare: si va dal finanziamento delle "Key enabling technologies", in primis l'ICT (circa 500 milioni di euro per il 2016) alla Salute (circa 350 milioni per il 2016), dal finanziamento dell'Energia Efficiente, pulita e sicura (circa 450 milioni per il 2016) al sostegno dei Trasporti smart e green (budget per il 2016 pari a circa 450 milioni). Anche per le Scienze umane, tematiche della "Societal Challenge" Europe in a changing word - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies, vengono stanziati circa 100 milioni di euro per il 2016.
Tutti i dettagli e le informazioni sulle call sono disponibili nel Participant Portal della Commissione: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/index.html
Per informazioni e supporto nella presentazione di proposte di progetto contattare l'Ufficio Ricerca, gestione progetti e Trasferimento Tecnologico: firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Prof. Armando Rungi appointed Economic Affairs Consultant by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
October 27th, 2015
UNCTAD, which is governed by its 194 member States, is the United Nations body responsible for dealing with development issues, particularly international trade, the main driver of development. Its work can be summed up in three words: think, debate, and deliver. Reflection on development is at the heart of UNCTAD's work. It produces innovative analyses that form the basis for recommendations to economic policymakers. The aim is to help them make informed decisions and promote the macroeconomic policies best suited to ending global economic inequalities and to generating people-centered sustainable development.
Assistant Prof. Rungi will collaborate with the Division for Investment and Enterprise on drafting its flagship product, the annual World Investment Report for 2016. The Division is recognized as a global center of excellence on issues related to investment and enterprise for sustainable development.
Rungi will provide expert advice on the analysis of firm-level data in order to understand the evolution of corporate governance in multinational enterprises, with a specific focus on developing countries.
This may also prove to be an excellent opportunity for IMT PhD students, who could have the chance to cooperate throughout this project with their own research output.
Armando Rungi is Assistant Prof. in Applied Economics, International Trade and Industrial Organization, working for the research unit AXES Laboratory for the Analysis of Complex Economic Systems at IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca.
Open Session on Programming Techniques with MATLAB
October 21st, 2015
This session is free and open to all professors, researchers and students.
Location: IMT Alti Studi Lucca
Venue: Complesso di San Francesco - Cappella Guinigi
Date: 21 October 2015
Time: 15:00 - 17:00
During this seminar, you will get an update of recent capabilities in MATLAB, tips and tricks on how to design algorithms, how to efficiently access to your data from different data sources in MATLAB and how MATLAB is used for scientific computation in order to teach courses focused on mathematical modelling, statistics, optimization, financial modelling, programming, signal processing, etc.
For further information and registration, please follow the link.
Assistant Prof. Lucia Bonfreschi awarded with the Sissco Opera Prima 2015 Prize
October 20th, 2015
"Raymond Aron and Gaullism, 1940-1969" by Lucia Bonfreschi.
In her work Lucia Bonfreschi, Assistant Professor at IMT Lucca, has comparatively analyzed two major subjects both historiographycally remarkable and of considerable complexity: the Gaullist phenomenon on one hand, and the thought of Raymond Aron on another.
Bonfreschi's analysis, developed over an extensive research period, is based on a considerable amount of archival material that the author has been able to read with outstanding interpretative finesse. What emerges is an extremely detailed and thorough historical overview of French political and cultural life after the Second World War, uniting both institutional issues and international politics. The depth of her research, the broad documentary base used and the quality of the interpretations are the main reasons for which Bonfreschi's work was awarded with the Sissco Opera Prima 2015 Prize.
Studying complex networks to help stabilise tomorrow's financial markets. IMT and Prof. Caldarelli in Horizon Magazine
October 16th, 2015
"Cracking the maths behind the economy"
Horizon Magazine - Oct. 16th, 2015
By Benedict O'Donnell
"Omens of the 2008 financial crisis may have been all around us, we just did not know how to read them. Now, computer scientists, physicists and economists are studying the inner workings of complex networks to understand what went wrong and help stabilise tomorrow's financial markets.
... As a response to this failure, in 2010 the European Union brought together researchers from a broad spectrum of disciplines to whip up new ideas on how to make sense of the world's increasingly complex economy.
The so-called Forecasting Financial Crises (FOC) project broke away from the traditional top-down simplifications of macroeconomics, which assume that human beings make rational choices and that differences in their behaviour average out over statistically representative samples.
...According to Professor Guido Caldarelli, a theoretical physicist at the IMT Institute for Advanced Studies in Lucca, Italy, and coordinator of FOC, two networks may be very different in nature but still share enough similarities in how they behave for one network to offer insight into the inner workings of another.
... Network science is well suited to describe such intricate systems, but according to Prof. Caldarelli, addressing the complexity of financial markets will require innovative mathematics. He is busy developing more sophisticated calculation techniques to help understand multi-level complex systems, in a European project called MULTIPLEX.
In recent years, the European Union has funded over a dozen research projects on macroeconomic models that approach financial systems as complex, global networks of actors, several through its Global Systems Science initiative..."
For futher information, read the full version on the link below and/or open the attached pdf file.
Open Call for Volunteers Lucca Comics and Games Festival
September 17th, 2015
Direct & Indirect Economic Impacts of Lucca Comics & Games: Assessment of the Audience Related Economic Flow and the Commercial Partners.
IMT Lucca and Lucca Comics & Games are collaborating for an impact assessment study and looking for volunteers to participate in the project during the festival.
Volunteer registration is open from 15 September to 9 October 2015. The selected volunteers will be announced on 12 October 2015 and they must be able to attend a training session. The details of the training session will be shared with the volunteers after the announcement of the selection.
If you are interested, please fill in the online application form:
"Dalla Legge 240 alla nuova Universita'" e' il tema del prossimo Convegno annuale CoDAU, l'associazione che riunisce i Direttori generali delle Universita' italiane, in programma a Desenzano del Garda dal 17 al 19 settembre.
Giunti alla tredicesima edizione, anche quest'anno l'associazione fara' un'analisi sull'attuale sistema universitario e sul suo futuro. Uno sguardo che spazia dal dettato legislativo alla prova dei fatti: quali opportunita' e quali cambiamenti?
Tra gli interventi previsti quello di Mariastella Gelmini, membro Camera dei Deputati, e di Stefania Giannini, Ministro dell'Istruzione, dell'Universita' e della Ricerca che chiudera' l'iniziativa.
Il programma completo e' disponibile sul sito: www.codau.it
Info e contatti:
c/o Politecnico di Milano
Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 32
tel 02-23992001 - fax 02-23992225
IMT Lucca and the Renmin University of China sign a collaboration agreement for the establishment of a Renaissance Studies Center
July 9th, 2015
The agreement, signed on July 8th 2015 in Florence by both research universities, establishes the creation of a Renaissance Studies Center. Based at the RUC headquarters in Beijing, the Center - with IMT Lucca as a core partner - will carry out activities such as scientific research; the organization of courses, seminars and conferences, exhibitions and artistic demonstrations.
The Renaissance Studies Center's activities, and in particular the organization of the different courses, will be coordinated by Prof. Emanuele Pellegrini of IMT Lucca and Prof. Gerardo de Simone of the Academy of Fine Arts of Carrara and Prof. Ding Fang. Benefits to the IMT scientific community include the possibility of research and study trips to the Center, participation in the courses offered by the Center and the joint supervision of doctoral theses.
Upcoming CRUI conference: "The University and the City. An Agenda for the New Century"
July 8th, 2015
The Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI) will be putting on a conference entitled "The University and the City. An Agenda for the New Century" in Pavia on September 9-11 2015.
The Conference, since the very beginning oriented towards an international perspective, is the first initiative of its kind organized in Italy. With the ambition to become a recurrent meeting, the focus will be on the relationship between universities and their hosting cities.
Prof. Marco Paggi invited to become an Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports in Chemical Physics
April 29th, 2015
Congratulations to IMT Professor Marco Paggi, director of the Multi-scale Analysis of Materials (MUSAM) research unit and the PhD specialization in Computational Mechanics, for having been invited to become an Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports (Chemical Physics), a journal from Nature Publishing Group, the publishers of Nature.
Scientific Reports, launched in 2011, is an online and open access journal from the publishers of Nature which publish scientifically valid primary research from all areas of the natural and clinical sciences. With an impact factor of 5 according to the 2013 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition (Thomson Reuters, 2014), this is indeed a prestigious accomplishment for Prof. Paggi.
For further information on Scientific Reports information please visit:
Does more religion equal less innovation? IMT Professors gain international attention in a new paper in the National Bureau of Economic Research
April 27th, 2015
IMT Professors Davide Ticchi and Andrea Vindigni – along with Princeton’s Roland Bénabou – tackle the fascinating topic of religion and its effects on innovation in their new paper entitled “Forbidden Fruits: The Political Economy of Science, Religion, and Growth”. The paper, recently published in the National Bureau of Economic Research, has garnered significant international attention, including an article in the Wall Street Journal (see link below).
The data that the paper presents suggests that the most religious countries typically are less innovative, although the authors “are careful to note that their paper isn’t insisting that religion impedes economic growth or economic growth impedes religion”.
The full paper can be downloaded (non-subscribers to the National Bureau of Economic Research are subject to a small charge) here: http://www.nber.org/papers/w21105.
Washington Post latest media outlet to cite IMT researchers’ recent paper on Misinformation and Social Media
April 23rd, 2015
The Washington Post is the latest in an increasingly long list of international media outlets to cite the work of IMT academics (Alessandro Bessi, Fabiana Zollo, Michela Del Vicario, Antonio Scala, Guido Caldarelli, Walter Quattrociocch) “Trend of Narratives in the Age of Misinformation”. This list already includes Wired UK, Slate and the MIT Technology Review (see full list here: http://csslab.imtlucca.it/node/94).
The researchers assert that in the era of globalization, misinformation spreads like wildfire. There are millions of users who join this universe of rumors and secret plots no matter their level of education and unfortunately, these theories have real world consequences. IMT Assistant Professor Walter Quattrociocchi, interviewed by the Post, explains in fact that “once started, misinformation is really hard (if not impossible) to stop”.
Although the research paper in question only addresses Italian Facebook, the Post article explains that the same group is presently studying American users, finding that “any attempt to debunk biased beliefs is not effective”, as “attempts reach very few people and end up once again reinforcing the conspiracy theorists’ beliefs.”
Follow the link below to see the full Washington Post article.
To download the full research paper, please visit: http://imt.lu/119
Emanuele Pellegrini and Mirco Tribastone joined IMT as Associate Professors
January 21st, 2015
IMT Lucca is very happy to welcome Emanuele Pellegrini as Associate Professor in Art History, and Mirco Tribastone as Associate Professor in Computer Science.
Prof. Pellegrini graduated in 1999 at the University of Pisa, where he earned his Research PhD in 2005 and the specialization in history of Normale Superiore in Pisa, University of Udine (FIRB project), Ca’Foscari, University of Venice (researcher). His research topics focus on history of literature on art (eighteenth-twentieth century); history ofis the director of the international peer reviewed magazine “Predella. Journal of Visual Arts"(http://predella. it), published both on line (since 2001) and on paper (since 2010). He is Visiting Professor at Renmin University, Beijing, University of Siena (Scuola di Specializzazione), and Chercheur invité at INHA Paris (May-June 2015). He is member of the scientific board of Fondazione Ragghianti in Lucca, founder and permanent member of the direction of the website Patrimonio SOS (www.patrimoniosos.it, established in 2002).
Prior to joining the Department of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton as Associate Professor, Prof. Tribastone was Assistant Professor at the Department for Informatics of Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich. He earned his Ph.D. at the School of Informatics of Edinburgh University. His principal interests are in modelling and quantitative evaluation, with emphasis on scalable forms of analysis for large-scale systems.
His theoretical interests are coupled with their pragmatic applicability, as he is the lead developer of the PEPA Eclipse Plug-in Project, a software tool which supports a range of qualitative and quantitative analysis methods for stochastic process algebra. Currently, he is principal investigator in the EU project Quanticol, and in the projects FEMPA and DAPS supported by the German Research Foundation DFG.