Luciano Pietronero : Current Research: Economic Complexity - Past Research Activity - Organizing activity and projects - Teaching - Photos

Curriculum of Luciano Pietronero

Born in Roma on 15/12/1949, married, two sons

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Professional position

1971 Nov. Laurea in Physics, Univ. of Roma (110+L).
1972-73 CNR fellowship, Univ of Roma and Orsay (F).
1974-75 Xerox Webster research Center, N.Y. USA; Associate Scientist.
1975-83 Brown Boveri Research Center, Baden (CH). Theoretical Physics Group - Member of the Staff.
1983-87 Professor of Condensed Matter Theory. University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
1987- Now Professor of Condensed Matter Physics, University of Roma "La Sapienza"
1992-95 Director of the Theory Group, Dep. of Physics, Univ. La Sapienza (about 150 members in all fields of theoretical physics)
1995-2001 Director of the INFM Unit, Univ. of Roma La Sapienza. The Unit consists of about 200 scientists in the area of Condensed Matter Physics and it is the largest in Italy
2001- Founder of the "Centro di Ricerca e Sviluppo" (CRS): Statistical Mechanics and Complexity (SMC) then directed by G. Parisi
2001- 2003 Director (Commissario) of the CNR Institute Corbino (IDAC)
2002- 2005 Member of the Board (CdA) of the Center E. Fermi (Via Panisperna, Roma)
2004 - Now Co-founder and director of the CNR Institute of Complex Systems (ISC). The Institute includes more than 200 scientists (in various locations in Rome and Florence) from different groups of CNR, INFM, INOA and Universities.

Leaves and temporary positions

1982 Summer Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Santa Barbara, USA
1982 Fall Lyman Laboratory Of Physics, Harvard University, Boston, USA
1998 ICTP, Trieste
1999 Mc Minn Lecturer, Vanderbilt University, USA


1983-87 Univ. of Groningen, The Netherlands
Lectures on Advanced Condensed Matter Physics
1987-2007 Univ. di Roma La Sapienza
1987-2007 Lectures of Solid State Physics,
Various graduate (Ph D) lectures in the areas of Statistical Physics,
Complexity and High Tc Superconductivity
2005-2007 Lectures on Physics of Complex Systems

Ph D and Laurea Thesis

Director of about 70 research Thesis at the level of Ph D or Laurea (undergraduate) at the University of Roma La Sapienza and the University of Groningen (NL). Most of these students are now scientists who continued their scientific career successfully and several of them occupy important scientific positions at various institutions in Italy and abroad.

Publications and Scientific Activity

Author of about 350 scientific papers, mostly in the leading international scientific journals: Phys. Rev. Letters; Rev. Mod. Phys.; Nature; Physics Reports; Phys. Rev. B ed E; Europhys. Lett.; Physica A; J. of Physics etc. (Above 5000 ISI citations).

Author of a monographic volume and editor of several volumes of proceedings.

Broad international experience in academic and industrial enviroments. The scientific activity is of both of fundamental and applied nature, with an interdisciplinary perspective.

Invited lectures in about 120 International Conferences. Currently invited or plenary speaker in the main Conferences and Schools in the fields of Statistical Physics, Complexity and High Tc SC, among which: STATPHYS (1989 e 2001); APS General (March) Meeting (1998); EPS Trends in Physics (1987 e 1990); EPS Cond. Matt. (vari); Aspen Institute of Physics (2000); International Conf. on High Tc SC (2003 e 2006); Cargese (various); Erice (various); ICTP (various).

Main fields of activity and collaborators:

  • Inertial dragging in General Relativity (with B. Touschek 1972-73)
  • Electronic properties of molecular crystals and electron-phonon interaction in molecular crystals (F. Bassani; C.B. Duke; M.J. Rice; S. Strassler; H.R. Zeller; 1973-1976)
  • Ionic conductors and disordered systems (S, Strassler; W.R. Schneider; P. Fulde; H.U. Beyeler; P. Bruesch; H.R. Zeller; 1975-1982)
  • One-dimensional electronic systems and Peierls instability (S. Strassler; H.R. Zeller; 1974-78)
  • Electronic transport in synthetic metals and carbon polymers (S.Strassler; 1980-83)
  • Theory of surface melting in solids (E. Tosatti; 1979-84)
  • Random Walks and polymes statistics (J. Bernasconi; L. Peliti; 1985-88)
  • Physical models of Fractal Growth. Dielectric Breakdown Model (L. Niemeyer; H.J. Wiesmann; W. Schneider 1984-90). This model of 1984 has opened (together with DLA) a vast area of theoretical and applied developments with applications in various fields. It provides one of the first and more general physical mechanism for the self-organization of complex structures.
  • Fractal and Multifractal properties in various models and systems (A.P.Siebesma; A. Erzan; E. Tosatti; M. Marsili; G. Paladin 1986-97)
  • Nonlinear transport and critical properties in 1-d Charge density Waves (S. Strassler; A. Erzan; G. Parisi 1983-92)
  • Theory of Fractal Growth (Fixed Scale Transformation) for Laplacian Fractal models (1992-98, C. Eversz; B.B. Mandelbrot; A. Erzan; A. Vespignani; R. Cafiero; G. Caldarelli; S. Sidoretti). Introduction of a new theoretical framework for several problems related to Self-Organized-Critical Phenomena (see also following points).
  • Generalization of the theory to models with quenched disorder (Invasion Percolation) and development of the method of the Run Time Statistics (W. Schneider; A. Stella; A. Gabrielli; G. Caldarelli; A. Vespignani)
  • Development of the method Dynamically Driven Renormalization Group for problems of Self-organized Criticality (Sandpile; Self-Organized Criticality) (S. Zapperi; A. Vespignani; G. Caldarelli; V. Loreto; A. Gabrielli 1993-2003)
  • Renormalization Group theory for the dynamics of rough surfaces (KPZ) (1998-2004) (M. Marsili; C. Castellano; M. Munoz, A. Gabrielli; G. Bianconi)
  • Complexity in cosmic structures (1987-2006, P. Coleman; F. Sylos Labini; M. Montuori; M. Joyce; R. Durrer; A. Gabrielli; S. Torquato; Y. Baryshev; J. Lebowitz; P.W. Anderson (Nobel laureate). This interdisciplinary application of modern Statistical Physics to Cosmic Structures (galaxy correlations) led to a broad debate on the foundations of the field which is reported in detail in the volume: Y. Baryshev e P. Teerikorpi, Discovery of Cosmic Fractals, World Scientific, Singapore (2002); Italian translation Boringhieri (2005). (See also the highlights of 2007)
  • Applications of the methods of Complex systems to Self-similar Networks, Information theory and Socio-economic systems (1999-2006, G. Caldarelli; V. Loreto; C. Castellano; C. Cattuto; V. Alfi; F. Coccetti; A. Petri; A. Baldassarri; F. Colaiori; F. Rao; V. Servedio; A. Baronchelli; B. Cerruti)
  • New approach to the study of Spayio-temporal correlations of earthquakes (2004-2006, V. Loreto; V. De Rubeis; P. Tosi; V. Beato; S. Zapperi)
  • Models and properties of Granular Systems (2004-2006, A. Petri; V. Loreto; S. Zapperi; F. Dalton)
  • High Temperature Superconductivity and related problems:
    • Charge distribution and properties of High Tc Superconducting cuprates (1999; K.A. Müller (Nobel laureate))
    • Development of the Theory of Nonadiabatic Superconductivity (1992-2006). Generalization of the many Body Theory beyond Migdal’s theorem (Born Oppenheimer) for the normal and superconducting state. These studies lead to a new type of complex Fermi liquid with direct relevance to the Cuprate high Tc Superconductors, the Fullerene compounds and MgB2 (1992-2006, S. Strassler; C. Grimaldi; E. Cappelluti; P. Paci; G. Bachelet; S. Ciuchi; L. Boeri; O. Andersen)

Present Activities and Projects

Director of the Institute of Complex Systems of CNR.
This task involves the coordination of various research groups in various locations. For details, see the ISC web page.

Director of the PIL group of the Physics Department, University of Roma, La Sapienza.

The PIL group consists of scientists supported from various institutions: University; INFM; CNR; Fermi Center; European and national contracts. In total there are about 30 scientists of which: 3 permanent; 3 tenure track; 13 with contracts of various types from 2 to 5 years; 5 Ph D students and a variable number of undergraduate thesis students.

Present Research Projects:

  • 2 Projects MIUR-FIRB coordinated by PIL group
  • 3 Projects MIUR-PRIN (Cofin) in which PIL group is the main partner
  • 6 European Projects (EEC) of which 3 are coordinated by PIL group (underlined): COSIN (2002-2005); DELIS (2003-2006); ECAGENTS (2003-2007); TAGORA (2006-2009); COMPLEXITY-NET (2006-2009); TRIGS (2006-2009).
  • Various other smaller projects both national and european.

Among previous projects we have coordinated the EEC Network: Fractal Structures and Self-organization (1997-2003) which included 11 Teams from 8 countries and it has been probably the largest European Network in the field of Statistical Physics.

Main areas of present activity:

  • Solid state and Condensed Matter Theory
  • Theory of High Tc superconductivity and related problems
  • Statistical physics, Fractal and Complex structures
  • Interdisciplinary applications of Statistical Physics in Astrophysics, Seismology, Networks, Biophysical problems, Socio-economic problems and Information Theory
These activities are described in more detail in the WEB page of the PIL group.

Responsible of the Fermi Center Program on: Complexity from the Nanometric to the Cosmic Scale

Organizer of about 15 International Conferences in the fields of Statistical Physics, Fractal structures and Self-organized criticality, Complex systems and High Tc Superconductivity.

Promotor e Co-director of the Erice School Series on Complex Systems, which started in 2004 and organizes 2-3 schools per year.

Chairman of the general INFM Conference with 1100 participants (Congress Center Roma EUR, 2001)

Chairman of STATPHYS 23 (Genova, July 9-13, 2007). This Conference represents the main international event in the field of Statistical Physics. It is organized every three years and it is assigned by the IUPAP Commission.

Diffusion of Scientific Culture

Author of various articles (not included in the publication list) and interviews related to the diffusion of scientific culture. Invited to several meeting and events about scientific divulgation and organization.

Promotor and scientific director of the theater text: Il Tempo al di là del Mare, inspired to the debate related to the measurement of the Longitude. Premiere in Roma, Teatro Valle (2001) and then represented for more than one year in the main theaters of Genova, Milano, Napoli, Bologna, Firenze etc.


  • Member of the editorial board of: Physica A; Il Nuovo Cimento D: Int. J. of Fractals; Europhysics Letters (1994-97).
  • Member of the IUPAP Commission on Condensed Matter (1987-93)
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society (1990-)
  • Consultant: IBM Zurich laboratories (1992)
    IBM T.J. Watson Laboratories, Yorktown Heights USA (1994)
    London School of Economics (2003-)
  • Member of the International SISSA (Trieste) Evaluation Committee (1994-);
  • Int. Eval. Committee of the Bogoliubov Lab. of Theoretical Physics, Dubna, Russia (1995-);
  • International Evaluation Committeee of the Max Planck Institute for Complex Systems, Dresden (2003);

Luciano Pietronero : Current Research: Economic Complexity - Past Research Activity - Organizing activity and projects - Teaching - Photos
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