VP 2016-2017: Personal Profiles


In the frame of our Visiting Professor Programme, financed by Regione Autonoma della Sardegna, the University of Cagliari hosted internationally famous Professors from the most important Universities and Research Centres all over the world.





Here you can read about some of the Visiting Professors we are hosting during the Academic Year 2016/2017:


foto-quaquarelliProf. Lucia Quaquarelli – Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense

Prof. Quaquarelli is associate professor, member of the Centre des recherches italiennes CRIX, of the research team «Littératures et anthropologie» dell’ECHESS/Collège de France and translator.

In the period 20th October-19th November 2016 she was Visiting Professor at the Department of Philology, Literature and Linguistics, on dr. Marina Nella Guglielmi’s proposal, with a project titled “Narrative in Transmedial and Transnational Era: Comics and Convergence Culture”. In the frame of her project, a conference about comics and novels was organized (“QUANDO IL FUMETTO SFIDA IL ROMANZO: Graphic novel, fumetto, letteratura e convergenza mediale“).



ghignoli-alessandroProf. Alessandro Ghignoli – Universidad de Málaga

Prof. Ghignoli is associate professor at the Departamento de Traducción e Interpretación.

He is also editor of the reviews ‘L’area di Broca’ and ‘Trans. Revista de traductología’, and member of SEI (Sociedad Española de Italianistas) and SELGYC (Sociedad Española de Literatura General y Comparada).

He was Visiting Professor from 18th November to 1st December 2016 with the project “Translation and Comparative Literature: relationships and current trends.”, sponsored by dr. Simona Cocco from the Department of Philology, Literature and Linguistics.



cossalterProf. Philippe Christian Marc Cossalter – Universität des Saarlandes

Prof. Cossalter is full professor of French Public Law, co-director of the French-German Law Centre and member of the board of the Institut für Rechtsinformatik at the Universität des Saarlandes, as well as member of the scientific council of the Centre de droit public comparé at the Université Panthéon-Assas.

He was hosted at the Department of Law from 28th November to 4th December 2016 with a project titled “Evolution of Administrative Law:French legal system in modern time”, on a proposal by prof. Stefania Puddu.



Prof. Enrique Alberto Miranda Castellano – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Prof Miranda Castellano is associate professor at the Departament d’Enginyeria Electrònica and member of the research group Enginyeria de dispositius micro i nanoelectrònics.

In the frame of our Visiting Professor Programme, he participated with the project “Failure Analysis of electron devices using spatial statistics techniques”, at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, in partnership with dr. Giovanna Mura.



neves-okProf. Maria Alice Neves – Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

Prof. Neves is associate professor and responsible for the Laboratory of Mycology. She is expert in fungal taxonomy and phylogenetic analysis.

In cooperation with prof. Andrea Rinaldi, she will be Visiting Professor in January 2017 with the project “Ectomycorrhizal Fungi: Diversity, Molecular Phylogenetics and Biological Activity”, at the Department of Biomedical Sciences.




kogan-okProf. Konstantin Kogan – Bar-Ilan University

Prof. Kogan is full professor at the Department of Management of the Faculty of Social Sciences. His research interests are applied optimization, optimal control, differential games and operations management in general, and production planning, control and supply chain management in particular.

In February 2017 he will take charge of the project “The impact of externalities in economic optimal control models” by prof. Beatrice Venturi (Department of Economics and Business Sciences).





fornetProf. Jorge Gil Fornet – Centro de Investigaciones Literarias Casa de las Américas

Prof. Fornet is director at Centro de Investigaciones Literarias “Casa de las Américas” and since 2014 he is member of Academia Cubana de la Lengua.

In February 2017 he will present the project “Vicissitudes of the new narrative in Latin America” by prof. Luciano Marroccu from the Department of History, Cultural and Territorial Heritage.



fernandez-camposProf. Mariana Fernández Campos – Universidad de La Habana

Prof. Fernández Campos is a professor of the Course of Philology and Classical Tradition at the Department of Literary and Linguistic Studies of the Facultad de Artes y Letras. She teaches Latin, Roman Civilization Literature. Her main research areas are numismatics, archaelogy and classical tradition, translation of ancient and modern languages and history of language. She widely published at national and international level. She had also administrative and managing positions in her University and is a member of various national organizations and institutions for the updating and managing in teaching Spanish and in higher and postgraduate Education in Cuba.

In February 2017 she will cooperate with dr. Maria Cristina Secci from the  Department of Philology, Literature and Linguistics in the frame of the project “The translation from Italian into Spanish and vice versa: criollism on taxonomic declination in the Cuban literature of the twentieth century”.


Prof. Maria José Bravo Bosch – Universidad de Vigo

Prof. Bravo Bosch is associate professor at Departamento de Derecho Privado of the Facultad de Ciencias Jurídicas y del Trabajo. She is specialized in Roman law.

At the Department of Law she will take charge of prof. Maria Virginia Sanna’s project Women, politics and law in ancient Rome”.


mizunoDott. Hitoshi Mizuno – Shimane University

Dr. Mizuno is researcher at the Department of Material Science.

His main research interest is that of optical properties.

In March 2017 he will collaborate in the project “Photophysical properties of zinc phthalocyanine-based coating-type solar cells”, proposed by prof. Francesco Quochi (Department of Physics).


vilhena-gomes-da-silvaProf. João Manuel Vilhena Gomes da Silva – Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa

Prof. Vilhena Gomes da Silva is associate professor at Departamento de Arquitetura, specialized in landscape architecture.

As  Visiting Professor, he will cooperate in the project “The Bridge – Investigation on the Mediterranean island-landscape”, proposed by prof. Antonella Sanna (Department of Civil – Environmental Engineering and Architecture).


Prof. Margarita Genius – University of Crete

Prof. Genius is associate professor at the Department of Economics. Her research interests include theoretical and applied econometrics, environmental econometrics, contingent valuation models and natural resource economics.

She will join prof. Elisabetta Strazzera for the project “Econometric Methods for Valuation Analysis” at the Department of Social and Institutional Science.


baklandProf. Leif Kristian Bakland – Loma Linda University

Prof. Bakland, professor emeritus at the School of Dentistryis one of the world’s leading expert in endodontics.

In March 2017 he will be Visiting Professor at the Department of Surgical Sciencewith the project “Current best concepts for management of traumatic dental-maxillo facial injuries and associated dental problems”, on a proposal by prof. Elisabetta Cotti.



caiProf. Kai Cai – Osaka City University

Prof. Cai is professor at the Department of Urban Research Plaza Position. His current specialized research field concerns systems control, networked multi-agent systems, supervisory control of discrete-event systems.

At the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering he will handle the project “Distributed Control of Multi-Agent Discrete-Event Systems”, sponsored by prof. Carla Seatzu.



brambilla_riccardobrambilla_riccardobrambillaProf. Riccardo Brambilla – Cardiff University

Prof. Brambilla is full professor and Neuroscience Degree co-ordinator. He is a leading figure in the emerging field of Molecular and Cellular Cognition, Council Member of the Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society, Founding President of the sister organisation European Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society.

His main topics of research are understanding the molecular mechanisms and devising treatments for motor and cognitive plasticity disorders associated to Parkinson’s Disease pharmacotherapy and understanding the basic molecular mechanisms of neuronal cell survival and devising treatments for neurodegenerative disorders.

With the project “Intracellular Signalling Mechanisms in Cognitive and Movement Disorders” by prof. Elio Acquas (Department of Environmental and Life Science) he will be Visiting Professor in June 2017.



pinna-nicolaProf. Nicola Alessandro Pinna – Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Prof. Pinna is full professor at the Institut für Chemie. His research activity focuses on  nanostructured materials, mainly dealing with the synthesis of nanomaterials by solution and gas phase routes, their characterization and the study of their physical properties.

In March 2017 he will be in charge of the project “Novel Colloidal Chemistry Approaches to Hybrid Nanostructures”, by prof. Carla Cannas from the Department of Chemical and Geological Science.

Prof. Stéphane Ducasse – RMoD-INRIA (Institut National de la Recherche en Informatique)

Since 2007 prof. Ducasse has been the head of the RMoD research team. From 2010 and 201 he was the scientific deputee of INRIA Lille Nord Europe. He is president of ESUG and co-founder of Synectique. He is also one of the leader of Pharo. His research statement is double: (1) How can we help companies to support the evolution and maintenance of their large applications and (2) how can we improve languages to better support evolution?

He will talk about “New Trends in Software Project Management”, a project by prof. Gianni Fenu from the Department of Mathematics and Information Technology.


kingaDr. Kinga Xénia Havadi-Nagy – Universitatea Babes-Bolyai

Dr. Havadi-Nagy is researcher at the Faculty of Geography. Her Areas of professional interest are regional geography, rural development, historical geography and cultural geography.

She will be Visiting Professor in March 2017 with the project “Landscape planning and ecosystem services management in a European perspective: a comparative analysis of the Italian and the Romanian approach” by prof. Anna Maria Colavitti from the Department of Civil – Environmental Engineering and Architecture.


Prof. Olha Vuytsyk – Ukrainian Catholic University

Prof. Vuytsyk is associate professor.

Her research interests include heritage tourism (in particular, Jewish heritage tourism), diasporic tourism, tourism destinations management, practical aspects of tourism marketing, economic issues of tourism development, SMM in tourism and competitiveness of tourism destinations.

At the Department of History, Cultural and Territorial Heritage she will handle dr. Andrea Corsale’s project “The new geographies of Eastern Europe. Minorities, migrations, development opportunities and geopolitical challenges”.


marrinkProf. Siewert-Jan Marrink – Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Prof. Marrink is full professor at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. He is head of the Molecular Dynamics Group, board member of the Zernike Institute, and director of the Berendsen Center.

Together with dr. Attilio Vittorio Vargiu from the Department of Physics, he will handle the project “Development and use of coarse-grained models for molecular dynamics of large biological machineries”.


laffaille-okProf. Franck Marc Laffaille – Université Paris 13

Prof. Laffaille is full professor of Public Law at CERAP (Centre d’études et de recherches administratives et politiques). His research interests are constitutional, compared, Italian, European and art law, as well as history of political ideologies and freedoms.

In the frame of the Visiting Professor programme, in April 2017 he will take charge of the project “Constitutional reforms and parliamentary system in Italy and France”, proposed by prof. Silvia Niccolai from the Department of  Social and Institutional Science.


boeri-okProf. Marcelo Diego Boeri – Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Prof. Boeri is full professor at Instituto de Filosofía. His main research interests are epistemology, moral psychology, cosmology, ethics and action theory in Plato, Aristotle, Stoicism and Epicurus, as well as the reception of the ancient thought in modern philosophers.

In April 2017 he will be Visiting Professor with Prof. Elisabetta Cattanei’s project “The Interaction between Body and Soul in Aristotle’s Psychology”, sponsored by the Department of Pedagogy, Psychology, Philosophy.


shpancerProf. Noam Shpancer – Otterbein University

Prof. Shpancer is a professor of psychology. Shpancer’s research interests center on various dimensions of the home-daycare link, including parent-caregiver relations, people’s childcare attitudes and perceptions, and children’s adaptation across contexts.

He will cooperate with prof. Elisabetta Gola in the frame of the project “Can Talking Cure? Reflections on the Art of Therapy: pragmatics effect and communication”, promoted by the Department of Pedagogy, Psychology, Philosophy.


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Prof. Alessandro Iannaccone – Duke University

Prof. Iannaccone is professor at the Department of Ophthalmology and director of the Center for Retinal Degenerations and Ophthalmic Genetic Diseases.

He focuses primarily on retinal degenerations and dystrophies (such as retinitis pigmentosa, Stargardt disease, cone- and cone-rod dystrophy, Usher syndrome, Bardet-Biedl syndrome, choroideremia, retinoschisis, achromatopsia, blue cone monochromacy, and related conditions), and has a strong interest in autoimmune retinopathies and age-related macular degeneration.

He will be in charge of the project “Retinal diseases on genetic and autoimmune basis”, on a proposal by dr. Silvana Galantuomo from the Department of Surgical Science.


mcmahon-okProf. Francis Joseph McMahon – National Institutes of Mental Health 

Prof. Mc Mahon is the director of the Human Genetics Branchspecialized in identifying the genes that contribute to the risk for mood and anxiety disorders so that better methods of diagnosis and treatment can be developed.

As  Visiting Professor, at the Department of Biomedical Science he will take charge of the project “Genetics and pharmacogenetics of bipolar disorder: paving the path towards a personalized approach to therapies” by dr. Alessio Squassina.

daille1Prof. Béatrice Daille – Université de Nantes

Prof. Daille is full professor of computer science and responsible for the research group Équipe TALN. Some research fields she’s interested in are: terminology extraction, term alignment from comparable corpora, multi-word expressions (multi-word terms, term variants, collocations), sentiment analysis and fine-grained sentiment analysis.

 In April 2017 at the Department of Philology, Literature and Linguistics she will handle the project “Building Bilingual Terminologies from Comparable Corpora”, proposed by prof. Francesca Chessa and dr. Cosimo De Giovanni.


Dr. Alessandro Salice – University College Cork

Dr. Salice is Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy. His main areas of research are phenomenology and philosophy of mind. His expertise stretches from classical accounts of collective intentionality and joint action to the metaphysics of the social world. Alessandro is also interested in psychopathology and, especially, in the disturbed forms of sociality in schizophrenia. He pursues research in social robotics and in how human-robot interaction can be informed by insights secured in the debate on collective intentionality. Alessandro has published widely on all these topics. He is co-editor of Journal of Social Ontology (De Gruyter).
Before coming to Cork, Alessandro was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Adjunct Lecturer at the Center for Subjectivity Research, University of Copenhagen, where he closely collaborates with Dan Zahavi. He held the same positions at the Universities of Graz, Basel and Vienna, where he worked together with Hans Bernhard Schmid

In April 2017 he will take charge of prof. Giuseppe Lorini’s project (Department of Law) “Revenge as a social fact”.


cebollero-okProf. Maribel Peró Cebollero – Universitat de Barcelona

Prof. Peró Cebollero is full professor at Departamento de Psicología Social y Psicología Cuantitativa and member of the research group Tècniques Estadístiques Avançades Aplicades a la Psicologia.

As Visiting Professor she will take care of the project “Reasoning and data analysis of fMRI signal”, by prof. Maria Pietronilla Penna from the Department of Pedagogy, Psychology, Philosophy.


seetaramDr. Neelu Seetaram – Bournemouth University

Dr. Seetaram is the Head of Research and Professional Practice at the Department of Tourism and Hospitality in the Faculty of Management. She has undertaken considerable research work in the field of tourism economics. Her current research includes the investigation of the effect of tourism taxation on consumer behaviour. She regularly publishes in the top ranked tourism journals such as Tourism Management, Journal of Travel Research and Annals of Tourism Research.

In April she will collaborate with prof. Carla Massidda for the project “Tourism demand modelling and the effect of taxation on tourist choices”, promoted by the Department of Economics and Business Science.


Prof. Mayerín Bello Valdés – Universidad de La Habana

Prof. Bello Valdés is full professor at Departamento de Estudios Lingüísticos y Literarios – Facultad de Artes y Letras at Universidad de La Habana, where she teaches universal and comparative literature. She’s also a translator and essayist. Giorgio Napolitano, former President of the Republic of Italy, awarded her with the title of Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella della solidarietà italiana.

Among her research fields we can find: Cuban, Italian and French literature, comparative literature; spread of foreign literatures in the frame of an intercultural dialogue; literary translation. Her lastest book is Encuentros cercanos de vario tipo. Ensayos sobre literaturas en diálogo (Editorial Letras Cubanas, 2015), which was awarded the Premio Nacional de la Critica.

Together with dr. Nicola Turi she will handle the project “Literary and cultural exchange between Italy and Cuba. Translation and other ways of diffusion”, promoted by the Department of Philology, Literature, Linguistics.


pagneux-okProf. Vincent  Pagneux – Université du Mans-CNRS

Prof. Pagneux is associate professor at Département de Mécanique. His main research fields are: guided waves (acoustic & elastic), plates (Lamb waves …), acoustic propagation in shear flows, propagation in complex media, 2D acoustics – surface gravity wave analogy.

He will handle the project proposed by prof. Michele Brun (Department of Mechanical, Chemical and Material Engineering) called “WAVINT – modeling wave interaction with microstructure in elastic metamaterials”.


Prof. David Austin – California Western School of Law

Prof. Austin is a Legal Writing Professor. He has a special interest in asylum law and public interest work, and has provided pro bono service to the National Immigrant Justice Center and the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago.

Together with dr. Giovanni Coinu from the Department of Law he will carry out the project “Legal English and Global Legal Skills in Context”.


macola-okProf. Giacomo Macola – University of Kent

Prof. Macola is associate professor at the School of History.

His own research specialism is Central Africa’s political and intellectual history since the eighteenth century.

Together with dr. Alessandro Pes (Department of  Social and Institutional Science), he will cooperate in the project “Africa and Europe Facing Decolonization”.


westphal-okProf. Bertrand Westphal – Université de Limoges

Prof. Westphal has been professor of comparative literature and literary theory at Université de Limoges since 1998. He has been directing the «Espaces Humains et Interactions Culturelles» research team (EA 1087) since 2000. He is the founder of Geocriticism, a method of literary analysis and literary theory that incorporates the study of geographic space. He has widely published in English and French.

In April 2017 he will be Visiting Professor with the project “Landscape and geopoetics”, on a proposal by prof. Roberto Puggioni from the Department of Philology, Literature and Linguistics.


canevaro-okProf. Mirko Canevaro – The University of Edinburgh

Prof. Canevaro is Chancellor’s Fellow (with tenure) at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology. He is expert in Greek history. He is member of the editorial committee of  Rivista di Diritto Ellenico, member of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland and Council member of the Classical Association of Scotland, Edinburgh and South-East Centre. In 2015 he was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in recognition of his research achievements

He will take charge of prof. Elisabetta Poddighe’s project “Legislative institutions and constitutional reflection in ancient Athens”, at the Department of Philology, Literature and Linguistics.


pinna-g-okProf. Graziano Pinna– University of Illinois at Chicago

Prof. Pinna is an associate professor at the Department of Psychiatry. His research in neuropsychiatry focuses on the study of: the mechanism of action of antidepressant, anxiolytic, and antiaggressive drugs in mouse models of affective/cognitive disorders, including depression, anxiety, and PTSD; developing new therapies for PTSD and anxiety disorders; epigenetic mechanisms in psychiatric disorders; unveiling emotional brain circuits that mediate cognitive and affective processes in PTSD; physiological role of the neurosteroid allopregnanolone on GABA-A receptor function; and pharmacology of GABA-A receptor modulators. Supported by the US Department of Defense, Dr. Pinna is studying the role of the endocannabinoid system in fear regulation in mouse stress models. He is a Visiting Professor at the Universidade Federal de São Paulo, an External Partner at the Consortium Européen NeuroRhine in Strasbourg and collaborates with Harvard University, Boston University, Boston Veteran Affaires among others.

In April 2017 he will focus on “Drug discovery and treatments of neuropsychiatric disorders”, project presented by prof. Alessandra Concas from the Department of Environmental and Life Science.


fresuProf. Gianni Fresu – Universidade Federal de Uberlândia

Prof. Fresu is associate professor at the Institute of Philosophy. Among his interests of research we can find Antonio Gramsci as a political and historical charachter, social history, labour movement, political philosophy, fascism and anti-fascism.

He will take care of the project “Gramsci and the Political Debate in the Arab World”, sponsored by prof. Patrizia Manduchi from the Department of Social and Institutional Science.


siddiDr. Marco Siddi – Ulkopoliittinen Instituutti (The Finnish Institute of International Affairs)

Dr. Siddi is Senior Research Fellow in the frame of the European Union Research Programme. His areas of expertise are EU-Russia relations, EU energy policy, politics of memory and identity in Europe, European security, Italy’s role in the European Union.

He will be Visiting Professor with the project “The European Union and geopolitical challenges in its Eastern and Southern neighbourhood” by prof. Christian Rossi (Department of Social and Institutional Science).


Prof. Marco Gargiulo – Universitetet i Bergen
Prof. Gargiulo is associate professor at the Institutt for fremmedspråk. His research focuses on applied linguistics, dialectology, Second Language Acquisition and history of Italian language.

In April 2017 he will be part of the project “Languages and “local aesthetics” in periferic cinema” by prof. Antioco Floris (Department of History, Cultural and Territorial Heritage).


segura-serranoProf. Antonio Segura-Serrano – Universidad de Granada

Prof. Segura-Serrano is associate professor at Departamento de Derecho Internacional Público y Relaciones Internacionales, as well as leader researcher for the project ‘El Derecho Internacional y la nueva gobernanza tras la crisis económica‘, financed by Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación. Since 2014 he has been vice-secretary of Fundación Euroárabe.

He will be Visiting Professor with the project “The impact of sovereign debt and foreign investment on the enjoyment of human rights”, proposed by prof. Francesco Seatzu from the Department of Law.


halliganProf. John Angus Halligan – University of Canberra

Prof. Halligan is full professor of public administration. His research interests are comparative public management and governance, public sector reform, performance management and government institutions. At the Department of Economics and Business Sciences in April 2017 he will take charge of “Performance Management and Incentives in Public Sector Organizations”, a project presented by prof. Patrizio Monfardini.


Prof. Reginald Bruno Hendrik Hooghiemstra – Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Prof. Hooghiemstra is associate professor at the Faculty of Economics. His main research fields are corporate governance and financial reporting.

In April 2017 he will handle the project “The influence of corporate governance on financial reporting: an international analysis”, by dr. Simone Aresu from the Department of Economics and Business Sciences.


marquez-grantn-okDr. Nicholas Marquez Grant – Cranfield University
Dr. Marquez Grant is researcher at the Cranfield Forensic Institute. His main research interests include bioarchaeology, forensic archaeology, taphonomy, study of physical wounds and incurie and ethics of human remains.

At the Department of Environmental and Life Science he will take charge of the project “Anthropological and paleopathological study of skeletal sample” by prof. Carla Maria Calo’.


schminck-okProf. Ulrich Christoph Schminck-Gustavus – Universität Bremen

Prof. Schminck-Gustavus is full professor at the Faculty of Law, and  president of the association Xenos, which helps foreign disadvantaged students. His main fields of research are fascism, 2nd World War, occupation and Resistance. He passed many years in Italy and Greece studying war crimes.

In May 2017 he will handle the project “Methodology and History of Deportation and Shoah” proposed by prof. Claudio Natoli (Department of History, Cultural and Territorial Heritage).




Prof. Antonio Egidio Nardi – Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Prof. Nardi is full professor at the Faculty of Medicine (Department of Psychiatry and Legal Medicine). He is an expert in psychopathology and psycho-pharmacology.

In May 2017 he will handle the project presented by dr. Gioia Mura (Department of Medical Science and Public Health), called “The public’s view on depressive symptoms: is the context in which the symptoms occur important or not?”.


Prof. Nikolaos Papageorgiou – National Technical University of Athens

Prof. Papageorgiou is full professor, expert in analysis, geometry and applied mathematics.

With the project “Variational methods for non-linear boundary value” by prof. Antonio Iannizzotto (Department of Mathematics and Information Technology) he will be Visiting Professor in May 2017.


barnden-johnProf. John Arthur Barnden – University of Birmingham

Prof. Barnden is an Emeritus Professor at the School of Computer Science. His research is mainly within Natural Language Pragmatics and has largely been concerned with the reasoning needed for the processing of metaphorical utterances. He is also interested in figurative language more generally, and specifically in metonymy, irony and hyperbole.

Another major research concern is the nature of consciousness in humans and other creatures, and in the possibility of it arising in AI agents.

In May 2017 he will take charge of the project “The persuasive effects of figurative language”, proposed by dr. Francesca Ervas from the Department of Pedagogy, Psychology, Philosophy.


frascaDott. Paolo Frasca – Universiteit Twente

Dr. Frasca is researcher at the Department of Applied Mathematics (Hybrid Systems group).

His main research lines are, among others, systems and control, cyber-physical and hybrid systems, network systems, non-smooth control, opinion dynamics and social networks, robotic and sensor networks, modeling and control of natural and artificial swarms.

As Visiting Professor he will handle the project “Distributed Optimization and Control of Multi-Agent Systems”, by dr. Mauro Franceschelli (Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering).


mason-okDott. Marco Mason – University of Leicester e University of Cambridge

Dr. Mason is a researcher expert in design of digital materials. Recently he has obtained his second Marie Curie grant (H2020 – IF – Reeintegration Grant), which allows him to carry out a study about project procedures related to Human-centred Design and Design Thinking. During his first Marie Curie project (FP7 – International Outging Fellowship) he worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied the design of complex digital systems for cultural heritage.

He will cooperate with prof. Cesarina Siddi (Department of Civil – Environmental Engineering and Architecture) in the frame of the project “Designing Digital Experience for Architecture and City Planning”.


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keintzel-okDott.ssa Brigitta Keintzel – Universität Wien

Dr. Keintzel is researcher at Institut für Philosophie. Her areas of research focus on European philosophy, gender studies, religious studies, cultural studies, phenomenological studies, psychoanalytic studies.

In May 2017 she will take care of “A dialogue between German classical philosophy and the contemporary thinking of alterity”, a project presented by prof. Gabriella Baptist from the Department of Pedagogy, Psychology, Philosophy.
dabholkhar-okProf. Jyoti Pralhad Dabholkar – Seth G.S. Medical College & King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital

Prof. Dabholkar is full professor in otolaryngology. She was trained at Memorial Sloan Kattering Cancer Centre, New York, in 1985-86. She was President and Secretary for the Foundation for Head and Neck Oncology. She has given more than 80 orations in India and abroad. She has over 100 Publication in National and International indexed journal. She has been a recipient of President medal for securing highest marks at MBBS. She has numerous awards including Women Achiever Award.

As Visiting Professor she will handle the project “The Role of Neck Dissection in Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck”, by prof. Puxeddu Roberto (Department of Surgical Science).


Prof. Jörgen Ekström – Göteborgs Universitet

Prof. Ekström is professor at the Department of Pharmacolgy-Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology. His research group “Autonomic Neuroscience – Oral Physiology and Pharmacology” focuses on the physiology and pharmacology of autonomic neuro-effector systems. His main areas of interests are pharmacology and toxicology, physiology and dentistry. In 2004 he was awarded the prize “Distinguished Scientist Award for Salivary Research”.

He will be Visiting Professor with the project “Salivary secretion in healthy and diseases: a morphological and physiological approach”, proposed by dr. Francesco Loy from the Department of Biomedical Science.


hummelProf. Thomas Hummel – Universitätsklinikum Carl Gustav Carus
Prof. Hummel is full professor at the Department of Otorhinolaringology. Among his research interests: physiology and pharmacology of chemical senses, physiology of intranasal chemosensory systems, derived activity of olfactory receptor neurons in humans, biopsies from the olfactory region, detection of disease-related changes in the chemical senses in patients with Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, or multiple chemical sensitivities.

He will cooperate with prof. Iole Tomassini Barbarossa from the Department of Biomedical Science for the project “Physiology of gustatory system and nutritional implications”.


Prof. Núria Llorens MorenoUniversitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Prof. Llorens Moreno is associate professor at Facultat de Filosofia i Lletres.and member of the editing committee of the review Locus Amoenus. She is also a member of the research group Arte, oficio y mercado. La condición del artista en Cataluña y Balerares durante los siglos xv al xviii .
Her research interests are: history of landscape painting, art historiography, theory of arts and aesthetics in 18th century, as well as methodology of the history of art.

She will be Visiting Professor at the Department of History, Cultural and Territorial Heritage with dr. Rita Ladogana’s project “Images and experiences of a world in continuous transformation: a reflective approach to landscape in contemporary art”.



stein-okProf. Achim Stein – Universität Stuttgart

Prof. Stein is full professor at the Institut für Linguistik/Romanistik, whose main research areas are semantic representation and ontologies, argument structure: syntax and semantics of French and Italian verbs, Corpus Linguistics, language contact.

With prof. Nicoletta Puddu from the Department of Philology, Literature and Linguistics, in May 2017 he will handle the project “Building and annotating historical corpora”.


Prof. Charles Forceville – Universiteit van Amsterdam

Prof. Forceville is associate professor in the Media Studies department of the Universiteit van Amsterdam (NL). Rooted in cognitivist approaches, his research interests include multimodal metaphor, multimodal rhetoric & narrative, narrative across media, relevance theory, genre, documentary film, animation, and comics & cartoons.

At the Department of Pedagogy, Psychology, Philosophy he will participate in prof. Emiliano Ilardi’s  project “Creative visual/pictorial & multimodal metaphors: application in ads, cartoons and other media.”


Prof. Victor Eremeev – Rzeszow University of Technology

Prof. Eremeev is associate professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics. His areas of expertise are mechanics, applied mathematics, structural engineering

 As Visiting Professor, he will handle the project “CORTES: COsseRat ThEory of beams and Shells”, by prof. Antonio Maria Cazzani (Department of Civil – Environmental Engineering and Architecture).


Prof. Davide Buscaldi – Université Paris 13

Prof. Buscaldi is associate professor at the Computer Science Department (LIPN) and member of the research group RCLN (Knowledge Representation and Natural Language).

He will cooperate with prof. Diego Reforgiato Recupero in the frame of the project “Pattern-based Networked Ontology Engineering”, promoted by the Department of Mathematics and Information Technology.


noordijProf. Jacob Noordzij – Boston University

Prof. Noordzij is Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery of the School of Medicine. His expertise covers the following areas: adult and pediatric laryngology, care of the professional voice, airway disorders, thyroid and parathyroid disorders, head and neck cancer, and care of swallowing disorders.

He will take care of the project “Optimizing Perioperative Management of Thyroidectomy Patients: Pre-operative Assessment of Compressive Symptoms, Vitamin D, Post-operative Hypocalcemia, and Post-operative Hoarseness”, sponsored by prof. Pietro Giorgio Calò (Department of Surgical Science).


castiglioniProf. Maria Paola Castiglioni – Université Grenoble Alpes

Prof. Castiglioni is associate professor at Département de Sciences humaines et humanités. She is a member of the research group LUHCIE and her reasearch interests are: production, commerce and international politics in Corinth between 9th and 4th century b.C.; ancient Adriatic and Great Greece: relationships between Greeks and indigenous peoples; cultural and commercial exchanges as a matter of identity and acculturation; relation between archaic discourse and Athenian theatre in 5th b.C.

As Visiting Professor she will talk about “Archaeology, Iconography and Myth of ancient Greece”, a project by prof. Marco Giuman (Department of History, Cultural and Territorial Heritage).



Prof. Alfons Aragoneses – Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Prof. Aragoneses is associate professor at Departament de Dret. His research fields are contemporary and comparative history of law and dictatorships.

At our Department of Law he will take charge of prof. Giuseppina De Giudici’s project, called “The international Law as scientific discipline in 19th and 20th Centuries between Italy and Spain”.



altinayProf. Levent Altinay – Oxford Brookes University

Prof. Altinay is full professor of Strategy and Business Development and Research Area Leader of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management. Levent’s research interests are in the areas of entrepreneurship, strategic alliances and international business.

He will cooperate in the project “Sustainable tourism strategies and the involvement of the private sector” by prof. Patrizia Modica (Department of Economics and Business Sciences).


buczynski-okDr. Matthew Wallace Buczynski – The Scripps Research Institute

Dr. Buczynski is researcher expert in neuroscience. His research Institute’s fundamental research goal is to identify novel molecular changes caused by chronic drug exposure that drive the subsequent neurological and behavioural dysfunctions. This research integrates advanced mass spectrometry platforms with a wide range of techniques including chemical biology, in vivo microdialysis, and behavioural pharmacology. He is also Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech School of Neurosciences.

As Visiting Professor he will take charge of the project “Endocannabinoid signalling in cognition, reward and addiction” by dr. Maria Antonietta De Luca from the Department of Biomedical Science.


eggersProf. J.P. Eggers – NYU Stern School of Business

Prof J.P. Eggers is associate professor of Management and Organizations. Eggers’s research interests focus on technological change, decision-making under uncertainty and new product development.

He will be Visiting Professor with the project “The Exploration-Exploitation tension: How Ambidexterity Gives Firms Competitive Advantage”, sponsored by prof. Maria Chiara di Guardo from the Department of Economics and Business Science.


Prof. Zaida Muxi Martinez – Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Prof. Muxi Martinez is associate professor at Departament d’Urbanisme i Ordenació del Territori and she’s a member of the research group TICA – Teoría y Crítica de la Ciudad, la Arquitectura y las Artes.

With the project “Antifragile urban design, public spaces and participation”, promoted by prof. Ivan Blecic from the Department of Civil – Environmental Engineering and Architecture, she will be Visiting Professor in the next months.



peter_kelly12Prof. Peter James Kelly – RMIT University

Prof. Kelly is Director of the Centre for Education, Training and Work in the Asian Century, in the School of Education at RMIT University. He is a social theorist/social researcher who has published extensively on young people, the practice of youth studies, social theory and globalisation. His current research interests include a critical engagement with young people and new cultures of education/work/democracy in the context of the Great Recession, austerity and the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis.

In May 2017 he will cooperate in the project “Young people futures and education: global frames and local opportunities”, sponsored by prof. Giuliana Mandich (Department of Social and Institutional Science).


mcnamaraDr. Christopher John McNamara – University College London Hospital

Dr. Mc Namara is a specialized researcher. His specialities are Hodgkin lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and Blood Diseases (clinical haematology). He cooperated with many research groups for the European Society of Medical Oncology, the British Committee for Standards in Haematology and the National Institute for Clinical Health and Excellence.

At the Department of Medical Science and Public Health, in June 2017, he will be involved in the project “Formulation of treatment algorithms for lymphoma patients when the healthcare economy is under strain”, on a proposal by prof. Giorgio La Nasa.


Prof. Victoria Eleni Lambropoulos – ANU College of Law, Canberra
Prof. Lambropoulos is senior lecturer and immediate past-president of the Industrial Relations Society of Victoria, National Committee member of the Australian Labour Law Association, Committee member of the Industrial Bar Association. She was recognised for her excellence in teaching having been awarded a Teaching Excellence Award in 2013. She is a primary editor of the Fair Work Legislation published by Thomson Reuters annually.

Her main research interests are Workplace/Employment Law and Labour and the environment, as well as Industrial Law.

In the frame of Visiting Professor programme, she will handle the project “Judicial control in dismissals” by prof. Piera Loi (Department of Law).


kredlerProf. Matthias Kredler – Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Prof. Kredler is associate professor at the Department of Economics. His research interests are macroeconomics, labor markets, family economics.
He will take charge of the project sponsored by dr. Vincenzo Merella (Department of Economics and Business Science) called “A Bayesian Approach to Estimating and Forecasting Financial Models”.





pieczonka-okDr. Lukasz Jacek Pieczonka – AGH University of Science and Technology

Dr. Pieczonka is assistant professor at the Department of Robotics and Mechatronics of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics. His research interests are focused on structural health monitoring, nonlinear acoustics, uncertainty quantification, verification and validation, computational mechanics and structural dynamics.

In June 2017 he will take charge of the project “Health Monitoring of Industrial Components and Systems”, supervised by dr. Pier Francesco Orrù (Department of Mechanical, Chemical and Material Engineering).



khanProf. Naim Akhtar Khan – Université de Bourgogne

Prof. Khan is professor exceptional class of nutrition physiology and toxycology at the research center INSERM U 866.

He will take charge of prof. Sebastiano Banni’s project (Department of Biomedical Science) “Factors influencing dietary fat intake and nutritional implications in humans”.


Dott. Georg Dürnecker – Universität Mannheim

Dr. Dürnecker is a researcher expert in macroeconomy. His research fields are economic growth, regulation of economic growth, technological progress and labour markets in Europe and the U.S.

In June 2017 he will be Visiting Professor with the project “Macroeconomic Dynamics and Time Allocation”, by dr. Fabio Cerina (Department of Economics and Business Science).


romualdiProf. Emilio Elías Romualdi – Universidad Kennedy

Prof. Romualdi is professor in the specialization course in aviation and spatial law, where he was director too. He is a member of Asociación Latinoamericana de Derecho Aeronáutico, as well as judge of the Province of Buenos Aires.

As Visiting Professor, he will work with prof. Massimiliano Piras (Department of Law) for the project “Overcoming the bilateralism in air transport: U.E. and Mercosur in comparison”.


Prof. Daniel Nižnanský – Univerzita Karlova

Prof. Nižnanský is associate professor at the Faculty of Science-Department of Inorganic Chemistry, and head of the Laboratory of Nanomaterials, where they prepare magnetic nanoparticles and nanocomposites and materials for scintillation detectors.

As Visiting Professor he will collaborate with prof. Anna Musinu (Department of Chemical and Geological Science) in the frame of the project “Magnetic heterostructures: synthesis, structure, magnetismo”.


contuProf. Alessia Contu – University of Massachussets Boston

Prof. Contu is full time tenured professor with research, teaching and managerial responsibilities. She is also the Chair of the Department of Management.

Her research areas are corporate and organizational power, resistance and politics of organizing, whistleblowing and ethical issues in management & organization.

She will be Visiting Professor with the project “Putting democracy to work in time of economic crisis: The workers’ buyout phenomenon” sponsored by prof. Marco Luciano Zurru and dr. Barbara Barbieri from the Department of Social and Institutional Science.


wilhelmProf. Adalbert Wilhelm – Jacobs University Bremen

Prof. Wilhelm is professor of statistics and Commerzbank Chair for Information Management at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. His research interests are: information and knowledge management, statistical visualization, data mining, exploratory data analysis, computational statistics.

At the Department of Economics and Business Science, he will cooperate with prof. Francesco Mola in the frame of the project “Applied multivariate statistical methods in business and economics”.


kirillovProf. Oleg Kirillov – Northumbria University

Prof. Kirillov is Vice-Chancellors Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering and Environment. Research of prof. Kirillov is in the fields of mathematical physics, dynamical systems, solid and fluid mechanics, and stability theory.

He will be Visiting Professor with a project proposed by prof. Michele Brun (Department of Mechanical, Chemical and Material Engineering) entitled “MetaNon “Non linear metamaterials”: Exploiting the multisymplectic structure and theory of multiparameter eigenvalue problems”.



linkProf. Bruce Link – Columbia University New York

Prof. Link is Professor of Emeritus at the Mailman School of Public Health and a research scientist at New York State Psychiatric Institute. Link’s interests are centered on topics in psychiatric and social epidemiology. Currently he is conducting research aimed at understanding health disparities by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status, the consequences of social stigma for people with mental illnesses, and the connection between mental illnesses and violent behaviors. He is the director of the Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program, the director of the Center for Violence Research and Prevention and a director of the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program at Columbia University.

As Visiting Professor, he will cooperate with prof. Luigi Minerba (Department of Medical Science and Public Health) in the frame of the project “Contrasting stigma against disabling diseases: a public health issue”.


Prof. Lakshmi Devi – Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Prof. Devi is professor of the Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics, Psychiatry and Neuroscience Departments. She is the Dean for Academic Development and Enrichment as well as Director of the Interdisciplinary Training in Drug Abuse Research Program.
She has been interested in several lines of research, including receptor dimerization, regulation of peptide biosynthesis and opiate addiction. Part of her research focus is to explore mechanisms underlying opiate and cannabinoid receptor activation using a combination of molecular biological, biochemical, cell biological, pharmacological and behavioral techniques.
With the project “Characterization of the newly deorphanized hypothalamic GPCRs, GPR171 and GPR83”, sponsored by dr. Maria Collu (Department of Biomedical Science), she will be Visiting Professor in the nearest future.



piepoliProf. Massimo Piepoli – Imperial College London

Prof. Piepoli is associate professor at National Heart and Lung Institute. His main fields of expertise are heart failures, cardiomyopathies, clinical cardiology and cardiovascular medicine, among others.

In June 2017 he will be part of the Visiting Professor programme with the project “Metaboreflex-baroreflex interaction during exercise in heart failure patients”, proposed by dr. Antonio Crisafulli from the Department of Medical Science and Public Health.


Prof. Paola Dazzan – King’s College London

Prof. Dazzan is full professor of Neurobiology of Psychosis, in the Department of Psychosis Studies at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
Her main area of research interest is neuroimaging and its application to the study of early psychosis and postpartum psychoses. She is internationally known for her work on the relationship between magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data and other biological measures such as neurodevelopmental indices, stress and reproductive hormones. Her work has been extensively published in high impact papers and has been recognised by several prestigious International Awards, including the 2014 Academic Researcher of the Year Award from the Royal College of Psychiatrists. In November 2017 she was appointed Vice Dean International for the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience.
She will work on the project “Advances in understanding psychoses: evidences from First Episode Studies” with Prof. Bernardo Carpiniello (Department of Medical Science and Public Health).


Prof. István Katona – Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Prof. Katona is full professor and Head of Department of Molecular and Developmental Neurobiology. He is also principal investigator at KatonaLab, whose major objective  is to identify new signaling systems regulating synaptic transmission and its plasticity. He was elected member of the Academia Europea in 2013.

He will be hosted by the Department of Biomedical Science with a project by prof. Paola Devoto entitled “Neurodevelopmental effects of Cannabis on brain dopamine system”.


sanna-okDr. Maria Germana Sanna – The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI)

Dr. Sanna is a researcher from Rosen Laboratory, whose research activity focuses on chemical and biological approaches to the molecular mechanisms regulating lymphocyte trafficking.

At the Department of Biomedical Science she will cooperate in the project “New Mechanisms of pathogen paramyxovirus inhibition” proposed by prof. Angela Ingianni and dr. Maria A. Madeddu.


Dr. Emanoil Linul – Universitatea Politehnica Timisoara

Dr. Linul is a researcher expert in mechanical and material engineering.

In June 2017 he will be Visiting Professor with the project “Vibration-based and Acoustic Techniques for Structural Damage Detection” sponsored by dr. Maria Cristina Porcu (Department of Mechanical, Chemical and Material Engineering).



kirchmairProf. Johannes Wolfgang Kirchmair – Universität Hamburg

Prof. Kirchmair is associate professor at Zentrum für Bioinformatik and chair of Junior Research Group for Applied Cheminformatics and Molecular Design. His main research interests include the development and application of computational methods for the prediction of the bioactivity and metabolism of xenobiotics (drugs and drug-like molecules, cosmetics, agrochemicals and functional foods).

He will handle the project “Computational approaches to boost academic drug discovery”, proposed by dr. Simona Distinto and prof. Elias Maccioni from Department of Environmental and Life Science.

Dr. Miguel Ángel Paredes Maldonado – University of Edinburgh

Dr. Paredes Maldonado is lecturer in Architectural Design at Edinburgh College of Art. His areas of expertise concern the intersection of architectural design methodologies and theories with digital technologies and contemporary urban discourses. He is one of the founder of the research and design center Cuartoymitad Architecture & Landscape.

With prof. Caterina Giannattasio’s project “Activated Urbanities: the city as an experimental urban field of collective experience” he will be Visiting Professor at the Department of Civil-Environmental Engineering and Architecture.


bartheProf. Loïc Paul Maurice Barthe – Université Toulouse III Paul Sabatier

Prof. Barthe is full professor and co-head of VORTEX Group (Virtual Objects : from Reality ToEXpression) at IRIT Laboratory. His main interests in research are intuitive geometric modelling, models for shape/volume representation and shape deformations during animations.

In June 2017 he will take charge of the project “Geometry processing for design and fabrication” at the Department of Mathematics and Information Technology in cooperation with prof. Riccardo Scateni.


mele-antonio-okDr. Antonio Mele – University of Surrey

Dr. Mele is lecturer in Economics. His research interests are in macroeconomics, especially in dynamic contracts, fiscal and monetary policy, learning, and computational methods. His current research is about optimal monetary policy with learning, strategic default, international risk sharing, and unemployment insurance schemes.

As Visiting Professor at the Department of Economics and Business Science, he will take care of the project “New discoveries of Macroeconomic Research”, by dr. Giovanni Bella.


Prof. Klaus Robert Koch – Stellenbosch University

Prof. Koch established the Platinum Metals Chemistry Research Group in 2000, at the Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science. His research group focus over the last two decades was aimed at developing and enhancing our fundamental understanding of the coordination and solution chemistry of Platinum Group Metals (Pt, Pd, Rh, Ir, Ru and Os), in the context of their speciation, recovery, analytical chemistry as well as some aspects of the bioinorganic and nano-chemistry of these elements.
His research specializes inter alia in the application of high-resolution 195Pt, 103Rh and 119Sn Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy together with computational chemistry, as tools to understanding their chemical speciation, and their hydration and solvation shells of platinum complexes in aqueous solutions, as relevant to their chemistry or separation, refining and recovery on a large scale.
As part of his collaboration with the Department of Chemical and Geological Science at the University of Cagliari, he will collaborate with dr. Francesca Mocci’s project “NMR and computational methods as tools to tune ionic liquids as potential media for separation and recovery of platinum complexes “.


Prof. Sally Cummings – Univeristy of St. Andrews

Prof. Cummings is full professor at the School of International Relations. Among her research interests we can find the Politics of Identity and the nation-and state-building in Eastern Europe. Her geographic specialisation is Central Asia.

Together with prof. Corrado Zoppi she will handle the project “Urban public space in the Sardinian regional context”, sponsored by the Department of Civil – Environmental Engineering and Architecture.


Prof. Mirella Di Lorenzo – Univeristy of Bath

Prof. Di Lorenzo is an associate professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering and currently Director of Postgraduate Studies for the Department of Chemical Engineering. Her goal is to develop low cost and sustainable bioelectrochemical devices for energy harvesting from wastewaters, water quality monitoring and wearable healthcare sensors. She is currently involved in international collaborations with Latin America with research activities focused on the design and development of low cost and self-powered sensors for the at-site and real time monitoring of pollutants in water.

At the Department of Mechanical, Chemical and Material Engineering she will handle the project “Combined electrolysis-microbial fuel cell processes for water treatment and energy production” by prof. Michele Mascia.


mascaroDr. Giuseppe Mascaro – Arizona State University

Dr. Mascaro is assistant professor at the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. His research group investigates a range of topics in hydrology, climate, and atmospheric sciences that are useful to support engineering applications

He will be Visiting Professor thanks to prof. Roberto Deidda’s project “Improving Simulation of Regional Water Resources through Fully-Coupled Atmospheric-Hydrologic Modeling Systems”  (Department of Civil – Environmental Engineering and Architecture).



Prof. Daniele Marinazzo – Universiteit Gent

marinazzoProf. Marinazzo is associate professor at the Department of Data Analysis
of the Faculty of Psychological and Pedagogical Sciences. He is a statistical physicist working mainly in the neurosciences. The research activity of his group focuses on methodological and computational aspects of neuroscience research, and on the dynamical networks subserving function.

With the project “Recent techniques and tools for the analysis of brain signals” by dr. Matteo Fraschini from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering he will be Visiting Professor.


Prof. Petr Cintula – Institute of Computer Science of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Prof. Cintula is associate professor of mathematical logics. His main research areas are reasoning with graded notions, mathematical fuzzy logic, (abstract) algebraic logic, substructural logics. He received the Young researchers award for outstanding achievements by ASCR (2007) and in 2006 the Junior Scientist Award of the Learned Society of CR.

He will be hosted by the Department of Pedagogy, Psychology, Philosophy with the project “Syntax and semantics of fuzzy and quantum logics”, by prof. Roberto Giuntini.


liottaProf. Antonio Liotta – Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

Prof. Liotta is full professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, section Electro-Optical Communications. Together with his team he explores network and data science in the context of complex communications and smart sensing, particularly Data Mining and the Internet of Things. In 2015 he received the valorization award by the Eindhoven University of Technology.

In the frame of the project “Quality of Experience management in Video Services” by dr. Cristian Perra (Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering) he will be Visiting Professor in June 2017.


xavier_cartoixaProf. Xavier Cartoixa Soler – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Prof. Cartoixa Soler is professor at Departament d’Enginyeria Electrònica.

In the frame of the project “Thermal transport in highly disordered solid-state materials” by prof. Luciano Colombo (Department of Physics) he will join the University of Cagliari as Visiting Professor.


engelsenProf. Søren Engelsen – Københavns Universitet

Prof. Engelsen is full professor at the Department of Food Science and head of the Spectroscopy & Chemometrics Group. His primary fields of research are the development and application of high-throughput quantitative spectroscopy for biological samples in quality control, process analytical technology, foodomics and metabolomics, of chemometric methods for exploring and analysing spectroscopic data and carbohydrate structure, dynamics, hydration and functionality as studied by spectroscopy and molecular modelling.

As Visiting Professor he will handle the project “Development and application of chemometric methods for exploring and analysing spectroscopic data” by dr. Flaminia Cesare Marincola, Department of Chemical and Geological Science.



Prof. Giovanni Coco – University of Auckland

Prof. Giovanni Coco is associate professor at the Faculty of Science. His scientific activity is mainly related to coastal oceanography, hazards and interactions between physical and biological processes. More recently, he has focused on nonlinear techniques for data analysis (genetic algorithms, artificial neural networks) applying them to a variety of bio-geophysical problems. His areas of expertise are: Geomorphology, Physical Oceanography, Coastal and Estuarine processes.
He will be hosted by the Department of Chemical and geological Sciences with the project “Coastal morphodynamics and eco-geomorphology: a combination of numerical modeling, field and laboratory observations”, by prof. Sandro Demuro.


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