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Personal Data
- Surname: Pizzoferrato
- Name: Andrea
- Gender: Male
- Nationality: Italian
- Date of Birth: 20/12/1988
- Age: 29
Education
Doctor of Philosophy (University of Warwick, Coventry, GB)
- Subject: Mathematics
- Thesis Supervisors: Dr. Paul Chleboun, Dr. Stefan Großkinsky
- Examiners: (Internal) Prof. Oleg Zaboronski, (External) Prof. Cristian Giardinà
- Title: Large Scale Dynamics and Fluctuations in Non-Equilibrium Stochastic Particle Systems
- Description: Considering the Zero-Range Process under four different kinds of jump rates and the Inclusion Process, current fluctuations of these models have been studied from different point of views. For what regards the ring geometry, large deviations of the current have been analyzed from a macroscopic perspective within the framework of the Jensen-Varadhan functional as well as the Macroscopic Fluctuation Theory. For the open boundaries case, that is when the system is contact with particle reservoirs, microscopic techniques stemming from a quantum approach to stochastic processes have been used. All theoretical results are supported by numerical simulation performed using the Cloning Algorithm.
Laurea Magistrale, Master of Science ("Sapienza" University, Rome, IT)
- Subject: Theoretical Physics
- Thesis Supervisors: Dr. Adriano Barra, Prof. Francesco Guerra, Dr. Daniele Tantari
- Title: Statistical Mechanics of Bipartite Systems
- Description: The free energy of a spin model consisting of all the possible interactions (self and reciprocal) of dichotomic and gaussian distributed variables has been solved using analytical interpolation techniques. The solution is obtained both for ferromagnetic and disordered interactions (at least at the replica symmetric level). Moreover, fluctuations of the order parameters are given as a system of differential equations. The main result in both cases, consists of a balanced situation between the weights of the two groups of variables resulting in a line of minimums for the free energy.
Laurea Triennale, Bachelor Degree ("Sapienza" University, Rome, IT)
- Subject: Physics
- Dissertation Supervisor: Prof. Carlo Mariani
- Title: X-Rays absorption and determining of positioning of adsorbed molecules
- Description: Taking as reference the NEXAFS spectroscopy technique, calculation of the transition probability of an electron of an adsorbed molecule in function of the inclination angle respect to the adsorbing surface, has been performed. Moreover typically used experimental NEXAFS tricks have been quantitavely analyzed.
Diploma di Liceo Scientifico, Science Oriented High School (Jesuit Institute M. Massimo, Rome, IT)
- Dissertation Title: "Symmetry and Asymmetry: a dialectical approach to reality"
Publications
See this section of the website.
Research Interests
Keywords
Bipartite Systems, Complex Systems, Cloning Algorithm, Clustering, Disordered Systems, Equilibrium and Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics, Graph Theory, Interacting Particle Systems, Large Deviation Theory, Markov Chains, Neural Networks, Optimization with anchors, Quantitative Sociology, Spin Glasses, Stochastic Processes.
Bipartite Systems, Complex Systems, Cloning Algorithm, Clustering, Disordered Systems, Equilibrium and Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics, Graph Theory, Interacting Particle Systems, Large Deviation Theory, Markov Chains, Neural Networks, Optimization with anchors, Quantitative Sociology, Spin Glasses, Stochastic Processes.
Work Experience
Research Associate, The Alan Turing Institute
- Project Title: Predictive graph analytics and propagation of information in networks
- Description: Computational laboratory sessions for Big Data analysis.
- Detailed Duties: Assisting students with issues related to R programming language and assignment questions.
- Description: Practical sessions in the area of Stochastic Processes and Networks.
- Detailed Duties: Assisting the lecturer with Matlab codes and visualizations.
- Description: Practical sessions in the area of Mathematics and Statistics.
- Detailed Duties: Marking and lecturing to three classes per module of 15-20 people each.
- Description: It’s an italian free and online magazine adressed to high school students in order to spread technological and scientific issues regarding engineering and space fields. From october 2012 an English version is available.
- Detailed Duties: Writing articles, developing advertising strategies, providing new ideas to improve the magazine itself.
Talks
- Rare Events in Interacting Particle Systems (University of Warwick, Coventry, GB - 15th February 2017)
- Lower Current Large Deviations for Zero-Range Processes on a Ring (Northumbria University, Newcastle, GB - 8th February 2017)
- Guerra's Interpolation Scheme (University of Warwick, Coventry, GB - 7th December 2016)
- Exploring the Misanthrope Process: 1st year PhD research presentation (University of Warwick, Coventry, GB - 13th June 2014)
- Statistical Mechanics of Bipartite Spin Systems: Open Statistical Physics (Open University, Milton Keynes, GB - 26th March 2014)
Schools
- Introduction to Machine Learning (University of Warwick, Coventry, GB - 2017)
- Data Science Masterclass (Alan Turing Institute, London, GB - 2016)
- Non-Equilibrium: Physics, Stochastics and Dynamical Systems (CIRM, Marseilles, FR - 2016)
- Big Data and Analytics (University of Essex, Colchester, GB - 2015)
- Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics and Active Matter (Saint Pierre Quiberon, FR - 2014)
- Non-linear Dynamics, Dynamical Transitions and Instabilities in Classical and Quantum Systems (ICTP, Trieste, IT - 2014)
Conferences and Workshops
- Big Data and Networks in Social Sciences (University of Warwick, Coventry, GB - 2016)
- Condensation Phenomena in Stochastic Systems (University of Bath, Bath, GB - 2016)
- School and Workshop on Random Interacting Systems (University of Bath, Bath, GB - 2016)
- The Dynamics of Complex Systems: 60th Birthday of Robert MacKay FRS (University of Warwick, Coventry, GB - 2016)
- Probabilistic Models - From Discrete to Continuos (University of Warwick, Coventry, GB - 2016)
- Mathematics of kinetically constrained dynamics and metastability (University of Warwick, Coventry, GB - 2016)
- CoSyDy Meeting: Foundations of Statistical Mechanics (Imperial College, London, GB - 2015)
- Big Data, Social Data (University of Warwick, Coventry, GB - 2015)
- Midlands Probability Theory Seminar (University of Warwick, Coventry, GB - 2015)
- MiR@W: Sample path large deviations and concentration (University of Warwick, Coventry, GB - 2015)
- Fluctuation Driven Phenomena in Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics (University of Warwick, Coventry, GB - 2015)
- Interacting Particle Systems and Non-equilibrium Dynamics (IHP, Paris, FR - 2015)
- Statistical Physics Methods in Social and Economic Systems (IHP, Paris, FR - 2015)
- Large Deviations in Statistical Physics (NiTheP, Stellenbosch, ZA - 2014)
- Symposium of Statistical Mechanics: Mathematics of Phase Transitions (University of Warwick, Coventry, GB - 2013:2014)
- Complexity Forum (University of Warwick, Coventry, GB - 2013:2016)
- Young Researchers in Mathematics (University of Warwick, Coventry, GB - 2014)
- Tirozzi 70: Mathematical Physics, Theory and Applications. Conference in honour of Brunello Tirozzi 70th birthday ("Sapienza" University, Rome, IT - 2014)
- Guerra 70: Five decades of Theoretical Physics, Looking forward looking backward. Conference in honour of Francesco Guerra 70th birthday ("Sapienza" University, Rome, IT - 2012)
- CKM2008: 5th International Workshop on the CKM Unitary Triangle ("Sapienza" University, Rome, IT - 2008)
Other Activities and Courses
- UK Professional Standard Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education (GTA Workshop) - The Economics Network (University of Warwick, Coventry, GB - 2015)
- One Day Astrophysics Masterclass ("Roma Tre" University, Rome, IT - 2007)
- Business@School: National finalist of companies analysis competition for high schools promoted by Boston Consulting Group (Rome, IT 2005:2006)
- First Aid Course, held by Red Cross (Rome, IT - 2005)
Awards
- Special Mention "Francesco Botta S.J." Master Thesis Prize ("M. Massimo" Jesuit Institute - Rome, IT, 2013)
- Fully Funded PhD Scholarship for 3.5 years (University of Warwick, Coventry, GB, 2013:2017)
- Research Trimester Visit Grant (Institut Henri Poincaré, Paris, FR, 2015)
Languages
- Italian: native language.
- English certifications: Trinity Exam 10th Level (2006), EF International School of English, Boston MA USA - Advanced Level (2007), IELTS - overall score 7.5 (2013).
- French: basic words and phrases only.
Computer Skills
- Simulation: Modelization of basic and advanced statistical physics problems such as: differential equations (Verlet, Runge-Kutta), random walk, percolation, random sequential update etc.
- Programming: Pascal, Html, C, R
- Commercial: Microsoft Office, Origin, Photoshop, Matlab, Mathematica, Tableau
- OS: Windows (from XP to 10), macOS (from Leopard to High Sierra), Linux (Ubuntu, Fedora)
- Network: Administrator of domestic network
- Hardware: Assembled many PCs for personal use
Referee
- Nature Scientific Reports
- Physics Letters A (Certificate of Reviewing)
Memberships
- CSS (Complex Systems Society)
- EPS (European Physical Society)
- IMA (Institute of Mathematics and its Applications)
- INDAM - GNFM (Italian Institute for Advanced Mathematics - National Group for Mathematical Physics)
- IOP (Institute of Physics)
- IAMP (International Association of Mathematical Physics)
- LMS (London Mathematical Society)
- SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics)
- SIF (Italian National Physical Society)