Short CV/Education and training

  • 1994
    Laurea Degree in Physics (MSc.), University of Pavia

  • 1998
    PhD in Theoretical Physics, Sapienza University of Rome

  • 1998 – 1999
    Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Theoretical Physics, Oxford University

  • 1999 – 2001
    Postdoctoral fellow, Laboratoire de Physique Théorique, Centre Energie Atomique CEA-SACLAY, France

  • 2002 – 2003
    Assistant Professor (MIUR fellow), Department of Physics, Sapienza University of Rome

  • 2003 – 2013
    Research Scientist, Institute for Complex Systems – CNR, Rome

  • 2013 – 2014
    Visiting Professor, Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences, The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York

  • Since 2013
    Associate Professor in Theoretical Physics, Department of Physics, Sapienza University of Rome

Selected publications

  • Cavagna et al, Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 138003 (2017)

  • Attanasi et al., Nature Physics 10, 691-696 (2014)

  • Attanasi et al., Phys. Rev. Lett 113, 238102 (2014)

  • Bialek et al., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 109, 13 (2012).

  • Cavagna et al., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 107, 11865 (2010).

  • Ballerini et al., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 105, 1232 (2008)

  • De Dominicis and Giardina, Random Fields and Spin Glasses, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (2006)

  • Broderix et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 5360 (2000).

  • Giardina et al., Eur. Phys. J. B 31, 421 (2003)

  • Grigera et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 055502 (2002).



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • ERC-POC Grant "PROCEEDS", 2016 – 2018

  • ERC-Starting Grant "SWARM", 2010 – 2015

  • SEED Project – Italian Institute of Technology "ARTSWARM", 2010 – 2013

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Young Academy of Europe, since 2012

Media coverage

  • The seventh starling (Murmuration) – The Guardian

  • Choreografie ohne Choreografen – NZZ

  • Birds of a feather ... track seven neighbors to flock together – News at Princeton

  • How do starlings create those mesmerizing murmurations – Cornell Lab Ornithology

  • Editorial: Tech is a flock of starlings – Engadget

  • Flights of Fancy: How birds (and bird-watchers) compute the behavior of a flock on the wing – American Scientist

  • Animal magnetism: modeling flocks of birds using simple attractions – ArsTechnica

  • Starling Flocks Behave Like Flying Magnets – Wired

  • The Startling Science of a Starling Murmuration – Wired

  • Birds flock with scale invariance – Physics World

  • How starling flocks create their aerobatic displays – BBC

  • The Smart Swarm – Peter Miller

  • Amazing Starling Flocks are Flying Avalanches – Wired

  • Birds network too – Science News

  • Study of starling formations points way for swarming robots – Daily Telegraph

  • Statistical Physics is for the Birds – Physics Today

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