Fabio Saracco has a Master's Degree in Theoretical Physics at the University of Florence, with a thesis on non-linear Cosmological perturbations; he obtained his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics (String Theory) at the University of Milano Bicocca in 2013, with a thesis on the resolution of strings singularities with A. Tomasiello (INFN, and Physics Dep., University of Milano Bicocca). In 2013 he moved to Complex Systems research: at the Institute for Complex Systems (ISC-CNR, Sapienza Department, Rome), he worked on Economic Complexity, a brand new branch of economic analysis able to measure the productivity capabilities of different countries. In this period, Fabio, in collaboration with Riccardo Di Clemente (ISC-CNR; MIT, Boston), Andrea Gabrielli (ISC-CNR, IMT) and Tiziano Squartini (ISC-CNR; IMT), developed a completely analytical method of network randomization for the special class of bipartite networks, with direct applications in Economic Complexity. Since October 2015, Fabio joined the NETWORKS research unit at IMT. Fabio recent objects of research run from dynamical evolving network, non-linear algorithms and complex network null-models; the applications of these methods mostly cover the Trade Webs, but recently have been enlarged to other subjects, like Biological systems and Social networks.


  Giulio Cimini is Assistant Professor at IMT Lucca (Italy). His main expertise includes statistical physics, probability theory and data analysis, and his work focuses mainly on interdisciplinary application of physics in complex systems of social, biological, economic and financial nature. His current research is carried on in collaboration with researchers from national central banks and other central counterparty institutions. He obtained BSc and MS in physics at “La Sapienza” University of Rome (Italy), and got the PhD degree in theoretical and interdisciplinary physics at University of Fribourg (Switzerland). Before his current position, he was awarded a fellowship from the Swiss Natural Science Foundation for a research project on evolutionary game theory carried out at University Carlos III in Madrid (Spain). Then, he was a post-doctoral researcher at Institute for Complex Systems (ISC-CNR) in Rome (Italy), and currently keeps this affiliation by working on understanding the dynamics of innovation and competitiveness.


Rossana Mastrandrea is a Mathematician from Bari. She got the PhD in Economics at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa working on the International Trade Network as a complex system under the supervision of Prof. Giorgio Fagiolo. She was a visiting fellow at Lorenz Institute of Theoretical Physics (Leiden, the Netherlands) in the group of Prof. Garlaschelli and part of the INET project “Empirical and theoretical analysis of macroeconomics networks” for two years at Sant'Anna School. From march 2014 to october 2015 she joined the team of Dr. Alain Barrat at the "Centre de Physique Théorique" in Marseille as a post-doc researcher for the project on disease transmission in collaboration with the Hôpital Nord in Marseille. She studied the epidemic spreading on networks focusing on: different social groups and social ties; methods of data detection; problems of data sampling. 


  Tiziano Squartini is a physicist, working from November 2015 as an Assistant Professor at IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, in Lucca (within the NETWORKS Research Unit). He was born in 1983 in Siena, where he graduated in 2008 with a Master's Degree in Physics and defended his PhD thesis ("Information-theoretic approach to the analysis of complex networks") in 2011. During the biennium 2012-2013 he was Postdoctoral Researcher at the Lorentz-Institute for Theoretical Physics (Leiden, NL) under the supervision of Diego Garlaschelli. From January 2014 to October 2015 he was Postodoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Complex Systems UOS Sapienza in Rome, under the supervision of Luciano Pietronero. His research activity focuses on complex networks theory, both on the development of novel theoretical models and on their application (mainly to financial and economic systems). He currently collaborates with the Supervisory Policy Division of the Dutch National Bank. Other research interests concern statistics and statistical mechanics.


  Tommaso Gili is an experimental physicist with a strong background in statistical physics. Since the beginning of his PhD (2003) he has been investigating a wide range of systems from materials to biological systems. He has a long experience in the field of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. In 2010 Tommaso was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship to join the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Center and work on multimodal neuroimaging investigation of mild sedation in humans. Tommaso Gili’s research focuses on the development of quantitative network based methods to extarct information from neuroimaging data (FMRI, EEG-FMRI, MRS, HARDI), in order to quantify brain function and structure in terms of neuronal, metabolic and vascular activity and structural organization. Dr Gili is co-author of more than 30 peer-reviewed papers (H-index=14, Citations=680) and received funds as Main App. or Co-App. for approximately Euro 1.000.000. Funding bodies included the Lazio Government, the European Union (Marie Curie Action IEF), Ministry for University and Research, Cardiff University.