Main funded projects


Collective Response from Individual Behaviour in Groups and Ecosystems

Funding Body: ERANET
(2017-2019) EUR 70K
Andrea Cavagna
Ecosystems are under pressure by global environmental changes and in no other case as in tropical rainforests the stakes are high. In this … Read the rest


Generalized Uncertainty Principle and the Photons

Funding Body: Templeton Foundation
(2016-2018) EUR 188K
Claudio Conti
Modern theories on quantum gravity claim that modifications of the uncertainty principle are expected at the Planck scale. These modifications cannot be studied at energies … Read the rest


Modeling microgels: from microscopic design to macroscopic description

Funding Body: European Research Council – ERC Consolidator Grant
(2016-2021) EUR 1.3 M
Emanuela Zaccarelli
Soft matter provides the ideal playground for exploring physical phenomena that have no counterpart in atomic and … Read the rest


Probing Complex Dynamical Structures in Three Dimensions

Funding Body: European Research Council – ERC Proof of Concept
(2016-2018, EUR 150K)
Irene Giardina
Despite the recent expansion and enormous potential of 3D microscopy and 3D scanning, these technologies currently suffer from … Read the rest


Versatile optomechANical GRaphene Device for bio-tissue engineering

Funding Body: European Research Council – ERC-POC – Proof of Concept Grant
(2015-2016, EUR 150k) cordis
Claudio Conti
Tissue and organ failure, caused by injury or other type of damage, accounts for a … Read the rest


New “smart” gels in soft matter

Funding Body: MIUR PRIN Progetti di ricerca di interesse nazionale
(2014-2017) EUR 83 k
Emanuela Zaccarelli
Il comportamento inusuale della materia soffice ha spesso sorpreso gli scienziati. Grazie alla loro deformabilità e alla possibilità … Read the rest


Anisotropies and non equilibrium in soft matter: routes to the self assembly of advanced material

Funding Body: MIUR FIRB (2013-2017) EUR 670k (ISC 240k)
Emanuela Zaccarelli
This research project is a joint experimental, theoretical and computational effort in the field … Read the rest


Strain, Lattice, Interactions and Entanglement in novel Two-Dimensional materials

Funding Body: MC-CIG – Support for training and career development of researcher (CIG)
(2013-2016) cordis
Emmanuele Cappelluti
The isolation of graphene in 2004 has triggered the most promising expectations in the … Read the rest


Growth And Innovation Policy-modelling: Applying Next Generation Tools, Data, And Economic Complexity Ideas

Funding Body: European Commission FP7-ICT-2013-10
(2013-2016, EUR 2M) cordis
Luciano Pietronero
GROWTHCOM is a Scientific Project Financed in the Information and Communication Technology program of the European … Read the rest


Foundational Research on MULTIlevel comPLEX networks and systems

Funding Body: FP7-ICT-2011-8 CP – Collaborative project
(2012-2016) cordis
Guido Caldarelli
Multiplex is a project gathering together the prominent research institution at the intersection within Network Science, Complex Systems. Algorithms, Statistcal Physics … Read the rest


Neural Engineering Transformative Technologies

Funding Body: European Community – Marie Curie ITN Project N. 289146
(2012-2016) cordis
Alessandro Torcini
Neural Engineering is an inherently new discipline that brings together engineering, physics, neuroscience and mathematics to design and develop brain-computer interface … Read the rest


Joint Italy-Israel Neural Lab

Funding Body: Ministero degli Affari Esteri (MAE)
(2010-2015) web site
Alessandro Torcini
This joint Italy-Israel collaborative effort is aimed to develop novel strategies for brain repair by integrating recent advances in Complex Network Theory, Nonlinear Data … Read the rest


Three-dimensional reconstruction of individual trajectories within bird flocks and insect swarms

Funding Body: AirForce Office for Scientific Research – USA
(2010-2014 USD 400K)
Andrea Cavagna
The objective of this research is to uncover the fundamental principles and algorithms that govern … Read the rest


From self-organized animal groups to distributed artificial swarms: exporting natural behavioural rules to mobile robotics

Funding Body: IIT
(2010-2013, EUR 650K)
Irene Giardina
The study of self-organization and collective behaviour encompasses fields diverse as statistical physics, ethology, mathematical biology, control … Read the rest


Empirical analysis and theoretical modelling of self-organized collective behaviour in three-dimensions: from insect swarms and bird flocks to new schemes of distributed coordination

Funding Body: European Research Council – ERC Starting Grant 2010
(2010-2015, EUR 1.1M)
Irene Giardina
Animal groups … Read the rest


Light and Complexity

Funding Body: ERC Starting Grant (StG), PE2, ERC-2007-StG
(2008-2013) EUR 1085K
Claudio Conti
The project is aimed at funding a multi-disciplinary laboratory on nonlinear optics and photonics in soft-colloidal materials and on “complex lightwave systems”. A team … Read the rest