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Review paper on epidemic processes in complex networks published in Reviews of Modern Physics

Claudio Castellano together with Romualdo Pastor-Satorras, Piet Van Mieghem, and Alessandro Vespignani have published a review of studies on contagion-like processes in Reviews of Modern Physics.
Epidemic processes in complex networks Rev. Mod. Phys. 87, 925 – Published 31 August … Read the rest

Spiky reviewed on CNR’s Science Almanac

An article in CNR’s almanac presents Spiky a product developed at ISC’s Computational Neuroscience Lab in Sesto Fiorentino. … Read the rest

Key Enabling Tecnologies at CNR: brochures by DSCTM

Two brochures on Key Enabling Tecnologies at CNR with contributors from ISC
have been published by the Dipartimento Scienze Chimiche e Tecnologie dei Materiali.

  1. Advanced Materials
  2. Photonics

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Dynamic Coarsening

Crystal surfaces led out of equilibrium by a growth or erosion process may undergo morphological instabilities and develop distinct structures: ondulations, mounds or pyramids, bunches of steps, ripples.

Emergent pattern may increase in size with time by means of a … Read the rest

In the news: “Il ruolo della risonanza magnetica nella diagnosi di osteoporosi”

CARE online
Costi della Assistenza e Risorse
has published an article on ISC’s Silvia Capuani work on diagnostics magnetic resonance in osteoporosi. … Read the rest

International Conference on System Level Approaches to Neural Engineering (ICSLANE)

Barcelona Biomedical Research Park, Barcelona, Spain
September 21st – 23rd, 2015

The aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to bring together
theoretical and experimental neuroscientists, roboticists and
microfluidics experts to present and discuss the state of the … Read the rest


ISC Coordinator: Luciano Pietronero

National Coordinator: Luciano Pietronero

European Coordinator:

International Coordinator:

Funding Body: Italian Government (Progetti di Interesse CNR)

Partners: IMT – Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca (Italy)

Starting Date: 2012

Ending Date: 2015

Web site:  http://www.crisislab.it/

Description: Crisis

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Outstanding colleagues join ISC

Luca Angelani, Roberta Angelini, Silvia Capuani, Neda Ghofraniha, Simone Melchionna, Tommaso Rizzo and Barbara Ruzicka.… Read the rest

Ionic liquids: a spectroscopic investigation

Ionic liquids (IL) are salts formed by organic cations, like imidazolium, pyrrolidinium, ammonium or alkyl phosphonium, and organic/inorganic anions, like hexafluorophosphate, tetrafluoroborate, triflate, dicyanamide, tetracyanamethanide or bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (TFSI). The presence of such bulky and asymmetric ions decreases the ion-ion interactions … Read the rest

In the news: Alibaba uses algorithm developed at ISC

Il Corriere della sera, a major Italian daily, published an article on Alibaba’s use of Luciano Pietronero’s big data model.
“I fisici del CNR studiano l’algoritmo per Alibaba e Jack Ma va da Renzi”
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Brownian motion: Presentation at Physics library (Sapienza)

Thursday, March 19th 2015
The past, present & future of Brownian motion presented by
Andrea Puglisi and others at the Biblioteca di Fisica
Università di Roma, La Sapienza.… Read the rest

In the news: Il Fatto Quotidiano on Economic Complexity

An article on Economic Complexity in Il Fatto Quotidiano a major Italian daily newspaper.… Read the rest

Nature Photonics: thinnest beam ever

In a paper published in Nature Photonics, E. Del Re, F. Di Mei, J. Parravicini, G. Parravicini, A. J. Agranat, and C. Conti report on the observation of a sub-wavelength spatial solitons propagating in a nano-disordered ferroelectric.

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Biophysics@Rome 2015

Second Edition of the Biophysics@Rome Conference
with an opening dedicated to “light themes”
underlining the role of advanced optical techniques in
biophysics, bio-analytics and biomedicine.
May 28th & 29th 2015
CNR, Area della Ricerca di Tor Vergata
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In the news: Stefano Boccaletti awarded honoris causa degree in Madrid

The Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, en Móstoles (Madrid), has awarded
Stefano Boccaletti (ISC UOS Sesto Fiorentino) an honarary degree.
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  • [DOI] D. ANGULO, G. OLIVAR, and F. ANGULO, “Modeling sustainable development for decision taking,” Biomat 2014, 2015.
    @article{ANGULO_2015, title={MODELING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FOR DECISION TAKING}, url={http://dx.doi.org/10.1142/9789814667944_0004}, DOI={10.1142/9789814667944_0004}, journal={BIOMAT 2014}, publisher={World Scientific Pub Co Pte Lt}, author={ANGULO, D. and OLIVAR, G. 

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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

Officina Meccanica

Il Servizio fornisce un’attività di supporto tecnico ai gruppi di ricerca sperimentali di tutte le UOS afferenti all’ISC ed al settore manutenzione degli impianti meccanici e termici dell’Area di Ricerca di Tor Vergata.

L’attività prevalentemente consiste nella progettazione e conseguente … Read the rest

Fractures and crack propagation

The intermittent and self-similar fluctuations displayed by a slow crack during the propagation in a heterogeneous medium can be quantitatively described by an extension of a classical statistical model for fracture. The model yields the correct dynamical and morphological scaling, … Read the rest

Workshop “Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi” Oct 27



Inizio 9:30

10:00 Luciano Pietronero, Dove va la complessità
10:20 Stefano Ruffo, Fisica delle interazioni a lungo raggio
10:40 Angelo Vulpiani, Leggi senza leggi: “solo” teoremi limite?
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In the news: Tech4bio

In September 29th edition of the financial newspaper “Il Sole 24 Ore” there is a supplement dedicated to Biotechnology.

A prominent article describes the activities the Tech4Bio group, formed by a considerable number of CNR researchers, belonging to several … Read the rest

Bando di selezione ISC/RMSAP 05/2014

É indetta una selezione pubblica, per titoli e colloquio, per il conferimento di n° 1 (uno) Assegno professionalizzante per lo svolgimento di attività di ricerca sul tema di ricerca sviluppo di tecniche sperimentali per la ricostruzione tridimensionale di gruppi di … Read the rest


  • [DOI] “Localized excitations in nonlinear complex systems,” Nonlinear systems and complexity, 2014.
    @article{10.1007/978-3-319-02057-0, title={Localized Excitations in Nonlinear Complex Systems}, ISSN={2196-0003}, url={http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02057-0}, DOI={10.1007/978-3-319-02057-0}, journal={Nonlinear Systems and Complexity}, publisher={Springer International Publishing}, year={2014}, ISBN={http://id.crossref.org/isbn/978-3-319-02057-0}}
  • [DOI] “Large deviations in physics,” Lecture notes in physics

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Computational Neuroscience

Computational neuroscience is the study of brain function in terms of the information processing properties of the structures forming the nervous system. It is an interdisciplinary science that links the diverse fields of Neuroscience, Cognitive science and Psychology with Physics, … Read the rest

Neural Engineering Transformative Technologies

Marie Curie Initial Training Network – ‘Neural Engineering Transformative Technologies’ (NETT)

Neural Engineering is an inherently new discipline that brings together engineering, physics, neuroscience and mathematics to design and develop brain-computer interface systems, cognitive computers and neural prosthetics. Neural Engineering … Read the rest

Claudio Conti takes over as director

On July 1st Claudio Conti took over as director of the Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi after Prof. Luciano Pietronero’s final term.

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HyperSpectral Imaging

The hyperspectral confocal reflection (HCR) microscope is an instrument that integrates of optical imaging and spectroscopic methodologies. It is designed for the reflectance spectral image as well as for the morphometric imaging of optical sections of vital tissue samples (in … 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


  • [DOI] D. Alfè, M. Pozzo, E. Miniussi, S. Günther, P. Lacovig, S. Lizzit, R. Larciprete, S. B. Burgos, T. O. Menteş, A. Locatelli, and et al., “Fine tuning of graphene-metal adhesion by surface alloying,” Sci. rep., vol. 3, 2013.

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COBBS – Computer Vision and Tracking

The raw data gathered from the experimental work consists of three sequences of images, one from each camera, for each flocking/swarming event. Each sequence may consist of up to 2700 images, meaning a single event could have a total of … Read the rest

COBBS – Non-biting Midge Experiment

Our search for midge swarms has taken us to many of the public parks within Rome including Riserva Naturale Valle dell’Aniene, Villa Paganini, Villa Torlonia, Parco dell’Acquedotto, Villa Ada, Laghetto dell’EUR and Ponte Tazio. Basically any place with an aquatic … Read the rest