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NAKFI 2008 - Complex Systems

Vittoria Colizza

Vittoria Colizza is a Research Scientist at the Complex Networks and Systems Laboratory at the Institute for Scientific Interchange (ISI Foundation) in Turin, Italy. Integrating methods of complex systems with statistical physics approaches, computational sciences, geographic information systems, and informatics tools, her main research activity focuses  on the characterization and modeling of the spread of emerging infectious diseases. Current research explores cyber epidemics, the effect of travel on the worldwide  propagation of human epidemics, forecasts for the next pandemic flu, innovative  epidemic surveillance systems. Her work also addresses the analysis of networks'  organization in relation to their function and performance, in the fields of transportation, scientific collaboration, biology, social systems. Vittoria obtained her PhD at the International  School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste, Italy, in 2004. After holding a research position at the Indiana University School of Informatics in Bloomington, IN, she spent a year as Visiting Assistant Professor at IU and then joined the ISI Foundation in Turin. She was recently awarded a Starting Independent Career Grant by the European Research Council.