Group leader

Department of Physics - Miramare
University of Trieste
Room: 213

Tel: 0039 040 2240 315
Fax: 0039 040 224601

Born in Udine (Italy) in 1973. He was awarded the degree in Physics (Summa cum laude) at the University of Trieste in 1998 and the Ph.D. in Physics in 2001. Subsequently he was Post Doctoral Fellow and Visiting Scientist at the ICTP in Trieste (2002/04) and Marie-Curie Fellow at the University Ludwig-Maximillian of Munich (2004/06). In December 2006 he became staff member of the Department of Physics of the University of Trieste.

He published about 50 articles in international Journals, among which: 1 Science, 4 PRL, 1 Rev. Mod. Phys, 1 Phys. Rept. He is referee for the APS and IOP journals, and for the American NSF. He is co-organizer of 9 international conferences, workshops, schools on Quantum Mechanics and related topics. He was invited speaker at 25 international conferences and schools. He was guest editor of the special issue of Journal of Physics A: "The Quantum Universe" (2007). He is Chair of the COST Action Fundamental Problems in Quantum Physics


Full CV

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2006-present: Researcher at the Department of Physics, University of Trieste.
2004-2006: Marie-Curie Fellow at the Mathematics Institute of the L.M.U. (Munich, Germany)
2001-2004: Postdoctoral Fellow at the Abdus Salam ICTP, Trieste.
1999-2001: Ph.D. in Physics, University of Trieste.
1998: Master degree in Physics, University of Trieste (110/110 cum laude).

Research activity
Foundations of quantum mechanics; models of spontaneous wave function collapse; decoherence and open quantum systems.

Author than 46 publications on international journals, proceedings excluded (see annex I)
Among them: 1 Science, 4 PRL, 3 EPL, 7 PRA, 1 Rev. Mod. Phys. and 1 Phys. Rept.
H-factor: 11 (ISI Web of knowledge)
Sum of citations: 490 (ISI Web of Knowledge)

Referee activity
Referee for the APS and IOP journals. Referee for MIUR (Italian Minister for University and Research) for the American NSF.

Teaching activity
Academic years 2003/2004, 2006/2007 and 2008/2009: "Stochastic Processes and Stochastic Differential Equations" for Ph.D. students at the Department of Theoretical Physics, University of Trieste.
Academic years 2007/08 - 2010/11: "General Relativity" for graduate students at the Department of Physics, University of Trieste.
Academic year 2011/12: "New Frontiers in Quantum Mechanics" for graduate students at the Department of Physics, University of Trieste.
Academic year 2012/13 – 2013/14: "Advanced Quantum Mechanics" for graduate students at the Department of Physics, University of Trieste.
Academic year 2013/14: “Quantum Field Theory 1”, for graduate students at the Department of Physics, University of Trieste.

Organization of conferences
Conference with proceedings: Are there Quantum Jumps? On the Present Status of Quantum Mechanics, ICTP–Trieste (Italy), 5 September 2005 and Mali Losinj (Croatia): 7-9 September 2005.
School and conference: New Trends in Quantum Dynamics and Quantum Entanglement, ICTP–Trieste (Italy), 18-25 February 2011.
Conference with mini-proceedings: Quantum Malta 2012. Fundamental Problems in Quantum Physics, Malta, 24-27 April 2012.
Conference with mini-proceedings: Open Problems in Quantum Mechanics, Frascati, 20-22 June 2011.
Conference: "Quantum Theory without Observers III", Bielefeld (Germania), 22-26 April 2013.

Conference: "Fundamental Problems in Quantum Physics", Weizmann Institute (Israel), 24-28 April 2014 (Chair of the International Advisory Committee).
Workshop: “Is quantum theory exact? The endeavor for the theory beyond standard quantum mechanics”, Frascati (Italy), 28-30 April 2014.
Quantum Africa 3, Rabat (Morocco), 22-26 September 2014.
Conference: "Fundamental Problems in Quantum Physics", Erice (Italy), 23-27 March 2015.

Supervisor activity
Supervisor of: 5 Ph.D. students (L. Ferialdi, S. Donadi, G. Gasbarri, M. Toros, M. Bilardello), 7 graduate students (M. Schiulaz, S. Donadi, U. Waldmann, A. Codutti, M. Toros, M. Carlesso, M. Cafasso); 9 undergraduate students (F. Alaimo, A. Codutti, M. Lizzi, M. Peresano, G. Pinamonti, V. Ros, M. Toros, U. Waldmann, V. Buran); 6 PostDoctoral fellows: Luca Ferialdi (two years, 2011-12), Gabriel Garcia Leon (one year, 2012), Mohammad Bahrami (2013-15), Andrea Smirne (2013-15) A. Grossardt (2013-15), S. Donadi (2014).
L. Ferialdi is now winner of a Marie-Curie Intra European Fellowship (proposal n. 328600), years 2013-14.

Management activity
Chair of the COST Action Fundamental Problems in Quantum Physics, the first and biggest network in the world, about quantum mechanics and is foundations. The Action involves about 60 units from 23 European countries (plus USA, South Africa, India, Mexico), including mathematical, theoretical and experimental physicists, and quantum chemists.
Principal Investigator of 2 European grants: MarieCurie Intra-European Fellowship MEIF-CT-2003-500543 (years 2004-05), and MarieCurie European Reintegration Grant MERG-CT-2006-044941 (year 2006).
Co-PI of a FP7-FET Open Scheme grant. Co-PI of a Templeton research grant.
Coordinator of 2, and member of other 4, Italian research projects, among which: Prin-99, Prin-02, Prin-05, Prin-08 and Firb-01, funded by the Italian government. Member of 1 German DFG grant (P.I.: D. Duerr), 1 Indian project (P.I.: T. Singh).
Coordinator of the Trieste Unit of the INFN (National Institute for Nuclear Physics) “Iniziativa Speifica” GE41.
Coordinator of the Master Degree in Theoretical Physics at the University of Trieste.
Guest Editor of a Special Issue: The Quantum Universe, Journ. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 40, n. 12 (2007). Contributors include: S.L. Adler, B. d’Espagnat, F. De Martini, L. Diosi, D. Duerr, S. Goldstein, J. Froehlich, G.C. Ghirardi, M. Rasetti, J. Hartle, L. Hardy, A.J. Leggett, T. Regge, R.D. Sorkin, A.M. Steane.

Invited talks
Seminars at: Institute for Advanced Study(Princeton, USA, 24.05.07 and 22.05.2009), MIT (Cambridge, USA, 17.05.10), Harvard (Cambridge, USA, 02.12.10), S. Weinberg's Theory Group (Austin, USA, 13.12.2011), Imperial College (London, UK, 15.11.12), Weizmann Institute (07.01.2013), Rutgers University (New Brunswick, USA, 19.05.09 and 29.11.12), Perimeter Institute (Waterloo, Canada, 07.06.07), L.M.U. (Monaco, Germany, 06.05.09 and 17.03.10), U.C. Davis (California, 06.12.12), U. Calgary (28.11.13), Columbia University (02.12.13) as well as most relevant research institutes in Italy (and elsewhere in the world).

Schools and Conferences
Invited speakers to 23 Schools and International Conferences (see annex II)

Prizes & other
The essay: “Information and the foundations of quantum theory”, by A. Bassi, T.P. Singh, H. Ulbricht [arXiv:1310.8600] won the 2nd Prize in the FQXi essay contest 2013.
The essay: “Is quantum linear superposition an exact principle of nature?”, by A. Bassi, T.P. Singh, H. Ulbricht [arXiv:1212.0135] won the 4th Prize in the FQXi essay contest 2012.
Council member of the International Society for Relativistic Quantum Information (2014-16).
Expert for the Domain “Material, Physical and Nanosciences” of COST.