Riccardo Zecchina, married, 4 children in the family.
I am full Professor in Theoretical Physics at the Politecnico di Torino. Previously I have been research scientist and head of the Statistical Physics Group at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste (‘97-‘07), and visiting scientist in Paris (Orsay University) and at Microsoft Research (in Redmond and Cambridge MA).
My research interests lie at the interface between statistical physics, computer science, information theory and computational biology. I have been working on many topics, particularly on the joint development of new algorithmic (e.g. Survey Propagation) and analytical tools for the study of disordered systems in physics and of optimization/inference problems in computer science. Currently I work both on theoretical aspects and on applications to computational neuroscience and computational biology.

Present professional activity:
  • Head of Unit at the Human Genetics Foundation
  • Area Scientific Director, Journal of Statistical Mechanics JSTAT
  • Fellow of the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin
  • Staff Associate of ICTP
  • Visiting scientist at Microsoft Research New England
Education:
- Italian Doctor Degree in Electronic Engineering (Torino, Politecnico, 1988) - PhD in Theoretical Physics (Turin University, 1993);
Professional experience:
2015 Coordinator of the GEV02, VQR 2011-2014
2014 Member Scientific Council of LENS “European Lab. For Non-linear Spectroscopy”
2013 Membro, Commissione Strategica Politecnico di Torino
2013 Member of the ERC PE6 evaluation panel
2012 Member of the evaluation panel for the Ecole Normale Superieure Paris
2011 Head of Unit, Human Genetics Foundation
2011 Staff Associate at ICTP
2011- coordinator of the master’s program in Physics of Complex Systems
2011 fellow of the Collegio Carlo Alberto Foundation
2011-16 ERC grantee (Ideas Advanced Grant).
2001 Area Scientific Director, Journal of Statistical Mehcanics JSTAT
2007- , Full Professor in Theoretical Physics, Politecnico di Torino, Italy.
2001-2007, Head of the Statistical Mechanics and Interdisciplinary Applications group, ICTP
2001-2005, Coordinator of the ICTP/SISSA International Master's program "Modeling and Simulations of Complex Realities"
2004 - 2007 coordinator of the Statistical Physics sector of the Institute for Scientific Interchange (ISI), Turin
2001-2007, Research Scientist, ICTP
1999-2001, Tenure position, Assistant Research Scientist, ICTP
1997-1999, Tenure track, Dept. Condensed Matter, International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP)

Long term visiting positions:
2009, 2010, 2011, 2015 Boston, Microsoft Research New England Lab
2007 Redmond, Microsoft Research Theory Group
2007/2004/2001, Orsay, Lab. de Physique Theorique e Modeles Statistiques LPTMS