Visiting Professors 2019


Prof. Fabien Montcher - Saint Louis University, Stati Uniti d’America
Department of History, Anthropology, Religion, Arts and Performing Arts 
Visiting Professor from 16/08/2021 to 16/11/2021
Host Professor: Prof.ssa Paola Volpini

During his visit Prof. Montcher will carry out research on early modern cultures of knowledge. The Republic of Letters, the Iberian monarchies, and the Roman Universe (16th and 17th centuries). A natural history of politics: Citrus fruits circulations and representations between the Iberian and Italian Peninsulas and the Late Renaissance World.



Prof. Manuel Pedro Rodríguez Bolívar- University of Granada
Department of Law and Economics of Productive Activities
Visiting Professor from 27/09/2021 to 27/10/2021
Host Professor: Alessandro Sura

The COVID-19 pandemic situation has made central governments of countries across the world to implement lockdown measures that have caused business closures due to the downwards of the income and continued uncertainty affecting both the domestic and international tourism notably. It has had unprecedented negative consequences in the tourism sector, especially in the hotel industry. There is therefore a need for city governments to accelerate the recovery of the tourism industry, preparing tourism activities for a stronger, more sustainable and resilient tourism economy, within the new post-COVID-19 context.

These strategies require ongoing tourism service innovations grounded in the promotion of the digital transition of the hospitality industry, implementing new or improved ICT-enabled hospitality services with the use of disruptive technologies such as blockchain technologies (BCT). 

This way, our research will be focused on the analysis of the impact of the emerging technologies implementation into the hospitality industry, as well as its possible impact on the smart cities.




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Prof. Stefano Villani – University of Maryland

Department of history, Anthropology, Religion, Arts and Performing Arts ( - Visiting Professor from 06/01/2020 to 10/03/2020

Host Professor: Prof. Serena Di Nepi

The main purpose of the visit is to work on a research project on the mechanisms of inclusion and control of Protestant foreigners in Italy from the end of the 16th century to the end of the 18th century. At the center of this research is the theme of the "conversion" to Catholicism of foreigners who came from Northern Europe. In the early modern age, conversion was often a bureaucratic step that marked a desire to become Italian, which is why the investigation of this theme is intertwined with questions of religious acculturation and definitions of the elements that build cultural and religious identity in the early modern age.

Prof. Giovanni Occhipinti Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, Université de Paris
Dipartimento di Ingegneria civile, edile e ambientale – Visiting Professor from 03/05/2021 to 03/08/2021
Host Professor: Prof. Mattia Crespi

Thanks to technological advances in the last decade ionosphere becomes a sensitive medium to various geophysical phenomena as earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic explosions, revealing new possibilities to improve the monitoring and the risk estimation of natural hazards. Our objective today, in the collaboration between the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP) and La Sapienza is to make operational all the recent methodologies of tsunami risk estimation based on ionospheric monitoring by GNSS measuring the total electron content (TEC). We already plan to apply the results of our collaboration to the IPGP observatories in the Caribbean to improve warning systems.


Prof. Cheng Yuning – Southeast University – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Visiting Professor from 23/11/2019 to 23/12/2019.

Prof. Cheng Yuning, Digital Laboratory’s Director of Landscape Architecture Department of Southeast University in Nanking, will collaborate with Prof. Edoardo Currà in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. During his visit he will work on digital tools for management of territories and environmental planning. The cooperation will focus particularly on two research programmes led by prof. Currà: the first one Be2secure (PRIN2017) based on digital tools and behavioural design for risk management and risk reduction in historical cities; and the second programme is on landscapes and industrial sites (Ateneo 2018 e Ateneo 2019). Prof. Cheng will show his research activities during the lecture "Digital Landscape Architecture: Logic, Structure, Method, Application" that will take place the 6th December.

Professor Cheng Yuning: Webpage


Prof. Alberto Dainotti - University of California, San Diego, Department of Informatics - Visiting Professor from 19/09/2019 to 19/12/2019

Prof. Dainotti, invited by prof. Alessandro Mei, will collaborate with prof. Mei and other researchers from the IT department. His research activity will focus on real-time monitoring of Internet routing for the detection of large-scale attacks on the Internet traffic routing system (BGP prefix hijacking attacks). In particular, the collaboration will focus on the application of machine learning methods to large data streams from probes located throughout the globe and will benefit from the BGP Hijacking Observatory platform developed by Dr. Dainotti's group at the Center for Applied Internet Data Analysis 'University of California, San Diego.

Prof. Dainotti: Webpage


Prof. Karin Schillén - Lund University, Department of Chemistry - Visiting Professor from 16/09/2019 to 16/12/2019

Prof. Karin Schillén will collaborate with Prof. Luciano Galantini at the Department of Chemistry, and will carry out physico-chemical studies on the co-assembly of block copolymers loaded in the opposite way and biosurfactants of bile salt. These copolymers will be interesting to use as sequestrants of the bile salt in the treatment of diseases related to bile acid and hypercholesterolemia. Her experimental skills are the diffusion of dynamic and static light, the diffusion of small-angle X-rays, calorimetric techniques and cryogenic transmission electron microscopy.

Prof. Schillén: Webpage


Prof. Stuart Murdoch - University of Auckland, Department of Information, Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering - Visiting Professor from 08/07/2019 to 31/12/2019

Prof. Murdoch, invited by Prof. Wabnitz, will carry out a research in Sapienza on problems relating to supercontinuum generation in multimode optical fibers. In these fibers hundreds, or even thousands, of optical modes interact nonlinearly through a complex spatiotemporal cascade. The research team aims to engineer new types of multi-mode supercontinua with carefully optimised optical parameters.

Prof. Murdoch: Webpage


Prof. Elena Kosygina - Baruch College and the CUNY Graduate Center – Department of Mathematics - Visiting Professor from 01/10/2019 to 31/10/2019

Prof. Elena Kosygina, invited by prof. Andrea Davini, with whom she will conduct researches on the project concerning homogenization of viscous Hamilton-Jacobi equations in stationary ergodic random media.

Prof. Kosygina: Webpage



Professor Oscar Alberto Flores Villela - National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Visiting Professor from 11/09/2019 to 11/10/2019.

Professor Oscar Flores Villela, invited by Professor Riccardo Castiglia, will carry out a research activity, at Sapienza, aimed at studying genetic and chromosomal differences in scaly reptiles living in Mexican protected areas. Moreover, Professor Flores Villela aims to lay the foundation for a study about general models of speciation of reptiles living in the Mesoamerican region. He will hold seminars for the PhD in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology and for the Systematic Zoology and Comparative Anatomy course of the Natural Sciences Bachelors Programme

Prof. Flores-Villela  Webpage

Prof. Lara Maconi - INALCO & CRCAO. Visiting Professor from 01/11/2019 to 01/12/2019.

Professor Lara Maconi, invited by Professor Donatella Rossi, will give a series of lectures on the following topics: Sino-Tibetan cultural contacts, and literary journeys and translingual practices on the Silk Road (8th and 9th century). In addition, Professor Maconi will hold a series of conferences about Sino-Tibetan 20th century modern literature.

Professor Maconi: Webpage



Prof. Jacques Thisse - CORE Université Catholique de Louvain. Visiting Professor from 01/09/2019 to 30/09/2019.

The Professor Emeritus, in collaboration with Marco Marini, will develop researches and seminars on Public Economics, Industrial Organisation, International Business and Regional Economics.

Professor Jacques Thisse: webpage



Prof. De Verda y Beamonte- Universitat de València. Visiting professor 29/05/2019 - 30/06/2019.

Prof. Ramon, invited by prof. Vincenzo Barba, will carry out a research project that intends to investigate the problems of homosexual parenting, declining this difficult problem both from the point of view of adoption by same-sex couples and with respect to the different options that they are operating in the Italian and Spanish legal systems, also from the point of view of the recognition in the internal order of a birth certificate formed abroad, from which the result is born of two fathers or two mothers.

Prof. De Verda y Beamonte: Webpage


Prof. Ornella Corazza- University of Hertfordshire- Visiting professor 02/07/2019 - 05/10/2019.

Prof Ornella Corazza, invited by Prof. Giuseppe Bersani, will carry research based on the development of new methodologies to approach the study of behavioural addiction, in particular Internet Addiction and related psychopathologies.

Prof.Ornella Corazza: Webpage



Prof. Luca Trevisan- University of California, Berkeley- Visiting professor 27/05/2019 - 27/06/2019.

Prof. Luca Trevisan invited by prof. Nicola Galesi, will be teaching and researching on spectral clustering algorithms to find clusters in a given network by exploiting properties of the eigenvectors of matrices associated with the network. Such algorithms work so well that, in certain applications unrelated to network analysis, such as image segmentation, it is useful to associate a network to the data, and then apply spectral clustering to the network. In addition to its application to clustering, spectral embeddings are a valuable tool for dimension-reduction and data visualization.

Prof.Luca Trevisan: Webpage


Prof. Scott Morgensten - University of Pittsburgh – USA - Visiting professor 10/09/2019 - 10/12/2019.

Prof. Scott Morgenstern will work with Prof. Gianluca Passarelli on a project focused on how parties pertaining or supporting presidents differ from others.  They are collecting data about the geographical bases of such parties, as well as campaign platforms and electoral success.  They plan statistical analyses of “nationalization,” party platforms (using both textual analysis of manifestos and surveys of legislators), as well as qualitative analyses. The focus of the project will be Latin America, but they will also seek data on parties in other presidential systems, as in Africa and Eastern Europe.

                                             Prof. Scott Morgenstern: Webpage


Prof. Chris Schofield - University of Oxford – UK - Visiting professor 19/08/2019 - 18/09/2019.

Professor Schofield, invited by Professor Mai, will conduct a research based on the study on enzymes involved in the regulation of gene expression and antibiotic resistance. The visit will build on an already successful collaboration between the Schofield and Mai/Rotili groups concerning metallo-enzyme inhibitors. The visit will also enable the writing of substantial joint proposals for collaborative work.


Prof. Scott Morgenstern: Webpage 


Prof. Alberto Dainotti - University of California San Diego. Visiting professor 19/09/2019 - 20/12/2019.

Dr Alberto Dainotti, invited by prof. Alessandro Mei, will collaborate with prof. Mei and other users of the department. His research activity will focus on real-time monitoring of Internet routing for the detection of large-scale attacks on the Internet traffic routing system (BGP prefix hijacking attacks). In particular, the collaboration will focus on the application of machine learning methods and huge data flows coming from a displacement located on the entire globe and will benefit from the BGP hijacking Observatory platform from Dr Dainotti's group at the Center for Applied Internet Data Analysis of the University of California, San Diego.

Prof. Alberto Dainotti:  Webpage            


Prof. Aephraim Steinberg - University of Toronto. Visiting professor 11/09/2019 - 09/12/2019.

Prof. Steinberg, invited by Prof. Sciarrino, will build a collaboration aiming to experimentally address the connection between quantum information and machine learning, exploiting an advanced hybrid integrated photonic platform. Relevant examples are the simulation of quantum systems, materials engineering, nano-technologies and internet commerce. Machine Learning - how a computer can learn from data - is a lively research area that has advanced quickly over the past few years: its applications are ubiquitous and range from e-commerce, healthcare, to neuroimaging, particle physics, fundamental science. The main focus will be placed on quantum metrology and quantum causality.

                                          Prof. Aephraim Steinberg:  Webpage


Prof. Koray Aydin - Northwestern University (USA). Visiting professor 17/06/2019- 17/07/2019.

Prof. Aydin, will collaborate with Prof. Maria Cristina Larciprete from the Department of Basic and Applied Sciences for Engineering Research will focus on anisotropic phononic materials that exhibit interesting thermal emission and photon absorption characteristics in the mid-infrared wavelength range. Samples to be investigated include phase transition materials such as VO2 and anisotropic materials like MoO3 and Ga2O3. We will develop numerical analytical tools, perform electromagnetic simulations and characterize IR absorption and emission properties of these materials.  Prof. Koray Aydin: Webpage       


Prof. Vidal Gómez Martínez - Universidade de Coimbra CEAACP (Portogallo). Visiting professor 01/03/2019 - 30/06/2019.

Professor Gomez Martinez, invited by Professor Maria Grazia Turco of Department of History, Design and Architecture, will carry out research mainly based on minor architecture and analysis of popular Lazio architecture. The professor will try to establish its historical and cultural connection with urban development in rural areas. The research will also cover knowledge transfer mechanism and protection of popular architecture in Portugal, Spain and Italy.

Prof. Vidal Gómez Martínez: Webpage


Prof. Lorenzo Pecoraro - School of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, Tianjin University (CHINA). Visiting professor 04/06/2019 -10/07/2019.

Professor Pecoraro, invited by Professor Anna Maria Persiani, Department of Environmental Biology, will collaborate on a research project which aims to evaluate fungal diversity, specificity and nutritional modality in a large selection of photosynthetic orchids. It aims to understand how interactions between orchids and fungus depend on the context and how they balance distribution and abundance of organisms living in natural environments.

Prof. Lorenzo Pecoraro: Webpage


Prof. Douglas Mennin - Columbia University, Teachers College (USA). Visiting professor from 01/06/2019 to 30/06/2019.

Professor Mennin, invited by Professor Marialuisa Martelli of the Department of Psychology, will take part in the research activities and will teach a course called “Emotion Regulation and Emotions Disorders” in the cognitive neurosciences Master Course. Professor Mennin has developed an active research programme in clinical studies and basic researches about the nature of chronic and recurring anxiety attacks and mood disorders, especially apprehension, stress and depression.

Prof. Douglas Mennin: Webpage


Prof. Graciela Cristina Calabrese - Universidad de Buenos Aires. Visiting professor from 01/10/2019 to 08/11/2019.

Professor Calabrese, invited by Professor Marzia Arese, will be a guest of the Department of Biochemical Sciences “Alessandro Rossi Fanelli”. Research will focus on the study of nanosystems for early diagnosis and treatments of vascular problems. The research will also analyse the “Effects of the dermatan sulfate/chitosan polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) on endothelial dysfunction”.


Prof. Graciela Cristina Calabrese: Webpage




Prof. Aino Kianto – LUT University. Visiting professor from 04/02/2019 to 03/05/2019.

Professor Kianto, invited by Professor Rosa Lombardi, will be a guest of the Department of Law and economics of productive activities. The research will focus on the study of intellectual capital, strategy and female entrepreneurship. The study's primary goal is to analyse how the Intellectual Capital and Relational Capital in particular (RC), contribute to the start-up phase of female businesses both in southern and northern Europe.

Prof. Aino Kianto: Webpage


Prof. Giona Tuccini -University of Cape Town. Visiting professor from 01/05/2019 to 30/07/2019.

Professor Giona Tuccini, invited by Professor Roberto Gigliucci of the  Department of ItalianGreek-LatinMusical and Performing Arts will research on "Canzone dell 'amore celeste e divino" by Girolamo Benivieni. The research will analyse the two-party personal touch of a poet divided between Neoplatonism and Savonarola's reform, by studying three different levels of his work: autobiographical, literary and philosophical. The analysis's main goal will be both the author's contribution to the spread of Platonism in the 15th century and, more importantly, the distinctive characteristics of a sub signo spiritual revitalisation of his early lyric poetry which remind us of Petrarca.

       Prof. Giona Tuccini: Webpage



Prof. Claudia Timofte- University of Bucharest  Visiting professor dal 16/02/2019 al 15/05/2019.

La prof.ssa Claudia Timofte collaborerà con la prof.ssa Micol Amar del Dipartimento di Scienze di Base e Applicate per l'Ingegneria e la sua attività di ricerca sarà incentrata sullo studio matematico di problemi che modellizzano la conduzione elettrica in tessuti biologici o la diffusione termica in mezzi compositi. I materiali considerati sono modellizzati microscopicamente da strutture periodiche che coinvolgono interfacce attive. Le tecniche di omogeneizzazione sono essenziali per derivare i corrispondenti modelli macroscopici.

Prof. Claudia Timofte:


Prof. Benjamín Tejerina-University of the Basque Country- Visiting professor 01/06/2019- 30/06/2019.

Prof. Tejerina, invited by Prof. Antimo L. Farro at the Deparment of Scocial science and economics. His research sets out to analyze the characteristics, trajectory and impact of collaborative collective actions in a context of erosion of the welfare state. It also seeks to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in some fields of collaborative collective actions: science and knowledge, arts, food and agricultural production, care and co-housing, culture, economy, work and consumption, technology and politics.

                                              Prof. Benjamín Tejerina: Webpage


 Prof. James Pustejovsky - Brandeis University (USA). Visiting professor from 21/05/2019 to 20/06/2019.

Prof. Pustejovsky, invited by Prof. Roberto Navigli of the Department of Computer Science, will carry out teaching activities concerning Computational Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence (AI). The course examines the developments of computational models of events by analyzing recent research in semantics, logic, computer science and computational linguistics. The aim of the course is to look at the structure of events with a unifying perspective given by a synthesis of the different ways in which the different disciplines have faced the problem.

Prof. James Pustejovsky : Webpage


Prof. Christophe Reutenauer - Université du Québec à Montréal. Visiting professor dal 26/06/2019 al 25/07/2019.

Prof. Reutenauer, in collaboration with Prof. Claudia Malvenuto of the Department of Mathematics, will carry out research activities on Hopf Combinatorial Algebra. The objective is the possibility to make a suitable basic change within the bialgebra of Young's tables of Poirier-Reutenauer, using one of the orders described by M. Taskin, which allows to the calculation of the antipode of algebra tables.

Prof. Christophe Reutenauer: Webpage


Prof. Laura Razzolini – University of Alabama (USA). Visiting professor from  01/05/2019 to 31/05/2019.

Prof. Razzolini, invited by Prof. Silvia Fedeli of the Department of Economics and Law, will carry out research activities in the area of behavioural economics and economic choices. The aim of the research will be to investigate risk and uncertainty, intertemporal choice, consumer behaviour, and social preferences, using experimental methods, both in the laboratory and in the field.

Prof. Laura Razzolini: Webpage


Prof. Daniele Mattiangeli – Universität Salzburg ʺParis Lodronʺ (Austria). Visiting professor from 28/02/2019 to 29/05/2019.

Prof. Mattiangeli, invited by Prof. Giovanni Di Lorenzo of the Department of Political Science, will carry out research activities related to private law between Italy, Austria and Germany. The purpose is creating practical writing in which the private systems of these three countries related to family and inheritance law can be compared.  In addition, seminars and conferences will be organised on comparative law issues between Austria and Italy.

Prof. Daniele Mattiangeli: Webpage

Prof. Wayne Brekhus – University of Missouri (USA). Visiting professor from 25/02/2019 to 27/03/2019.

Prof. Brekhus, invited by Prof. Carmelo Lombardo of the Department of Communication and Social Research, will carry out research and teaching activities on cognitive sociology. The sociological approach of the sociology of inadvertent, conceived and supported by Prof. Brekhus, aims to reach an original definition of the analytical salience criteria of the discipline. The lessons will be dedicated to the common thread of the inadvertent, of the popularly irrelevant, of the taken-for-granted and of the seen-but-not-observed.

Prof. Wayne Brekhus: Webpage


Prof. Gábor Betegh – University of Cambridge (Regno Unito). Visiting professor from  27/03/2019 to 28/04/2019.

Prof. Betegh, invited by Prof. Francesco Fronterotta of the Department of Philosophy, will carry out research activities about the origin of the world in the Platonic Timeo.  The research will focus on whether the world begins in time or is eternal and will address this dilemma in order to understand whether the world receives its own disposition at a given moment, or it has always and eternally possessed it.

Prof. Gábor Betegh: Webpage Eva Maria Maier – University of Vienna (Austria). Visiting professor from  01/03/2019 to 31/05/2019.

Prof. Maier, invited by Prof. Enrico Graziani of the Department of Political Science, will investigate the systematic relationship between democracy and human rights. In particular, she will analyse the existing correlation between migration and dehumanization, an issue closely related to the current crisis of the democratic system and the old model of national sovereignty.

Prof. Eva Maria Maier: Webpage


Prof. Demetris Koutsoyiannis – National Technical University of Athens (Grecia). Visiting professor from 01/05/2019 to 31/05/2019.

Prof. Koutsoyiannis, invited by Prof. Francesco Napolitano of the Department of Civil, Building and Environmental Engineering, will carry out research activities aimed at developing a new hydroclimatic theory, which recognizes the intrinsic character of uncertainty in natural processes, using the advances in physics and mathematics in the twentieth century. This activity provides a solid theoretical basis that contrasts the currently prevailing myths for hydroclimatology, proposing a scientific framework of clear definitions, such as the notion of entropy and the principle of maximum entropy, as a tool for logical inference, understanding of natural phenomena and their effective modelling.

Prof. Demetris Koutsoyiannis : Webpage


Prof. Ron Petrick - Heriot-Watt University (Regno Unito). Visiting professor from  04/03/2019 to 31/05/2019.

Prof. Petrick, invited by Prof. Luca Iocchi of the Department of Computer, Control and Management Engineering "Antonio Ruberti", will carry out research and teaching activities related to the use of automated planning with respect to human-robot interaction.  The main objective will be the application of epistemic planning techniques to social robotics, collaborative tasks and explainability.

Prof. Ron Petrick: Webpage


Immagine correlataProf. Clara Romero Pérez - Universidad de Sevilla (Spagna). Visiting professor from 26/03/2019 to  08/04/2019.

Prof. Romero Pérez, invited by Prof. Guido Benvenuto of the Department of Psychology of Developmental and Socialization Processes, will carry out research activities to build a Scientific Network called Translating Research on Emotional Education for Knowledge Mobilisation Network (TREE4KM Network). The research project will be based on the practice of evidence or evidence of the effectiveness of emotional education in the Rome area as a key component to improve learning conditions.

Prof. Clara Romero Pérez: Webpage


Prof. Jaakko Hameen-Anttila – The University of Edinburgh (Regno Unito). Visiting professor dal 01/04/2019 al 04/05/2019.

Prof. Hameen-Anttila, invited by Prof. Carlo Giovanni Cereti of the Department of Science of Ancient World Studies, will investigate the socio-cultural evolution of Iran from the end of the Arsacid reign to the first Islamic centuries (III-XII centuries AD), as well as the perception that the society of the time and subsequent generations had of this impact.

Prof. Jaakko Hameen-Anttila: Webpage


Prof. Teodor Gabriel Crainic – Université du Québec à Montréal (Canada). Visiting professor dal 25/03/2019 al 25/04/2019.

Prof. Crainic, invited by Prof. Paolo Dell'Olmo of the Department of Statistical Sciences, will research on "on-demand" economics. There is an increasing need for new logistics solutions to simultaneously meet the growing needs of e-shoppers (fast delivery, low cost) and for sustainable development (fewer vehicles, congestion, pollution, and more safety). This major challenge will provide the opportunity to look for new innovative systems based on shared, connected and low emission logistic operations. Aim of the project is to design such services and different ways to plan and manage them.

Prof. Teodor Gabriel Crainic: Webpage

Prof. David Peter Hughes – Penn State University (USA). Visiting professor from 02/01/2019 from 30/06/2019.

Prof. Hughes, invited by Prof. Novella Bartolini of the Department of Computer Science, will research the use of artificial intelligence for the recognition and diagnosis of crop diseases in developing countries. The aim is the realization of a predictive platform to determine where diseases and pests are likely to occur using historical data, multi-scale climate models, Remote Sensing and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Prof. David Peter Hughes: Webpage


Prof. Sergio Martín Blas – Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spagna). Visiting professor from 22/03/2019 to 23/04/2019.

Prof. Martín Blas, invited by Prof. Maria Argenti of the Department of Civil, Building and Environmental Engineering, will carry out joint research activities in order to share research on the theme of contemporary collective living. The objective will be the elaboration of a comparable graphic and documentary apparatus, in order to identify some guidelines for design research useful for the definition of new residential models. The result will be an "open" parametric grid as a tool for the elaboration of design hypotheses deduced from the comparison of the selected data.

Prof. Sergio Martín Blas: Webpage


Prof. Andreas Haratsch – FernUniversitaet in Hagen (Germania). Visiting professor from 01/05/2019 to 31/05/2019.

Prof. Haratsch, invited by Prof. Alessandra Di Martino of the Department of Legal Studies, will be focusing on the study of European constitutional law and the issues of constitutional identity, the democratic legitimation of the European Union and the role of comparison in the development of European constitutional law in particular.

Prof. Andreas Haratsch: Webpage


Prof. Daniel Comșa – Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism (Romania). Visiting professor from 15/04/2019 to 15/05/2019.

Prof. Comsa, invited by Prof. Alessandra Capanna of the Department of Architecture and Design, will introduce his research on the forms of the temporary pavilions and how they represent the image of contemporaneity. Consistent use of materials allows the modelling of these "shells" which can now be conceived and then created thanks to scientific progress.

Prof. Daniel Comșa: Webpage


Prof. Hitoshi Ishii – Tsuda University (Giappone). Visiting professor from 06/05/2019 to 05/06/2019.

Prof. Ishii, invited by Prof. Isabella Birindelli of the Department of Mathematics, will carry out joint research activities focused on the study of the problem of eigenvalues for non-linear 2nd order partial elliptical derivative equations and weak KAM theory and will focus in particular on Mather's measurements, for Hamilton-Jacobi's equations and degenerate partial elliptical derivative equations.

Prof. Hitoshi Ishii: Webpage


Prof. Arash Karimipour - Islamic Azad University of Najafabad Branch (Iran). Visiting professor from 15/05/2019 to 15/08/2019.

Prof. Karimipour, invited by Prof. Annunziata D'Orazio of the Department of Astronautical, Electrical and Energy Engineering, will carry out research activities focused on the study of micro devices. The research aims to promote a combined theoretical-computational effort based on the study of fluid movement and heat transfer of nano fluids at the microscopic scale.

Prof. Karimipour: Webpage



Prof. Peter Cooper - University of Reading (Regno Unito). Visiting professor from 01/04/2019 to 30/04/2019.

Prof. Cooper, invited by Prof. Silvia Cimino of the Department of Dynamic and Clinical Psychology, will research the quality of mother-child and father-child interactions in families with mothers who have suffered relational trauma, such as sexual, physical or emotional abuse and abandonment, but who have not developed post-traumatic stress disorders or other psychiatric problems, considering the psychopathological risks of the parents.

Prof. Peter Cooper: Webpage



Prof.Lynne Murray - University of Reading (Regno Unito). Visiting professor from 01/04/2019 to 30/04/2019.

Prof. Murray, invited by Prof. Renata Tambelli of the Department of Dynamic and Clinical Psychology, will carry out research activities focused on the functional architecture of the first parent-child relationships, their attitude towards the development of the child and the modalities of intervention. The research will also focus on the impact that maternal eating disorders can have on the emotional functioning of children during childhood, including a careful examination of the influence of paternal psychological profiles.

Prof. Lynne Murray: Webpage 



Prof. Jos F. Brosschot – Leiden University (Paesi Bassi). Visiting professor dal 01/03/2019 al 31/05/2019.

Prof. Brosschot, invited by Prof. Cristina Ottaviani of the Department of Psychology, will carry out research activities aimed at verifying the Generalised Unsafety Theory of Stress (GUTS) hypothesis. According to this theory, the response to stress is predefined. The main purpose of the research will be to assess whether the induction of social connection, can inhibit this predefined response to stress.

Prof. Jos F. Brosschot: Webpage



Prof. Aldo Hidalgo Hermosilla -  Escuela de Arquitectura USACH (Cile). Visiting professor from 30/03/2019 to 27/06/2019.

Prof. Hidalgo Hermosilla, invited by Prof. Rosalba Belibani of the Department of Architecture and Design, will carry out research activities on the identification of methods and strategies of urban regeneration, in order to apply these concepts to the studies conducted on the suburbs of Rome and Santiago. The research will be based on the hypothesis of new methods of urban management, linked to the renewal of the residential architectural heritage.

Prof. Aldo Hidalgo Hermosilla: Webpage



Prof. Hong Zeng - Hangzhou Dianzi University (Cina). Visiting professor from 01/01/2019 to 31/03/2019.

Prof. Zeng, invited by Prof. Fabio Babiloni of the Department of Molecular Medicine, will carry out research activities on the neurometric measurement of the quality of public service announcements against smoking. The research will take place in the high-resolution electroencephalography laboratories and will make use of the collaboration of Prof. Zeng, who will contribute through deep learning strategies to analyze EEG data.

Prof. Hong Zeng: Webpage


Prof. Jacob Blakesley - Leeds University (UK). Visiting professor from 01/01/2019 to 31/01/2019.

Prof. Blakesley, invited by Prof. Donatella Montini, will be a guest of the Department of European, American and Intercultural Studies. The professor, an expert in Translation Studies, will conduct workshops for professors and PhD students, as well as meetings for students, related to his research fields; he will also collaborate with the department's professors on common research interests in poetic translation.
Prof. Jacob Blakesley: Webpage


Prof. Gabriel Wurzer - TU Wien (Austria). Visiting professor from 28/01/2019 to 28/02/2019.

Prof. Wurzer, invited by Prof. Antonio Fioravanti of the Department of Civil, Building and Environmental Engineering, will carry out research activities focused on health planning in architecture and urban design, through simulation and generative planning. The research will focus on some vital aspects in hospitals, such as, for example, the management of renovation works in a hospital while part of the health services are still active.

Prof. Gabriel Wurzer: Webpage


Prof. Richard Cohen – University of Buffalo (USA). Visiting professor from 01/03/2019 to 31/05/2019.

Prof. Cohen, invited by Prof. Tito Marci of the Department of Political Science, will carry out research on the relationship between political power and justice in the current era of global financial capitalism. The aim of the research will be to reformulate, from a juridical, philosophical, political and sociological perspective, the question of ethics as the basis of social integration in different democratic experiences, which go through political, economic and cultural upheavals, in the light of the processes of globalization of markets.

Prof. Richard Cohen: Webpage


Prof. Juan Carlos Suárez Villegas – University of Seville (Spagna). Visiting professor from 01/03/2019 to 30/05/2019.

Prof. Suárez, invited by Prof. Paola Panarese of the Department of Communication and Social Research, will investigate the journalistic representation of gender violence in the Italian and Spanish media. Frames, narrative constructs and linguistic expressions characterized by what Glick and Fiske call "benevolent sexism" (1996) and Bonino Mendez "micromachism" (1991) will be analysed.

Prof. Juan Carlos Suárez Villegas: Webpage


Prof. Hermann Genz – American University of Beirut (Libano). Visiting professor from 16/03/2019 to 22/04/2019.

Prof. Genz, invited by Professor Frances Pinnock of the Department of Ancient World Studies, will carry out research and teaching activities focusing in particular on the comparison and integration of data from northern Lebanon with those of the Ebla Project on internal central Syria; the research will focus on the problems of comparative stratigraphy, absolute chronology, petrography and characterization of archaeological materials, not only ceramic, and also regional historical trajectories, with particular attention to the processes of formation, crisis and regeneration of complex societies in the Levant during the third millennium BC.

Prof. Hermann Genz: Webpage


Prof. Michael Dorsch – Central European University (Ungheria). Visiting professor from 20/05/2019 to 28/06/2019.

Prof. Dorsch, invited by Prof. Giampaolo Garzarelli of the Department of Social Sciences and Economics, will research on the political economy of globalisation. In particular, the research will analyse how political competition in advanced democratic countries can move from conflict over national fiscal policy to conflict over the level of economic "openness". The research will also aim at developing a model of voting and electoral competition.

Prof. Michael Dorsch: Webpage


Prof. Ann Heylighen – KU Leuven University (Belgio). Visiting professor from 23/04/2019 to 22/05/2019.

Professor Heylighen, invited by Professor Paola Veronica Dell'Aira of the Department of Architecture and Design, will carry out research and teaching activities focused on the theme of disability related to architecture. The proposed lessons, entitled "Architectural design in dialogue with disability", will focus on how the process of being/becoming disabled is connected to the built space. This specific dialogue could be able to question and expand the conventional ways of understanding and designing that space.

Prof. Ann Heylighen: Webpage


Prof. Silvia Busquets – Universitat de Barcelona (Spagna). Visiting professor from 03/04/2019 to 03/05/2019.

Prof. Busquets, invited by Prof. Sergio Adamo of the Department of Anatomical, Histological, Medical-Legal Sciences and Locomotor Apparatus, will carry out research and teaching activities focusing on topics related to histology and methods of studying muscle tissue, muscle regeneration and homeostasis and applications of histology to muscle diseases.

Prof. Silvia Busquets: Webpage


Prof. Filippo Ronconi – Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Francia). Visiting professor from 30/09/2019 to 29/10/2019

Prof. Ronconi, invited by Prof. Daniele Bianconi of the Department of History Anthropology, Religion, Arts and Performing Arts, will research on the privileged relationship between the migratory phenomena of men and books that occurred in the middle centuries (VII-XII) between Byzantium and the West. The research will aim to highlight the contribution that the migratory waves, coming from the eastern regions of Byzantium (Egypt, Syria, Palestine) and directed to the West (southern Italy and Rome), had in the definition of the Italiot “grecità”, with particular reference to manuscript production.

Prof. Filippo Ronconi: Webpage


Prof. Ashley Randall – Arizona State University (USA). Visiting professor from 27/05/2019 to 28/06/2019.

Prof. Randall, invited by Prof. Claudia Chiarolanza of the Department of Dynamic and Clinical Psychology, will focus on the understanding of couples who may face daily stress factors, such as those who face the symptoms of depression. The research will focus on the development of a model of intervention to increase relational skills, which have been shown to improve the effects of stress on individual and relational well-being, such as dyadic coping.

Prof. Ashley Randall: Webpage


Prof. Thomas Merluzzi – Notre Dame University (USA). Visiting professor from 15/05/2019 to 15/06/2019.

Prof. Merluzzi, invited by Prof. Fabio Lucidi of the Department of Psychology of Developmental and Socialisation Processes, will carry out research and didactic activities providing his contribution to the PhD course in Social, Developmental and Educational Psychology. The collaboration will focus on oncological psychology, with particular reference to the convictions of effectiveness in coping modalities.

Prof. Thomas Merluzzi: Webpage


Prof. Paul O’Higgins – University of York (Regno Unito). Visiting professor from 22/05/2019 to 20/08/2019.

Prof. O'Higgins, invited by Prof. Giorgio Manzi of the Department of Environmental Biology, will carry out research on the development and application of new approaches to the understanding of skeletal variation in Neanderthals and modern humans in the context of migration, climate, activity and population history. The research project will extend the recent methodological developments made and apply them to questions related to the material available in the extensive collections of the Museum of Anthropology "G. Sergi".

Prof. Paul O’Higgins: Webpage


PicProf. Santiago Montero – Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spagna). Visiting professor from 01/05/2019 to 31/07/2019.

Prof. Montero, invited by Prof. Alessandro Saggioro of the Department of History, Anthropology, Religion, Arts and Performing Arts, will carry out research activities on divination practices in ancient Spain. In this regard, the study will focus on four key areas: deities related to divination, oracular sanctuaries, experts and divinatory practices.

Prof. Santiago Montero: Webpage


Prof. Yves Charles Zarka – Université Paris Descartes (Francia). Visiting professor from 15/09/2019 to 15/12/2019.

Prof. Zarka, invited by Prof. Stefano Petrucciani of the Department of Philosophy, will focus on rethinking the concept of sovereignty, on a theoretical level, in order to elaborate an idea, different from the most popular we can find today, about the relationship between nation-states and Europe. At the heart of this research project will be the concept of shared sovereignty and the delineation of a citizenship status relating at the same time to a particular nation and the Union.

Prof. Yves Charles Zarka: Webpage

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