Visiting Professors 2023

Prof. Luiz Felipe Cavalcanti Pereira
Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
Visiting the Department of Physics from 01/01/2024 to 30/03/2024
Host Professor: Prof. Francesco Mauri
During this research visit we will combine state of the art computational techniques, some of which developed by Prof. Mauri and collaborators, to investigate the heat transport properties of novel materials, both individually and in combination to form larger structures. Our main objective is to understand the fundamental heat transport characteristics of novel low-dimensional materials, including anharmonic effects, in order to identify potential candidates for practical applications in heat management and thermoelectric devices.


Prof. Valerio Schiavoni
University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Visiting the department of Physics from 16/01/2024 to 16/02/2024
Host Professor: Prof. Leonardo Querzoni
The visit will initiate the work towards the design of a multi-tee trustworthy runtime for smart contracts, a fundamental building block for next-generation confidential distributed systems. We intend to design a secure, portable and upgradable smart contract runtime with full support for multi-TEE deployments. To achieve this, we plan to develop new libraries and tools to leverage heterogeneous Trusted Execution Environments (e.g., Intel SGX, Intel TDX, Arm TrustZone, AMD SEV) for blockchain.  We will overcome the technical challenges by leveraging WASM, building atop our previous work for secure execution of WASM in Intel SGX and TrustZone. The research activity will kick-off the development of the required libraries to deploy and run a smart contract across nodes with diverse TEEs.


Prof. William Giannobile
Harvard University, USA
Visiting the Department of Odontostomatological and Maxillofacial Sciences from 31/01/2024 to 18/02/2024
Host Professor: Umberto Romeo
To visit the departments of periodontology and oral and maxillofacial surgery.  I will provide lectures and discuss the fields of periodontolgy, regenerative medicine, precision medicine.  I will interact with faculty members, students, and graduate students in these disciplines, providing lectures and consultation on their research, clinical and didactic components of their programs. I will interact with Prof. Andrea Pilloni and Prof. Umberto Romeo in the host departments.


Prof Augusto Dal Pozzo
Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Brazil
Visiting the department of Law from 10/01/2024 to 10/01/2026
Host Professor: Prof. Ines Ciolli
This investigation aims to identify the main interconnections existing in Italian doctrine between Constitutional Law and Administrative Law. On the basis of an analysis which inevitably has a historical dimension, it will be possible to develop comparisons with Brazilian dynamics, as already mentioned in the introduction. For a correct understanding of the subject, it is essential to examine the public structures that make up the Italian constitutional state - the state powers and the administrative entities.
The objective is to build a transversal line of reasoning and research between the two spheres, underlining the epistemological unity that runs through public law. An institutionalist perspective will be adopted.


Prof. Sabine R. Huebner
University of Basel, Switzerland
Visiting the Department of Classics from 01/02/2024 to 29/02/2024
Host Professor: Prof. Dr. Alberto Camplani       
While at La Sapienza I wish to make progress on my book project, a monograph the Roman province of Egypt in the third century CE, for which I plan to collaborate with Prof. Alberto Camplani, who also has his main research focus on this critical and decisive century. The combined analysis of papyri, literary sources, archaeological remains, and coins with bioarchaeological and environmental data promises an entirely new perspective on the transition period from the High Roman Empire to Late Antiquity. I also to edit a volume based on the proceedings of a conference held at the Istituto Svizzero in Rome on May 11/12, 2023 will be entitled Urban Transitions in Roman Egypt from the Third to the Fourth Century CE in which Prof. Camplani was involved and which will come out in the Pragmateia series edited by Prof. Maiuro and Prof. Lo Cascio. The volume purports to demonstrate the relevance of Egyptian urbanism to the transition of the Roman world into Late Antiquity.


Prof. Michael M. Swift 
University of Wisconsin—Madison, United States 
Visiting the Department of Biology and Biotechnologies Charles Darwin from 16/02/2024 to 15/05/2024
Host Professor: Prof. Daniele De Sensi
Prof. Swift will work with Drs. Daniele De Sensi and Salvatore Pontarelli on using SmartNICs, network interface cards with the ability to do arbitrary computation, to offload operating system work to support memory tiering


Prof. Mark Van Vugt
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Visiting the Department of Psychology from 04/03/2024 to 03/04/2024
Host Professor: Prof. Salvatore  Aglioti  
Bridging neuroscience, psychology, and evolutionary approaches to leadership and organizational behaviour.

Researchers Mobility and European Programmes Unit

Head of Unit
Daniela Magrini

(+39) 06 4991 0435 

Antonello Battaglia
(+39) 06 4969 4234

Claudia Fiorani 
(+39) 06 4991 0978

Belinda Caparro 
(+39) 06 4969 0428


Città Universitaria
Palazzina Tumminelli
II Piano - Stanza 212

Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 - Roma , RM , Italy

© Sapienza Università di Roma - Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, 00185 Roma - (+39) 06 49911 - CF 80209930587 PI 02133771002