Spring Workshop on Physics of Data

The modeling and the theoretical interpretation of complex natural phenomena from large amounts of data are at the core of the research in Physics. The Big Data revolution presents in this sense the challenges and opportunities for the physicists of today. In addition to the figure of Data Scientist, specialized purely in the analysis of large amounts of data, it is increasingly clear the need to also train figures able to develop the methods and modelling to better understand processes and causal relationships behind the data. This workshop will  provide an overview of the possible open problems and research paths in several  that physicists of Data can tackle thanks to their training. Topics in Fundamental Physics, Astrophysics, Physics of Complex Systems and Machine Learning will be presented through international researchers and young scholars, as well as alumni of the Physics of Data Master.

Food and accommodation in Venice will be covered thanks to the UNIPD grant in teaching innovation. Limited number of places available, preferences will be given based on the student’s career and full attendance of the workshop.

Organizers: S. Suweis, M. De Domenico, M. Zanetti, J. Pazzini, A. Garfagnini, M. Allegra, S. Montangero, M. Mapelli, M. Baiesi and Andrea Rinaldo for the Istituto Veneto of Lettere, Scienze e Arti.

Workshop organizational support: Sonia Gelain and Giovanna Palandri (Istituto Veneto).


6 - 8 April2022


Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti, Venice


Domus Ciliota



Day 1 afternoon - Machine Learning, Data Science & Interdisciplinary applications

14.00 – 14.30 registrations
14.30 – 14.45 Introduction and welcoming: Samir Suweis, Flavio Seno (UNIPD) and Andrea Rinaldo (President of Istituto Veneto)
14.45 – 15.30  Anna Levina (University of Tubingen)
15.30 – 16.15   Elisa Omodei (European Central University)




16.45  – 17.00 Umberto Tomasini (EPFL)
17.00  – 17.15 Nicola Dainese (Aalto University)
17.15 – 18.00 Jeff Byers (USA Naval Research Laboratory)


19.30 Social light dinner at Humus space

Day 2 morning - Complex/Biological Systems

9.00-9.30 registrations
9.30 – 10.15  Laura Lupi (University of Rome 3)
10.15 – 11.00 Jacopo Grilli (ICTP)




11.30  – 11.45 Anna Braghetto (University of Padova)
11.45  – 12.00 Luca Baroni (Charles University)
12.00 – 12.45 Johannes Zierenberg (Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization)


12.45 – 14.45 Lunch Break

Day 2 afternoon - Physics of Matter / Quantum

14.45 – 15.30  Ilaria Siloi (University of Padova)
15.30 – 16.15 Guido Caldarelli (University of Venice)


16.45 – 17.00 Samuele Cavinato (IOV)
17.00 – 17.15 Vincenzo M. Schimmenti (Univ. Paris-Saclay)
17.15 – 17:30   Stefano Campese (University of Padova, and Applied Scientist Intern at Amazon Alexa)


18.30 Social event: Think big data critically (with beers) by Jacopo Grilli

Day 3 morning - Astrophysics and Cosmology

9.30 – 10.15 Carlo Albert (Eawag Institute)
10.15 – 11.00 Floor Broekgaarden (CfA, Harvard)




11.30  – 11.45 Cecilia Sgalletta (SISSA)
11.45 – 12.00 Jacopo Tissino (GSSI)
12.00 – 12.45 Giuliano Iorio (University of Padova)

12.45 – 14.30 Lunch Break

Day 3 afternoon - Fundamental Physics

14.30 – 15.15: Sofia Vallecorsa (CERN)
15.15 – 16.00: Nicholas Wardle (Imperial College)




16.15  – 16.30 Gaia Grosso (CERN)
16.30  – 16.45 Conclusions: Marco Zanetti (UNIPD)

Registration form

As attendee safety is among our primary concerns, we are carefully monitoring national and local public health guidelines and will respond accordingly. Following Italian and UNIPD rules (at this time, they might change), to attend the workshop you need the Green Pass obtained through vaccination (not by swap).

Registration closed, soon participants will be contacted for the result of the selection procedure.