Since 2017 I am an associate professor at Parma University, in the area of theoretical physics of matter (fisica teorica della materia, SC 02/B2, SSD FIS/03). I graduated from the LMU Munich in 2000 and was awarded one of the first binational German-Italian Ph.D. degrees from Insubria University (Como) and LMU in 2004. During a project with Prof. Artur Ekert at the University of Oxford in 1997-98 I got in touch with the fundamental questions as well as the immediate applications of quantum mechanics. These interests have guided my research since then. During my Ph.D. I collaborated for the first time with an experimental cold-atom group, which was based at the University of Oxford. After my PostDoc as a Humboldt Fellow at Pisa University in the experimental Bose-Einstein condensation group of Prof. Ennio Arimondo, I held a temporary researcher position at Turin Politecnico and was a Junior Research Group Leader at Heidelberg University as well as a junior fellow (“Kollegiat”) of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. I was awarded visiting professorships from the Abbe School of Photonics at Jena University (2015) and from the Dodd Walls Centre for Photonic & Quantum Technologies, New Zealand (2020). I have been teaching physics classes at all levels in the faculties of physics and engineering, since 2007 in Heidelberg and since 2014 in Parma. I (co-)organized a large school for graduate students twice a year (2008-2014) and a series of research workshops with active participation of students at Heidelberg. From 2014 to 2018 I co-organized the annual conference on Statistical Physics and Complex Systems in Parma. Combining my research interests in classical and quantum dynamics with my main teaching activities, I authored a Springer textbook on Nonlinear Dynamics and Quantum Chaos (Graduate Texts in Physics, 2014 & 2023). I advised more than 50 students at all career levels and two PostDocs at Pisa, Heidelberg, and Parma. My continuing collaborations with many experimental groups worldwide are well documented by our joint publications. At present, I am particularly interested in quantum control by light-matter interaction and in the non-equilibrium dynamics of many-body quantum systems. Since 2016 I am participating in the interdisciplinary Center for Quantum Information Science at Parma University, which concentrates our efforts towards the subject, hosts guests and offers research seminars, workshops and collaborations between physics and information engineering.

Education:

1994 - 2000 Diploma in physics (with distinction), Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, Germany

1997 - 1998 Visiting student, University of Oxford, UK, project with Prof. Artur Ekert

2000 - 2004 PhD in physics, Ludwig Maximilians University Munich and Università dell’Insubria, Como, Italy; advisors: Prof. Italo Guarneri, Prof. Andreas Buchleitner; Thesis title: Chaos and localisation: quantum transport in periodically driven atomic systems

Honors and Awards:

1994 - 2000 Fellowships: BayBFG and Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

2004 - 2006 Fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Scuola di Dottorato Galileo Galilei, Pisa, Italy

2008 Award for young researchers’ conference, Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Heidelberg, Germany

2009 Klaus-Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger Prize, Heidelberg University, Germany

2010 “Akademiepreis“ of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

2010 - 2015 “Kollegiat“ of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

2011 German Habilitation with thesis Dynamik kalter Quantengase at Heidelberg University

2013 Habilitation for Full and Associate Professorships in Italy (section 02/B2)

2014 Association to Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Section Milan-Bicocca

2019 Habilitation for Full Professorship in Italy (sections 02/A2 and 02/B2)

2023 - 25 Free membership of the European Physical Society (EPS)

Summary of Profession Activities:

- Published >130 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 2 editions of Springer textbook, 2 edited books, 3 edited special issues. Total ca. 3850 (2600) citations, h-index: 36 (29), according to Google Scholar (WOS).

- Gave more than 100 invited talks at conferences, workshops, research institutes and universities.

- Regular teaching at Heidelberg University and Parma University; guest lecturer at many Graduate Schools.

- Collaborated with >30 senior scientists from >15 countries. Mentored >50 undergraduate and graduate students and 2 postdoctoral scholars in research.

- Awarded over 1 M€ of external funding.

Research Topics:

- Quantum optics: light-matter interaction and atoms in external fields

- Open quantum systems

- Quantum & classical control theory

- Bloch-Floquet engineering and theory

- Quantum many-body dynamics

- Quantum search & quantum error-correction protocols

Scientific Employment:

2000 - 2004 PhD student and PostDoc at MPI-PKS, Dresden, Germany

2004 - 2006 A.v. Humboldt Feodor-Lynen Fellow at Pisa University, Italy, with Prof. Ennio Arimondo

2006 - 2007 Research scientist at Politecnico di Torino, Italy

2007 - 2013 Research group leader at Heidelberg University, Germany

2014 - 2016 Senior researcher at Parma University, Italy

2017 - Associate professor at Parma University, Italy

Selected Scientific Invitations:

11/1999 - 1/2000 Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, with Prof. Uzy Smilansky

2006, 2008, 2012 Palermo University, Italy, with Prof. Rosario Mantegna

11/2007, 9-10/2013 Pisa University, Italy, with Prof.s Ennio Arimondo and Riccardo Mannella

10-11/2010 University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan, with Prof. Ken‘ishi Nakagawa

9/2011 Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, USA, with Prof. Gil Summy

2011, 2012, 2016 Liège University, Belgium, with Prof. Peter Schlagheck

2014 - 2017 Guest scientist at the ITP, Heidelberg University, Germany

2014, 2017, 2018 Freiburg University, Germany, with Prof. Andreas Buchleitner

10/2014, 10/2019 Guest lecturer at the doctorate school HGSFP, Heidelberg University, Germany

2/2015 Guest professorship at the Abbe School of Photonics, Jena University, Germany

3/2016 Calí University, Colombia, with Prof. Javier Madroñero

10/2016, 2/2018 RIEC, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, with Prof. Mark Sadgrove

2/2020 Visiting professor, Dodd Walls Centre for Photonic & Quantum Techn., New Zealand

4/2022 Guest lecturer at the University of Liège, Belgium

10/2023 Humboldt Colloquium, 70th anniversary for the A. v. Humboldt Foundation, Rome, Italy

Academic Management:

- Editorial-Board: Cond. Matt.; Inter. J. Theor. Phys.; Photonics; Fluct. & Noise Lett.; Rev. Phys.; 4Open

- Guest editor of Condensed Matter, European Physical Journal D & of 2 proceedings books

- Peer reviewer for over 30 international scientific journals and publishers (incl. Springer Nature, Physical Review, Cambridge University Press); Outstanding Referee of APS, EPS, Physica A, Phys. Lett. A, NJP

- Referee for research funding agencies from Austria (FWF), Belgium (FWO), EU expert, France (ANR), Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Poland (NSC), USA (Keck Foundation)

- Member of PhD committees in Auckland, Heidelberg, Jena, Milan, Palermo, Parma, Otago, and of selection committees for PhD (2015, 2023), PostDocs (assegno di ricerca, 2016, 2019, 2023), Researcher (RTD A/B) positions at Palermo (2023) and Parma (2019/20, 2022, 2023) University

2007 - 2014 Co-organizer of the semiannual school Heidelberg Physics Graduate Days

2008 - 2012 Consultant for industrial company, Selex-Galileo, Turin, Italy

2010 Organizer of conferences New Perspectives in Quantum Statistics and Correlations & Hybrid Quantum Systems: New Perspectives on Quantum State Control, Heidelberg, Germany

2012 Organizer of workshop on Noisy many-body systems, Heidelberg, Germany

2014 - Member of PhD commission (“collegio docenti“) for physics at Parma University

2014 - 2018 Co-organizer of annual conference Statistical Physics and Complex Systems, Parma, Italy

2016 - Program committee member for annual conference Complexis

2018 - Representative of disadvantaged groups at Department, Parma University

2021 - Organizer of the Department Colloquium, Parma University

2022 Organizer of workshop on Quantum Transport with Ultracold Atoms, MPIPKS Dresden

Selection of acquired external funding:

- Quantum Dynamic Control of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Processes (Q-DYNAMO), Staff Exchange, EU action HORIZON-MSCA-2022-SE-01, PI of Parma node, 2024-28 (87 k€)

- PNRR – M4C2 – I1.1 - Progetti di Rilevante Interesse Nazionale (PRIN) 2022, 20227JNCWW, Quantum Atomic Mixtures: Droplets, Topological Structures, and Vortices, local PI at Parma, 2022-24 (ca. 45 k€)

- Part of the Partenariato for the Piano Nazionale di Ripresa e Resilienza (PNRR) project Scienze e Tecnologie Quantistiche, (PI Parma Prof. S. Carretta), 1/1/2023 - (ca. 80 k€ for my part)

- FAult Tolerant MOLecular Spin processor (FATMOLS, proposal ID 862893), EU action RIA H2020-FETOPEN-2018-2020, member of Parma node (PI Prof. Stefano Carretta), 3/2020-2/2023 (256 k€)

- Associate to the research programs BIOPHYS (2014-2020) and DYNSYSMATH (2020 - ), Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Section Milan-Bicocca, Parma group, 2014 - (varying funds for travel and hardware)

- Individual Research Grant by the German Research Foundation (DFG) on Many-body Quantum Transport with Ultracold Bosons, 2014-2018 (160 k€, ex-PI, in collaboration with Prof. Andreas Buchleitner, Universität Freiburg, Germany)

- Member of the COST action MP1209 (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) on Quantum Thermodynamics, 2014-2017

- Helmholtz Alliance Cosmic Matter in the Laboratory - ExtreMe Matter Institute (EMMI), 2008-2014 (30 k€, part of Heidelberg theory node)

- Forschergruppe 760 Scattering Systems with Complex Dynamics of the German Research Foundation (DFG); experimental and theoretical project Semiclassical Limit for Bose-Einstein Condensate Dynamics, 2010-2013 (120 k€, PI)

- Industry collaboration with Selex-Galileo (Turin, Italy) on Light-matter interaction, 2008-2012 (30 k€, consultant)

- Award by the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities for the organisation of a scientic conference on New Perspectives in Quantum Statistics and Correlations, 1-5 March 2010 (ca. 15 k€, organiser)

- Feodor-Lynen Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2004-2006 (ca. 44 k€)

Selected invited/plenary talks at international conferences:

- Two different integration methods for the Schrödinger-Poisson Equation as a Model for Cold Dark Matter, Workshop on The complexity of the Cosmos: An interdisciplinary symposium in Cosmology, Astrophysics and Statistical Mechanics, Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI), L’Aquila, 27-29 September 2023, Italy

- Quantum Simulation of Cold Dark Matter, Dynamics and Complexity Pisa 2023 , 7-9 June 2023, Pisa University, Italy

Counterdiabatic control of quantum systems, Dynamical Foundations of Many-Body Quantum Chaos, Institute Pascal, 13.3.-14.4.2023, Orsay, France

- Quantum Model for the Dynamics of Cosmological Large-Scale Structures, Workshop on The complexity of the Cosmos: An interdisciplinary symposium in Cosmology, Astrophysics and Statistical Mechanics, Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI), L’Aquila, 5-7 October 2022, Italy

- Coherent control by driving and compensation, XXVI National Conference on Statistical Physics and Complex Systems, Parma, 20-22 June 2022, Italy

- Quantum walk of a BEC in momentum space, The 11th DYNAMICS DAY Asia-Pacific (online), 16-20 November 2020, Singapore

- Driven spinor condensates, Spring Workshop on Ultracold Quantum Matter (online), 4 June 2020, Padua, Italy

Accelerating adiabatic production of target states by fast driving, Shortcuts to Adiabaticity 2020, Université Paul Sabatier, 9-11 March 2020, Toulouse, France (cancelled and shifted due to pandemia)

- Quantum walk in momentum space with a Bose-Einstein condensate, 9th International Conference on Quantum Simulation and Quantum Walks, CIRM, 20-24 January 2020, Marseille, France

- Momentum-Space Quantum Walk of a Spinor Bose-Einstein Condensate, Quantum Systems in Extreme Conditions, Heidelberg University (2019), Heidelberg, Germany

- Accelerating Quantum-Control Protocols, SuperFluctuations2019, Padova University (2019), Padova, Italy

- Quantum walk in momentum space with a Bose-Einstein condensate, EAS - EXTREME ATOMIC SYSTEMS Meeting (17 - 22 February 2019), Riezlern, Austria

- Quantum walk in momentum space with a Bose-Einstein condensate, SuperFluctuations2018, Camerino University (2018), San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy

- Quantum Transport With Neutral Atoms, SuperFluctuations2017, Camerino University (2017), San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy

- Atomtronics: Computing With Neutral Atoms, International Workshop on Quantum-Classical Transition in Many-Body Systems: Indistinguishability, Interference and Interactions, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (2017), Dresden, Germany

- Numerical simulation of lattice models for interacting bosons, Workshop on Quantum Dynamics: From Algorithms to Applications (2016), Greifswald, Germany

- Quantum random walk of a Bose-Einstein condensate in momentum space, International Workshop on Disordered Systems IWDS10 (2016), Brescia, Italy

- Non-equilibrium transport of interacting bosons, Workshop on Optical and Molecular Spectroscopy of the Centre for Bioinformatics and Photonics (CIBioFi) (2016), Cali, Colombia

- A quantum random walk of a Bose-Einstein condensate in momentum space (Gruppenbericht), DPG (German Physical Society) Spring Meeting of the Atomic, Molecular, Plasma Physics and Quantum Optics Section (2016), Hannover, Germany

- Transport and non-equilibrium dynamics with cold atoms, EPS conference on Nonlinear Dynamics of Electronic Systems — NDES (2015) Como, Italy

- Transport and non-equilibrium dynamics with cold atoms, International Workshop on Quantum Correlated Matter and Chaos - International Workshop in Honor of the Life and Work of Richard Prange, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (2015), Dresden, Germany