Vito Latora

Vito Latora is  assistant professor in Physics at the University of Catania, Italy and the scientific director of the Laboratory for Complex Systems, a multidisciplinary laboratory of Scuola Superiore di Catania, Italy. He is the PI for his university for the INFN-To61 project (Biological applications of
theoretical physics methods), for project CRESCO (Computational Research Center for Complex Systems), and for the European project GABA (Global Approach to Brain Activity: From Cognition to Disease).  He  received  the  Laurea  degree  in  Physics,  summa  cum laude,  from  the  University  of  Catania, Italy, in 1992, and a Ph.D. in Physics from the same University, in 1996. After holding a three-years postdoctoral position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, US (1996-1999), and Visiting Scientist positions  at  Harvard University, Cambridge, US (1998-1999) and at the University of Paris XI, Paris, France (2000-2001), he joined from January 2002 the Faculty of  the  Physics Department at the University of Catania, as an Assistant Professor in Theoretical Physics (FIS02). In the last years he has been teaching the following courses  for  undergraduate  students  in  physics: “Numerical Methods of
Physics”, “Physics of Complex Systems”, “Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos”, “Elements of Statistical  Physics  and Dynamical Systems” He has also been teaching the course “Order and Disorder in the Matter at Scuola Superiore of Catania, and the course “Structure and Dynamics of Complex networks at Scuola Superiore of Catania, and at the University of Cambridge, UK.
His  main  fields  of  research  are: statistical mechanics, nonlinear dynamics and complex systems. Current interests include the study of the structure and function of complex  networks  based on a combination of empirical studies, mathematical methods and computer simulations. Among other things, he has
investigated efficiency, centrality,  motifs,  and  community  structures  in  real  networks.  He  has  developed  analytic  and computer models for network growth, cascading failures, disease propagation  and  other  diffusion  processes  on  complex networks. Application areas range from the contributions of physics to the current debate in urban planning and  design  towards  the  making  of  more  sustainable  urban communities, to the application of mathematical methods in neuroscience, geophysics, and population biology.  In  parallel  to  these  topics,  he  has  also  worked  on the equilibrium and non-equilibrium properties of systems of particles interacting through long-range forces.
Vito  has  authored  over 100 scientific papers in international refereed journals and about 40 conferences proceedings. He is the editor, together
with S.Boccaletti and Y.Moreno,  of  the  volume  “Handbook of Biological Networks”, World Scientific Lecture Notes in Complex Systems, Vol.10, 2009, and of two journals' special issues (Int.  Jour.  Bif.  Chaos  Vol.  17,  Issue  7,  2007,  and  Journ.  Phys. A:  Math.  Theor.  41,  2008) on Complex Networks. A survey paper on complex networks he has coauthored  in  2006  (Physics  Reports  424, 175, 2006) has today more than 1000 citations.

Publications 2009-10:

  • Networks of motifs from sequences of symbols, R. Sinatra, D. Condorelli, V. Latora, arXiv:1002.0668
  • Fast detection of nonlinearity in short and noisy time series, M. De Domenico, V. Latora, arXiv:1001.2237
  • Dynamical organization towards consensus in the Axelrod model on complex networks, B. Guerra, J. Poncela, J. Gomez-Gardenes, V. Latora, Y. Moreno, arXiv:0912.2556, Phys. Rev. E 81, 056105 (2010)
  • Small-world behavior in time-varying graphs, J. Tang, S. Scellato, M. Musolesi, C. Mascolo, V. Latora, arXiv:0909.1712, Phys. Rev. E 81, 055101(R) (2010)
  • Distance Matters: Geo-social Metrics for Online Social Networks, S. Scellato, C. Mascolo, M. Musolesi, V. Latora, In Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Online Social Networks (WOSN 2010), Boston, MA, June 2010
  • Traffic optimization in transport networks based on local routing, S. Scellato, L. Fortuna, M. Frasca, J. Gomez-Gardenes and V. Latora, arXiv:0901.1078, Eur. Phys. J. B 73, 303 (2010)
  • Functional modularity of spontaneous activities in normal and epileptic brain networks, M. Chavez, M. Valencia, V. Navarro, V. Latora, J. Martinerie, arXiv:0811.3131, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 118701 (2010) (ON THE COVER)
  • Complex networks: new trends for the analysis of brain connectivity, M. Chavez, M. Valencia, V. Latora, J. Martinerie, arXiv:1002.0697, in press in Int. Jour. Bif. Chaos.
  • On Nonstationarity of Human Contact Networks, S. Scellato, M. Musolesi, C. Mascolo and V. Latora, In Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Simplifying Complex Networks for Practitioners (SIMPLEX'10). Colocated with IEEE ICDCS'10. Genova, Italy, June 2010
  • Analysing Information Flows and Key Mediators through Temporal Centrality Metrics, J. Tang, M. Musolesi, C. Mascolo, V. Latora and V. Nicosia, In Proceedings of the 3rd ACM Workshop on Social Network Systems (SNS'10). Colocated with ACM SIGOPS EuroSys'10. Paris, France, April 2010
  • Characterising Temporal Distance and Reachability in Mobile and Online Social Networks, J. Tang, M. Musolesi, C. Mascolo and V. Latora, ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review 40, 1 (2010)
  • Effects of mobility in a population of Prisoner's Dilemma players, S. Meloni, A. Buscarino, L. Fortuna, M. Frasca, J. Gomez-Gardenes, V. Latora, Y. Moreno, arXiv:0905.3189, Phys. Rev. E79, 067101 (2009)
  • Effects of motion on epidemic spreading, A. Buscarino, A. Di Stefano, L. Fortuna, M. Frasca and Vito Latora, in press in Int. Jour. Bif. Chaos.
  • The Ultimatum Game in complex networks, R. Sinatra, J. Iranzo, J. Gomez-Gardenes, L. M. Floria, V. Latora and Y. Moreno,arXiv:0807.0750, J. Stat Mech. P09012 (2009).
  • Cluster structure of functional networks estimated from high-resolution EEG data, R. Sinatra, F. De Vico Fallani, L. Astolfi, F. Babiloni, F. Cincotti, D. Mattia, V. Latora, Int. Jour. Bif. Chaos 19 (2009) 665-676
  • Temporal Distance Metrics for Social Network Analysis, J. Tang, M. Musolesi, C. Mascolo and V. Latora, In Proceedings of the 2nd ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Online Social Networks (WOSN'09), Barcelona, Spain. August 2009.
  • Impact of Altruism on Opportunistic Communications, Kuang Xu, Pan Hui, Victor O.K. Li, Jon Crowcroft, Vito Latora, and Pietro Lio', In Proceeding of First IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous and Future Networks(ICUFN09), Hong Kong China, June 2009.
  • Selfishness, Altruism and Message Spreading in Mobile Social Networks, Pan Hui, Kuang Xu, Victor O.K. Li, Jon Crowcroft, Vito Latora, and Pietro Lio', In Proceeding of First IEEE International Workshop on Network Science For Communication Networks (NetSciCom09), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 24, 2009.
  • Sexual Risk Behavior for HIV in Burkina Faso, S. Musumeci, F. Pappalardo, J. Simpore and V. Latora, In: Sexual Risk Behaviors, ISBN: 978-1-60741-227-4, 2009 Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
  • Street centrality vs. commerce and service locations in cities: a Kernel Density Correlation case study in Bologna, Italy, S. Porta, E. Strano, V. Iacoviello, R. Messora, V. Latora, A. Cardillo, Fahui Wang, S. Scellato, physics/0701111 Env. Plann. B 36 (2009), 450-465