I 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 threeyears postdoctoral
position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge,
USA) in the group of
M. Baranger
, and visiting scientist positions at Harvard (Cambridge, USA) in
the group of
E.J. Heller,
and
at the University of Paris XI (Paris, France), I joined, in January
2002, the faculty of the
Physics Department of the
University of Catania, as an Assistant Professor in Theoretical
Physics (FIS02). In Catania I have been teaching various courses to
the undergraduate students in physics. From January 2012 I have
joined the the
School of Mathematical Sciences of
Queen Mary University of London
as Professor of Applied Mathematics, Chair of Complex Systems.
In my research activity I have covered various topics in complex
systems, statistical mechanics and dynamical systems. My works are
combination of empirical studies, mathematical methods and computer
simulations to understand the structure and function of complex
networks. Among other things, I have investigated efficiency,
centrality, motifs, and community structures in realworld networks. I
have developed analytic and computer models to study network growth,
disease propagation and collective behaviors, such as synchronization
or cascading failures, in 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 methods from statistical physics to
biological sequences (genomes and proteomes), and to the containment
of mobile phone viruses that spread via Bluetooth contacts. In
parallel to these topics, I have also worked on the equilibrium and
nonequilibrium properties of systems of particles interacting through
longrange forces.
I have coauthored over 150 scientific papers in international refereed
journals and conferences. I am referee of various international journals
including Nature Physics, Nature Communications, PNAS, PRL and PRE.
From 2004 I am in the Advisory Board of the journal Chaos
Chaos,
and from 2012 I am Editor of the newly created
Journal of Complex Networks. From 2008 I am the scientific director of the
Laboratory for Complex Systems, a
multidisciplinary laboratory of
Scuola
Superiore di Catania. In 2008 I have founded
the ATP group, a research unit
of the Physics Department of the University of Catania interested in
interdisciplinary applications of theoretical physics. I am also the
coordinator for INFN Sezione Catania of the
INFN To61 Project (Biological applications of theoretical
physics methods).
I am the Scientific Coordinator of the EU project
LASAGNE, multiLAyer SpAtiotemporal Generalized NEtworks
(Nov 2012Oct 2015), and PI of the
EPSRC project
GALE, Global Accessibility to Local Experience
(Apr 2013Oct 2015). Partecipation to previous projects include
CRESCO (Computational Research Center for Complex Systems)
project of ENEA, and the European Community project
GABA (Global
Approach to Brain Activity: From Cognition to Disease). I am also
member of the Urban Design
Study Unit of the Department of Architecture of
Strathclyde University, Glasgow, and of
the Human Space Lab.

Anatomy of funded research in science
A. Ma, R.J. Mondragon, V. Latora, PNAS 2015
(Press1,
press2,
press3)

Structural reducibility of multilayer networks
M. De Domenico, V. Nicosia, A. Arenas, V. Latora, Nature
Communications 6, 6864 (2015)

Growing multiplex networks
V. Nicosia, G. Bianconi, V. Latora, M. Barthelemy,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 058701 (2013)
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Phase transition in the economically modeled growth of a cellular nervous
system ****
V. Nicosia, P. Vertes, W. Schafer, V. Latora, E. Bullmore, PNAS, 110 (19), 7880 (2013).

Remote synchronization reveals network symmetries and functional modules
V. Nicosia, M. Valencia, M. Chavez, A. DiazGuilera, V. Latora,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 174102 (2013)

Understanding mobility in a social petri dish
M. Szell, R. Sinatra, G. Petri, S. Thurner, V. Latora,
Scientific Reports 2, 457 (2012).
(Nature open access)
 **** Elementary processes governing the evolution of road networks ****
E. Strano, V. Nicosia, S. Porta, V. Latora, M. Barthelemy, Scientific Reports 2, 296 (2012).
(Nature open access)
(
Press1,
press2
).
 Networks of motifs from sequences of symbols
R. Sinatra, D. Condorelli, V. Latora, Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 178702 (2010)
(physorg.com)
(physicscentral.com)

Smallworld behavior in timevarying graphs
J. Tang, S. Scellato, M. Musolesi, C. Mascolo, V. Latora,
Phys. Rev. E 81, 055101(R) (2010)
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Functional modularity of spontaneous activities in normal and epileptic brain networks ****
M. Chavez, M. Valencia, V. Navarro, V. Latora,
J. Martinerie, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 118701 (2010)
(ON THE COVER)

Entropy Rate of Diffusion Processes on Complex Networks
J. GomezGardenes, V. Latora, Phys. Rev. E78, 065102(R) (2008)

Scaling breakdown in flow fluctuations on complex networks
S. Meloni, J. GomezGardenes, V. Latora and Y.Moreno, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 208701 (2008)

Spreading of sexually transmitted diseases in heterosexual populations
J. GomezGardenes, V. Latora, Y. Moreno, E.V. Profumo,
PNAS 105, 1399 (2008)

Synchronization properties of network motifs
I. Lodato, S. Boccaletti, V. Latora, physics/0609126,
Europhys. Lett. 78, 28001 (2007)
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Complex Networks: Structure and Dynamics ****
S. Boccaletti, V. Latora, Y. Moreno, M. Chavez, D.U. Hwang,
Physics Reports 424, 175 (2006)
(HOTTEST ARTICLES in PHYSICS REPORTS)

Centrality Measures in Spatial Networks of Urban Streets
P. Crucitti, V. Latora, S. Porta, physics/0504163,
Phys. Rev. E 73, 036125 (2006)
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A model for cascading failures in complex networks ****
P. Crucitti, V. Latora, and M. Marchiori,
Phys. Rev. E 69, 045104(R) (2004)

Revisting Disorder and Tsallis Statistics,
V. Latora, A. Rapisarda and A. Robledo,
Science 300, 250 (2003)

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Efficient Behavior of SmallWorld Networks ****
V. Latora, M. Marchiori, Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 198701 (2001)

NonGaussian equilibrium in a longrange Hamiltonian system
V. Latora, A. Rapisarda and C. Tsallis,
Phys. Rev. E64, 056134 (2001)

Superdiffusion and out of equilibrium chaotic
dynamics with many degrees of freedom
V. Latora, A. Rapisarda and S. Ruffo,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 2104 (1999)

**** KolmogorovSinai EntropyRate vs. Physical Entropy ****
V. Latora and M. Baranger, Phys. Rev. Lett. 82, 520 (1999)

Lyapunov instability and finite size effects
in a system with longrange forces
V. Latora, A. Rapisarda and S. Ruffo,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 692 (1998)
