Riccardo Zecchina

Riccardo Zecchina, Staff Associate of the Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics Group at ICTP.
In 2007 I moved to the Politecnico di Torino.
my web page at the Politecnico Torino
Professor in Theoretical Physics
E-mail: myfirstname.mylastname_ at _polito.it

Research Interests

My general interest is in topics at the interface between Statistical Physics, Computer Science, Discrete Mathematics and Information Theory. On the applied side I'm involved in research projects in computational biology, coding and game theoretical models.

My research activity is focused on the statistical physics aspects of stochastic optimization and inference, probabilistic and message-passing algorithms, statistical physics of complex systems (disordered systems and sphere packings), inverse dynamical problems and interdisciplinary applications of statistical physics (computational biology, neural computation, resources allocation problems, source coding, game theoretical models of intereacting agents).

Our "Inference and Optimization" research group at the Politecnico di Torino


Preprints and Selected publications by subject

Papers form the arXiv:

  • Most recent (last  year) papers on the ArXiv
  • Papers that can be downloaded from the arXiv since 1994


    Codes & Papers for download on our message-passing algorithms for constraint satisfaction and optimization problems.


    Courses: Statistical Mechanics, Algorithms for Optimization and Inference, Stochastic Processes (for the PhD)

    Current responsibilities

    - Coordinator of the International Master's Course on Physics of Complex Systems

    - Head of Unit at the Human Genetics Foundation

    - Fellow of the research foundation Collegio Carlo Alberto ,

    Current Grants

    ERC advanced investigator grant: OPTINF (2010-15);

    Marie Curie training network: NETADIS (2012-15);