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
a 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
how networks grow over time and various types of dynamical processes over
complex topologies. These include:
biased and interacting random walkers,
disease propagation, social contagion, and collective behaviors
such as synchronization and cascading failures
in complex networks. Application range
from contributions towards the design of more sustainable urban
communities and more resilient network infrastructures, to the
study of temporal series and biological sequences (genomes and proteomes),
and to the containment of mobile phone viruses that spread via
Bluetooth contacts. My recent interests are in the modelling of temporal
networks, multilayer networks and higherorder systems, such as simplicial
complexes and hypergraphs.
In parallel to these topics, I have also worked, especially at the
beginning of my career, on the equilibrium and nonequilibrium properties
of systems of particles interacting through longrange forces.
I have coauthored over 200 scientific papers in international refereed
journals and conferences. I am referee of various international
journals including Nature Physics, Nature Communications, Nature Human
Behaviour, Science Advance, PNAS, PRL and PRE. From 2012 I am Editor
of the newly created
Journal of Complex Networks. I am also editor of Complex Systems (from 2017), and of the MDPI Topic Complex Systems and Network Science (from 2022). From 2004 to 2018, I have been in the Advisory Board of the journal: Chaos.
From 2008 to 2012 I have been 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 have also been the
coordinator for INFN Sezione Catania of the
INFN To61 Project (Biological applications of theoretical
physics methods).
I have been 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). My partecipations to previous projects include
CRESCO (Computational Research Center for Complex Systems)
project of ENEA, and the EC 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
AccelNetMultiNet a program focused on multilayer network science.

Smallworld behavior in timevarying graphs
J. Tang, S. Scellato, M. Musolesi, C. Mascolo, V. Latora,
Phys. Rev. E 81, 055101(R) (2010)

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,
Europhys. Lett. 78, 28001 (2007)

Complex Networks: Structure and Dynamics
S. Boccaletti, V. Latora, Y. Moreno, M. Chavez, D.U. Hwang,
Physics Reports 424, 175 (2006)

Centrality Measures in Spatial Networks of Urban Streets
P. Crucitti, V. Latora, S. Porta,
Phys. Rev. E 73, 036125 (2006)

A model for cascading failures in complex networks
P. Crucitti, V. Latora, and M. Marchiori,
Phys. Rev. E 69, 045104(R) (2004)

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)
