Curriculum

Biographical data

  • Born in Rome (Italy) the 19th of January, 1954
  • Married with Liù
  • One son, Ludovico

Academic Career

  • Physics degree cum Laude, 1978, March 21st, University of Rome “La Sapienza”
  • Post-doctoral fellow at the National Council of Research/Astrophysics and Space Science Institute (1978 – 1981)
  • Winner of a National Council of Research competitive exam as a Professional Technical Collaborator (1981); he subsequently gave up this role
  • Assistant Professor at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” (1981 – 1987)
  • NATO Research Fellow at the Astronomy Dept. , University of California Berkeley (October 1983 – April 1984)
  • Visiting Researcher at the Astronomy Dept. , University of California Berkeley (May 1984 – August 1984)
  • Visiting Researcher at the Astronomy Dept. , University of Chicago  (October 1984 – December 1984)
  • ESA Research Fellow at the Astronomy Dept. , University of California Berkeley (January 1985 – July 1986)
  • Associate Professor of Solar Physics at the Physics Dept. , University of L’Aquila  (August 1987 – October 1991)
  • Associate Professor of Cosmology at the Physics Dept. , University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (November 1991 – October 1994)
  • Full Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Physics Dept. , University of Rome “Tor Vergata” from November 1994

Institutional Assignments

  • Member of the Scientific Board of the ITESRE Institute of the National Council of Research (1990 – 1995)
  • Member of the National Board for Astronomical Research of the Italian Ministry of the University (1991 -1994)
  • Director of the National Group of Astronomy of the National Council of Research (1996 – 2000)
  • President of the Degree Course in Physics at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (March 1996 – October 1999)
  • Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (November 1999 – October 2008)
  • Promoter and national Coordinator for the Ministry of Education, University and Research of the PLS-Project for counteracting the crisis of scientific vocations (since 2005)
  • President of the Scientific Board of the National Institute for Astrophysics (April 2005 – May 2006)
  • President of the National Conference of the Italian Deans of the Faculties of Science (2006 – 2008)
  • Spokesman of the Presidents of the Conferences of the Italian Deans (2006 – 2008)
  • President of Technical Commission for predisposition of the One-Cycle Degrees admission tests finalized to the Architect profession (Academic Years: 2007/08 and 2008/09)
  • Member (2007-2009) and President (2009-2013) of the Evaluation Board of the University of Calabria
  • Member of the Search Committee of the Ministry of Education, University and Research for providing the Minister with a short list of candidates eligible to be President of the National Institute of Astrophysics (2007)
  • Member of the Committee of the Ministry of Education, University and Research for defining guidelines and requirements for the formation of high school teachers (2008)
  • Member of the National Committee of the Ministry of Education, University and Research for assigning financial resources to research projects of national interests (2009)
  • Vice-Rector of the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” for the coordination of the training of students also in the post-graduate phase (May 2010 – April 2013)
  • National coordinator of the PLS Project for the Ministry of Education, University and Research (since May 2010)
  • President of the Education Committee of the Italian Astronomical Society (July 2010-February 2011)
  • Vice-President of the Committee for the Development of Scientific and Technological Culture of the Ministry of Education, University and Research (since November 2010)
  • Member of the National Committee of the Ministry of Education, University and Research for the institution of II cycle Masters for the in-service training of high school teachers of scientific disciplines
  • Member of Technical Secretariat for the Policies of Research of the Ministry of Education, University and Research (from February 2012)
  • Chairman of the working group (composed of by representatives of 48 countries that have joined the Bologna Process) on the III cycle of the European Higher Education Area in the context of the Bologna follow-up Group (October 2012-May 2014)
  • Member of the working group of the Ministry of Education, University and Research for the TFA training (since February 2013)
  • Vice-Rector for “Doctoral education and internationalization”, University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (from May 2013 to October 2013)
  • Member of the working group on monitoring the implementation of the Principles for an Innovative Doctoral Training” (European Commission, DG Research, July 2013 – February 2014)
  • Vice-Rector for the Doctoral Training and the Researcher international Mobility (from November 2013)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Italian Society for the Advancement of Science (From July 2014)
  • National Expert for the Implementation of the European Higher Education Area, within the project “Consolidating Higher Education Experience of Reform: norms, networks and good practice in Italy”-CHEER co-funded by the Erasmus+ program (2014 – 2016)
  • Elected Member of the Physics Education Division of the European Physical Society (from January 2015)
  • Scientific Responsible of the Physics Department at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” for the COSMOS Project with the ASI Agency (since December 2016)
  • Chair of the Steering Committee of the European Consortium coordinating the activities to participate to the JAXA-led LiteBIRD satellite for CMB polarization observations

Scientific Societies

Research Activity

  • Field of interest: Cosmology, Galaxy Formation, Cosmic Microwave Background.
  • The research activity has been concentrated on the formation and evolution of the large scale structure of the universe. This field of research is still very hot, as it try to answer to fundamental questions like: what kind of universe we are living in? What are dark matter and dark energy which drives the expansion of the universe today? What was the universe at energies of the order of 10^15 GeV, and what kind of physics has determined the seeds out of which the large structure of the universe has formed? The research activity has produced more than 190 publications on refereed journals. Nicola Vittorio has coordinated several research grants. He has been part of the BOOMERANG collaboration, which has provided estimates of the cosmological parameters, and he has been Co-I of the LFI experiment on board of the ESA/Planck satellite (which has produced state of the art results on cosmological and astrophysical topics).
  • Scientific publications are available at www.nicolavittorio.eu/en/pubblicazioni-scientifiche-2
  • Principal scientific publications:
    • Optimal strategy for polarization modulation in the LSPE-SWIPE experiment
      • Buzzelli A., De Bernardis P., Masi S., Vittorio N., De Gasperis G.
      • ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS, vol. 609. (2018)
    • Constraining the general reheating phase in the -attractor inflationary cosmology
      • Di Marco A., Cabella P., Vittorio N.,
      • PHYSICAL REVIEW D, vol. 95 (2017)
    • Reconstruction of -attractor supergravity models of inflation
      • Di Marco A, Cabella P, Vittorio N.
      • PHYSICAL REVIEW D, vol. 95 (2017)
    • Strong evidence for an accelerating Universe
      • Haridasu B. S., Lukovic V. V., D’Agostino R., Vittorio N.
      • ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS, vol. 600 (2017)
    • Is there a concordance value for H-0?
      • Lukovic, V. V., D’Agostino R., Vittorio N.
      • ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS, vol. 595. (2016)
    • Optimal cosmic microwave background map-making in the presence of cross-correlated noise
      • De Gasperis G., Buzzelli A., Cabella P., De Bernardis P., Vittorio N.
      • ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS, vol. 593. (2016)
    • Planck 2013 results. XVII. Gravitational lensing by large-scale structure
      • Ade P. A. R., Aghanim N., Armitage-Caplan C., … Vittorio N.
      • ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS, vol. 571. (2014)
    • Planck 2013 results. XXII. Constraints on inflation
      • Ade P. A. R., Aghanim N., Armitage-Caplan C., … Vittorio N.
      • ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS, vol. 571. (2014)
    • Planck 2013 results. XVI. Cosmological parameters
      • Ade P. A. R., Aghanim N., Armitage-Caplan C., … Vittorio N.
      • ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS, vol. 571. (2014)
    • Planck 2013 results. XXIII. Isotropy and statistics of the CMB
      • Ade P. A. R., Aghanim N., Armitage-Caplan C., … Vittorio N.
      • ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS, vol. 571. (2014)
    • Planck 2013 results. XV. CMB power spectra and likelihood
      • Ade P. A. R., Aghanim N., Armitage-Caplan C., … Vittorio N.
      • ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS, vol. 571. (2014)
    • Planck 2013 results. XXIV. Constraints on primordial non-Gaussianity
      • Ade P. A. R., Aghanim N., Armitage-Caplan C., … Vittorio N.
      • ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS, vol. 571. (2014)
    • Planck 2013 results. I. Overview of products and scientific results
      • Ade P. A. R., Aghanim N., Alves M. I. R., … Vittorio N.
      • ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS, vol. 571. (2014)
    • Quadrant asymmetry in the angular distribution of cosmic microwave background in the Planck satellite data
      • Santos L., Cabella P., Villela T., Balbi A., Vittorio N., Wuensche C. A.
      • ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS, vol. 569. (2014)
    • Neutrinos and dark energy constraints from future galaxy surveys and CMB lensing information
      • Santos L., Cabella P., Villela T., Balbi A., Vittorio N.
      • PHYSICAL REVIEW D, PARTICLES, FIELDS, GRAVITATION, AND COSMOLOGY, vol. 88. (2013)
    • Forecasting isocurvature models with CMB lensing information: Axion and curvaton scenarios
      • Santos L., Cabella P., Balbi A., Vittorio N.
      • PHYSICAL REVIEW D, PARTICLES, FIELDS, GRAVITATION, AND COSMOLOGY, vol. 86. (2012)
    • Needlet bispectrum asymmetries in the WMAP 5-year data
      • Pietrobon D., Cabella P., Balbi A., Crittenden R., De Gasperis G., Vittorio N.
      • MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, vo. 402 (2010)
    • Constraints on primordial non-Gaussianity from a needlet analysis of the WMAP-5 data
      • Pietrobon D., Cabella P., Balbi A., De Gasperis G., Vittorio N.
      • MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, vol. 396 (2009)
    • Spherical Needlets for CMB Data Analysis
      • Marinucci D., Pietrobon D., Balbi A., Baldi P., Cabella P., Kerkyacharian G., Natoli P., Picard D., Vittorio N.
      • MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, vol. 383. (2008)
    • Cosmology
      • Vittorio N.
      • CRC press, Taylor and Francis Group (2017)
  • Books:
    • Cosmology, by Nicola Vittorio, CRC press, Taylor and Francis Group (2017)
    • L’insegnamento della matematica e delle scienze nella società della conoscenza. Il Piano Lauree Scientifiche (PLS) dopo 10 anni di attività, edited by G. Anzellotti, L.M. Catena, M. Catti, U. Cosentino, J. Immé, N. Vittorio, Mondadori Università (2014)
    • 30 anni di dottorato di ricerca in Italia. L’ora del 2+3, by Nicola Vittorio, Giampaolo Cerri, Exorma Edizioni (2014)
    • Innovare Crescere Competere, by Claudia Bordese, Enrico Predazzi and Nicola Vittorio, Il Sole Scuola (2008)
    • Meccanica e Termodinamica, by Adalberto Bonincontro and Nicola Vittorio, Casa Editrice Ambrosiana (1992)
  • Editor of proceedings:
    • From the Hubble Length to the Planck Length, edited by I. Ciufolini, E. Coccia, V. Gorini, R. Peron and N. Vittorio. Taylor & Francis Inc. (2010)
    • Il Cantiere aperto della Didattica. Una strategia di innovazione oltre le riforme, edited by  Mario Morcellini e Nicola Vittorio. Casa Editrice Pensa Multimedia (2007)
    • From the Hubble Length to the Planck Length, edited by I. Ciufolini, E. Coccia, V. Gorini, R. Peron, N. Vittorio. Institute of Physics Publishing (2004)
    • Galaxy Formation, Proceedings of the International School of  Physics “Enrico Fermi”, edited by di Joe Silk and Nicola Vittorio. Società Italiana di Fisica, Bologna (1995)
    • The Cosmic Microwave Background: 25 Years later, Kluwer Academic Publishers (1990)