Carlo Piccardi

DEIB - Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria
Politecnico di Milano
Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32
20133 Milano, Italy

tel (++39) 02 2399 3566
fax (++39) 02 2399 3412

   [info per studenti]

   [selected recent publications]
  • L. Tajoli, F. Airoldi, and C. Piccardi, The network of international trade in services, Applied Network Science, 6, 68, 2021. [doi]
  • P. Finotelli, C. Piccardi, E. Miglio, and P. Dulio, A graphlet-based topological characterization of the resting-state network in healthy people, Frontiers in Neuroscience, 15, 665544, 2021. [doi]
  • F. Pierri, C. Piccardi, and S. Ceri, A multi-layer approach to disinformation detection in US and Italian news spreading on Twitter, EPJ Data Science, 9, 35, 2020. [doi]
  • F. Pierri, C. Piccardi, and S. Ceri, Topology comparison of Twitter diffusion networks effectively reveals misleading information, Scientific Reports, 10, 1372, 2020. [doi]
  • M. Tantardini, F. Ieva, L. Tajoli, and C. Piccardi, Comparing methods for comparing networks, Scientific Reports, 9, 17557, 2019. [doi]
  • A. Mechiche-Alami, C. Piccardi, K.A. Nicholas, and J.W. Seaquist, Transnational land acquisitions beyond the food and financial crises, Environmental Research Letters, 14, 084021, 2019. [doi]
  • F. Riva, E. Colombo, and C. Piccardi, Towards modelling diffusion mechanisms for sustainable off-grid electricity planning, Energy for Sustainable Development, 52, 11-25, 2019. [doi]
  • F. Dercole, F. Della Rossa, and C. Piccardi, Direct reciprocity and model-predictive rationality explain network reciprocity over social ties, Scientific Reports, 9, 5367, 2019. [doi]
  • C. Piccardi and L. Tajoli, Complexity, centralization, and fragility in economic networks, PLoS ONE, 13(11), e0208265, 2018. [doi]

More details on recent research activities (some with codes and data available)...

Full list of publications on peer reviewed journals (or visit my Google Scholar page)...


I am Full Professor at Politecnico di Milano. My teaching activity is in the area of complex systems and networks, dynamical systems and automatic control, both to undergraduate and graduate students of the Politecnico schools of engineering. I also teach in the PhD program of my Department (DEIB), mostly in the area of complex systems.

My research interests are focused on several topics concerning complex systems. Some recent areas of research are:

  • Structural properties of networks, with applications in economics, finance, and social sciences;
  • Spreading processes on complex networks;
  • Synchronization of networks of dynamical systems;
  • Reduced models for nonlinear systems, and their use for solving control and parameter estimation problems; 
  • Application of optimal control techniques to nonlinear systems; 
  • The use of numerical methods for bifurcation analysis of nonlinear systems, including continuation methods and harmonic-balance techniques; 
  • The analysis of structural properties of cooperative systems.

Last update: September 5, 2022