Scientific Director

  • Salvatore Ingrassia received the MA degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Catania, Italy, and the PhD degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy. He has been research fellow at the “Département d’Intelligence Artificielle et Mathématiques” of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, France. He is  professor of statistics at the Department of Economics and Business, University of Catania, Italy. Primary research interests mainly focus on model-based clustering, mixture models, computational statistics, neural networks.
 

Members

  • Antonio Punzo received the MA degree in Statistical and Actuarial Sciences at the University of Calabria, Italy, and the PhD degree in Methodological and Applied Statistics at the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy. He has been visiting professor at the Department of Mathematics & Statistics of the University of Guelph (Canada, Ontario). He is a Full Professor of Statistics of the Department of Economics and Business of the University of Catania. His research interests are in computational statistics, model-based clustering, mixture models, item-response theory and serial dependence.
     
  • Angelo Mazza received the MSc degree in Economics and Business at the University of Catania, Italy, and the Ph.D. degree in Regional Planning and Sustainable Development in Europe at the University of Catania, Italy. He is Associate Professor of Demography at the Department of Economics and Business. His research interests focus on the use of (computationally intensive) statistical methods for analyzing human populations, demography, item response theory and application to the study of human social behavior, spatial demography, use of GIS and spatial analysis to study population.
     
  • Roberto Di Mari received the MA degree in Economics at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy, completed the PhD program in Economics and Finance of the University of Rome Tor Vergata and, after defending his PhD thesis on Finite Mixture Models, he was awarded the PhD title with distinction. He has been visiting PhD student at the Department of Methodology and Statistics of Tilburg University (Netherlands). He did a two-year post doc and is now Assistant Professor of Statistics at the Department of Economics and Business of the University of Catania. His research mainly focuses on methodological and computational statistics. More specifically, his research interests are in latent variable models for modeling cross-sectional and longitudinal data, model-based clustering and finite mixture models.
     
  • Daniele Salvatore Tomarchio received the MA degree in Corporate Finance at the University of Catania, Italy. He is a PhD student at the Department of Economics and Business of the University of Catania. He has been visiting PhD student at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of McMaster University (Canada). His main research interests are model-based clustering and finite mixture models, with a focus on financial applications.