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Physics and mathematics

of nonlinear processes and models

(University "La Sapienza" , Rome, Italy)

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Matteo Sommacal

Matteo Sommacal was born in Roma (Italy) on the 18th of November 1977.


ResearcherID profile:
http://www.researcherid.com/rid/C-3771-2008



Titles and studies:

[1] MSc in Physics ("Laurea in Fisica") at the Università di Roma "La Sapienza" (Italy) on the 26th of September 2002.


[2] PhD in Mathematical Physics, under the supervision of Francesco Calogero, at the International School for Advanced Studies, SISSA-ISAS, Trieste (Italy) on the 17th of October 2005.


[3] Post-doc fellowship (01/11/2005-31/10/2006), offered by the French "Ministère Delegué à la Recherche", at Laboratoire J.-L. Lions, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI, Paris (France).


[4] Post-doc fellowship (01/11/2006-31/10/2009) at the Mathematics and Informatics Department of the Università degli Studi di Perugia (Italy).


[5] Post-doc fellowship (01/11/2009 - 31/10/2010) at the Physics Department of the Università di Roma "La Sapienza".



Grants:

In 2008, Matteo Sommacal won the GNFM research grant "Progetto Giovani" with the project "Towards a Theory of Chaos Explained as Travel on Riemann Surfaces".



Visits and stays in internationally recognized centers:

[1] "Visiteur de longue durée" (01/11/2010-30/04/2011) at the IHES (Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques), Bures-sur-Yvette, France, research project: "Towards a Theory of Chaos Explained as Travel on Riemann Surfaces".


[2] Guest researcher (1/3/2007-31/5/2007 and 27/1/2009-11/4/2009) at the Applied Mathematics Department of the Colorado University at Boulder (USA).



Teaching activity:

[1] A.Y. 2006/2007, A.Y. 2007/2008, A.Y. 2008/2009: teaching assistant of the "Mechanics", "Applied Mathematics" and "Mathematical-Physics" courses and member of the commission of the corresponding exams at the Mathematics and Informatics Department of the Università degli Studi di Perugia (Italy).


[2] A.Y. 2009/2010: teaching assistant of the "Mathematical Methods of Physics" course at the Physics Department of the Università di Roma "La Sapienza".



Other Affiliations:

[1] GNFM (National Group of Mathematical-Physics), Italy.


[2] INFN (National Institute for Nuclear Physics), Sezione di Roma, Italy.



Research:

Since 2003, Matteo Sommacal has coauthored and published 13 papers in English on international journals with referee, and published two papers in Italian on a national journal with referee. He is guest editor of the special issue of Journal of Physics A "Current trends in integrable systems and nonlinear phenomena". Since 2002, he has participated to national and international workshops, conferences and scientific gatherings and has given invited talks in Italian universities and scientific institutions abroad.
Main research lines: the transition from regular to irregular motions for dynamical systems explained as travel on Riemann Surfaces; the dynamical Kirchhoff equations (a system of nine coupled nonlinear PDEs in 1+1 dimensions) for a thin elastic rod as a model for polymeric chains and protein folding; the Landau-Lifshitz equation as a model for moving magnetic droplet solitons; the interaction of dispersive and dissipative shockwaves as solutions of evolutionary nonlinear and nonintegrable equations; nonlinear heat conduction problems on the semiline; formulation of new integrable evolutionary models (PDEs) in multidimensional space involving rational, trigonometric and elliptic functions of the independent variables; combinatoric and geometrical methods for Archaeology.