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Claudio Pica, Ph.D.


Born: Rome, Italy, 29 August 1977
Languages: Italian (native), English (fluent), French (scholastic), Danish (basic)



2017/1 - Present CEO DeiC National HPC center, SDU
2013/1 - Present Head of Center, SDU eScience center
2010/02 - Present Professor, CP3-Origins & IMADA, SDU, DK
2013/11 - Present Member of the national DeIC eScience committee

2014/10 - 2016/10 Member of the national board of the Danish Physical Society
2012/03 - 2013/02 Board member of the Nordic WLCG (NLCG) Steering Committee, appointed by DASTI (Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation)
2008/10 - 2010/02 PostDoctoral R.A., University of Edinburgh, UK
2006/11 - 2008/10 Research Associate, Brookhaven National Lab, NY, USA
2005/03 - 2006/11 INFN Research Fellow, INFN, Pisa, ITALY


Academic Degrees

2002/01 - 2005/12 Ph.D. in Physics, University of Pisa, ITALY
1996/09 - 2001/07 Laurea in Theoretical Physics 110/100 cum Laude, University of Pisa, ITALY
1996/09 - 2001/12 Diploma (M.Sc. equiv) in Physics 70/70 cum Laude, Scuola Normal Superiore, Pisa, ITALY (Earned and maintained a 4-year merit-based scholarship in the most prestigious institution of higher learning in Italy.)



Publication Summary

98 publications in international peer reviewed journals (43) and proceedings of international conferences (55). 10 TopCite 100+, 6 TopCite 50+ papers, over 2800 citations, h-index 29 according to Google Scholar. ~30 invited plenary talks/seminars at international meetings, physics schools and academic institutions. Reviewer for Physical Review D, European Physical Journal C, Physics Letters B and Physical Review Letters. Referee for the European PRACE organization, for access to the largest HPC facilities in Europe.



2018-2022   Danish PI for the European ITN ETN “EuroPLEx: European network for Particle physics, Lattice field theory and Extreme computing”. Grant: 4.000.000 eur

2013-2018   Lundbeckfonden fellow2012.Grant:10.000.000DKK(~1.340.000eur)

2016-2021  Outreachproject“Kvantebanditter”fundedbythe“A.P.MøllerogHustruChastineMc-KinneyMøllers”FoundationGrant: 4.000.000DKK(~537.000eur)

2016-2018  PIofthe nationale-infrastructureproject“National Science AppStore”funded DeIC(Danishe-InfratructureCooperation)andDEFF(Denmark’selectronicresearchlibrary).Grant:1.400.000DKK(~190.000eur)

2016-2021  PIoftheoutreachproject“QuantumRascals”fundedbythe“A.P.MøllerogHustruChastineMc-KinneyMøllers” Foundation. Grant:4.000.000DKK(~536.000 eur)

2015-2016   PIoftheoutreachproject“SDUSupercomputingChallenge”2016 and 2017 fundedbythe“A.P.MøllerogHustruChastineMc-Kinney Møllers” Foundation, Industriens Fond, Knud Højgaards Fond, Tuborg Fondet and the Otto Bruuns Fond.Grant:3.725.000DKK(~500.000eur)

2010-2015   PIofseveralEuropeanPRACEgrantsforHPC. Totalof Grants:36.8Mcore*hour (value ~500.000eur)

2013           Co-applicantfortherenewaloftheDGCentreofExcellence“CP3-Origins”(directorProf.F.Sannino).Grant: 40.000.000DKK (~5.300.000eur)

2013           PI for a DeIC grant for HPC hardware. Grant: 417.500 DKK (~56.000 eur)


Selected Outreach

  • KvanteBanditter, 2016-2021. Four years outreach project. Among other initiative, I co-designed the website which won the gold “Lovie Awards 2018” in the category “Schools & Education” as best European website.
  • SDU SuperComputing Challenge 2017. January-December 2017, second edition. 
  • “Supercomputers”, visit of the “akademiet for talentfulde unge” at SDU, 2016
  • “Supercomputing & eScience at SDU”, Inspire - Educate - Innovate! program at SDU, 2016
  • SDU SuperComputing Challenge 2016, August 2015-August 2016. Year-long event to challenge young students to solve real-world computational problems from private companies. The event was featured by local newspapers and television.
  • Natural Science Distiguished Lecture at the Faculty of Science SDU, April 2013.
  • Interviewed for the national newspaper “Berlingske” (Science section) (http://www.b.dk/viden/fysikernes-supercomputere-bliver-vildere-og-vildere)
  • One of the 2 main speakers of the public lecture series “High School Tour: Angels & Demons” (see http://cp3-origins.dk/about-cp3/outreach) for promoting high energy physics in high schools (March and April 2010)
  • Speaker at the “Art & Science 01” exhibition organized by the SDU Centre for Art and Science, and featured on the local TV2-Fyn (see http://cp3-origins.dk/a/4686).


Organization of International Conferences and Workshops

  • Conference series “Origin of Mass” 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016 at SDU and in 2012 in Stockholm.
  • The 3rd, 4th 6th and 7th “Odense Winter School” series on Geometry and Theoretical Physics. Odense 2010-2014.
  • “European Twisted Mass Collaboration Meeting & Mini-workshop”, Odense 2014.
  • “Discovering Technicolor” workshop with the ATLAS and CMS collaboration. Odense 2010.
  • The “Mass 2011 LHC Training School” graduate school sponsored by NordForsk

Research areas

  • Quantum field theory
  • Scientific Computing
  • Elementary particle physics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Quarks and gluons

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Research Output 2002 2018

59 Downloads (Pure)

S U (2) with fundamental fermions and scalars

Hansen, M., Janowski, T., Pica, C. & Toniato, A., 26. Mar 2018, In : EPJ Web of Conferences. 175, 8 p., 08010.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articleResearchpeer-review

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meson resonance
gauge theory
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Tuning the hybrid Monte Carlo algorithm using molecular dynamics forces' variances

Bussone, A., Della Morte, M., Drach, V. & Pica, C., Jan 2018, In : Computer Physics Communications. 234, januar, p. 179-187

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Molecular dynamics
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Update on SU(2) gauge theory with NF = 2 fundamental flavours

Drach, V., Janowski, T. & Pica, C., 26. Mar 2018, In : EPJ Web of Conferences. 175, 8 p., 08020.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
gauge theory

Beyond the Standard Model: Charting Fundamental Interactions via Lattice Simulations

Pica, C., 2017, Proceedings of the 34th Annual International Symposium on Lattice Field Theory. Proceedings of Science, 20 p. 015. (P o S - Proceedings of Science).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingArticle in proceedingsResearch

Open Access
mass spectra
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Composite Higgs Dynamics on the Lattice

Pica, C., Drach, V., Hansen, M. R. L. & Sannino, F., 2017, In : E P J Web of Conferences. 137, 10005.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
composite materials
mass spectra
gauge theory
dark matter

Activities 2010 2011

  • 8 Conference organisation or participation
  • 5 Talks and presentations in private or public companies
  • 3 Peer review of manuscripts
  • 3 Conference presentations

N.K.Nielsen Fest

Claudio Pica (Organizer)
5. Nov 2011

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

Sciencedagen 2011

Claudio Pica (Lecturer)
10. Oct 2011

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies

Physical Review D (Journal)

Claudio Pica (Peer reviewer)
12. Aug 2011

Activity: Editorial work and peer reviewPeer review of manuscriptsResearch

Physical Review D (Journal)

Claudio Pica (Peer reviewer)
2. Aug 2011

Activity: Editorial work and peer reviewPeer review of manuscriptsResearch

Physical Review D (Journal)

Claudio Pica (Peer reviewer)
2. Jun 2011

Activity: Editorial work and peer reviewPeer review of manuscriptsResearch

Projects 2013 2022

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Danske universiteter med til at bygge Europas største supercomputer

Claudio Pica


1 Media contribution

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Supercomputer på SDU laver 750.000 milliarder beregninger per sekund

Claudio Pica


1 Media contribution

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Seks gange dansk guld ved web-EM

Claudio Pica


1 Media contribution

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