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Hi, this is the online home of Giuseppe Iannaccone.

Here you can find information about my research activity, my classes at the University of Pisa, my scientific articles, available student projects, and some blog posts.

You can also find my coordinates and social media handles, and some information about me.

If you are a student, please subscribe to this mailing list dedicated with information about classes, exams, internships.


New Student Projects 2015 – Progetti per Tesi e Internship

Nuova lista aggiornata a febbraio 2015 con argomenti per progetti di tesi o internship. Ci sono sia tesi in Italia, sia all’estero. Per le tesi all’estero, il mio vincolo è che deve essere un progetto su un tema su cui abbiamo un’attività di ricerca, in modo da seguire a distanza e incidere in modo significativo sul lavoro. Adesso è in una pagina dedicata, e sarà aggiornata con continuità.

New list of student projects updated to February 2015. Now is in a dedicated page, and will be updated continuously. Projects title are in English, descriptions in Italian (for international students, just contact me for details).

Presentation: Graphene and 2D electronics

I gave this presentation on Graphene and 2D Electronics at the Marie-Curie Conference 2013 in Florence, on Nov. 25. It was an session with mindblowing presentations especially from renown surgeon Ugo Boggi and CMS emeritus spokesperson Guido Tonelli. As I knew, speaking just after a superstar physicist is really really challenging.

Everybody had to keep their presentations understandable by a general audience of researchers and Marie-Curie fellows from diverse disciplines: hard sciences, social sciences, and humanities. And to stay within 12 minutes. For this reason I think this presentation can be enjoyable by casual visitors of my website. Enjoy.

However, the whole session was humbling. I was really honoured and thankful to the organizing committee for the invitation. Most of all, it was great fun.

(illustration by Argonne National Lab)

Don’t know much about algebra (and language)

Data from the OECD skill survey of adults. Considering adults in the age range: 16-65. We are not talking of PISA tests. These are not just pupils.

  • Numeracy Proficiency: Italy is second last (Spain is Last, Japan is First)
  • Literacy Proficiency: Italy is last (Japan is first again)

Basically, too many people cannot understand written instructions and cannot perform a simple calculation (for example, the interest on their mortgage or their savings account).

Anyway, even adjusting for the level of education, people in the age 16-24 perform better at tests than those in the age 55-64.

Things are slowly improving … (but I already knew it (link in italian) )

The complete OECD Adult Skills Outlook is here



Grafene ed elettronica ultra sottile – 9 minuti di video

Il 20 settembre ho partecipato a una giornata di presentazione delle attività nel campo della Knowledge Acceleration & ICT presso la nostra Università.

Ho parlato per nove minuti nove delle nostre attività sull’elettronica in grafene, calibrando il discorso per un pubblico non necessariamente esperto dell’argomento.
Ne è uscita una presentazione veloce, semplice e in italiano, su uno dei temi che ci ha tenuto più impegnati, negli ultimi sei anni. E su cui stiamo lavorando molto.

Il video è qua sotto (Bella tendenza i video online di ogni evento, e bella idea quella di seguire la tendenza bene e presto).

Mi è tanto comodo questo video, per dare il puntatore a chi spesso chiede: ma che è sto grafene? che ci fate?

Cliccando sulla playlist si vedono anche le altre presentazioni della giornata.

On the useless business plan for startups

On Amazon and Bezos, two myths of this generation (and of mine). Please consider that Amazon started shipping books in 1995. From Brad Stone’s new book on Bezos and Amazon:

  • Amazon's Business plan sent in 1995 to outside investors:
    Year 2000: Sales 74M$, Profits 0 (breakeven).

  • Real World
    Year 2000: Sales 1.6B$, Loss 1.4B$.

Useful ah?

And it was before boom.

The power of a good presentation

It is always hard to let people understand distributions in a quantitative way. Often also science-trained people are not good at grasping the nuances of distributions.

This video does the perfect job. It guides you through data and distributions, and calmly prepares you for a shock. Numbers can be used to tell a story.

What also I like a lot is that they provide the data sources, for anybody to check, and that they use a very quiet tone.

No matter whether you agree or not with the underlying thesis, you should appreciate the power of this presentation.

p.s. The only thing that seems a bit sloppy to me is when at some point they swiftly switch subject by talking first of wealth distribution and then of income distribution. The two things are of course really different but this often can induce confusion in viewers (newspapers are also terrible about this).

Malala al Daily Show

Lancio mondiale del suo libro “I am Malala”. Evidentemente tutta l’operazione è costruita per trarre il maggior vantaggio possibile dalla candidatura al Nobel per la Pace (era tra i favoriti). Però, se guardate, qui l’intervista al Daily Show, ci sono una passione, una presenza e una proprietà di linguaggio eccezionali. E ha 16 anni. La battuta più bella è quella del lancio della scarpa, al minuto 5. Bella anche quella di Jon Stewart, “il tuo amore per l’educazione mi ricorda quello dei miei figli”. Sentite almeno i primi 6 minuti. Perché valgono.

1984 + 29

“There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to.”

George Orwell in “1984”

Leverage: Bill Gates 2.0 interview

The first version of Bill Gates was impressive. The second one is becoming super human. Wealth can provide incredible leverage.

If you have time, this interview of Bill Gates by Charlie Rose on CBS 60 minutes last week is awesome. As it is the web-only overtime interview below.