About Me


After a degree in Computer Science from the University of Milan, FC has spent a brief period at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center and the Department of Molecular Biology of Princeton University.

Then, after a year at ST Microelectronics in Italy, FC started his scientific career doing a doctorate in Scientific Computing at the University of Cologne in Germany.

After that, and before initiating his current appointment at the National Research Council of Italy, he was a one-year post-doc at the Department of Computer Science of the University  La Sapienza in Rome, a four-months visiting scholar at the System Biology Department of the Harvard Medical School in Boston and a one-year post-doc at the Institute for Medical Bio-Mathematics in Tel Aviv.

His research interests range from the study of complex systems in general to the modeling of biological systems with particular interest in the immune system and related pathologies.

FC has published one book and about 90 reviewed research papers among journals, books and conferences proceedings.

He has been involved as principal investigator in two EU-funded projects of the ICT for Health of the 6th Framework Programme (FP6).

He has coordinated the project MISSION-T2D of the FP7.


FC has served as Program Committee member of a number of international conferences in the field of Computer Science and System Biology.

He is Editorial Board Member of PLoS One, Immunome Research and The Open Bioinformatics Journal.

He was Section Editor of the chapter  Agent based modeling and simulation   of Springer's Encyclopedia of Complexity and System Science.

He has served as referee for a number of Oxford Journals, IEEE, Springer-Verlag and Elsevier journals and for conferences of  the IEEE society.

Since 2007, FC has been employed as expert evaluator by the European Community in the evaluation of proposals and monitoring of projects of the objectives of ICT for Health theme of the FP7.

Research scientist at the Istituto per le Applicazioni del Calcolo "M.Picone" (IAC) of Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Via dei Taurini 19, 00185 Rome - Italy

Phone: +39 06 49937352

Fax:   +39 06 4404306


Mathematical Biology, Bioinformatics, Immunological Bioinformatics, Modeling, Simulation, Complex Systems, High Performance Computing, Econophysics, Pattern Recognition, Neural Networks.