Hello, I am Valerio Ciotti, joint PhD student at the School of Mathematical Sciences  and of the School of Business and Management at the at Queen Mary University of London, UK.

Before coming to London, I studied theoretical physics at the University of Rome La Sapienza, where I obtained my BSc and my MSc degrees.

My current research is broadly concerned with collaborative social networks, the antecedents and consequences of group formation, and social capital. I am interested primarily in uncovering the network mechanisms that are responsible for forging, maintaining, and severing social relationships among individuals over time.

WhatsApp Image 2016-10-30 at 16.46.10.jpegI am interested in  the structural foundations of economic performance, scientific success, and artistic creativity. In particular, some of my ongoing projects are aimed at investigating:

(i) how disciplinary similarity among scientists affects co-authorship patterns in scientific production;

(ii) the relationship between creativity in the theatre industry and the structural properties of the underlying collaboration networks among theatres;

(iii) the structural determinants of the success of start-up companies based on the quality of their professional teams and their connections with one another, using multi-layered and interconnected network approach;

(iv) on a larger scale, how the professional networks of start-up companies influence the rise, evolution, and fall of worldwide innovative ecosystems.

In all my projects I use novel techniques of complex network analysis and develop scalable software for the analysis of very large data sets.

Simultaneously, I am part of the R&D team of Startup Network company, where I help to develop the LAB project. and to predict which startup will soon succeed!  I am also helping to send tweets to the Moon. Yes, seriously!

I am also an advisor and data analyst at the newborn company Rediscovery.

I have been the event manager of the Atom to Galaxies event of the London Pint of Science 2016!

My supervisors are Vito Latora and Pietro Panzarasa.


[1] V. Ciotti, G. Bianconi, A. Capocci, F. Colaiori, and P. Panzarasa (2015). Degree correlations in signed social networks. Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications 422: 25-39

[2] V. Ciotti, M. Bonaventura, V. Nicosia, P. Panzarasa, V. Latora (2015). Homophily and missing links in citation networks. EPJ Data Science, 5(1), 1-14