Past Visiting Professors - 2020

Rahimpour Ahmad

Visit duration time (from – to): 01 March 2019 - 28 February 2020
Affiliation: Babol Noushirvani University of Technology
Host Department: DISAT - Department of Applied Science and Technology

Prof. Rahimpour received his Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of lsfahan in 2000. He entered graduate school in 2000 and upon completion of his studies in 2009 (MSc and PhD), he joined the faculty of the Chemical Engineering Department  at  Babol Noushirvani University of Technology as an Assistant Professor.

Chafe Christopher

Visit duration time (from – to): 14 October 2019 - 15 February 2020
Affiliation: Stanford University
Host Department: DET - Department of Electronics and Telecommunications

Chris Chafe makes his compositions alongside computer-based research into sound and music. A composer, improvisor, and cellist, he is Director of Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). At IRCAM (Paris) and The Banff Centre (Alberta), he has pursued methods for digital synthesis, computer-mediated music performance and real-time internet collaboration. His team's online low-latency software project "jacktrip" is in use worldwide and research continues into latency factors affecting musical syncronization. An active performer either on the net or physically present, his work reaches audiences in dozens of countries and sometimes at novel venues, for example, a simultaneous five-country concert hosted at the United Nations a decade ago. His gallery and museum “musification” installations employ datasets from collaborations with scientists and MD’s. Recent work includes "Gnosisong" (brain waves, Centro de Cultura Digital, Mexico City), "PolarTide" (sea level rise, Venice Biennale), "Tomato Music" (ripening tomatoes, transLife:media Festival at the National Art Museum of China) and "Sun Shot" played by the horns of large ships in the port of St. Johns, Newfoundland.

Icardi Matteo

Visit duration time (from – to): 12 February 2020 - 12 May 2020
Affiliation: School of Mathematical Sciences & GeoEnergy Research Centre
Host Department: DISAT - Department of Applied Science and Technology

Matteo Icardi is assistant professor of Applied and Industrial Mathematics at the School of Mathematical Sciences and the GeoEnergy Research Centre at the University of Nottingham (UK). His research focuses on multiscale simulation, uncertainty quantification and model reduction with applications in a wide range of areas including rechargeable batteries, subsurface flows, and industrial transport processes. In particular he has recently worked on improving
upscaling methods and tools for reactive transport and filtration in porous media, and in validating pore-scale simulation methods.
Matteo will develop a joint research program with the group of Prof. Daniele Marchisio at the Department of Applied Sciences and Technologies (DISAT) on the rigorous upscaling of multiphase dispersed flows in porous media, by means of periodic two-scale homogenisation, PDF methods, and three-dimensional open-source simulators. This will allow the study and predictive modelling of new energy and sustainability applications such as desalination and filtration systems,
geothermal systems, groundwater remediation.

Luthe Tobias

Visit duration time (from – to): 01 March 2020 - 01 July 2020
Affiliation: ETH Zurich
Host Department: DAD - Department of Architecture and Design

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tobias Luthe is visiting from ETH Zurich and AHO Oslo for this spring semester 2020. Tobias Luthe will co-teach the course “open systems design” together with Prof. Peruccio and colleagues of the Institute of Design, developing circular economy systems for regional territories. He will engage in organizing a joint PhD summer school with ETH Zurich and EPFL Lausanne, taking place in September 2020 in Ostana, Valle Po, at the MonViso Institute (MVI). MVI is a real-world laboratory for sustainability transitions and regenerative design, founded by Prof. Luthe. He will establish closer bonds between MVI and Polito, both in teaching and research on real-world transitions and design. Together with colleagues at the DAD, he will co-author a paper on inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation between science, architecture, design and practice for advancing sustainability and regenerative systems through design. As well, Prof. Luthe will engage in building a European Master program in Systemic Regenerative Design between Polito, ETH, Delft, and AHO.


Abi-Zeid Irene

Visit duration time (from – to): 03 May 2020 - 04 August 2020
Affiliation: Laval University, Quebec, Canada
Host Department: DIGEP - Department of Management and Production Engineering

Irène Abi-Zeid is a full professar specialized in multicriteria decision aiding (MCDA) at Lavai University, Québec, Canada. Her current research activities are conducted along two major axes: 1- Search planning for search and rescue operalions as well as MCDA and machine leaming, with applications in transportation, urban planning, water quality and the health sector. She has developed MCDA-ULaval, an open source software implementing many ELECTRE multicriteria
methods, widely used for research, consulting and teaching purposes in Canada and Europe. The main aim of this collaborative research project.,to be conducted with Dr. Norese, is to develop and test a framework to identify environmental characteristics, activities and factors that significantly influence the behavior of MCDA analysts in MCDA processes, and to describe the social dynamics, recurring situations, pitfalls and oulcomes encountered during the past experiences of a network of MCDA facililators. An emphasis will be placed on robustness analysis and post-project evaluations. A secondary aim of this project is to adapt software tools to support effeclive technical MCDA facilitation in real and complex situations, namely by further developing MCDA-ULavaL.


Visit duration time (from – to): 01 September 2020 - 01 December 2020
Affiliation: Duke University
Host Department: DIGEP - Department of Management and Production Engineering

Gabriel G. Katul received his B.E. degree in 1988 at the American  University of Beirut (Beirut, Lebanon), his in 1990 at Oregon State University (Corvallis,  OR, USA) and his Ph.D degree in 1993 at the University of California in Davis (Davis, CA, USA). He currently holds the Theodore S. Coile Professorship of Hydrology and .Micrometeorology at the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University (Durham, NC, USA). He served as an associate editor for Advances in Water Resources (1998-present), Boundary Layer Meteorology (1998-present), Water Resources Research (2004-2009), the Vadoze zone journal (2000-2003) and served as one of the four editors-in-chief for Advances in Water Resources (2011-2014). He was a visiting scientist at the University of Virginia (in 1997), the Commonwealth Science and Industriai Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia (in 2002), at University of Helsinki (Finland) in 2009 and a FulBright-Italy Distinguished Fellow at Politecnico di Torino (ltaly) in 2010. He was also a visiting fellow at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland) in 2013, Nagoya University Gapan) in 2014, University of Helsinki (Finland) in 2017, and the Karlsruher lnstitute for Technology (Germany) in 2017. He received several honorary awards, including an honorary certificate by La Seccion de Agrofisica de la Sociedad Cubana de Fisica in Habana (in 1998), the Macelwane medal and became thereafter a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (in 2002), and the editor's citation for excellence in refereeing from the American Geophysical Union (in 2008). He also received the Scientific and Technological Achievement Award by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (in 2012). In 2012, he also received the Hydrologic Science Award from the American Geophysical Union and in 2018,  he received the John Dalton medal from the European Geosciences Union. He served as the Secretary Generai for the Hydrologic Science Section at the American Geophysical Union (2006-2008). Research in Katul's lab focuses on micro-meteorology and near­ surface hydrology with emphasis on heat, momentum, carbon dioxide, water vapor, ozone, particulate matter (including aerosols, pollen, and seeds) and water transport in the soil-plant-atmosphere system as well as their implications to a plethora of hydrological, ecologica!, atmospheric and climate change related problems. Katul has authored or co-authored more than 390 peer-reviewed publications and 7 book chapters.

Past Visiting Professors