Mirco Musolesi


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My H-index is currently 29 (using Google Scholar data).

Erdos Number is 4 (as far as I know). I am aware of the following paths:

Mirco ->
Massimiliano Pontil -> Charles A. Micchelli -> Allan Pinkus -> Paul Erdos
Mirco ->
Reza Olfati-Saber -> Richard Murray -> Leonard J. Schulman -> Paul Erdos
Mirco ->
Ronald A. Peterson -> Daniela Rus -> Noga Alon -> Paul Erdos

My (Facebook-)
Bacon Number is 4 according to the following (completely arbitrary) interpretation: I am friend of Andrea Bittau that played a small part in The Godfather III (1990) when he was a kid. The movie starred Al Pacino. Al Pacino was in Sea of Love (1989) with John Goodman. John Goodman was in Death Sentence (2007) with Kevin Bacon. I might claim that I invented the Facebook-Bacon number. This might become the topic of a paper in the future. Or maybe not. In any case, apparently a Bacon-Erdos number already exists.

Meeting the Press

An article about Italian researchers in Cambridge (including me) + some photos of me at the Computer Lab in Il Corriere della Sera, April 2009, in Italian.

EmotionSense Press Coverage (September-December 2010): BBC, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, ACM Tech News, ComputerWorld

MIT Technology Review article (December 2010) about our work on the use of temporal graph metrics for stopping malware in Bluetooth-enabled devices.

Nokia Mobile Data Challenge 2012 coverage (July/August 2012):  BBC video coverage (and blog post), MIT Technology Review, Forbes, Wired, The Sunday Times, The Washington Post, Slate, MSNBC, Discovery News, Mashable, and Toronto Star. See also Nokia Blog post.

Our work on the spreading of rumours about the Higgs boson discovery on Twitter (January 2013) in The New Scientist (see also this blog entry). More videos related to the study can be found here.

Our work for the  Data for Development (D4D) Challenge (May 2013) was covered by the Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, La Repubblica, and Mobile World Live.

Our paper on the data mining techniques for the analysis of cultural boundaries and habits in Foursquare (April 2014) was covered by MIT Technology Review.

Useful Resources for Research and Academic Advice

Writing, Presenting and General Advice

How to Write a Good Paper and Give a Good Research Talk by Simon Peyton-Jones

In Defence of the Scientific Paper by Matt Welsh

The Importance of Stupidity in Scientific Research by Martin A. Schwartz

Ph.D. Studies

How to Start, Finish (and When to Stop if necessary) a Ph.D. by Anthony Finkelstein

How not to Get a Ph.D. by Estelle M. Phillips and Derek S. Pugh

The Illustrated Guide to a Ph.D.
by Matt Might

So you Want to Go to Grad School? by Matt Welsh


Computer Science Postdocs - Best Practices by CRA

The Publication Imperative (from the New Scientist)

Nature Careers

Science Careers

Some Interesting Pointers


Good Science and Bad Science

Sense about Science


Christos Papadimitriou's Reading the (CS) Classics course (see also this list)

Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years by Peter Norvig

Joel on Software
The Zen of Python

A Brief History of the Internet


The Importance of Mathematics by Timothy Gowers

Steven Strogatz's posts in the NYT's Opinionator

The MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive at St. Andrews

Wolfram Mathworld


Cookbook for R

A collection of data visualisation tools

Some Random Pointers

For Twitter addicts, a suggestion: just avoid to tweet too hard.

Spaghetti Bolognese do not exist: BBC video and Wikipedia entry (even if someone might try to convince you starting from an early age). Try instead Tagliatelle alla Bolognese, the real thing. This survey about Italian food recipes that are not from Italy at all might also be helpful.

Create xkcd Style Diagrams in TeX

Randomly Chosen Videos

Running in St Andrews [from "Chariots of Fire" - opening scene]

Finite Simple Group (of Order Two) [yes, it is a love song]

The Day the Routers Died

Bach's Crab Canon on a Möbius Strip

Pendulum Waves

St Andrews logo

Last updated: 17 March 2014