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PPB 216 (Bâtiment PPB)
Station 13
CH-1015 Lausanne

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Données administratives

Domaines de compétences

  • Physique des plasmas pour la fusion nucléaire
  • Développement de modèles mathématiques et numériques pour l'analyse statistique des fluctuations dans des systèmes physiques complexes
  • Développement d'instrumentation de mesure avec procédés de microtechnique
  • Archéologie de l'époque romaine et préromaine

Parcours professionnel


Regularly working as a qualified expert contributing to the overall supervision of the work on archaeological excavations

Soprintendenza Archeologica per l’Etruria Meridionale, Rome, IT

1988 to 1995

Research Assistant

observation of extra-galactic jets

Astronomical Observatory of Pino Torinese, Torino (Italy)

10/1994 to 06/1995

Supply teacher of mathematics, physics and computing

part-time work as replacement teacher

various high schools in Torino (Italy)

09/1994 to 07/1995


during my PhD thesis

JET – Joint Undertaking (Oxford)

10/1995 to 09/1998


during my Post-Doc fellowship

Plasma Science and Fusion Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA

10/1998 to 06/2002

Research & Teaching

permanent position from 1st January 2006

Centre de Recherche en Physiques des Plasmas (now Swiss Plasma Center), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, CH

From 07/2002 onwards


High School Diploma

60/60 marks

Liceo Classico Vincenzo Gioberti, Torino, IT


Bachelor/Master in Physics

110/110 cum laude marks

Universita di Torino, IT


European Community Research Training Grant

Research Fellowship

JET-Joint Undertaking, Oxford, UK


Ph.D. in Plasma Physics

Ph.D. Fellowship

Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, UK

10/1995 to 09/1998

Post-Doc Fellow

Post-Doc Fellowship

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Plasma Science and Fusion Center, Boston, USA

10/1998 to 06/2002


Autres publications

Enseignement & Phd



A dirigé les thèses EPFL de

Panis Theodoros , Stipani Lorenzo ,

  • (from 2021 - ongoing) Lecturer for the Global Issue Energy-A class, 1st bachelor.
  • (from 2013, ongoing) Tutor for the General Physics II course for the SSV faculty (PHYS-106(a), Prof. Ambrogio Fasoli, then Prof. Ivo Furno); regular tutoring activities suspended form 2018 due to a change in the tutoring structure. Occasionally replaced Prof. Fasoli or Prof. Furno when absent for a number of lectures over these years. Every year: delivered a special lecture on general relativity and a special lecture for the preparation of the final exam.
  • (2015 to 2020) Prepared and delivered a number of lectures for the MOOC course on Plasma Physics. 2015: this has been the first ever MOOC course in Plasma Physics, with 6’182 students enrolled worldwide.
  • (from 2014 to 2016) Prepared and delivered a number of lectures and exercise sessions for the Plasma Physics III (PHYS-424) course.
  • (from 2012 to 2021) Prepared and delivered a number of lectures and exercise sessions for the Magnetic Confinement (PHYS-731) / EDPY course (this course is held every two years).
  • (from 2015 to 2020) Plasma Physics I course (PHYS-325, Prof. Stefano Alberti): replaced occasionally Prof. Alberti for lectures and the related exercise sessions.
  • (from 2014 to 2018) Plasma Physics II course (PHYS-423, Prof. Paolo Ricci): replaced occasionally Prof. Ricci for lectures and the related exercise sessions.
  • (from 2013 to 2018) General Physics II course for the GM faculty (PHYS-106(d), Prof. Paolo Ricci): replaced occasionally Prof. Ricci for lectures and the related exercise sessions.
  • (09/1994 -- 07/1995) Supply teacher of mathematics, physics and computing in various high schools In Torino (Italy).

  • Significant contribution to the work of various Ph.D. students: Dr. Christian Schlatter (2009), Dr. Jonathan Rossel (2013), Dr. Gustavo Canal (2014), Dr. Matteo Fontana (2018), Dr. Pedro Molina (2019), Dr. Mengdi Kong (2020); Aylwin Iantchenko (2023).
  •  Supervision of post-doc students: Dr. Chris Boswell (MIT-PSFC, 2002 to 2005), Dr. Alexander Klein (MIT-PSFC, 2005 to 2007).
  • Supervision of visiting PhD students: Yuya Wakabayashi (from January to mid-March 2017, exchange student from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan); Bhavin Patel (from April to June 2018, exchange student from York University, UK).
  • Supervision of Master students: Pierre Walch (spring/summer 2016, exchange student from Ecole Nationale Supérieure Cachan, France); Alessandro Tolio (from September 2016 to May 2017, exchange student from Politecnico di Milano, Italy); Jean Cazabonne (spring/summer 2018, exchange student from Ecole Polytechnique de Paris, France); Antoine Dolliou (2018); Garance Durr-Legoupil-Nicoud (2022-2023); Jamil Assaad (2023, exchange student from ENS Lyon).
  • Diploma/semster students, co-supervision with staff from the EPFL-LPM laboratory: Yannick Fournier (2009), Martin Stoeck (2010), Adrien Corne (2014), Benoit Ellenrieder (2015); Ambrine Douhane & Marcus Cemes (2022); Ahmor Mehdi (2023-2024).
  • TP4 students: Celine Blondel (fall 2014), Emile Sutter (spring 2015), Riccardo di Campli (fall 2015 and spring 2016), Aylwin Iantchenko (spring 2016, also a project work, exchange student from Chalmers University – Sweden), Lorenzo Maria Perrone (fall 2016 and spring 2017, exchange student from University of Pisa, Italy); Tristan Bossert (fall 2017); Jonathan Charrière (fall 2017, also a project work); Adrien Juhem (fall 2018); Sabine Ogier-Collin (2020-2021); Laetitia Imstepf (2023); Jan Jacub Frybes (2022 - ongoing); Florian Tanguy (2022- ongoing); Eugenie Decaux, Camille Laville (2023 - ongoing); Carlo Schmitt and Jules Mainand (2023 - ongoing).
  • EPFL summer students and interns: Philippe Windischofer (summer 2015, exchange student from Technical University of Wien, Austria), Laurent Michaud (summer 2016, EPFL student), Joseph Python (January and February 2016, baccalaureate Gymnase de Beaulieu, Lausanne); Lucas Fuentes (summer 2017, EPFL student); Marion Burnichon (spring/summer 2018, exchange student from McGill University, Montreal, Canada); Marianne Royer (summer 2022, exchange student fron ENSI-Caen, France).
  • Summer students and interns at JET: Pierre Loiseleur (Ecole Polytechnique Paris, 1999), Clement Rechatin (Ecole Polytechnique Paris, 2004), Romain Charlassier (Ecole Nationale Supérieure Lyon, 2005), Xavier Roy (Ecole Nationale Supérieure Cachan, 2006).


Enjeux mondiaux: énergie A

Le cours offre une vision d'ensemble des questions liées à l'énergie: concepts de bases, besoins et ressources, ainsi que les implications pour la société et la politique. L'approche interdisciplinaire intègre les SHS avec les sciences de l'ingénierie et initie au travail en équipe.