Section 7.1: Centre for Early Warning Systems

Dr. Massimiliano Pittore

Function and Responsibilities:

Senior Research Scientist, Research Manager, Coordinator of FP7 Project SENSUM

Research Interests:

Geo-risks, and especially earthquakes, threaten every year millions of people all over the world. 

Assessing seismic risk in terms, for instance, of the expected consequences to the communities exposed to such hazard, is a difficult and fascinating challenge, involving very different expertise and experience. 
On the other hand, a sound and reliable assessment of all the components of the broader risk-chain is of paramount importance for designing efficient mitigation actions, thus improving the resilience of the exposed communities.

I´m devoting my skills, collected throughout an heterogeneous working experience, to devising new approaches and methodologies to consistently, continuously and reliably model and validate exposure, vulnerability and risk (loss) models in the framework of natural hazards.

A particular focus of my research lines is on the collection and integration of multi-source information (for instance combining remote sensing and ground-based surveys) and the probabilistic modelling of physical and societal exposure and vulnerability models over multiple spatial and temporal scales. 

I´m also exploring how these research findings can be distilled in order to provide end-users and stakeholders with useful, efficient and viable tools, in order to further improve Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) policies, also in the framework of multiple hazard / multiple risk early warning and rapid response.


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Career:

German Research Centre for GeoSciences (GFZ) - Senior Research Scientist - January 2013 - to date
SENSUM Project, Coordinator


German Research Centre for GeoSciences (GFZ) - Senior Research Scientist - March 2011 - to date
PROGRESS Grant

German Research Centre for GeoSciences (GFZ) - Research Scientist - February 2010 - February 2011
CEDIM (Centre for Disaster Management) Grant

e-magine IT Srl  - Engineering Manager - January 2006 – January 2010
Coordination of R&D activities, Engineering

Education:


  • Ph.D. in Computer Science - University of Genova, 2000
  • M.Sc. in Theoretical Physics - University of Genoa, 1995

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Massimiliano Pittore
Dr. Massimiliano Pittore
Scientist
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