Dr. Massimiliano Pittore

Massimiliano Pittore
Dr. Massimiliano Pittore
Helmholtzstraße 6/7
Building H 7, Room 103
14467 Potsdam
+49 331 288-28668

Function and Responsibilities:

Research Interests:

Geo-risks, and especially earthquakes, threaten every year millions of people across a rapidly changing world.  

Assessing seismic risk in terms of expected consequences to the communities exposed is a difficult and fascinating challenge, involving very different expertise and experience.  

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 a cross-disciplinary 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. 



group leader - GFZ-Potsdam, Potsdam — 2017 - present

Section Seismic Hazard and Risk Dynamics.

Coordinates the group “Early Warning and Impact Estimation”. Conducts research on exposure and vulnerability modelling, early warning and rapid response, impact estimation, multi-risk. Primary investigator in several international research projects. Supervises Ph.D. and Master students.

Senior scientist - GFZ-Potsdam, Potsdam — 2010 - present

Centre for Early Warning Systems. Conducted research on earthquake hazard and risk assessment, early warning, remote sensing. Involved as primary investigator, work-package leader and coordinator in several international research projects. Supervised Master Students, conducted training and capacity building.

Scientist, Engineering Manager, e-magine it SrL, Genoa — 2001-2009

Coordinated R&D related to computer vision, data mining and statistical learning for Industria applications.

Fellow scientist, INFM, Genoa — 2000-2001

Applied research on statistical learning applied to computer vision and remote sensing.


  • Ph.D. in Computer Science and Systems Engineering - University of Genova, 2000
  • B.Sc. in Physics - University of Genoa, 1995