Dr. Massimiliano Pittore

Massimiliano Pittore
Dr. Massimiliano Pittore
Group Leader
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. 



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

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


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