by Giovanna Menardi

Hi there, my name is Giovanna Menardi, I’m a researcher at the Department of Statistical Sciences of University of Padua, and PI of one node of the AMVA4NewPhysics network.

The Department where most of our activities are being carried on has a pretty long history. It was one of the very first departments to be established at the University of Padua, rooted in the “Gabinetto di Statistica”, which was originally instituted in 1889.

The garden of the Department of Statistical Sciences.

It was set up with the aim of concentrating all the University’s resources related to Statistics and its application under one roof. This commitment is still our main objective as witnessed by the fact that it is currently one of the very few Departments uniquely specialized in Statistical Sciences left in Italy.

It has been placed within the historical building of the former “Monastero di Santa Caterina d’Alessandria”, it stretches over a total area of 4,389 square meters all situated around a large garden and consists of eight lecture rooms,  a large departmental library and three computer laboratories, open for individual study and for classes. The Department hosts about 40 people among professors and researchers, 25 PhD students and 4/5 Post-Docs.

It currently offers two undergraduate programmes in Statistics and one graduate programme in Statistical Sciences with five different specializations. Ultimate excellence in education is reached within the Doctoral Programme in Statistics.

Besides me, there are a few other persons involved in the network from the University of Padua. You’ve already gotten to know Greg, our ESR who is currently enrolled in the PhD programme in Statistical  Sciences offered by the Department.

This node could not go on without Bruno Scarpa, who is associate professor in Statistics, research participant and, together with me, scientific supervisor of Greg. His research interests mostly focus on Bayesian Nonparametric methods, but he is also an expert on data mining tools.

Livio Finos is a further participant of the project. He was formerly researcher at the Department of Statistical Science and is currently associate professor at the Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation. He is an expert on multiple testing, perhaps one of the statistical topics of greatest interest in HEP analysis to corroborate some hypothesis of interest.

And finally a few words about myself: so far, I’ve concentrated my research activity on computational statistics and multivariate data analysis. My favourite research topic is clustering, and in particular the nonparametric formulation of the density-based approach.

As you’ll have understood we are the odd one out of the network, in fact, with expertise more in “AMVA”, than in “New Physics”! Working within the network is a great challenge for us, and we hope to give our contribution.