Paolo Ferragina

Full professor

Università di Pisa

He is Professor of Algorithms at the University of Pisa and the Director of the PhD in Computer Science, hosted by the University of Pisa and run in collaboration with the Universities of Florence and Siena. He leads the Acube Lab, whose research is devoted to design algorithms and data structures for storing, compressing, mining and retrieving information from Big Data, with several industrial projects in collaboration with companies, such as Google, Bloomberg, Yahoo!, ST Microelectronics, ENEL, Tiscali, CERVED, etc. He got his PhD (1996) in Computer Science from the University of Pisa, and his Post-doc from the Max-Planck Institut fur Informatik (Saarbrucken, 1998). His promotion to full professor was sponsored by Yahoo! Research. From 2010 to 2016, he was Vice-Rector on “Applied Research and Innovation” at the University of Pisa and, in the same period, he was the President of the IT Center, which is a competence center about Cloud and HPC for Dell and Intel. His research results received three US Patents (three more are pending) and some international awards, among the latest ones we mention three Google research award (2010, 2012 and 2016) and one Bloomberg Data Science research grant (2017). He has been invited speaker of many international conferences and workshops, Area Editor of the Encyclopedia of Algorithms (Springer) and of the Encyclopedia of Big Data Technologies (Springer). He serves in the Editor Board of the Journal of Graph Algorithms and Applications (JGAA), and served as co-chair and editor of several international conferences and special issues in journals. He co-authored three books, some chapters, and more than 160 in international refereed conferences and journals on Theoretical Computer Science and Algorithmics, publications (his H-index in Google is 38 with about 8k citations).


  • Algorithms and data structures
  • Data compression
  • Information retrieval