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Elia Bisi

I am currently a final year PhD student at the University of Warwick, after joining the Department of Statistics in September 2014. I work under the supervision of Dr. Nikos Zygouras.

My research interests lie in Probability Theory, with particular emphasis on probabilistic models arising in statistical physics and natural sciences in general, such as: random polymers, percolation, stochastic growth models, interacting particle systems. I am also interested in connections with combinatorics, random matrices and representation theory.

More in detail, I am now working on some directed random polymer models in a log-gamma distributed disorder. Such models are (expected to be) exactly solvable, because there are explicit formulas characterising the distribution of the partition function in terms of special functions, called Whittaker functions, which are analogous to Schur polynomials in the zero-temperature case. This helps obtain the free energy asymptotic distribution of the polymer model.



Publications and preprints

  • E. Bisi and N. Zygouras. GOE and Airy2→1 marginal distribution via symplectic Schur functions. [arXiv:1711.05120].
  • E. Bisi and N. Zygouras. Point-to-line polymers and orthogonal Whittaker functions. Trans. Am. Math. Soc. (to appear). [arXiv:1703.07337].
  • E. Bisi, F. Melzani, and V. Zaccaria. Symbolic analysis of higher-order side channel countermeasures. IEEE Transactions on Computers, 66(6), June 2017, pp. 1099-1105. [IEEE Xplore].

 


Talks

  • April 2018 - UK Easter Probability meeting, University of Sheffield (contributed talk).
  • 28/11/2017 - School of Mathematics and Statistics, University College Dublin: “Point-to-line log-gamma polymers”.
  • 07/11/2017 - Mathematical physics and probability seminar, Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick: "Point-to-line polymers and orthogonal Whittaker functions".
  • 31/10/2017 - Mathematical physics and probability seminar, Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick: "Point-to-line last passage percolation via symplectic Schur functions".
  • 07/06/2017 - Young Researcher Meeting, Department of Statistics, University of Warwick: "Assessing the vulnerability of cryptographic countermeasures".
  • 10/05/2017 - Postgraduate seminar, Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick: "Point-to-line polymers and orthogonal Whittaker functions".
  • 29/11/2016 - PhD open day, Department of Statistics, University of Warwick: "A few probabilistic models from the KPZ universality class".
  • 23/06/2015 - Young Researcher Meeting, Department of Statistics, University of Warwick: (PDF Document) "Exact Solvability in Directed Random Polymer Models".



Teaching

 


Presentations in reading groups

  • Talk at Probability reading group, University of Warwick: "Introduction to first passage percolation" (09/10/2017).
  • Departmental seminar series in term 1, 2016/2017:
    • "Fredholm determinants and Pfaffians" (31/10/2016).
    • "Point-to-line last passage percolation" (14/11/2016).
  • Departmental seminar series in term 2, 2015/2016 (see (PDF Document) and (PDF Document)):
    • "Representations and characters of finite groups" (19/02/2016);
    • "Weyl's construction: representations of symmetric and linear groups" (26/02/2016);
    • "Semisimple Lie algebras and their representations" (04/03/2016);
    • "Weyl character formula for semisimple Lie algebras" (08/03/2016).
  • Talk at Probability reading group, University of Warwick: "Introduction to loop measures" (21/01/2016).
  • Talk at Probability reading group, University of Warwick: "Properties and estimates of the critical probability for Bernoulli percolation on graphs" (22/10/2015).
  • Departmental seminar series in term 1, 2014/2015:
    • "Robinson–Schensted–Knuth (RSK) correspondence" (04/11/2014);
    • "RSK and Last Passage Percolation model" (10/11/2014);
    • "Gelfand-Tsetlin patterns, Schur polynomials and Vandermonde determinants" (20/11/2014).



Conferences and research schools



Higher education



Work experience

  • From April to September 2014 I worked as a research intern at STMicroelectronics, Agrate Brianza (Italy), in the Advanced System Technology security group. I worked on the security of symmetric-key cryptographic algorithms such as AES, with special attention to high order Boolean masking schemes designed to thwart side channel attacks (e.g. Correlation Power Analysis).



Other interests

  • Acting. I am a member of the theatre company Ronzinante, Merate (Italy). I have joined young and amateur theatre festivals. Our last production is Tre giorni a Beslan and deals with the Beslan school massacre.
  • Language learning. I love studying languages. I speak Italian, Spanish, English and a little bit of French.

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C1.14, Zeeman building


Mailing address:

Department of Statistics
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom


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