Rocco Romano – Administrator –

Fabrizio Barone – Research and Development Division Manger –

Graduated with honors in Electronic Engineering, Ph.D. in Physics, Full Professor of Applied Physics at the Department of Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry “Scuola Medica Salernitana” of the University of Salerno, founder and scientific coordinator of the Group of Applied Physics. The research and development activity of Prof. Barone is oriented to the study of both theoretical and experimental issues. In this context, the multidisciplinary research line in the field of research and development of sensors, methodologies and innovative systems for scientific, civil, industrial and aerospace applications, which has led, among other things, to the achievement of several international patents. This line is the evolution of thirty years of scientific activity that Prof. Barone has also conducted in the context of scientific projects of international importance, such as interferometric detectors of gravitational waves like Virgo, of which Prof. Barone is among the founders, with scientific results of undisputed scientific value such as the first detection of gravitational waves and the first detection of black holes. For these discoveries he received several awards including the Breakthrough Prize for Physics 2016 and the Grűber Prize for Cosmology 2016.

Finally, he is the author of more than 500 papers in international journals with referees and in proceedings of international conferences and of 4 international patents in the field of sensors, with more than 13,500 citations and h-index 56.

Gerardo Giordano – Project Division Manger –

Gerardo Giordano, graduated in physics, mainly direct his work on research and development of scientific instruments. After some works on astrophysics data analysis utilizing neural networks, direct his experimental scientific activity to the high rate data acquisition (at INFN), and then on geophysical sensors, working on the aspect of design, implementation, characterization, measurement and interfacing with DAQ systems, gaining experiences on mechanics and electronics. He has participated to a master course on Advanced Information and Communication Technologies and he graduated in Seismic Risk doctorate where he studied a new mechanical monolithic sensor, based on the Watt’s Linkage, to be used as horizontal sensor for inertial control of mechanical suspensions of interferometric antenna of gravitational wave and for geophysics applications. He has published many scientific article on international journals and he his inventor of innovative mechanical sensors with 3 international patents.

Fausto Acernese – Support and Maintenance Division Manger –

Fausto Acernese graduated cum laude in Physics, Ph.D. in “Seismic Risk”and currently he is Associate Professor of Applied Physics at University of Salerno, Italy. The research activity of Acernese in the field of Environmental Physics is aimed at the development of distributed acquisition systems and data analysis for scientific and industrial applications. In this context he took part in measurement campaigns for the very low frequency seismic characterization of underground sites of scientific interest (Homestake mine (USA), Gran Sasso National Laboratories (Italy), Sos Enattos mine (Italy)). Since 2000 he contributed in scientific projects of international importance and currently he has a research position at the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) and at the European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) aimed at developing subsystems of the international experiment VIRGO (interferometric detector of gravitational waves, now AdvVirgo), which has revealed to the first direct observation of gravitational waves emitted by the coalescence of two black holes. For these discoveries he received several awards including the Breakthrough Prize for Physics 2016 and the Grűber Prize for Cosmology 2016. Finally, Fausto Acernese is the author of more than 260 papers published in international journals and proceedings of international conferences and two patents in the field of environmental sensors.