Institute for Complex Systems - Sapienza - CNR

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ISC Sapienza Lorenzo Del Castello
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Lorenzo Del Castello
4 years ago


I graduated in Engineering at Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza in 2004, and for my Master project I designed, built, and benchmarked an electric wave-maker for 2D irregular short waves in a water channel, working at LIAM (Environmental and Maritime Hydraulic Laboratory), Università degli Studi di L’Aquila. I then collaborated in the PIV image processing of a boundary layer flow in a water channel at INSEAN (Italian Ship Model Basin). In 2005 I moved to the Netherlands, where in 2010 I got my PhD degree in Physics at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, WDY group (Vortex Dynamics and Turbulence. My research project consisted in a experimental investigation of table-top rotating turbulence using Particle Tracking Velocimetry (from the lab webpage, follow the links in the left menu >Research >Rotating Turbulence). My PhD thesis can be downloaded here, and you can mail me in case you are interested in a paper copy; while here, here and here you can find the most recent publications on this work.

At present, I am a postdoc researcher working on collective animal behaviour in the CoBBS group (Collective Behaviour in Biological Systems), coordinated by Andrea Cavagna and Irene Giardina. I'm part of the experimental team, working on field data-taking of bird flocks and insect swarms, on the development of the tracking software, and on data analysis. Using the same technique (Particle Tracking) I used in fluids for my PhD project, we collect synchronised images of flocks of birds and swarms of insects using a high-speed three-camera system to retrieve quantitative data of the motion of individual animals. A statistical approach is then used to analyse the data, and analytical models are developed to describe the collective behaviour.

More informations about the project can be found on the CoBBS group page and on the CoBBS lab page.

Contact Info

Lorenzo Del Castello

I am at room 412 (4th floor) of the new building (Fermi building) of the Physics Department at La Sapienza University of Roma.

Here you can find a map of our locations at and near Sapienza.


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