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Personal details


European,

Born in Aosta, Italy, 11 June 1978

Married (with Enrica), two children (Pierre and Thomas). I work in Marseille and live in Strasbourg.

Present address Institute for Systems Neuroscience, INSERM UMR 1106,    Aix-Marseille University - 27, bd Jean Moulin - 13005 Marseille, France

Phone +33 6 35 95 33 94

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Professional experience and education


2013- ... , Marseille, France Marie Curie Fellow and, then, Faculty member (CNRS research scientist) at the Institute for Systems Neuroscience (University Aix-Marseilles, INSERM UMR 1106).


2009-2013 , Göttingen, Germany Post-doc and, then, Bernstein Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-organization (Theo Geisel’s lab). Principal investigator and project leader at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience - Göttingen.


2006-2008, Paris, France Post-doc in Computational Neuroscience at the Laboratory of Neurophysics and Physiology (University Paris Descartes, CNRS UMR 8119; with David Hansel and Nicolas Brunel).


2002-2005, Trieste, Italy Ph.D. in Statistical Physics at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA, Trieste, Italy; under the supervision of Riccardo Zecchina and Giuseppe Santoro). Thesis at the interface between theoretical computer science and physics of complex networks.


1997-2002, Turin, Italy Undergraduate studies in Theoretical Physics at the University of Turin (Italy). Advisor: Mario Rasetti (Polytechnic School of Turin, ISI Foundation).


[Link to full list of publications and scientific communications]



Research publications



  1. BulletA. Palmigiano, T. Geisel, F. Wolf, D. Battaglia, Flexible information routing by transient synchrony, Nature Neuroscience, advance online publication (2017) [read-only link] [Supporting Information]


  1. BulletM. Helmer, M. Schottdorf, A. Neef, D. Battaglia, Gender bias in scholarly peer review, eLife 6, e21718 (2017) [link] [link to the DataSet]


  1. BulletC. Kirst, M. Timme, D. Battaglia, Dynamic information routing in complex networks, Nature Communications 7, 11061 (2016) [link] [link supplementary info]


  1. BulletM. Helmer, V. Kozyrev, V. Stephan, S. Treue, T. Geisel, D. Battaglia, Model-Free Estimation of Tuning Curves and Their Attentional Modulation, Based on Sparse and Noisy Data, PLoS ONE 11, e0146500 (2016) [link]


  1. BulletE.C.A. Hansen*, D. Battaglia*, A. Spiegler, G. Deco, V.K. Jirsa,  Functional connectivity dynamics: modeling the switching behavior of the resting state, NeuroImage105, 525–535 (2015) [link] (*these authors contributed equally)


  1. BulletP. Wadewitz, K. Hammerschmidt, D. Battaglia, A. Witt, F. Wolf, J. Fischer, Characterizing Vocal Repertoires - Hard vs. Soft Classification Approaches, PLoS ONE 10, e0125785 (2015) [link]


  1. BulletJ.G. Orlandi, O. Stetter, J. Soriano, T. Geisel, D. Battaglia, Transfer entropy reconstruction and labeling of neuronal connections from simulated calcium imaging, PLoS ONE 9, e98842 (2014)[link]


  1. BulletA. Witt, A. Palmigiano, A. Neef, A. El Hady, F. Wolf, D. Battaglia, Controlling oscillation phase through precisely timed closed-loop optogenetic stimulation: a computational study, Frontiers in Neural Circuits 7, 49 (2013) [link]


  1. BulletD. Battaglia, A. Karagiannis, T. Gallopin, H. Gutch, B. Cauli, Beyond the frontiers of neuronal types, Frontiers in Neural Circuits 7, 13 (2013) [link]


  1. BulletO. Stetter, D. Battaglia, J. Soriano, T. Geisel, Model-free reconstruction of excitatory neuronal connectivity from calcium imaging signals, PLoS Computational Biology 8, e1002653 (2012) [link]


  1. BulletD. Battaglia, A. Witt, F. Wolf, T. Geisel, Dynamic effective connectivity of inter-areal brain circuits, PLoS Computational Biology 8, e1002438 (2012) [link]


  1. BulletD. Battaglia, D. Hansel, Synchronous chaos and broad band gamma rhythm in a minimal multi-layer model of primary visual cortex, PLoS Computational Biology 7, e1002176 (2011) [link]


  1. BulletA. Karagiannis*, T. Gallopin*, D. Csaba*, D. Battaglia*, H. Geoffroy, J. Rossier, J. Staiger, B. Cauli, Classification of NPY-Expressing Neocortical Interneurons, Journal of Neuroscience 29(11) 3642-3659 (2009) [link] [link supplementary info] [PDF] (*these authors contributed equally)


  1. BulletD. Battaglia, N. Brunel, D. Hansel, Temporal decorrelation of collective oscillations in neural networks with local inhibition and long-range excitation, Physical Review Letters 99(23), 238106 (2007) [link] [PDF] [Supporting Info PDF]

  2. BulletD. Battaglia, A. Braunstein, J. Chavas, R. Zecchina, Source coding by efficient selection of ground state clusters, Physical Review E (rapid communication) 72, 015103 (2005) [link] [PDF]


  1. BulletD. Battaglia, G. Santoro, E. Tosatti, Optimization by quantum annealing: lessons from hard satisfiability problems, Physical Review E 71, 066707 (2005) [link] [PDF]


  1. BulletD. Battaglia, M. Kolář, R. Zecchina, Minimizing energy below the glass thresholds, Physical Review E 70, 036107 (2004) [link] [PDF]


  1. BulletD. Battaglia, M. Rasetti, Quantum-like diffusion over discrete sets, Physics Letters A 313, 8-15 (2003) [link] [PDF]

Plus others in “advanced state of preparation”, as usual ;-)



Research monographs


  1. BulletD. Battaglia, I. Guyon et al. (eds.), Neural Connectomics Challenge. The Springer series in Challenges in Machine learning. Springer (2017).  ISBN 978-3-319-53070-3. [link]



Selected proceedings and book chapters


  1. BulletJ.G. Orlandi, B. Ray, D. Battaglia, I. Guyon, V. Lemaire, M. Saeed, et al, First Connectomics Challenge: From Imaging to Connectivity, The Journal of Machine Learning Research: W &CP 46,  1–22 (2015) [link]


  1. BulletD. Battaglia, Function follows dynamics: state-dependency of directed functional influences, book chapter in the collective volume “Directed Information Measures in Neuroscience”, R. Vicente, M. Wibral and J. Lizier editors, p. 111-135, Springer-Verlag (2014). [PDF preprint]


  1. BulletD. Battaglia, Neuron-less neural-like networks with exponential association capacity at tabula rasa, proceedings of the "Third International Work-Conference on the Interplay Between Natural and Artificial Computation" (IWINAC 2009, Santiago de Compostela 2009), J. Mira and J.R. Álvarez editors, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 5601, pp. 184-194, Springer (2009) [PDF] [link]


  1. BulletJ. Chavas, D. Battaglia, A. Cicutin, R. Zecchina, Construction and VHDL Implementation of a Fully Local Network with Good Reconstruction Properties of the Inputs, proceedings of the "First International Work-Conference on the Interplay Between Natural and Artificial Computation" (IWINAC 2005, Las Palmas 2005), J. Mira and J.R. Álvarez editors, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 3562, pp. 385-394, Springer (2005) [PDF] [link]


  1. BulletD. Battaglia, G. Santoro, L. Stella, E. Tosatti, O. Zagordi, Deterministic and stochastic quantum annealing approaches, book chapter in the collective volume "Quantum Annealing and related optimization methods", B. Chakrabarti and A. Das editors, Lecture Notes in Physics, vol. 679, pp 171-206, Springer-Verlag (2005). [PDF] [link]


Review articles


  1. BulletD. Battaglia, L. Stella, Optimization through Quantum Annealing: Theory and some application, Contemporary Physics, Vol. 47, No. 4. (8220), 195-208 (2006) [PDF] [link]


  1. BulletD. Battaglia, M. Kolář, R. Zecchina, From Statistical Physics Methods to Algorithms, International Journal of Modern Physics B, Vol. 20 (19), 2814-2823 (2006) [PDF] [link]