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Federico Toschi is full professor at the departments of Applied Physics and of Mathematics and Computer Science at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His research focuses on the emerging complexity in challenging multi-scale problems at the crossroad between statistical physics, fluid mechanics, soft condensed matter and bio-physics. How do small-scale interactions and forces lead to large-scale complexity and chaos? How to analytically and numerically model complex flow problemsFederico’s research employs experimental, numerical and theoretical methods and covers -amongst others- fluid dynamics turbulence; lagrangian turbulence; thermal convection; complex fluids; soft condensed matter; active matter; crowd dynamics; scientific computing and Lattice Boltzmann methods. 

Several of Federico's research topics are strongly interdisciplinary and involve pushing the boundaries of physics across different disciplines. In the computational aspects of his work he pursues innovation of numerical methods as well as large-scale, massively parallel, numerical simulations. His research is embedded in the 4TU Centre of Excellence for Multiscale Phenomena, the JMBC Burgerscentrum for fluid dynamics, and the Eindhoven Multiscale Institute. He teaches general courses on fluid mechanics, mathematical and computational physics, dynamical systems and chaos for Applied Physics BSc and MSc students. He served the scientific community by chairing two COST Action on “Particles in turbulence” and “Flowing matter”. He is one of the Founders of the start-up Flow Matters Holding BV. 


Academic background

Federico Toschi graduated (summa cum laude) in Physics at University of Pisa (Italy) and at Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (Italy, 1995). In 1998 he received his PhD in Physics from the University of Pisa (Italy) with a thesis on the fundamental statistical properties of fluid dynamics turbulence. He has worked at the University of Twente (The Netherlands, 1990-2001), at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France, 2001) and at the Istituto per le Applicazioni del Calcolo of the National Research Council (Italy, 2001-2008). In 2008, he was appointed full professor of Computational Physics of Multi-scale Transport Phenomena at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, the Netherlands). Federico is a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS, 2015), has been a visiting scientist at University of Chicago and Stanford (USA). He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and provided more than 100 invited talks and seminars.  

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Research Output 1997 2020

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On interevent time distributions of avalanche dynamics

Kumar, P., Korkolis, E., Benzi, R., Denisov, D., Niemeijer, A., Schall, P., Toschi, F. & Trampert, J., 17 Jan 2020, In : Scientific Reports. 10, 1, 11 p., 626.

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power law distribution

Pedestrian orientation dynamics from high-fidelity measurements

Willems, J., Corbetta, A., Menkovski, V. & Toschi, F., 14 Jan 2020, In : arXiv. 15 p., 2001.04646.

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Physical properties
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A glossary for research on human crowd dynamics

Adrian, J., Bode, N., Amos, M., Baratchi, M., Beermann, M., Boltes, M., Corbetta, A., Dezecache, G., Drury, J., Fu, Z., Geraerts, R., Gwynne, S., Hofinger, G., Hunt, A., Kanters, T., Kneidl, A., Konya, K., Köster, G., Küpper, M., Michalareas, G. & 19 others, Neville, F., Ntontis, E., Reicher, S., Ronchi, E., Schadschneider, A., Seyfried, A., Shipman, A., Sieben, A., Spearpoint, M., Sullivan, G. B., Templeton, A., Toschi, F., Yücel, Z., Zanlungo, F., Zuriguel, I., van der Wal, N., van Schadewijk, F., von Krüchten, C. & Wijermans, N., 2019, In : Collective Dynamics. 4, p. 1-13 13 p.

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computer science
technical language
social science

Deep learning velocity signals allows to quantify turbulence intensity

Corbetta, A., Menkovski, V., Benzi, R. & Toschi, F., 13 Nov 2019, In : arXiv. 14 p., 1911.05718.

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Reynolds number
turbulent flow
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Discrete Eulerian model for population genetics and dynamics under flow

Guccione, G., Benzi, R., Plummer, A. & Toschi, F., 3 Dec 2019, In : Physical Review E. 100, 6, 8 p., 062105.

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Population Genetics
Population Dynamics
Two Dimensions


Data from numerical simulations of topological structure and dynamics of three-dimensional active nematics

Banerjee, D. (Creator), Vitelli, V. (Creator), Toschi, F. (Creator), 4TU.Centre for Research Data, 11 Feb 2020


Heavy particles in turbulent flows RM-2007-GRAD-2048

Calzavarini, E. (Creator), Lanotte, A. (Creator), Bec, J. (Creator), Biferale, L. (Creator), Cencini, M. (Creator), Toschi, F. (Creator), 4TU.Centre for Research Data, 2011




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Student theses

A diffuse-interface model of a red blood cell in flow

Author: Jaensson, N., 30 Apr 2012

Supervisor: van de Vosse, F. (Supervisor 1), Anderson, P. (Supervisor 2), Hilbers, P. (Supervisor 2) & Toschi, F. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

An experimental and numerical study on the bubble formation process

Author: Bouaoud, K., 31 Jan 2013

Supervisor: Kuipers, J. (Supervisor 1), Deen, N. (Supervisor 2), Toschi, F. (Supervisor 2) & Lau, Y. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Anticipatory lighting control systems

Author: Gonzalez Covarrubias, D., 29 Sep 2016

Supervisor: van Loenen, E. (Supervisor 1), Aries, M. (Supervisor 2), Toschi, F. (Supervisor 2), de Bakker, C. (Supervisor 2) & Corbetta, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Controlling thermal convection via reinforcement learning

Author: Beintema, G., 2019

Supervisor: Toschi, F. (Supervisor 1) & Corbetta, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Dense crowd dynamics

Author: Meeusen, J., 2017

Supervisor: Toschi, F. (Supervisor 1) & Corbetta, A. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master