Antonio E. Porreca

Why a respirator? 😷

As some people like to point out, I still wear a high-quality respirator (an FFP3 one since September 2022) whenever I am in an enclosed space, because we are still in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and I need to protect myself and my family. You should wear one too. For further info, see the article Masks work. Distorting science to dispute the evidence doesn’t.


About me

I am a maître de conférences (lecturer) in computer science at Aix-Marseille Université (AMU), France and a researcher at Laboratoire d’Informatique et des Systèmes (LIS) in Marseille, but above all I am a part of the larger community of public university.

I am a member of CANA, the natural computation research group at LIS, and my main research interests are the analysis of discrete dynamical systems and the computational complexity theory of parallel, nature-inspired computing models (such as membrane systems, reaction systems, cellular automata, and more general automata networks). In particular, I currently collaborate with the ANR project Foundations of Automata Networks (FANs), with the goal of investigating their dynamics from a combinatorial and complexity-theoretic point of view. I also co-organise the CANA seminar.

I teach at Département Informatique et Interactions (Computer Science and Interactions Department), mostly introductory and theoretical computer science courses.

Until 2017 I was a postdoc at the Bioinformatics Milano Bicocca (BIMIB) laboratory (now Natural Computing Lab) at Dipartimento di Informatica, Sistemistica e Comunicazione, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Italy.

I got a Ph.D. in computer science from Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca in 2012, with a thesis titled The Time-Space Trade-Off in Membrane Computing under the supervision of Claudio Zandron. Part of the research for my thesis was carried out as a visiting Ph.D. student at the Research Group on Natural Computing at Departamento de Ciencias de la Computación e Inteligencia Artificial, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain.

I also like languages, and by that I mean human ones. I speak Italian as a native language, more or less fluent English and French, somewhat decent Spanish, and have some elementary understanding of German. I am also studying a bit of Arabic and Western Armenian in my spare time. I used to study Latin in secondary school, I think I still remember something about it.


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