Vanni Noferini's Professional Homepage


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Hallo! My name is Vanni Noferini, I am originally from Florence, Italy, and I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Sytems Analysis at Aalto University. My research interests are in matrix theory, numerical linear algebra, numerical analysis, complex network analysis, and related topics.

More specifically my interests include matrix polynomials, linearizations, matrix functions, matrix equations, polynomial eigenvalue problems, polynomial root-finding, nonlinear root-finding, structured linear algebra problems and their applications, stability of algorithms (or lack thereof), the theory of conditioning and the practice of estimating it, and complex network analysis. Before moving to Aalto I got an M.Sc. in Physics at the University of Florence (Italy) under the supervision of Filippo Colomo. I then obtained my Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Pisa (Italy), working with Dario Bini and Luca Gemignani. In 2012 I moved from Italy to the United Kingdom, and I have been a postdoctoral Research Associate in the Numerical Analysis Group at the University of Manchester (UK), where I worked with with Nick Higham. From 2012 to 2014 I also have organised the Manchester NASC seminars. Between 2015 and 2019 I held my first permanent academic job, being a Lecturer in Mathematics at the Department of Mathematical Sciences within the University of Essex (UK).

I moved to Finland in April 2019, to be employed by Aalto as an Associate Professor. Here I am part of the Applied Mathematics group, and I also share several research interests with colleagues in the Algebra and Discrete Mathematics group.

My Erdös number is currently equal to 4.


My research page will tell you more about my work, including more details on research interests, publications, preprints, and coauthors.


On my teaching page you can find more about my courses and my students.

Current research group

Visiting professors: Paul Van Dooren (visiting March-June 2021 and September-October 2021).

Postdocs: Giovanni Barbarino, Maria del Carmen Quintana Ponce .

PhD students: Lauri Nyman, Ryan Wood.

MSc students: I am open to supervise new students at MSc level; please get in touch if interested.

BSc students: Antti Haavikko, Axel Päivänsalo (with Stephan Sigg as advisor).

Work opportunities

I am currently not actively looking for new staff members. However, if you are a talented early-career scholar sharing one of my research interests please get in touch. Finland offers many opportunities for young scholars to secure their own funding. Note to international applicants: please read about the current covid-related policies for the Finnish border traffic to check if your circumstances are such that you can come to Finland to start new employment (this may depend on your current country of residence). The policies are regularly updated taking into account the local and international status of the health crisis.


On the left is a picture of my slightly younger self taken in 2008 in Florence, Italy; on the right, myself as photographed in 2019 in Manchester, UK:

The picture below on the left was taken by my coauthor Alex Townsend in 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. I am the one on the right and am meeting my two coauthors Yuji Nakatsukasa (left) and Pafnuty (centre); the picture on the right shows me (left) in 2017 having Turkish coffee with coauthor Bahar Arslan (right) in Izmir, Turkey:


Room M307, Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis
Aalto University
PL 11000, 00076 Aalto
Telephone: +358 50 477 2920
vanni [dot] noferini [at] aalto [dot] fi
(Humans please translate the above to an actual email address)