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, 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 publications, preprints, and coauthors.


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

Current research group

Giovanni Barbarino (postdoc).

Lauri Nyman (MSc student).

Henri Södergård (BSc student).

Work opportunities

I am currently looking for Ph.D. students to enroll in the doctoral program at Aalto and work with me on any of my research interests. Specific themes can be discussed. Please get in touch if you would like more information.


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)