Federico Carminati, Ph.D.

Scientific director - co-founder
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In Zoom meetings, Federico reminds us that he is from Italy. He likes to show up in renaissance period costumes, as a cameo in a painting by a great master, standing on a gondola or wearing a hat from the Venice carnival. This is the man in charge of all the simulation calculations needed to adjust the proton bombardment on Thorium atoms or on those of nuclear waste. When he leaves his calculations behind, he is a psychoanalyst for human beings as well as for domestic animals.

After getting his Masters in Physics at the University of Pavia, Italy in 1981 he worked at Los Alamos and Caltech as a particle physicist before being hired by CERN in the Data Handling Division. He was responsible for the CERN Program Library and the GEANT detector simulation program, the world standard High Energy Physics code suite in the 80s and 90s.


From 1994 to 1998 he worked with the Nobel Prize winner Carlo Rubbia on the design of a novel accelerator-driven nuclear power device. From 1998 to 2013 he was Computing Coordinator of the ALICE experiment at LHC. In 2013, he obtained a PhD in physics at the University of Nantes (France). From 2013 to 2017 he lead the development of the new generation of particle transport code. From 2018 to 2020 he investigated machine learning and quantum computing for High Energy Physics in the CERN openlab.

Federico is also a certified pet therapist, a group psychoanalyst, a Didactic psychoanalyst at the Société pour la Psychanalyse Multidisciplinaire and member of the L'Institut International de Psychanalyse et de Psychothérapie Charles Baudouin in Geneva.