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Name: Simona Colombelli

Home Address: Corso Umberto I, 19 - 80055 Portici (Naples), Italy

Home Telephone: +39 081 7767709

Mobile Telephone: +39 3200224475

Work Address: Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche, Complesso Universitario di Monte S.Angelo, Via Cintia - 80126 Napoli

Work Telephone: +39 081 679927/679930

Work Fax Number: +39 081 679920

Nationality: Italian

Place of Birth: Torre del Greco (Naples), Italy

Date of Birth: 30/05/1986

Work Experience

From October 2014 to September 2016:

Post-Doc at the department of Physics of the University of Naples, Federico II, within the RISSCLab research group. The research activity aims at understanding the nucleation phase of seismic fractures and at modelling the rupture beginning process for Earthquake Early Warning applications.

From February 2014 to September 2014:

Collaboration contract with AMRA S.c.a.r.l. within the framework of NERA (Network of European Research Infrastructures for earthquake Risk assessment and Mitigation) project. The contract is on the topic: "Implementation, validation and testing of automatic procedures for the determination of earthquake location, magnitude, fochal mechanism and shake maps. Application to ISNet Network, for the neal real-time automatic production of alert messages and bulletin".

From January 2010 to December 2013:

PhD student in Geophysics of the University of Bologna (Italy) "Alma Mater Studiorum". My research activity aims at understanding the relation between the first seconds of registered signal of an earthquake and the time evolution of the seismic event. The work integrates the study of nucleation process of seismic fractures and Early Warning applications. Currently I work with the RISSCLab research group at the Department of Physics of University of Naples (Italy) "Federico II", under the supervision of Prof. Aldo Zollo.

May 2011 - August 2011:

Collaboration contract with the Italian Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) on order of "ENI" Society on the topic: Formatting and analysis of seismic data through the software SAC; analysis of 250 earthquakes registered by a 3-component, 6 station network; calibration and definition of a local magnitude scale for the seismic area of Crotone (southern Italy).

Education and training


Phylosopie Doctor in Geophysics, University of Bologna "Alma Mater Studiorum". Title of the thesis: "Early Warning for Large Earthquakes: observations, models and real-time data analysis”. Tutor: Prof. Aldo Zollo.


Master Degree in Physics, University of Naples "Federico II". Mark: 110/110 with honor. Title of the thesis: "A Threshold-Based Earthquake Early Warning System”. Tutor: Prof. Aldo Zollo.


Degree in Physiscs, University of Naples "Federico II”. Mark: 109/110. Title of the thesis: "Un metodo automatico per la determinazione della magnitudo di un evento sismico”. Tutor: Prof. Aldo Zollo. (English title: "An authomatic method for the earthquake duration magnitude determination”).


Language High School Qualification, Language High School of Portici (Naples) "Quinto Orazio Flacco”. Mark: 100/100.

Honors and awards


Honor mention to the Phd Thesis "Early Warning for Large Earthquakes: observations, models and real-time data analysis". The mention has been assigned by the Lions Club of Bologna, within the framework of the annual award "Claudio Bonivento"

Skills and competences

In the course of my studies in Physics I have done some training activities with the “RISSCLab” research group and Prof. Aldo Zollo. In particular, these activities aimed at the calibration of a Duration Magnitude scale for the Irpina Seismic Network (ISNet) in Southern Italy. To such a purpose I have analyzed a great number of earthquakes, recorded by ISNet network, by using the software SAC. During the Master Degree in Physiscs I have had experience with seismic instruments and seismic stations. I have investigated the possibility of using MEMS as acceleration sensor for the registration of the ground motion. For my Master Degree Thesis I have written and implemented an authomatic procedure which simulates a Threshold-Based Earthquake Early Warning System. I have tested the procedure thorugh an off-line application on strong Japanese earthquakes. Finally, during the PhD and Post-Doc experiences I improved my knowledge in different programming languages and I acquired experience in writing papers and project proposals.

Language skills

English: excellent reading, writing and verbal skills.

Certifications: Course of English Language - intermediate level (3-17/07/2003) – Morehampton Language Institute of Dublin.

Spoken English for Speakers of Other Languages Grade 8 (May 2003) – Trinity. Passed whit Distinction.

French: good reading, writing and verbal skills.

Certifications: Delf scolaire niveau 1 (unités A1-A2) (May 2002) – Institute Français de Naples. Mark: 13,33/20.

Stage de Français intensif (28/07-11/08 2001) – Campus Sainte-Thérèse.

Spanish: good reading, writing and verbal skills.

Certifications: Diploma de Espaňol nivel Intermedio I (28/06/2002) – Instituto Espaňol de Granada.

Computer skills

Excellent knowledge of Linux operating system, excellent programming ability with Bash-shell, C-shell; good programming skills with Fortran 77 and MatLab. Excellence knowledge of the softwares SAC (Seismic Analysis Code) GMT (Generic Mapping Tool) and GNUPLOT. Excellent knowledge of different operating systems such as Windows XP/Vista/7/ MAC and of application like Microsoft Office, Excel, Word and Power Point.

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