Laura Ricci
Associate Professor

Department of Computer Science,

University of Pisa

Largo Bruno Pontecorvo, 3,
I-56127, Pisa, Italy
email: laura.ricci(AT)
skype: lauraemiliaricci 
phone: +39 050 22127.68, 
fax: +39 050 22127.26

Question time: 
Thursday, 15.00-18.00 PM


Member of the group of experts of the Italian Ministry of the Economic Development (MISE) for the definition of the national strategy for distributed ledgers and blockchains. The draft of the strategy is published here 
University of Pisa Coordinator of the H2020 European Project "HELIOS:  A Context-aware Distributed Social Networking Framework", 2019-2021
The post "Blockchain and the governance of pandemics" A. Favenza, E. Ferro, Overtheblock Innovation Observatory, and  L. Ricci, is available on Medium.

Member of the Editorial Board of the new Elsevier Journal "Blockchain: Research and Applications"

Special Issue on "Blockchain: Protocols, Applications and Transaction Analysis", of the Elsevier Journal:  Blockchain: Research and Application, guest editors: Laura Ricci, Damiano Di Francesco Maesa, Nishanth Sastry, deadline December 1, 2020.

Conferences TPC memberships and Journal Special Issues Guest Editor

Recently Accepted Papers

  •  Practical Application and Evaluation of Atomic Swaps for Blockchain-based Recommender Systems, Andrea Lisi, Andrea De Salve, Paolo Mori, Laura Ricci, ICBTA 2020, 3rd International Conference on Blockchain Technology and Applications, 14-16 December 2020.
  • Steem Blockchain: mining the inner structure of the graph, Barbara Guidi, Andrea Michienzi, Laura Ricci, IEEE Access, accepted for pubblication, October 2020.
  • Data Persistence in Decentralized Social Applications: the IPFS approach, Barbara Guidi, Andrea Michienzi, Laura Ricci, IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference, 9-12 January 2021, Virtual Conference.
  • Analysing Dunbar Circles in Facebook Groups, Vincenzo Ambriola, Barbara Guidi, Andrea Michienzi, Laura Ricci, IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference, 9-12 January 2021, Virtual Conference.
  • AoI-based Multicast Routing over Voronoi Overlays with Minimal Overhead, Michele Albano, Matteo Mordacchini, Laura Ricci, IEEE Access, accepted for pubblication, September 2020
  • Leveraging the Users Graph and Trustful Transactions for the Analyis of Bitcoin Price, Jon Crowcroft, Damiano Di Francesco Maesa, Alessandro Magrini, Andrea Marino, Laura Ricci, accepted for pubblication, July 2020,  IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering 
  • A Rewarding Model for the next generation Social Media, Barbara Guidi, Vanessa Clemente, Tomas Garcia, Laura Ricci, EAI GOODTECHS 2020 - 6-th Int. Conf. on Smart Objects and Technologies for Social Goods, September 14-16, 2020, online
  • The Contextual Ego Network P2P Overlay for the Next Generation Social Networks, Barbara Guidi, Kristina G. Kapanova, Kevin Koidl, Andrea Michienzi, Laura Ricci, Mobile Networks and Applications,  Springer, 2020
  • Blockchain Smart Contract for Scalable Data Sharing in IoT: A Case Study of Smart Agriculture, Fabrizio Baiardi, Mohsin Ur Rahman, Laura Ricci, IEEE GCAIoT, Global Conference on Artifial Intelligence and Internet of Things, Virtual Conference, Decmber 2020
  • A Blockchain Tokenizer for Industrial IOT Trustless Applications, Daniele Mazzei, Giacomo Baldi, Gualtiero Fantoni, Gabriele Montelisciani, Antonio Pitasi, Laura Ricci, Future Generation Computing Systems, December 2019.

Selected  papers
  • Leveraging the Users Graph and Trustful Transactions for the Analyis of Bitcoin Price, Jon Crowcroft, Damiano Di Francesco Maesa,  Alessandro Magrini,  Andrea Marino, Laura Ricci, accepted for pubblication, IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering
  • An analysis of the internal organization of Facebook groups, Andrea De Salve, Barbara Guidi, Paolo Mori, Laura Ricci, IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems
  • A blockchain based approach for the definition of auditable access control systems, Damiano Di Francesco Maesa, Paolo Mori, Laura Ricci, accepted for pubblication,  Computers and Security, Elsevier
  • A Logical Key Hierarchy based approach to preserve content privacy in Decentralized Online Social Networks , A. De Salve, R. Di Pietro, P. Mori, L, Ricci accepted for pubblication in  IEEE Transaction on Dependable and Secure Computing,
  • Service Provisioning in Mobile Environments through Opportunistic Computing, M. Conti, D. Mascitti, A. Passarella, L. Ricci,  IEEE Transaction on Mobile Computing 
  • The impact of user's availability on On-line Ego Networks: a Facebook analysis, with Andrea De Salve, Marco Dondio, Barbara Guidi, accepted for pubblication in Computer Communications,  Elsevier
  • NG-Dbscan: Scalable Density-Based Clustering for Arbitrary Data, with M.Dell'Amico, A.Lulli, P.Michiardi, Proceedings of the VLDB Endowment
  • Connected Components in Large Graphs by Vertex Pruning with Emanuele Carlini, Patrizio Dazzi, Alessandro Lulli, Claudio Lucchese, Transaction on Parallel and Distributed Systems.
PhD Students
Current Students 
Former Students
Thesis Proposals

  • Blockchain technology
    • Bitcoin transactions graph analysis, 
    • Blockchain based systems
    • P2P network monitoring
    • New crypto techniques for blockchains
  • Social Networks
    • Social Data Analysis
    • Blockchain based social networks
For further information, send an e-mail to a ricci(AT), or contact me during question time (on thursday 15.00-18.00 PM).