Giacomo Vaccario

+41 44 632 82 11

ETH Zurich
Giacomo Vaccario
Chair of Systems Design
WEV G 206
Weinbergstrasse 56/58
8092 Zurich

My main interests are in the quantification of knowledge and of its exchange in academia and in R&D activities.

In particular, I concentrate on two specific classes of problems. The first class of problems is related to the question of how knowledge artifacts are linked to each other, ranked and filtered in repositories. Examples of repositories are patent and scientific publication databases. The second class of problems relates to the question of how knowledge is exchanged and transferred. Indeed, knowledge is not only produced and encoded in knowledge artifacts, as patents or scientific publications, but it is also exchanged by humans and it diffuses in our society. R&D alliances among firms and co-authorship of papers among scientists are examples of activities favoring knowledge exchange. While the physical migration of inventors or scientists is an example of knowledge transfer/migration.

To answer the above questions, I develop statistical methods and agent-based models.


Publications in

Quantifying knowledge exchange in R&D networks: A data-driven model

Vaccario, Giacomo; Tomasello, Mario Vincenzo; Tessone, Claudio Juan; Schweitzer, Frank

Journal of Evolutionary Economics (submitted). Available at ArXiv.


Data-driven modeling of collaboration networks: A cross-domain analysis

Tomasello, Mario Vincenzo; Vaccario, Giacomo; Schweitzer, Frank

EPJ Data Sci., pages: 22, volume: 6


Quantifying and suppressing ranking bias in a large citation network

Vaccario, Giacomo; Medo, Matus; Wider, Nicolas; Mariani, Manuel S.

Journal of Informetrics, pages: 766-782, volume: 11, number: 3




Quantifying knowledge exchange in R&D networks [Sept. 21, 2017]

KU Leuven - Summer School on Data & Algorithms for STI studies


Quantifying knowledge exchange in R&D networks: A data-driven model [Sept. 7, 2017]

Kreyon 2017 - Roma

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Collaborations Across Economic and Scientific Domains [Sept. 19, 2016]

Conference on Complex Systems - Amsterdam