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Dr Guido Germano
Room 4.07
Department of Computer Science
66-72 Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT
Tel: +44 20 3108 7105
Fax: +44 20 7387 1397
Appointment
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Dept of Computer Science
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
Biography

Guido Germano is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science, University College London, Programme Director of the UCL MSc Computational Finance, and Research Associate of the Systemic Risk Centre, London School of Economics. He has studied at the University of Pisa obtaining a laurea in 1994 (with research for his thesis done at MPIP Mainz in 1993-1994) and a PhD on quantum/classical molecular simulation in 1998 (with stays at the University of Bonn in 1994-1995 and the University of California at San Francisco in 1996). He has been a postdoctoral research assistant in theoretical soft condensed matter physics at the University of Bristol (1998-2000) and the University of Bielefeld (2000-2002). From 2002 until he joined UCL in 2013 he has led a research group in computer simulation in theoretical/physical chemistry at the University of Marburg as a Hochschuldozent until 2007, then as a junior professor, and as an interim associate professor in 2009. He has also been a research fellow at the Department of Economic Sciences and Quantitative Methods of the Università del Piemonte Orientale in Novara (2009-2012) and at Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa (1998 and 2012-2013).

Research Groups
Research Themes
Research Summary

Computational science and engineering or scientific computing (sometimes called eScience or eResearch), with a focus on applications in finance and statistical/condensed-matter physics. Guido Germano's research relevant to finance includes stochastic processes, Monte Carlo, Fourier transform methods, numerical pricing of derivatives, time series analysis, agent-based models and high-performance computing. In physics he specialised also in molecular simulation: coarse-grained models of liquid crystals with Monte Carlo or molecular dynamics on massively parallel computers, quantum/classical simulation of proteins, and ab initio calculations of smaller molecules. A common theme is the microscopic or phenomenological modelling of complex systems, where aggregate behaviour emerges from the interaction between many component parts.

Teaching Summary

At UCL Guido Germano teaches the postgraduate modules Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes (since 2015) and Numerical Methods for Finance (since 2014); as a deputy, he has taught 1/3 of Financial Market Modelling and Analysis (1 term, 2016). At Università del Piemonte Orientale he has taught 1/4 of Finance Laboratory (Applied Probability with Matlab, 1 semester, 2010-2011). At Philipps-Universität Marburg he has taught Mathematics 1-3 for Chemists (Calculus and Linear Algebra, 11 semesters, 2003-2009), Theoretical Chemistry 1 (Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, 6 semesters, 2006-2012) and 3 (Density Functional Theory, 1 semesters, 2005-2006), Statistical Thermodynamics (2 semesters, 2008-2009 and 2011), Introduction to Physical Chemistry (Classical Thermodynamics, Spectroscopy, etc., 2 semesters, 2009 and 2010), Advanced Computer Laboratory for Physical Chemists (12 semesters, 2003-2009), and 1/5 of Theoretical Methods in Biological Chemistry (1 semesters, 2003). At the University of Bielefeld he has been a teaching assistant and deputy lecturer of Statistical Mechanics, Analytical Mechanics, and Computational Biophysics (1 semester each, 2000-2002).

Appointments
2013 Associate Professor (called Senior Lecturer until 2018) Department of Computer Science, Financial Computing Group University College London, United Kingdom
2012 – 2013 Research Fellow in Applied Mathematics and Physics Class of Mathematical and Natural Sciences Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy
2009 – 2012 Research Fellow in Applied Mathematics Department of Economic Sciences and Quantitative Methods Università del Piemonte Orientale Amedeo Avogadro, Novara, Italy
2009 – 2009 Interim Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry Department of Chemistry, Computer Simulation Group Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
2007 – 2013 Junior Professor of Physical Chemistry Department of Chemistry, Computer Simulation Group Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
2002 – 2007 Hochschuldozent in Physical Chemistry Department of Chemistry, Computer Simulation Group Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
2000 – 2002 Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Theoretical Physics Faculty of Physics, Condensed Matter Theory Group Universität Bielefeld, Germany
1998 – 2000 Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Theoretical Physics H. H. Wills Physics Laboratory, Molecular Simulation Group University of Bristol, United Kingdom
1998 – 1998 Research Assistant in Theory of Condensed Matter Physics Class of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, INFM-FORUM Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy
1996 – 1996 Research Assistant in Computational Chemistry Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry University of California at San Francisco, United States
1995 – 1998 Research Assistant in Computational Chemistry Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry Università di Pisa, Italy
1994 – 1995 Research Assistant in Financial Mathematics Faculty of Law and Economics, Statistics Group Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany
1993 – 1994 Undergraduate Research Assistant in Physical Chemistry Polymer Spectroscopy Group Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung, Mainz, Germany
Academic Background
1998 PhD Dottorato di Ricerca – Computational Chemistry Universita degli Studi di Pisa
1994 DipLaurea Diploma di Laurea – Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Universita degli Studi di Pisa
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