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- Associate Professor
- Dept of Computer Science
- Faculty of Engineering Science

Guido Germano is Associate Professor and Director of the MSc Computational Finance in the Department of Computer Science, University College London, Research Associate of the Systemic Risk Centre, London School of Economics, and Associate Editor of Advances in Complex Systems. He has studied at the University of Pisa obtaining a laurea in 1994 and a PhD on quantum-classical molecular simulation in 1998, with research stays at MPIP Mainz (1993-1994), the University of Bonn (Statistics Division, Faculty of Law and Economics, 1994-1995) and the University of California, San Francisco (1996). After postdocs in theoretical soft condensed matter physics at the University of Bristol (1998-2000) and the University of Bielefeld (2000-2002), he has led a computer simulation group at the University of Marburg until he joined UCL in 2013. He has also been a research fellow at Università del Piemonte Orientale, Novara (Department of Economic Sciences and Quantitative Methods, 2009-2012) and Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (1998 and 2012-2013).

Computational science or scientific computing applied to financial mathematics and its links with statistical physics. Currently my main interests are stochastic processes (in particular stochastic volatility, Lévy and jump processes) and thenumerical solution of pricing equations for barrier options and other path-dependent derivatives using fluctuation identities in Fourier-z and Fourier-Laplace space or Monte Carlo, but I have been working also on model calibration, machine learning, algorithmic trading, empirical high-frequency data, probability of default, and agent-based models. My earliest research was on Fourier-transform magnetic resonance spectroscopy, followed by molecular simulation and soft condensed matter theory, where I did hybrid quantum-classical models of proteins and ab initio calculations of smaller molecules, then coarse-grained models of liquid crystals with Monte Carlo or domain-decomposition molecular dynamics on massively parallel architectures, including the development of algorithms, code, force-field parameters and molecular graphics. Other keywords are mathematical modelling, applied mathematics, high-performance computing, and complex systems, where aggregate behaviour emerges from the interaction between many component parts.

At UCL I teach the postgraduate modules Numerical Methods for Finance (since 2014) and Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes (since 2015); as deputy, I have taught 1/3 of Financial Market Modelling and Analysis (1 term, 2016). At Università del Piemonte Orientale I have taught 1/4 of Finance Laboratory (Applied Probability with Matlab, 1 semester, 2010-2011). At Philipps-Universität Marburg I have taught Mathematics 1-3 for Chemists (Calculus and Linear Algebra, 11 semesters, 2003-2009), Theoretical Chemistry 1 (Quantum Mechanics 1, 6 semesters, 2006-2012) and 3 (Density Functional Theory, 1 semester, 2005-2006), Statistical Thermodynamics (2 semesters, 2008-2009 and 2011), Physical Chemistry 0 (Classical Thermodynamics and Spectroscopy, 2 semesters, 2009 and 2010), Advanced Physical Chemistry Computer Laboratory (12 semesters, 2003-2009), and 1/5 of Theoretical Methods in Biological Chemistry (1 semester, 2003). At the University of Bielefeld I have been teaching assistant and deputy lecturer of Statistical Mechanics, Theoretical Mechanics, and Computational Biophysics (1 semester each, 2000-2002).

2021 | Professor of Computational Science | Department of Computer Science, Financial Computing Group | University College London, United Kingdom |

2013 – 2021 | 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 (W2) of Physical Chemistry | Department of Chemistry, Computer Simulation Group | Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany |

2007 – 2013 | Junior Professor (W1) of Physical Chemistry | Department of Chemistry, Computer Simulation Group | Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany |

2002 – 2007 | Hochschuldozent (C2) of Physical Chemistry | Department of Chemistry, Computer Simulation Group | Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany |

2000 – 2002 | Research Associate 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 Associate 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, 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 Division | Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany |

1993 – 1994 | Undergraduate Research Assistant in Physical Chemistry | Polymer Spectroscopy Group | Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung, Mainz, Germany |

ATQ10 - Overseas accreditation or qualification for any level of teaching | |||

1998 | Dottorato di Ricerca | Universita degli Studi di Pisa | |

1996 | Esame di Stato | Universita degli Studi di Pisa | |

1994 | Diploma di Laurea | Universita degli Studi di Pisa | |

ATQ01 - Successfully completed an institutional provision in teaching in the HE sector |