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Federica Bianchi


Federica Bianchi is post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Computing where she works on the SNSF project "The Dynamics of Innovation: Latent Space Modelling of Patent Citations".

Federica obtained a PhD in Economics from USI in May 2019 with a thesis on social mechanisms in financial markets. From summer 2019 until the end of 2020 she was an Early Postdoc.Mobility research affiliate at the University of Glasgow in the School of Social and Political Sciences. In the UK, Federica developed her own project on "Financial Markets as Evolving Relational Systems".

Before joining USI, Federica obtained a MSc in Economics from the University of Pavia.

Federica has an extensive experience in teaching quantitative methods for social sciences.


Federica Bianchi's main interests have been social networks and their role in coordinating the economic activity in markets. Her work provided analytical and methodological tools to understand financial markets as networks of observed exchange events unfolding in continuous time. Her empirical work shows how the market micro-relational structure is ultimately produced by self-organizing properties of individual transactions that link changing sets of buyers and sellers.

Federica's current research focuses on studying the dynamics of innovation through the analysis of patent citations. Her aim is developing a novel conceptual framework for the understanding of innovation as existing in a latent space whereby patents dynamically evolve through time and, in turn, invite citations from nearby patents.