Paolo Sibani

Portrait of Paolo Sibani

Associate Professor


Phone: (+45) 6550 3525
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Short CV


  • 2001: Dr.Scient, Danish Doctoral Degree awarded for the dissertation Stochastic Dynamics of Complex Systems, SDU.
  • 1986: Lic.scient. (Ph.D.), Odense University.
  • 1980: M.Sc., physics and mathematics, Odense University.


  • 2006-2007: Emerson Center’s Visiting Fellow, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA.
  • 2003-2004: Visiting Professor, Imperial College, London, and Theoretical Physics, Oxford, UK.
  • 1998: Visiting Professor, the Institute of Complex Studies in Santa Fe.
  • 1996-1997: Visiting Professor, SDSU, San Diego.
  • 1991 to present: Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Chemistry, University of Southern Denmark.
  • 1989 and 1992: Visiting scientist, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey.
  • 1988-1991: Assistant Professor, Odense University.
  • 1983-1986 NORDITA fellowship,
  • 1981: Visiting scientist, Inst. for Theoretical Physics, Utrecht.


  • 2002: DKK 15.000, Fyens Stiftstidende Research Prize.
  • 1996 and 2003: DKK 0.25 million from SNF, financial support for a sabbatical leave.
  • 1994, 1998, 2001, and 2004: SNF grants (with J. B. Pedersen) for a total of DKK 1.4 million.
  • 1994-2001: DKK 0.5 million SNF, for workstations.
  • 1994: DKK 4 million (with J. Perram) for a parallel computer.

Research Interests

  • Dynamics of complex systems: glasses, spin glasses, and colloids.
  • Computational Physics, especially in areas connected to the topics above.
  • Biological evolution and models of interacting social agents.

Complex systems such as dense colloidal suspensions, disordered magnets, type II superconductors, evolving eco-systems and many others have very different microscopic descriptions, but share a multi-scaled macroscopic dynamics, known in some quarters as aging. Their fascinating aging phenomenology has roots in the web of metastable configurations all these systems possess. My research develops and applies a unified coarse-grained description of aging systems based on the statistical properties of rare events.


  • Facts, Conjectures and Improvements for Simulated Annealing, with Peter Salamon and Richard Frost. SIAM monograph on Mathematical Modeling and Computation.
  • Glassy Dynamics, with H. J. Jensen. 2008
  • Record Statistics and Dynamics, with H. J. Jensen. Springer Encyclopedia of Complexity & System Science, 2009.
  • Complex dynamics from glasses to evolution, with Henrik J. Jensen. Imperial College University press.