Prof. Dr. Claudio J. Tessone

Claudio Tessonne


Assistant Professor in Network Science

UZH Blockchain Center, Academic Director and Chairman (2020)

URPP Social Networks

Institute of Business Administration
Andreasstrasse 15. AND 4.42

CH-8050 Zürich Switzerland
Phone: +41 44 634 92 61

"To think is to forget differences, to generalise, to abstract. In his overly replete world, there were nothing but details."

Funes the memorious. Jorge Luis Borges


Claudio J. Tessone is Assistant Professor for Network Science at the University of Zurich. He is co-founder and acts as Chairman of the UZH Blockchain Center. He holds a PhD in Physics (on complex systems) and an Habilitation on "Complex socio-economic systems" from ETH Zurich. He is an expert in the modelling of complex socio-economic, and socio-technical systems from an interdisciplinary perspective. He is interested in the link between microscopic agent behaviour and the rules these agents abide to, and the global, emergent properties of socio-economic and socio-technical systems.
Blockchain-based systems and cryptocurrencies are the main pillar of his research (being among the first to study them). This includes crypoeconomics (from financial aspects to meso- and macro- properties, such as withstanding, emergent centralisation), big-data blockchain analytics and forensics, design of blockchain-based systems, and characterisation of economic incentives that are present (by design or set inadvertently) in them.
He is the director of the Summer School: Deep Dive into Blockchain and of the Certificate of Advanced Studies on Blockchain at the University of Zurich.

Research Interests

  • Blockchain-based systems: modelling and incentive-systems analysis
  • Cryptocurrency analytics and economics
  • Collective effects induced by heterogeneity in social and economic systems
  • Network formation and global dynamics
  • Network nestedness
  • Topology and effects of temporal networks
  • Complex socio-, economic and technical systems

Academic Degrees

2015 Habilitation on "Complex socio-economic systems" Thesis: Agent-based modelling of socio-economic systems: Social influence and network interactions Department of Management, Technology and Economics, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich, Switzerland
2002-2006 PhD in Physics

Institut Mediterrani d’Estudis Avançats. Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain
Thesis title: Synchronisation and Collective Effects in Extended Stochastic Systems
1993-1999 Master in Physics
Instituto Balseiro, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Argentina
Thesis title: Stochastic Resonance. New Control Parameters and Coupled Systems

Curriculum Vitae