Prof. Vitaliano Ciulli mainly carried out his research activity at CERN, first in the ALEPH experiment at the LEP collider and later in the CMS experiment at the LHC collider. He participated in the design and construction of the silicon tracker of this last experiment and was then involved in data analysis, contributing to the discovery of the Higgs boson. In recent years he has developed an interest in cosmic rays and muography, i.e. the use of atmospheric muons for radiography of large volumes, from mines to volcanoes. He presently also studies and teaches how to use Artificial Intelligence for data analysis in the aforementioned fields. Since many years, he is dedicated to dissemination: he organize visits of the CMS experiment and held seminars and conferences in schools of all levels and as part of festivals and other events.
Vitaliano Ciulli graduated from the Scuola Normale in 1993, he obtained his PhD from the University of Pisa in 1997 and then spent a period at CERN, before becoming a researcher in Florence in 2000. Since 2021 he has been full professor of Experimental Physics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Florence, where he is currently President of the Degree Course in Physics and Astrophysics.