FIS/01 FISICA SPERIMENTALE
Studies: graduated in Physics with 110/110 cum laude in 1990; phD
in 1994 and then he won a post-doc bourse.
Position: from 1995 to 2005, he was a researcher for the Istituto
Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (permanent position); since 2005 up to
now he is Associated professor in experimental Physics at the
Bologna University, Engeneering faculty.
Roles and charges: during his research activity, prof. Villa had
resposability and coordination roles, he had worked directly and
actively in the analyses of experimental data of primary importance
and he had played role of support and direction in other
More in detail, he has been: run coordinator and responsable for
analyses in the OBELIX collaboration; conveneer for two analysis
groups in Hera-B; member of the editorial board of Hera-B; local
responsable for the Slim5 and VIPIX collaboration, conveneer of the
"Trigger and DAQ" work package. Local responsable for the INFN
flagship project Super-B.
Local resposible of the PRIN2007 project "Pixel systems for charge
particles slim trackers" (Italian ministery funded projects).
Local resposible of the PRIN2009 project "Digital readout
architectures of pixel chips and online tracking systems." (Italian
ministery funded projects).
Elected member of the permanent commission on legal and
administrative problems of the Engeneering faculty
Member of the Bologna University Research Observatory for the
Physical science group (2010-).
Currently he has two courses at the Engeneering faculty.
Scientific activity: prof. Villa has performed fundamental physics
reserches in several areas of nuclear and sub-nuclear physics in
large international collaborations (Obelix, Hera-B, LHC-B, Atlas).
In experiments with antinucleons, he studied light meson
spectroscopy in search for new and/or resonant states and he
measured the branching fraction of two body decays. In p-A
interactions (Hera-B), he studied charmonium states and he measured
production cross sections of hadrons with open or hidden beauty. He
is now involved in the design and production of a new type of
luminosity monitor for the ATLAS experiment and, in the
microelectronic field, he is involved in the design and realization
of new types of pixel matrices to be used in the next generation of
Moreover he had performed phenomenological studies in different
fields: he studied the solar neutrino problem, the CP symmetry
violation (with a coomprehensive study of the
Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa) and the theoretical charmonium cross
sections at different energies. He has now more than 200 scientific
papers published on referred journals.