Prof. Dr Claudio J. Tessone


   Current Roles and Affiliation

   Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies, Head

   UZH Blockchain Center, Chairman
   Department of Informatics
   University of Zurich
   Andreasstrasse 15 / Office AND 4.42
   8050 Zürich Switzerland

   Phone: +41 44 635 92 61


Short biography

Claudio J. Tessone is Professor of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies at the Informatics Department, University of Zurich. He is co-founder and 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.

Previous Positions


Assistant Professor of Network Science

URPP Social Networks. Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics. Universität Zürich, Switzerland


Senior Research Associate (postdoc)

Chair of Systems Design, D-MTEC, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich, Switzerland


Academic degrees


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


PhD in Physics

Thesis: Synchronisation and Collective Effects in Extended Stochastic Systems

Institut Mediterrani d’Estudis Avançats. Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain


Master in Physics
Thesis: Stochastic Resonance. New Control Parameters and Coupled Systems

Instituto Balseiro, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Argentina