Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (SNS) is a public higher learning institution in Italy. It was founded in 1810 by Napoleon decree as a branch of the École Normale Supérieure of Paris. It operates a highly selective student admission procedure. Students are provided of full tuition, college life and international curriculum. It has roughly 300 undergraduate students, 200 PhD students and 110 professors and researchers. It is organized in two areas, the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Sciences. The last one includes Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Information Science. SNS hosts a PhD school in Mathematics for the Industry and for Finance.
The group of Quantitative Finance (http://mathfinance.sns.it) is composed by three faculty members, 5 postdocs and 7 PhD student. Its research activity is focused on the analysis and modeling of socio- economic systems with tools of mathematics, statistics, statistical physics, network theory, and machine learning. Moreover part of its research focuses on air traffic modeling, by investigating large and complete databases of the European traffic.