I am Alessandro Lonardi, a Ph.D. Student at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (Tübingen, Germany), working under the supervision of Dr. Caterina De Bacco in the Physics for Inference and Optimization group. The main focus of my current research is studying routing problems combining approaches stemming from optimal transport, statistical physics, and belief propagation. In particular, I am interested in understanding how different route selection mechanisms affect traffic and total path length of networks. The applications of my work span from urban to biological networks. Previously I was a Master’s Student in Mathematical Engineering at UniPd (Padua, Italy), where I also obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Physics.