Current Positions

I am a Reader (roughly equivalent to an Associate Professor in the North-American system) in Data Science at the Department of Geography at University College London.

I am a Faculty Fellow of the recently opened Alan Turing Institute, the UK National Institute for Data Science.

I am a Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham.

(Very) Short Bio

Education

May 2007 PhD in Computer Science from University College London.

December 2002 Laurea in Electronic Engineering (~ British MSci in Electronic Engineering) from the University of Bologna.

Research&Teaching Positions

October 2016-now Faculty Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute.

June 2015-now Reader in Data Science at the Department of Geography at University College London.

March 2014-May 2015 Reader in Networked Systems and Data Science at the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham.

September 2011-February 2014 Senior Lecturer at the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham.

November 2009-August 2011 SICSA Lecturer at the School of Computer Science at the University of St Andrews.

September 2008-October 2009 Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge.

September 2007-August 2008 ISTS Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Computer Science, Dartmouth College.

October 2005-August 2007 Research Fellow at the Department of Computer Science at University College London.

June 2003-September 2003 Intern at INRIA Rocquencourt.

Short Bio

I received a PhD in Computer Science from University College London in May 2007 and a Laurea in Electronic Engineering (roughly comparable to a British MSci in Electronic Engineering) from the University of Bologna in December 2002. I prepared my Final Year Dissertation from June to December 2002 at the Department of Computer Science at University College London, working as research assistant as part of the XMIDDLE project.

After receiving my Master degree, I spent a period in industry working as software engineer at E-Tree and at Kion.  During summer 2003 I also did an internship at the Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA), the National French Research Institute in Computer Science and Automation, at Rocquencourt, near Paris, in the Arles group headed by Dr. Valerie Issarny.

Then, in October 2003 I went back to London where I started my PhD at University College London under the supervision of Prof. Cecilia Mascolo. In October 2005 I became a Research Fellow involved in the CREAM project. I held this position until August 2007.

From September 2007 to August 2008 I was an ISTS Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Computer Science, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA, where I was a member of the Sensor Networks Group, headed by Prof. Andrew T. Campbell working in the MetroSense Project. Then from September 2008 to October 2009 I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge as a member of the Networking and Operating Systems (NetOS) group.

From November 2009 to August 2011 I was a SICSA Lecturer at the School of Computer Science at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

I moved to the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham as Senior Lecturer in September 2011. I was promoted to Reader in Networked Systems and Data Science in March 2014.

I joined the Department of Geography at University College London as Reader in Data Science in June 2015.

Awards

Academic and Professional Affiliations

Talks and Invited Lectures

A list of my talks and invited lectures can be found here.

Personal

On a more personal note, I am originally from the beautiful city of Bologna, Italy. Besides my research interests, I enjoy:

  • reading good books (almost everything, from novels to non-fiction books);
  • eating good food (I am Italian after all);
  • strong coffee;
  • keeping myself informed about what is going on around the world;
  • running: I am rather improbably into long-distance runs; I completed 7 marathons (Paris 2009, Venice 2009, London 2012 [in case you were wondering, not the Olympic one], Paris 2013, Edinburgh 2014, Florence 2014 and Paris 2016);
  • the history of computing (if you have an old Algol manual that you are going to throw away, please contact me!);
  • the visual arts.