I am a Reader (equivalent to an Associate Professor in the North-American academic system) in Data Science at the Department of Geography at University College London, where I lead the Intelligent Social Systems Lab.
At UCL I am Deputy Director of the Leverhulme Doctoral Training Programme for the Ecological Study of the Brain, a member of the Steering and Executive Board of the UCL Institute Digital Health and a member of the UCL Academic Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR)
I am also the Director of the UCL Master in Geospatial Analysis.
(Very) Short Bio
June 2003-September 2003 Intern at INRIA Rocquencourt.
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.
- Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (April 2015). Declined for change of institution.
- Best Paper Award at UbiComp 2016 for our paper “PrefMiner: Mining User’s Preferences for Intelligent Mobile Notification Management”. The paper has has been listed in the ACM Best of Computing Notable Books and Articles for 2016.
- Data for Development (D4D) Challenge 2013 Best Overall Prize with our submission “Exploiting Cellular Data for Disease Containment and Information Campaigns Strategies in Country-wide Epidemics”. More details about the D4D event at NetMob’13 can be found here (see also the United Nations Global Pulse website). Our work was also covered by the Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, La Repubblica, and Mobile World Live.
- Nokia Mobile Data Open Challenge (2012) winner with our submission “Interdependence and Predictability of Human Mobility and Social Interactions”. A report of the event can be found here. An extended journal version which appeared on Elsevier Pervasive and Mobile Computing can be found here. A website of the project is available here.
- NetExplorateur - Top 100 Innovations of the Year (2011) for our EmotionSense project.
Academic and Professional Affiliations
- Fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS) and Member of the BCS Academy of Computing.
- Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.
- Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) - my ACM Author Profile page can be found here.
- Member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).
Talks and Invited Lectures
A list of my talks and invited lectures can be found here.
- reading good books (almost everything, from novels to non-fiction books);
- eating good food (I am Italian after all);
- 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);
- learning about the ever fascinating history of computing and everything related to it (if you have an old Algol manual that you are going to throw away, please contact me!);
- the visual arts, in particular architecture.
Last updated: 19 November 2017.