About Me

I am an associate professor at the Computer Science Department, University of Pisa, where I am the head of the Pervasive Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (PAILab)  and a member of the Computational Intelligence & Machine Learning Group (CI&MLG). Since 2020, I have received the Italian national habilitation as Full Professor in Computer Science (01/B1) and Computer Engineering (09/H1).

I received both the B.Sc. and M.Sc. Degrees in Computer Science from the University of Pisa, in year 2003.  In December 2008, I succesfully completed a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering at IMT Lucca, under the supervision of the late Prof. Antonina Starita and Prof. Paulo J.G. Lisboa.

During my undergraduate studies (2001-2002),  I spent a semester as visiting student at the Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University, under the Erasmus/Socrates exchange program. During 2004-2005 I was with the Advanced Robotics Technology and System Laboratory (ARTS Lab), Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna Pisa, and I collaborated with Robotech srl, a spin-off company committed to educational and entertaiment robotics.

In Fall 2007 and Fall 2008 I have been visiting researcher at the Neural Computation Research Group, Liverpool John Moores University, under the supervision of Prof. Paulo J.G. Lisboa. In fall 2012, I have been visiting the Cognitive Robotic Systems laboratory at the Center for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems (AASS), Orebro Universitet.

Since 2005, I have been involved in a number of national, international and industrial research projects, acting as leading reasearcher and principal investigator. I am currently the coordinator of the EIC-Pathfinder EMERGE  (2022-2026) and H2020 TEACHING projects (2020-2023), and the PI of the H2020 TAILOR NoE (2020-2024). I also work as scientific consultant on AI methodologies for several companies, start-ups and spin-offs.

I have held several positions as teaching assistant in machine learning and artificial intelligence courses at B.Sc and M.Sc. level.

I serve as a Senior Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems,  and I was an Academic Editor for PLOS ONE (2019-2022) and as Guest Editor for Frontiers in Robotics and AI (2019-2020). I serve in the PC of the major scientific conferences in the field of neural networks, machine learning and AI. I act as supervisor for B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. theses in Computer Science, as external Ph.D. reviewer and as evaluator of international research projects.

I am a Senior Member of the IEEE and IEEE Computational Intelligence society (CIS),  and I am vice-chair of the IEEE CIS Technical Committee on Neural Networks. I am the founder and chair of the IEEE Task Force on Learning for structured data. I am board member and Vice President of the AIxIA (Associazione Italiana per l’Intelligenza Artificiale, Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence) and I serve as President of the Alumni and Students Association of IMT Lucca.