Short CV

A quick intro about me is here.

Education

(2005 – 2008)  IMT Lucca Institute for Advanced Studies

  • PhD student with full grant  at the PhD Programme in Computer Science
  • December 2008 – Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering
  • Thesis awarded with the 2009 E.R. Caianiello Award for the best Ph.D. Thesis in Neural Networks and related fields

(2007 – 2008)   Liverpool John Moores University

  • Visiting researcher at the Neural Computation Research Group under the supervision of Prof. Paulo J. G. Lisboa.

(1998 – 2003)   Computer Science Department –  University of Pisa

  • May 2003 –  B.Sc. in Computer Science, Cum Laude
  • December 2003 – M.Sc. in Computer Science, Cum Laude

(2001 – 2002)   University of Uppsala

  • Visiting student at the Computer Science Department in the framework of the EU Erasmus project

Work Experience

(July 2020 – now) Associate Professor at the Computer Science Department – University of Pisa

  • Founder and head of the Pervasive Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (PAILab)
  • Italian national habilitation as Full Professor in Computer Science (01/B1) since 23/11/2020
  • Italian national habilitation as Full Professor in Computer Engineering (09/H1) since 13/11/2020

(July 2017 – June 2020) Senior Assistant professor at the Computer Science Department – University of Pisa

  • (January 2020-December 2020) Coordinator of the EU-H2020-ICT TEACHING project (A computing Toolkit for building Efficient Autonomous appliCations leveraging Humanistic INtelliGence).

(May 2014 – June 2017) Junior Assistant professor at the Computer Science Department – University of Pisa

  • (March 2016-September 2019) Principal Investigator of the MIUR-SIR project LISTIT:  Learning non-Isomorph Structured Transductions for Image and Text fragments
  • (May 2014-October 2016) Work on the FP7 EU project (STREP) DOREMI: Decrease of cOgnitive decline malnutRition and sedEntariness by elderly empowerment in lifestyle Management and social Inclusion

(June 2011 – April 2014)  PostDoc Research Fellow of the CI&ML group at the Computer Science Department – University of Pisa

  • Work on the FP7 EU project (STREP) RUBICON: Robotic UBIquitous COgnitive Network

(2009 – May 2011)  PostDoc Research Fellow of the CI&ML group at the Computer Science Department – University of Pisa

(Oct. 2008 – Dec. 2008)  Research Assistant at Liverpool John Moores University – Unilever Research, UK

  • Structure learning in Bayesian graphical models: joint work with Paulo J.G. Lisboa (Liverpool John Moores University) and Joe Whittaker (Lancaster University)

(2004 – 2006) Robotech Srl – Italy

  •  Collaboration to prototyping and development of the I-Droid01 robotic platform

(2004 – 2005)  Research Assistant at the Arts Lab – Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna Pisa

  • Work on the European project (IST-FET) Alladin: Natural Language Based Decision Support in Neuro-Rehabilitation

Scientific Activity

A complete list of publications is available here

A summary of my supervision activity (post-doc, phd and undergraduate) is available here

Editorial Activity

Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems (since Dec. 2017)

Academic Editor of PLOS ONE (since Jan. 2018)

Guest Associate Editor for Frontiers in Robotics and AI

Scientific and Academic Organizations

IEEE Senior Member (since 2018) and member of the the IEEE CIS Neural Network Technical Committee (since 2019).

Founder and Chair of the IEEE Task Force on Learning for structured data (since 2020).

Board Member (since 2015) and Secretary (since Dec. 2017) of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence

Executive Committee Member and President of the Alumni and Students Association of IMT Lucca.

Conference Organization

Organizing committee of conference and graduate/summer schools

Organizing conference special sessions, workshops and tutorials

  • Tutorial on “Deep Learning for Graphs“, at IJCNN 2021, July 2021
  •  Deep learning for graphs, special session at ESANN 2021, Filippo Maria Bianchi (NORCE – the Norwegian Research Center, Norway), Benjamin Paassen (The University of Sydney, Australia), Cesare Alippi (Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland), October 2021
  • Tutorial on “Deep learning for graphs Processing symbolic relationships with neural networks“,  at ECAI’20, August 2020
  • Tutorial on Deep learning for graphs at WCCI’20, July 2020
  • Learning Representations for Structured Data session at WCCI-IJCNN 2020,  Filippo Maria Bianchi (UIT, NO),Thomas Gärtner (University of Nottingham, UK), Nicolò Navarin (University of Padova, Italy), Alessandro Sperduti (University of Padova, Italy)
  • Tensor Decompositions in Deep Learning session at ESANN 2020, Danilo Mandic (Imperial College, United Kingdom)
  • Tutorial on Deep Learning for Graphs, at IJCNN 2019.
  • Learning Representations for Structured Data session at IJCNN 2019,  Thomas Gärtner (University of Nottingham, UK), Nicolò Navarin (University of Padova, Italy), Alessandro Sperduti (University of Padova, Italy)
  • Explainable Machine Learning session at IJCNN 2019, Paulo J. G. Lisboa (LJMU, United Kingdom), Jose D. Martin, (Universitat de València, Spain), Alfredo Vellido (UPC, Spain)
  • Tutorial on Deep Learning for Graphs, at INNS-BDDL 2019
  • Societal Issues in Machine Learning: When Learning from Data is Not Enough session, at ESANN 2019, Battista Biggio (Università di Cagliari, Italy), Paulo J. G. Lisboa (LJMU, United Kingdom), Jose D. Martin, (Universitat de València, Spain), Luca Oneto (Università di Genova, Italy), Alfredo Vellido (UPC, Spain)
  • Tutorial on Deep Learning for Graphs, at  ECML-PKDD 2018, Alessio Micheli
  • Machine explanation: Interpretation of Machine Learning Models for Medicine and Bioinformatics session, at CIBB 2018,  Ian Jarman (LJMU, UK), José D. Martín-Guerrero (Universitat de València, Spain), Alfredo Vellido (UPC, Spain)
  • Deep Learning for Structured and Multimedia Information (DEEPSM) session, at WCCI2018, Silvio Jamil F. Guimarães (PUC Minas, Brazil) and Zenilton K. G. Patrocínio Jr (PUC Minas, Brazil)
  • Deep Learning in Bioinformatics and Medicine session, at ESANN 2018, Miguel Atencia (Universidad de Málaga, Spain), Paulo J. G. Lisboa (LJMU, United Kingdom), Jose D. Martin, (Universitat de València, Spain), Ruxandra Stoean (University of Craiova, Romania), Alfredo Vellido (UPC, Spain)
  • Parallel Computations for Neural Networks, at HPCS 2017, Andreea Anghel, Georgios Kathareios, Mitch Gusat (IBM)
  • Cloud in Robotics and Cyber Physical Systems, at IEEE Cloudnet 2016 , co-chair with Antonio Bicchi (UNIPI, IIT)

Member of the Program Committee of

  • International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML 2020, ICML 2021)
  • Neural Information Processing and Systems (NeurIPS 2019, NeurIPS 2020, NeurIPS 2021)
  • International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR 2022, ICLR 2021)
  • International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2022, IJCAI 2021, IJCAI 2020, IJCAI 2019, IJCAI 2018) – Senior PC
  • International Conference on Neural Information Processing (ICONIP 2020) – Senior PC
  • European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI 2020) – Senior PC
  • AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI2022, AAAI2021, AAAI 2020, AAAI 2019)  – Senior PC
  • GCLR 2021 Workshop at AAAI 2021
  • IEEE International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN 2020, IJCNN 2019, IJCNN 2018)
  • European Symposium on Artificial Neural Networks (ESANN 2019, ESANN 2020, ESANN 2021)
  • International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (ICANN 2019)
  • International Workshop on Parallel Computations for Neural Networks (PCNN 2018)
  • International Work-Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (IWANN 2011, IWANN 2013, IWANN 2015, IWANN 2017, IWANN 2019)
  • International Conference of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence (AI*IA 2017, AI*IA 2018,  AI*IA 2019)
  • IEEE Symposium on Deep Learning (DL 2016, DL 2017, DL 2018, DL 2019)
  • International Conference on Cloud and Robotics (ICCR 2017)
  • International Conference on Probabilistic Graphical Models (PGM 2016)
  • International Conference on Signal Processing, Computing and Control (ISPCC 2015)
  • World Congress on Nature and Biologically Inspired Computing (NaBIC2011)

Reviewing Activity

Project Evaluator and Rapporteur

  • University of Padova “Joint University-Industry projects” (2020)
  • University of Firenze “Competitive projects for fixed-term contract researchers” (2019)
  • University of Verona “Fundamental Research” and “Joint Projects” programme (2018, 2019)
  • National Research, Development and Innovation Plan Programme III (2016, 2019)
  • National Research Council (CNCS)  Joint Applied Research Projects (2013, 2011)
  • National Research Council (CNCS)  Exploratory Research Projects (2012)

Ph.D. Reviewer

  • External Ph.D. reviewer for the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC)
  • External Ph.D. reviewer for Università di Trento
  • Member of the internal reviewing committee at Computer Science Ph.D. @ Unipi (Candidates: Lorenzo De Mattei, Alessio Miaschi, Mattia Setzu).

Acted as reviewer for the following international journals, conferences and workshops

  • Information Science (since 2012)
  • Pattern Recognition Letters (since 2008)  (Top-25 reviewer years 2008-2012)
  • IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems (since 2009)
  • Neurocomputing (since 2012)
  • Neural Computing and Applications (since 2008)
  • Neural Processing Letters (since 2017)
  • IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics–Part C: Applications and Reviews (since 2010)
  • International Journal of Approximate Reasoning (since 2016)
  • Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery  (since 2016)
  • Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (since 2016)
  • Computational Statistics and Data Analysis (since 2011)
  • Entropy (2016)
  • Expert Systems With Applications (since 2016)
  • International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks (since 2011)
  • AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2019)
  • International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2013,IJCAI 2018)
  • IEEE International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN’10/ WCCI’10, IJCNN 2011, IJCNN 2013, IJCNN 2015, IJCNN 2016, IJCNN 2017, IJCNN 2018)
  • European Symposium on Artificial Neural Networks (ESANN 2013,ESANN 2014,ESANN 2015,ESANN 2016,ESANN 2017, ESANN 2018)
  • International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (ICANN 2009, ICANN 2011, ICANN 2013)
  • International Work-Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (IWANN 2009, IWANN 2011, IWANN 2013, IWANN 2015, IWANN 2017)
  • IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence and Data Mining (CIDM 2011)
  • Computational Intelligence Methods for Bioinformatics and Biostatistics (CIBB 2008)
  • IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2009, IROS 2010, IROS 2013)
  • IEEE International Conference on Signal Processing, Computing and Control (ISPCC 2013)
  • IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (SSCI 2013,SSCI 2016)
  • International Symposium on Bioinformatics Research and Applications (ISBRA 2012)
  • World Congress on Nature and Biologically Inspired Computing (NaBIC2011)
  • IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob 2008)
  • IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2008)
  • Workshop on Rewriting Logic and its Applications (WRLA 2008)
  • Italian Conference on Theoretical Computer Science (ICTCS 2008)