I am currently a Senior Research Scientist within the Fairhair.AI unit of Meltwater, a global media intelligence company, and an honorary researcher at the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham. My research lies in the area of Computer Science and deals with the algorithmic aspects of large-scale data processing and with the logical foundations of information integration, knowledge representation, and cognitive computing. I am also Co-Founder and Head of Data Engineering of Wrapidity, a web scraping startup acquired by Meltwater in Sep 2016.
Before that… I started my research career in 2006 when I was granted a one-year MSc research assistant position at the Department of Electronics and Information of the Technical University of Milan (Politecnico di Milano), which is the top technical university in Italy and among the top 50 worldwide according to the QS University rankings. At that time, my research dealt with problems in ontology-based information integration; in particular, schema and ontology matching. The main outcome of the research has been the X-SOM ontology matching and integration tool which has been presented at the Extended Semantic Web Conference in 2007. Theoretical results about X-SOM have also been published in the book Semantic Web Information Management in 2010.
In January 2008, I was awarded a three-year PhD scholarship from the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR). My doctoral studies have been based at the Technical University of Milan under the supervision of Prof. Letizia Tanca and have been devoted to the investigation of the logical foundations of ontology-based information integration and personalization. This research was partially carried out at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), under the supervision of Prof. Carlo Zaniolo, and at the University of Oxford, under the supervision of Prof. Georg Gottlob FRS. The research outcomes have been published in the proceedings of leading international computer science conferences, such as the International Conference on Extending Database Technology, and in top journals, such as the Communications of the ACM. For this research, I also received a Doctor Europaeus award in 2011. Apart from academic outcomes, my research results have also had practical applications in industrial products. Among these, the one with major impact has been the Metoda SAFE-Card system for time-critical support to paramedics and physicians during emergency-care of patients with chronic cardio-vascular diseases. A side outcome of this research has been μJena: the first open-source APIs for ontological data processing for Java based mobile devices.
From January 2011 to December 2015 I held a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Oxford and a junior James Martin fellowship at the Institute for the Future of Computing of the Oxford-Martin School. My research has been concerned with large-scale automated and probabilistic reasoning with particular emphasis on its application to ontological databases. The independence provided by this fellowship enabled me to establish several fundamental results in the area of semantic data management. The major results have been published in the proceedings of top computer science conferences such as the International Conference on Data Engineering, the International Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence and the International Conference on Foundations of Software Science and Computational Structures, as well as in top peer-reviewed journals such as Proceedings of the VLDB Endowment.
From January 2016 to Sep 2016 I held a Lecturership at the School of Computer Science of the University of Birmingham. I have been responsible for the courses of Database Fundamentals and Software Engineering I. My research focused on “Big Data” management on the Web. In particular, large-scale and automated extraction of complex multi-attribute objects from Web pages.
- Feb 2011: Ph.D. in Information Engineering from the Technical University of Milan (Italy). Doctoral
dissertation: “Context-based Querying of Dynamic and Heterogeneous Information Sources”. Advisor: Prof. Letizia Tanca.
- Oct 2006: MSc in Computer Science and Engineering from the Technical University of Milan (Italy). MSc dissertation: “An Ontology-based Data-integration System Solving Semantic Inconsistencies”. Advisor: Prof. Letizia Tanca.
- Oct 2004: BSc in Computer Science and Engineering the Technical University of Milan (Italy). BSc dissertation: “Multi-device Synchronisation of V-Cards with SyncML”. Advisor: Prof. Barbara Pernici.
- Apr 2015: Research co-investigator, EPSRC Programme Grant VADA (Value-Added DAta) – £4.6M.
- Feb 2011: Doctor Europaeus award from Technical University of Milan.
- Jan 2008: Full Doctoral Scholarship award from the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and
- Nov 2006: Chartered Engineer Qualification from the Technical University of Milan (Italy).
- Oct 2016 – current: Senior Research Scientist, Meltwater, UK.
- Jan 2016 – Sep 2016: Lecturer (Assistant Professor), School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham.
- Jan 2011 – Dec 2015: Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford and junior Fellow of the Institute for the Future of Computing, Oxford-Martin School.
- Sep 2009 – Dec 2010: Visiting Ph.D. Student, Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford.
- Feb 2009 – Sep 2009: MSc Research Assistant, Research Centre on Software Technologies, University
- Jun 2009 – Jul 2009: Visiting Ph.D. Student, Computer Science Department of the University of
California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
- Oct 2006 – Dec 2007: MSc Research Assistant, Department of Electronics and Information, Technical
University of Milan.
- Proceedings and publicity Chair for the Intl Conference on Database Theory (ICDT) – 2017
- PC member for the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) since 2014
- PC Member for the Intln Conference on Web Reasoning and Rule Systems (RR) in 2013 and 2014.
- Chair of the Intln Workshop on Data Extraction and Object Search (DEOS) in 2013 and 2014.
- Workshop Chair at the British National Conference on Databases (BNCOD) in 2013.
- Chair of the 1st International Workshop on Non-Conventional Data Access (NoCoDA) in 2012.
- Guest Editor for the International Journal on Theory and Practice of Logic Programming in 2011.
I served as a referee for several peer-reviewed international conferences and journals, including: the International Journal on Data Semantics (JoDS), the International Journal of Theory and Practice of Logic Programming (TPLP), the IEEE Transactions on Data and Knowledge Engineering (TKDE), the VLDB Journal (VLDBJ), the International Conference on Web Reasoning and Rule Systems (RR), the International Conference on Conceptual Modelling (ER), the Extended Conference on Semantic Web (ESWC), and the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC).