Biography

Being a curious mind trying to bring together different cultural interests, I am very fascinated by the interconnections between knowledge, language and learning. I love to search for non-obvious solutions to problems following a multidisciplinary approach to learn new and diverse things and have new experiences. I developed strong technical skills in different fields of artificial intelligence and I apply them to challenging and interesting problems

Curriculum Vitae

Experience

- Today
Research Scientist - Uber AI Labs

Uber acquired Geometric Intelligence (New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Wired, TechCrunch, MIT Tech Review, BBC, Bloomberg, Fortune, Repubblica) and created Uber AI Labs, where I'm doing research about Natural Language Processing with Deep Learning and Probabilistic Modeling.

Machine Learning Scientist - Geometric Intelligence

I've been working at Geometric Intelligence, a NYU startup led by Gary Marcus and Zoubin Ghahramani with Kenneth Stanley, Noah Goodman and Jeff Clune. We were experimenting on advances in Artificial Intelligence using Deep Learning models for hybrid language, vision and knowledge tasks. We also developed Xprop, a new algorithm for learning from less data.

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Researcher - IBM Watson

I worked on several Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning projects: question understanding and classification, semantic models for cognitive search, question answering, query correction and autocomplete, text classification and knowledge induction with Deep Learning and other techniques while admiring New York's amazing skyline.

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CTO - QuestionCube

I founded QuestionCube, a startup working on question answering, and developed several question answering products: Wikiedi, a question answering system over Wikipedia with NLP and semantic technologies (in closed Beta); PArisponde, a semantic search engine over Gov FAQ Open Data (available on Apple AppStore and Google Play - Won the special prize of Apps4Italy); AQPrisponde, a question answering system for help desk operators

Computational Designer - FF3300

I worked on generative design and data visualization on the web and mobile projects at Italian design firm FF3300

Tutor - XYLab

I was a tutor and I've been teaching about search engines at XYLab, a workshop about new publishing, video making, hacking and network algorithms

Research Intern - Yahoo!

I carried on a research project about the adoption of semantic models and network-based approaches for community question answering in the fantastic Yahoo! Lab in Barcelona

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Programming Languages Teaching Assistant - Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro

I've been tutoring and teaching the Programing Languages course of the Computer Science department of the Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro

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Journalist, Editor - Everyeye.it

I was a journalist, head editor of the Nintendo section, international reporter, director and video editor for Everyeye.it (Hidedesign). I wrote more than 40 articles and 20 video-articles about video games

Education

2015
PhD Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro

PhD in Computer Science with a thesis on semantics and question answering

2013
ESSIR 2013

I attended the European Summer School on Information Retrieval 2013 in Granada, Spain

2013
LXMLS 2013

I attended the Lisbon Machine Learning Summer School 2013 in Lisbon, Portugal

2015
BigDive

I attended the second edition of BigDive in Turin, Italy, a training program to boost the technical skills in big data analysis and visualization

2012
MLSS 2012

I attended the Machine Learning Summer School 2012 in Kyoto, Japan

2011
Master Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro

Master in Computer Science with a thesis about a question answering framework

2011
Innovaction Lab

I attended InnovAction Lab Puglia, an empirical school that teaches how to evaluate the innovative potential of an idea and how to present it to private investors and companies

2009
Bachelor Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro

Bachelor in Computer Science with a thesis about serendipity in recommender systems

Skills

Coding

Main: Java, Python
Some Experience: Javascript, Processing, Objective-C, C#, PHP, R, HTML, CSS, C++, Prolog, SQL, RDF, SPARQL

Artificial Intelligence

Question Answering, Natural Language Processing, Semantics, Text Mining, Text Analytics, Information Retrieval, Search Engines, Machine Learning, Data Mining, Deep Learning, Recommender Systems, Ranking

Development

Backend, Web, Mobile, Games

Software

TensorFlow, Lucene, Hadoop, CoreNLP, ClearNLP, Numpy, gensim, spacy, Scikit-learn, nltk, Keras, jQuery, WordNet, Latex, Matlab, Octave, Netbeans, Eclipse, Xcode, Unity, Photoshop

Interests

Videogames

Graphic Novels

Literature

Philosophy

Photography