I was born in Reggio Emilia (Italy) in 1988 and I studied Computer Engineering at the University of Parma where I obtained my bachelor (2010) and my master (2013), both summa cum laude, working mainly on robotics and artificial intelligence. In 2013, I moved to Colchester (UK) to start a PhD in the Brain-Computer Interfaces and Neural Engineering Laboratory at the University of Essex, under the supervision of Professor Riccardo Poli and Dr. Caterina Cinel. In 2016, I visited Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts) for two months to work with Professor Demba Ba on state-space models.
My main research interests are in the area of artificial intelligence, machine learning and decision making. I am interested in using brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) to help groups of people to make the best decisions (see Research).
Beside my PhD research, I am a member of The BrainStormers, the Essex team that participated in the BCI race of the Cybathlon 2016, the first international competition for parathletes. Our student-led team brought back a bronze medal to the UK, competing against the most famous universities in the field.
I am also a co-founder of EyeWink, a startup which aim is to develop and commercialise a wearable device that allows users to control their smartphones with eye winks and blinks.
In the past, I have been a member of the RedBeard Button, the robotics team of the University of Parma that won the Sick Robot Day 2012, an international robotics competition.
During my PhD, I have also been employed as Graduate Laboratory Assistant in various modules (see Teaching), where I help students carrying on lab activities and group projects, and module supervisors marking assignments and coursework.
In 2015, I served as Programme Chair for the 7th Computer Science and Electronic Engineering Conference (CEEC'15). I am a graduate student member of IEEE and EMBS and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
More information are available on my CV.