I was born in Reggio Emilia (Italy) in 1988. 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 have spent two months in the CRISP lab at Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts) to work with Professor Demba Ba on state-space models. In May 2017, I passed the viva voce with minor corrections and I got my PhD degree.
My main research interests are in the area of brain-computer interfaces (BCIs), machine learning and decision making. In particular, during my PhD I have used BCIs to help groups of people make the best decisions (see Research). I am now continuing that research as a post-doc in the MURI project "Closed-Loop Multisensory Brain-Computer Interface for Enhanced Decision Accuracy", as well as in another research project that our lab is delivering as a registered supplier with the Defence Human Capability Science & Technology Centre (DHCSTC).
Beside my current research, 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 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 a bronze medal back to the UK, competing against the most famous universities in the field. I have also 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.
I have also been employed as Graduate Laboratory Assistant in various modules (see Teaching), where I helped students undertaking 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.