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 doctoral degree. My PhD examiners were Professor Slawomir Nasuto from the University of Reading, and Dr Hubert Cecotti from Ulster University.
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, in 2015 I co-founded EyeWink, a startup which aim at developing and commercialising 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.