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My main research interests are in the area of brain-computer interfaces (BCIs), machine learning and decision making (see Research).
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 have 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 February 2017, I was appointed Senior Research Officer at the University of Essex, where I have worked on the MURI project "Closed-Loop Multisensory Brain-Computer Interface for Enhanced Decision Accuracy", as well as in another research project funded by the Defence Human Capability Science & Technology Centre (DHCSTC).
In May 2017, I have passed the viva voce and I have got my doctoral degree. My PhD examiners were Professor Slawomir Nasuto from the University of Reading, and Dr Hubert Cecotti from Ulster University.
In May 2018, I have spent two weeks at the Neural Systems Engineering & Information Processing Lab at the University of Southern California, led by Professor Maryam Shanechi. During my visit, I have helped the team setup a 256-channel EEG system and conduct decision-making experiments.
In September 2018, I moved to Boston, MA, where I was appointed Research Fellow at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School. Since then, I work in the lab of Dr Kristina Simonyan, where I analyze EEG and fMRI data of patients affected by speech disorders, as well as continuing my research on decision making.
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.
In 2017, I have been a fixed term lecturer at the University of Essex, teaching the module CE320 - Large Scale Software Systems and Extreme Programming. In the previous years, I have 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.