Biography

I’m Lecturer (Asst. Prof.) in Machine Learning at the University College London (UCL) in the SpaceTimeLab led by Prof. Tao Cheng. Previously, I was Postdoc also at UCL in the Web Intelligence Group led by Prof. Emine Yilmaz. My research broadly focuses on Information Retrieval, Natural Language Processing, and Machine Learning. I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science from the TU Wien (Austria) with the title: “On Biases in Information Retrieval Models and Evaluation” under the supervision of Prof. Allan Hanbury and Dr. Mihai Lupu. I’ve perfected my studies at the: National Institute of Standard and Technologies (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Microsoft Research Cambridge, University of Glasgow, University of Amsterdam, and National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Tokyo.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. 2014-2018

    Ph.D. in Computer Science

    TU Wien

  • MSc. 2010-2012

    Master in Computer Engineering

    University of Bologna

  • BSc. 2007-2010

    Bachelor in Computer Engineering

    University of Catania

  • H.S. 2002-2007

    Computer Expert

    ITIS ``Ettore Majorana`` of Piazza Armerina

Work Experience

  • Present2018

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    University College London (UCL)

  • 20182014

    Project Assistant

    TU Wien

  • 08/201706/2017

    Visiting Researcher

    Microsoft Research Cambridge UK

  • 07/201705/2017

    Visiting Researcher

    National Institute of Standard & Technology

  • 09/201607/2016

    Research Intern

    Microsoft Research Cambridge UK

  • 4/20164/2016

    Visiting Researcher

    University of Amsterdam

  • 2/20162/2016

    Visiting Researcher

    University of Glasgow

  • 5/20152/2015

    Research Intern

    National Institute of Informatics (Tokyo)

  • 20142013

    Computer Engineer

    IKARUS Security Software GmbH

Grant & Awards

  • December 2017
    1st Place Microsoft One Week 2017 Hackathon Winner
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  • December 2016
    ACM SIGIR ambassador for the 50th anniversary of the ACM Turing Award
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  • April 2016
    Keystone STSM Grant (University of Amsterdam)
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    To visit Dr. Kanoulas Evangelos, active researchers in the Information Retrieval evaluation topic at the University of Amsterdam. Short term scientific mission granted by the COST Action IC1302 (Keystone).
  • February 2016
    ESF Exchange Grant (University of Glasgow)
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    To visit Dr. Leif Azzopardi's group, pioneers and active researchers on the retrievability topic at the University of Glasgow.

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