I’m a Lecturer (Asst. Prof.) in Machine Learning at the University College London (UCL) and a member of the SpaceTimeLab led by Prof. Tao Cheng and of the Web Intelligence Group led by Prof. Emine Yilmaz. My research broadly focuses on Information Retrieval, Natural Language Processing, and Machine Learning. Previously I was a postdoc also at UCL. 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 furthered 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.

I am currently recruiting new Ph.D. students. Interested applicants with strong backgrounds in machine learning, probability, and statistics are highly encouraged to contact me via email.

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

  • Present2019

    Lecturer (Asst. Prof.) in Machine Learning

    University College London (UCL)

  • 20192018

    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
  • December 2016
    ACM SIGIR ambassador for the 50th anniversary of the ACM Turing Award
  • April 2016
    Keystone STSM Grant (University of Amsterdam)
    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)
    To visit Dr. Leif Azzopardi's group, pioneers and active researchers on the retrievability topic at the University of Glasgow.