I currently am a postdoc at the Department of Computer Science, NTNU, where I belong to the Information Systems and Software Engineering (ISSE) group. In 2018 I also held a postdoc position at the Interact Research Unit, University of Oulu (Fin), where I worked with Prof. Helena Karasti to investigate the formation of environmental research infrastructures in the European Union.
I am trained as a computer engineer, with a specialization in knowledge representation, Semantic Web technologies, and context-based recommendation systems. I hold a MSc (2010) and a BSc (2008) in computer engineering from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, but I did my master thesis as an exchange student at NTNU.
As a child I always dreamed about Scandinavia, and I took it very seriously. I moved to Norway, where in 2015 I got a PhD in Information Systems from NTNU.
To make things worse, I became passionate about conducting empirical research to investigate how organizational information and communication technologies are designed, implemented, and maintained over the long term. As I began looking into the development of real-time systems for subsea environmental monitoring, I realized that digital innovation and environmental sustainability are always mutually shaped.
I obtained my PhD degree from NTNU in 2015, with an ethnographic study of the implementation of subsea environmental monitoring systems during oil and gas operations. During my PhD (2012-2015), I spent a considerable amount of time at an oil company leading an initiative to install real-time systems for the surveillance of cold-water corals and fish schools during offshore operations on the Norwegian continental shelf. Here is a short summary of some of the results of my PhD research, for a book published by the Comites association of the Italians living in Norway and Iceland (here you find the complete publication).
I am the Norwegian representative in the board of IRIS, the Scandinavian chapter of the Association of Information Systems.
As part of my work I travel on a weekly basis. Sometimes I forget to choose the aisle seat so I have to take pictures out of the window to distract myself.
I go on holiday to Portugal every year, and I still fly to Italy as often as I can to see my family. There I keep my many cats. One of them, Nestore, has been my mascot for 11 years.
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