I currently am Associate Professor in CSCW and Digital Collaboration at the Department of Computer Science, NTNU, where I belong to the Applied Information Technologies (AIT) group. Before that, I also held a postdoc position at the Department of Computer Science, NTNU, and the Interact Research Unit, University of Oulu (Fin).
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 that was 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).
My research has currently branched into different domains, but I am always concerned with the inner workings and consequences of digitalization in practice (what happens behind the scenes of data science work? How can we inform the development of more sustainable AI applications?).
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 (despite the current hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic). Sometimes I forget to choose the aisle seat so I have to take pictures out of the window to distract myself. I say that I am scared of flying but I end up flying a lot.
I go on holiday to Portugal every year, and I still travel 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 13 years.
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