• Professor of Pervasive Technologies, Department of Computer Science, The University of Sheffield
  • Academic Director of the University Technology Centre on Artificial Intelligence for Defence and Security
  • Coordinator of the OAK Group.
  • Co-founder, CEO and Director of Aeqora Ltd, a University of Sheffield Spin-off Company providing mobility services
  • Co-founder and Scientific Advisor to The Floow, a company providing telematics motor insurance solutions
  • 2007-2020: Co-founder and Director of K-Now Technologies Ltd, a University of Sheffield Spin-off Company providing knowledge services
  • 2016:2019: Director of SETA, a 13-partner Horizon 2020 European Project on creating a large-scale ubiquitous data and service ecosystem for metropolitan mobility
  • 2012-2016: Director of WeSenseIt, a 14-partner FP7 European Project on Citizen Observatories of Water
I grew up in North Western Italy, lived in several places until I moved to the UK about 20 years ago.
I am an academic; most of my time is spent doing research. I work on large-scale pervasive computing, an area that sounds terribly boring until you discover that my job lets me fly drones and go to music festivals for free.
I also teach awfully bright students at the University of Sheffield. I teach advanced Web Technologies, another topic that looks horribly boring until you discover it is about doing cool things with Twitter and Facebook.
Some of my undergrads have won competitions and even presented their results to the Prime Minister. Some of them have become PhD students and now are academics or researchers themselves. Others after their PhDs have become CEOs/CTOs and Chief Officers of companies we have created together. That probably means that I am old, because only old people can boast about the great achievements that their children have in life.
My passion is to work with mobile architectures and wearables to track human mobility. I have developed apps that have been downloaded over a million times. My research page detail these. I also have a personal blog where I describe some of the things I do. It is rather limited because it is just related to personal rather than professional interests, but you can find it useful.
I do quite a bit of travelling for work. Before the pandemic hit us, I was in Australia, Dublin (Ireland), Bologna (Italy), Venice (Italy) and Ireland (again).
If I do not reply to your emails, you know why.
Oh, and in case you were wondering: I am dyslexic. This is why there are mistakes on these pages. Dyslexia is sometimes a hindrance but helps me think differently. These occasional stumblings taught me to fly.


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