Prior to joining Middlesex University, I was a Research Fellow at the Geospatial Analytics and Computing Group at University College London. Prior to joining the Geospatial Analytics and Computing Group, I was a Research Fellow at the Department of Computer Science at University College London. I joined University College London in 2010 thanks to the FP7-PEOPLE-2009-IEF Marie Curie Action.
English, Italian (mother tongue)
Learning & Teaching Interests
Research Outputs & Interests
My research interests largely fall at the intersection of data science, web science, social and urban computing. I am passionate about working on multi-disciplinary research topics and designing new methods to extract knowledge from large spatiotemporal datasets to model human behaviour in space and time. I pioneered quantitative studies on the widely-adopted OpenStreetMap platform and published more than 50 papers in top venues including IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, ACM CSCW, WWW, and WSDM.
August 2016: Paper "Mass participation during emergency response: event-centric crowd-sourcing in humanitarian mapping" accepted @ CSCW 2017.
August 2016: Paper "Work Always in Progress: Analysing Maintenance Practices in Spatial Crowd-sourced Datasets" accepted @ CSCW 2017.
August 2016: Short Paper "City form and well-being: what makes London neighborhoods good places to live?" accepted @ SIGSPATIAL 2016.
August 2016: Paper "Social Contribution Settings and Newcomer Retention in Humanitarian Crowd Mapping" accepted @ SocInfo 2016.
May 2016: Paper "Exploring Maintenance Practices in Crowd-Mapping" accepted @ Hypertext 2016.
April 2016: Paper "Guns of Brixton: which London neighborhoods host gang activity?" accepted @ Urban IoT 2016 (best paper award).
Dec 2015: Paper "Who benefits from the 'sharing' economy of Airbnb?" accepted @ WWW 2016.
Funded Research & Knowledge Exchange Projects
[From September 2010 to March 2012] Marie Curie Fellowship for Career Development (FP7-PEOPLE-2009-IEF) project at University College London, UK. Project number: 254623. Project title: "Community Folks – Identification and exploitation of user communities for efficiently handling large-scale folksonomies". Role: Project coordinator. Amount: £100,000.
[From April 2016 to November 2016] Project name: MACACO (EPSRC) – Mobile context-Adaptive CAching for COntent-centric networking. Project partners: Inria, University College London, Irit, National Research Council of Italy, UFmG, SUPSI, INP-ENSEEIHT. Role: Post-doctoral Research Associate.
[From September 2015 to November 2015] Project name: LASAGNE (EU) – multi-LAyer SpAtiotemporal Generalized NEtworks. Project partners: Medical University of Vienna from Austria, Queen Mary University of London, University of Cambridge, University of Birmingham from UK, Universitat de Barcelona, IFISC (UIB-CSIC) from Spain, CNRS from France. Role: Post-doctoral Research Associate.
[From January 2015 to August 2015] Project name: Intel Center on Sustainable Connected Cities. Project partners: Intel, Imperial, University College London (UCL). Role: Post-doctoral Research Associate.
[From January 2014 to December 2014] Project name: 3cixty (EIT-ICT Labs) – a Platform for Apps and Services Offering Comprehensive Views for City Visitors. Project partners: DFKI, Stichting Novay and Deutsches Forschungszentrum fur Kunstliche Intell from Germany, University College London (UCL) from UK, Inria, Thales and Eurecom from France, Centro Ricerche Fiat, Politecnico di Milano, Telecom Italia from Italy. Role: Task Leader of the “Support for Active Crowdsourcing” task and Post-doctoral Research Associate.
[From August 2013 to December 2013] Project name: Travel Dashboard (EIT-ICT Labs) – a Framework for the Delivery of Personalised Mobility Services to Urban Travellers. Project partners: Alcatel/Lucent from Ireland and Belgium, Ambientic, Inria, Systematic and Thales from France, Transport for London (TfL) and University College London (UCL) from the UK. Role: Post-doctoral Research Associate.
[From April 2012 to July 2013] Project name: iTOUR (EC) – intelligent Transport system for Optimized URban trips. Project partners: FIAT Group Automobiles S.p.A., MAGMA S.R.L., Graphitech Foundation, FORMIT Foundation, ULA Srl, PTV, Planung Transport Verkehr AG, TU/e, Technisch Universiteit Eindhoven, Cad- zow Communications Consulting Ltd., University College London (UCL). Role: Post-doctoral Research Associate.