My mission is to change the world through new educational paradigms. Born in Italy, living in the Netherlands, homeland Europe.


Research projects

OU.nl LearningPulse project

Ongoing Research Internship at the Open Universiteit
LearningPulse

OU.nl LearningPulse project

  • Purpose: Research internship project
  • Keywords: Learning Analytics, Wearable, Biofeedback
  • Where: Open University in the Netherlands, Heerlen
  • Supervised by: dr. Hendrik Drachsler (OU.nl); dr. Evgueny Smirnov (UM)
  • When: September - December 2015

Description: The project LearningPulse is an experiment ideated at the Welten institute of the Open Univerisity in the Netherlands. The idea is to investigate whether biofeedback indicators such as heart-rate, step-count and skin-conductance are good predictors for learning or working performance. The experiment takes place in December 2015 at the Open University and involves 8 participants. Biofeedback data are collected with Fitbit wristbands and are combined with activity on their laptops and weather condition. Every hour participants are asked to rate their main task specifying stress, productivity, challenge and abilities with an ad-hoc developed Activity Rating Tool. These ratings are used to guide a machine learning algorithm which after a phase of training, is able to classify the good learning(working) performance from the bad. This experimental setting also allow to search for micro-patterns into the learning process of an individual: after a model is trained with the respect of the individual ratings, the system allows also to make predictions about how successful will the learning be.

My role: modelling the problem, designing a representation of the data collected, define the hypothesis, develop an Activity Rating Tool to track human ratings, perform a exstensive analysis of the data collected.

IBM ExtremeBlue - Ziggo Drone

Extreme Blue: concept of an autonomous emergency hotspot drone.
IBM ExtremeBlue - The Ziggo Drone

IBM ExtremeBlue - Ziggo Drone

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  • Purpose: IBM Extreme Blue internship 2015
  • Keywords: Autonomous Drones, UAV networks
  • Where: Centre of Advanced studies IBM Amsterdam
  • Supervised by: prof. Nico Roos (UM); dr. Zoltan Szlavik (IBM)
  • When: June 2015 - September 2015

Description: IBM Extreme Blue was an outstanding experience which took place during the 3 summer months at IBM Amsterdam. The classic seetting of the internship is the following: a group of 4 high level students with mixed technical and business backgrounds are given a technological challenge from one real IBM's client. The aims first to get a large quantity of ideas, which are selected and combined iteratively with the client to get a final idea which addresses the client's challenge.
In our case, the client assigned to the team was the telecomunication company Liberty Global; the selected idea was the development of an Autonomous Emergency Hotspot Drone, eventually named “the Ziggo Drone”, an out of the box technological solution, whose mission was to differentiate Liberty Global customer experience and bring about innovation in the telecomunication industry.

The project consisted in writing a Business Case, inclusive on an extesive description of the technological solution, and developing a prototype of the drone, as a proof-of-concept. The final product was fully working hotspot drone which was able to provide WiFi and make live-streaming from the on-board camera. The project concluded with the 2015 European Extreme Blue Expo, held at B.Amsterdam, where the Ziggo Drone was awarded one of the best 8 projects among 20 others.

My role: technology expert, envisioned and described the full technological solution of the Ziggo Drone; installed the on-board computer (Raspberry PI with camera), coordinated the work of the team.

Semantic Video Tool

Project assignment Information Retrieval Text Mining
Semantic Video Tool
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Semantic Video Tool

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  • Purpose: Text Mining course Maastricht Unversity
  • Keywords: Text-mining, Video annotation, NLP
  • Where: Maastricht University
  • Supervised by: prof. Jan Scholtes (UM)
  • When: June 2015

Description: Semantic Video Tool (SVT), project assignment presentation for the course on Information Retrieval and Text Mining of the Master course in Artificial Intelligence o Maastricht University. The assignment consists in the realisation of webbased application entitled Semantic Video Tool (SVT for short). Given the transcripts of more than 1300 videos web-crawled from TEDTalk, SVT is able to analyse the content of the videos dynamically through a number of natural language processing and text-mining operations. For each video it extracts keywords and it generates automatic summaries and valuable insights; it also works as a search and a recommendation engine.

My role: project carried out individually.

Nanotechnology Research Project

Master Research Project II
Nanotechnology Research Project

Publication Data in Nanotechnology

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  • Purpose: Research project II Maastricht Unversity
  • Keywords: Data analysis, Ontology engineering, Data mining, Spark
  • Where: Maastricht University
  • Supervised by: prof. Nico Roos (UM); dr. Evgueny Smirnov (UM)
  • When: February - June 2015

Description: This project took place in the second semester of the first year of the master Artificial Intelligence at Maastricht University. It is related to a R&D project carried out by Maastricht University and funded by the European Commission. The goal of the project was to help the European Commission determining the effectiveness of the investments in Nanotechnology projects through the analysis of publication data in the field of nanotechnology. Using a variety of data mining techniques such as information visualisation and semantic technologies, a data set of 190,692 publications has been analysed. Several models were trained to predict, the number of citation for a publication, the success of certain keyworkds or to visualise the use of certain keyworkds in specific geographic zones. The project, divided in 10 tasks to be performed during six months, leaded to a number of results fully reported in the final report. The results of the analyisis can be used by decision makers to better understand on what to invest.

My role: designing and implementing the static and dynamic visualisations of the dataset; designing the Ontology of the publications and finding a way to filter the publication talking about the Rare Heart materials.

MIT Battlecode 2014 Agent

Master Research Project I
Battlecode2014 Agent

MIT Battlecode 2014 Agent

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  • Purpose: Research Project Maastricht Unversity
  • Keywords: Multi-agent systems, AI games, MIT
  • Where: Maastricht University
  • Supervised by: Prof. dr. Gerhard Weiss (UM); dr. Mark Winands (UM)
  • When: September 2014 - January 2015

Description: During the master studies in Artificial Intelligence of Maastricht University, in the first semester of the first year took place a Research Project. The project team, composed by four people, was asked to create an AI for the 2014 MIT Battlecode competition.
The team worked for 6 months in developing the different aspects of the multi-agent AI, taking care of the Micro and Macro management, the strategy, the communication among the agents, the task dispatching and so on.

My role: developing the Opponent Modelling module to make the AI adaptive, contributing in the harvesting strategy.

BSc Thesis - Learning Analytics

Learning Analytics for Formative Assessment in Virtual Learning Environments
BSc Thesis - Learning Analytics in schools

BSc Thesis - Learning Analytics in schools

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  • Purpose: BSc Thesis
  • Keywords: Learning Analytics, Formative assessment
  • Where: University of Bari
  • Supervised by: Prof. Teresa Roselli (Uniba); Dr. Veronica Rossano (Uniba)
  • When: December 2013 - April 2014

Description: The Bachelor in Informatics and Digital Communications was written at the Technology Enhanced Learning Lab of the Computer Science Depertment the University "Aldo Moro" of Bari (Italy). There I investigated the role of Learning Analytics in Distance Learning Environments. Starting from an analysis of distance education and technology enhanced learning and of formative assessment, in the bachelor dissertation I theorize a Model on how to leverage Learning Analyics to improve the learning and the teaching processes. Hence, I envision two Dashboards both for the teacher and the learner.

My role: project carried out individually.

Activism projects

Education in Crisis

European conference on the effects of the crisis on education in Europe
Education in Crisis

Education in Crisis

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  • Purpose: OBESSU European conference
  • Keywords: Education, crisis, conference
  • When: June 2014
  • Where: Brussels, Belgium

From 4th to 11th of June 2014 the OBESSU organised a conference in Rome, Italy entitled “Education in Crisis” as follow-up to the resolution approved in 2013. The event gathered a group of 60 young activists all over Europe and discussed how the financial crisis in Europe has affected education. My role in this event consisted in leading the preparation team of the whole event.

My role: event leader, prep-team coordinator, session facilitator.

Claim Your Voice / YOUVET!

European campaign, VET Working Group lead, YOUVET online/offline training
Claim Your Voice

Claim Your Voice / YOUVET!

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  • Purpose: OBESSU European Campaign & Training
  • Keywords: VET, European Campaign, E-Learning, Training
  • When: June 2012 - December 2013
  • Where: Brussels, Belgium / Online E-Learning

Description: In 2012 OBESSU launched a campaign called “Claim your Voice!” which tackled aspects of Vocational Education and Training (VET), such as participation, quality materials, quality internships and apprenticeships. The campaign was run by OBESSU together with its Member and Candidate Organisations, and was coordinated by a Working Group and a Policy Officer on VET.

In the framework of the campaign, due to the relevance of the topic, OBESSU also coordinated a Youth in Action project for young campaigners on VET, called “YOUVET Training”. The project aimed to raise awareness and promote activism between young people in order to run advocacy and lobbying campaigns for and with VET students. The project, composed of a preliminary online training followed by a face-to-face training held in Brussels, saw school students from all over Europe discussing theoretical and practical practices to involve VET students in building a free, inclusive, quality VET system in the European countries. See Outcomes of YOUVET training.

During the training, student activists shaped contents and shared best practices which were then processed and gathered in this toolbox: a collection of practical ideas, information and concrete tools each school student activist or trainer can use when dealing with Vocational Education and Training.

My role: leader of the VET working group, E-learning desinger and facilitator, event leader, campaign coordinator.

TCIO 2013

OBESSU Training Course for International Officers 2013
TCIO 2013

TCIO 2013

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  • Purpose: OBESSU Training Course
  • Keywords: International relations, EU, cooperation
  • When: December 2013
  • Where: Brussels, Belgium

Description: In December 2013 OBESSU organised the 5th Training Course for International Officers (TCIO). The event consisted in a to all OBESSU organisations to become acquainted with European level stakeholders and processes. The Training Course gathered 50 school student activists, responsible for international relations from all OBESSU Member and Candidate organisations. The TCIO was a chance for the activists to explore the main processes OBESSU is involved in at European level and create a connection with the work of other members and candidates. The TCIO was a space for discussion to develop OBESSU’s advocacy strategies, priorities, positions and policies.

My role: Member of the preparation team, session facilitator.

Education at 360º

8th European school Student Convention
Education at 360º

Education at 360º

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  • Purpose: OBESSU European Convention
  • Keywords: Evaluation, Quality Assurance, Education
  • When: December 2012
  • Where: Bern, Switzerland

Description: In December 2012 OBESSU organised the 8th European School Student Convention “Education at 360º”, a 6-days event which saw the participation of around 60 young activists from all over Europe. The event focused on Evaluation and quality assurance of students and education as whole. The event took place in Bern, Switzerland in coordination with the Swiss student organisation USO. My role in this event consited in leading the preparation team of the Event, setting up the agenda, facilitate some of the workshops. The main outcome of the event consisted in the Guidelines on Evaluation available here.

My role: event leader, coordinated the prep-team in the organisation of the event, facilitated myself some workshops.

Web development projects

Melobari.it

Website for the B&B Melo - Bari
Melobari.it

Melobari.it

  • Client: Alessandro Bello
  • Keywords: Website
  • When: 2013
  • Where: Bari, Italy

Description: Melobari.it is the website I realised for the B&B Melo Bari, a new bed and breakfast in the city of Bari. The webiste showcases the services of the B&B and allows people to book a room online. It comes with a desktop version and a mobile version both of them available in Italian and English.

My role: project carried out individually.

Sinesi.it

Web catalogue for the jewellery Sinesi srl
Sinesi.it

Sinesi.it

  • Client: Sinesi srl
  • Keywords: web-application, website
  • When: 2012-2014
  • Where: Bari, Italy

Description: From 2012 I worked as part-time developer to Sinesi srl Jewellery, a jewels and watch retailer located in the city of Bari - Italy. I realised an entire web catalogue accessible at the address www.sinesi.it. The content management system was the most complicated I ever realised given the complexity of the product on sale: for each jewel, there are several attributes describing type, materials, gems, colors, brand and so on. Each jewel has sevarl pictures and an extensive description. The jewels are organised in hierarchical structure, which is reflected in the navigation of the web-catalogues. The web application manages user subscriptions, newsletter, wishlists and several other feature. The entire project took almos two years to be realised.

My role: project carried out individually.

CefaleePugliaBasilicata.it

Web project realised for the Headache consortium in Apulia and Basilicata (Italy)
CefaleePugliaBasilicata.it

CefaleePugliaBasilicata.it

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  • Client: Head of Faculity of Neurology,
  • Keywords: Web-app, ERP, CMS, Healthcare
  • When: 2010
  • Where: Bari, Italy

Description: The network CefaleePugliaBasilicata is a website and social networking system that keeps togheter the headache SISC specialists of the Italian regions Apulia and Basilicata. The website is divided by a public website showcasing the service of the consortium and a private area site which enables the Headache specialists to share useful information. The system implements some basic functionalities of an Electronic Patient Records. The specialists can fill data about their patients, can compare those data before and after the treatment and can download the record of each individual patient.

My role: project carried out individually.

Montevagoorologi.it

Web catalogue for Monetevagoorologi
Montevagoorologi.it

Montevagoorologi.it

  • Client: Montevagoorologi
  • Keywords: Web-catalogue, watches
  • When: 2009
  • Where: Bari, Italy

Description: Montevagoorologi.it is another web-catalogue I realised in 2009 for the company Montevagoorologi, a classic collection watches retailer located at the Airport of Bari - Italy. The system was created ad-hoc and allows to manage watches and their charachteristics. It includes a user management system for the subscribes, newsletter generator. It also includes a sub-section implementing an Auction system which allows the owner of the shop to set up an auction online and let the people bid for specific watches.

My role: project carried out individually.

BSeller - Textbook mgmt webapp

Web application for the management of the second-hand textbook market
BSeller - Management software

BSeller - Textbook mgmt webapp

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Description: BSeller was the biggest and most successful software project I have created. It consits in a web-application which allows to manage a second-hand text book market. The software was conceptualised in 2007 and adopted in 2008 by the local student organisation Uds Bari, of which I was also member. The BSeller is now at its third version and is currently used for the yearly textbook market. With more than 6,000 books and 4,000 users registered BSeller is a fully tested software with several research features to find a used book very easily. Bseller allows the student activists to manage a central database of secondhand textbooks and work simultaneously from multiple end-points. At the same time offers a public web-search which allows to search for second-hand books also from home. The development of this software was created to automate the secondhand book market, a very usuful initiative organised by UdS Bari at the beginning of each year, which allows to sell and buy used books for half of the cover price. The book market falls into the a more general campaign of UdS Bari which claims Right to Study for all students and free access to study material. Thank to the BSeller software the initiative in few years has become popoular in the whole country and has got wide-spread among the high-school students of the city of Bari and their families.

My role: project carried out individually.

Graphic design projects

FrecciaAgenda

Design for a student daily planner
FrecciaAgenda

FrecciaAgenda

  • Client Unione degli Studenti Puglia
  • Keywords: Editorial design, printed graphics.
  • When: 2011
  • Where: Bari, Italy

Description: The FrecciaAgenda project was realised for Unione degli Studenti Puglia and Campania. The idea was to make student notebook that could be used both as daily planner for secondary school students but could also work as a manual for a conscious student activist. The FrecciaAgenda contains a lot of useful tips and tricks for students to deal with ordinary student life. It includes summaries of the main initiatives and campaigns of Unione Degli Studenti and contacts of the organisations. With 140 pages, the FrecciaAgenda was printed in 5000 copies and sold at a price of 5 Euros in all the high schools of Puglia and Campania - Italy. The money earned from the selling of the FrecciaAgenda was used to finance the activities of the organisation. I realised this project in 2011 for free for Unione degli Studenti Puglia, the regional level of my student organisation.

My role: project carried out individually.

Altrariforma booklet

Graphics for the UdS campaign "Altrariforma"
Altrariforma

ALtrariforma booklet

  • Client Unione degli Studenti - Rete della Conoscenza
  • Keywords: Editorial design, printed graphics.
  • When: 2011
  • Where: Bari, Italy

Description: For the national campaign "Altrariforma della Scuola" (The other school Reform) initiated by Unione degli Studenti and Rete della conoscenza I was asked to prepare a graphic booklet which would summarise the full text of Altrariforma.

My role: project carried out individually.

Who is Daniele? read more about me

My name is Daniele

I am 24-year-old Learning Technologist. I was born in Bari, Italy. Now I am living the Netherlands where I moved to study Artificial Intelligence. I am currently finishing a research internship and about to start my Master Thesis at the Open University in the Netherlands.

What I have done

Research profile

  • Main expertise: Machine Learning in the domain Education.
  • Interests: Biofeedback in Learning; NLP tools in Education; xAPI semantic technology; Learner recommendation systems; Bias prevention in student modelling; Formative assessment with learning analytics; Social network analysis; LA targeted for not-self-regulated learners.
  • Favourite tools: Python, Pandas, Javascript, Bootstrap, Node, Sublime, LaTeX, Google App Engine, FileZilla, MySQL.

Other info

  • Living in: Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • Nationality: Italian
  • Languages: Italian - mothertongue; English - working proficency; French - intermediate; Dutch - beginner
  • Interests: Education policys, digital learning, technology in Education, politics, social struggles, world conflicts, technology and society, travelling, city bikes, music, festivals, cooking.
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