Mission

My mission is to change the current educational paradigms using digital technologies, data and artificial intelligence and make learning more accessible and enjoyable.

Research interests

Artificial Intelligence in Education, Human-AI interaction, Multimodal Learning Analytics, Human Activity Recognition, Machine Learning, Educational Data Mining, Wearable Sensor Support, Technology-Enhanced Learning.

Work Experience

Group research leader in “AI in Education” (11/2020 – present) Habilitation candidate at the Educational Technologies group at DIPF the Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Supervisor: Prof. dr. Hendrik Drachsler (DIPF). My main tasks are research projects coordination, teaching in the master of Computer Science at the Goethe University of Frankfurt and supervising PhD candidates.

Post-doctoral researcher in “Artificial Intelligence” (11/2019 – 10/2020) Centre of Actionable Research of the Open Universiteit (CAROU) – Brightlands Smart Services Campus in Heerlen, The Netherlands. Supervisor: Dr. Stefano Bromuri (OU). Projects: MOBIUS modelling smart and safe Mobility for Urban Sustainability, NEXUS Virtual Assistant.

PhD in “Wearable Support and Learning Analytics” (09/2016 – 09/2020) Faculty of Education (Welten Institute) Open Universiteit – The Netherlands. Title of PhD dissertation: “Multimodal Tutor – Adaptive feedback from multimodal experiences.” Advisors: Prof. Hendrik Drachsler (OU/DIPF), Prof. Marcus Specht (TUD), Dr. Jan Schneider (DIPF).

Start-up founder / CTO (09/2018 – 08/2020) MyHealthData – Bari, Italy. MyHealthData a platform that allows to curate your medical records.

Web developer (part-time, freelance) (09/2010 – 12/2018) Dimstudio – Bari, Italy. Developed web solutions to clients operating in retailing, healthcare, medicine, tourism and social activism. Website: http://dimstud.io/

Research intern (09/2015 – 06/2016) Welten Insitute, Open Universiteit – Heerlen, The Netherlands. Lead the project Learning Pulse, a research initiative of the Technology Enhanced Learning Innovation (TELI) group of the Open Universiteit. Advisors: Prof. H. Drachsler, Dr. M. Scheffel, Dr. D. Börner, Dr. S. Ternier.

IBM Extreme Blue intern (06/2015 – 09/2015) Centre for Advanced Studies IBM – Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Designed and prototyped a concept of an autonomous wi-fi drone for a telecommunication company. Advisors: Dr Z. Slavic, Prof. N. Roos (UM).

Web developer and IT expert (09/2012 – 09/2014) Sinesi Gioielli srl – Bari, Italy.

Education

M.Sc. Artificial Intelligence (09/2014 – 07/2016) Data Science and Knowledge Engineering, Maastricht University – The Netherlands. Dissertation Title: “Visual Learning Pulse” – in cooperation with the Welten Institute of the Open University of the Netherlands. Final grade: 9/10. Advisors: Dr. K. Driessens (UM), Dr. P. Bonizzi (UM).

B.Sc. Informatics and Digital Communication (10/2010 – 03/2014) Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro” – Italy. Dissertation Title: “Larning Analytics for formative assessment in distance learning environments” - Final grade: 106/110. Advisors: Prof. T. Roselli (UniBA), Dr. V. Rossano (UniBA).

High School Diploma special. Computer Science (09/2005 – 07/2010) Scientific Lyceum “A. Scacchi”, Bari, Italy. Dissertation Title: “Cognitive-cultural capitalism and Knowledge Privatisation” - Final grade: 94/100.

Volunteering  

yOUng (board member) (12/2017 – 10/2020) yOUng is the network of young employees of the Open Universiteit. OU ambassador of the Brightlands’ Young Professionals.

Lifelong Learning Platform (vice-president) (06/2014 – 06/2017) Platform of European civil society organisations in the field of Education and Lifelong Learning. Portfolio: Erasmus+, digital learning. http://www.lllplatform.eu/

OBESSU (board member) (05/2012 – 09/2014 The Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions advocates for the rights and represent the voice of secondary students in Europe. http://www.obessu.org/

Unione degli Studenti (international officer) (05/2012 – 09/2014) Italian school student union, member of Rete della Conoscenza and Forum Nazionale Giovani (Italian Youth council).