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, Mul- timodal Learning Analytics, Human Activity Recognition, Machine Learning, Educational Data Mining, Wearable Sensor Support, and 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. Advisor: Prof. dr. Hendrik Drachsler (DIPF). My main tasks are research project coordination, teaching 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.

Ph.D. in “Wearable Support and Learning Analytics” 09/2016 – 09/2020

Faculty of Education (Welten Institute) Open Universiteit – The Netherlands. The PhD dissertation title was “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 is a platform that allows curating your medical records.

Web developer (part-time, freelance) 09/2010 – 12/2018

Dimstudio – Bari, Italy. Developed web solutions for clients in retailing, healthcare, medicine, tourism and social activism. Website: https://dimstud.io/

Research intern 09/2015 – 06/2016

Welten Insitute, Open Universiteit Heerlen, The Netherlands. Led 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: “Learning 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

The 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 represents 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).