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.


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.


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).