CV

Experience

Senior Scientist and Founding Team Member
perceptiveIO, Inc
Topics: Computer Vision, Machine Learning, HCI
June 2016 – Present

Post-Doc Researcher 
Microsoft Research Redmond
Topics: Stereo Vision, Time of Flight, Volumetric Fusion, Machine Learning, Augmented and Virtual Reality
June 2014 – June 2016

Research Consultant
Microsoft Research Cambridge
Topic: Machine learning solutions for new sensing technologies.
Feb 2014 – June 2014

Research Intern
Microsoft Research Cambridge
Topics: Depth estimation and signal filtering.
Jul 2013 – Nov 2013

Visiting Researcher at Personal Robotics Lab
Imperial College of London
Topic: Gesture recognition for the iCub humanoid robot.
Mar 2010 – Sep 2010

Education

PhD in Robotics, Cognition and Interaction Technologies
Italian Institute of Technology & University of Genoa
Thesis: Learning to See: Visual Recognition for Humanoid Robots
Advisors: Giorgio Metta, IIT; Francesca Odone, University of Genoa
Subjects: Vision for Robotics, Object Recognition, Gesture Recognition, 3D Vision, Independent Motion Detection, Eye-Hand Calibration.
Jan 2011 – Dec 2013

Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering
Sapienza University of Rome
Thesis: Real-Time Gesture Recognition System and Application: A motion based approach
Advisor: Fiora Pirri, University of Rome; Yiannis Demiris, Imperial College of London
Subjects: Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Soft Computing, Artificial Intelligence
Sep 2008 – Sep 2010

Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering
Sapienza University of Rome
Thesis: Mobile Payments via Bluetooth Technology
Advisor: Paolo Liberatore, University of Rome
Subjects: Operating Systems, Computer Networks, Data Management, SW Engineering
Sep 2005 – Sep 2008

Awards

Best Paper Award at SIGCHI 2016
Award for the paper ”FlexCase: Enhancing Mobile Interaction with a Flexible Sensing and Display Cover”.

Best Demo Honorable Mention at UIST 2014
Award for the demo ”FlexSense: A Transparent Self-Sensing Deformable Surface”.

Honorable Mention at CVPR 2014
Award for the demo ”Learning to be a Depth Camera”.

Best Paper Award at SIGCHI 2014
Award for the paper ”RetroDepth: 3D Silhouette Sensing for High Precision Input On and Above Physical Surfaces”.

Honorable Mention at ibPRIA 2013
Honorable Mention for the paper ”One-Shot Learning for Real-Time Action Recognition”.

Best Paper Award at WoRV 2013
Award for the paper ”A Compositional Approach for 3D Arm-Hand Action Recognition”.

2nd Place at Microsoft Kinect Demo Competition – CVPR 2012
Organizer: ChaLearn Website: http://gesture.chalearn.org

Best Paper Award at ISVC 2010
Award for the paper ”Arm-Hand behaviours modelling: from attention to imitation”.

Student Excellence Program – Sapienza University of Rome 2010
This scholarship is an award for outstanding students in terms of average grade, exams passed and age.

Expertise

Vocational

Computer Vision
object recognition, action recognition, image representations, vision for robotics, structure from motion, time of flight, active stereo, image restoration, 3D reconstruction.

Machine Learning
deep learning, kernel methods, support vector machines, sparse representations, dictionary learning, decision trees, temporal pattern recognition.

Robotics
iCub, Yarp, real-time applications

Personal Skills
excellent ability to adapt to multicultural environments, great team spirit, positive attitude
toward new and interdisciplinary research, very active person, great ability to track and
manage numerous parallel activities, adaptability, fast learner.

Languages

Italian (Mother Tongue)

Computer Skills

OS
Windows, MacOS, Ubuntu

Programming Languages
Cuda, C, C#, C++, Java, Matlab

Environments
Latex, Visual Studio, MS Office, Photoshop, Adobe Premier, Pinnacle Studio

Domain Specific Languages
HTML, XML, SQL