Neuroscientist, with broad interests in data science, statistics, and signal processing.
- Strong scientific background in psychology, neuroscience, research methods, and signal processing.
- Extensive knowledge of data collection, analysis (SAS, SPSS, R), interpretation, and presentation.
- Fluent in Python and Matlab.
- Experienced in machine learning and SQL.
- Enthusiastic and resourceful self-learner.
- Ability to communicate complex concepts clearly and effectively, adapting to the type of audience.
- Passionate about hard problems at the interface between research and applications.
- Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills.
FNRS Research Fellow
Since September 2014
I was called to work on a project investigating the neural correlates of mental effort, with a combination of EEG, fMRI, MRS, and pupillometry, in the CoActions Lab directed by prof Etienne Olivier, under the supervision of Dr Alexandre Zénon.
FSR and EC Marie Curie Co-Fund Research Fellow
September 2012 --- August 2014
With the support of Martin Edwards (Psy-NAPS group, Psychological Sciences Research Institute), I wrote and obtained an FSR and EC Marie Curie Co-Fund Research Fellowship (2012-2014). The project goal is to provide phantom limb amputees with a brain-computer interface driven virtual limb positioned in the place of the amputated limb (to create a mirror therapy to relieve pain). We are currently extending the project to include neurofeedback training and robot prosthesis for rehabilitation of patients with a hemiparesis. During these two years, I have also supervised students and helped in organizing the 2014 international meeting of the RIO group, for which I was responsible of logistic and sponsor seeking.
March 2009 --- August 2012
I wrote and obtained a grant of € 40000 to develop an auditory brain-computer interface for completely paralysed patients with ALS. I have worked on this project initially as a PhD student, and subsequently as a post-doc. I was supervised by Prof. Niels Birbaumer and Prof. Christoph Braun.
October 2003 --- December 2011
I was employed in several different positions: lab assistant; teaching assistant (having almost one hundred hours of classes); examination assistant (in charge of the oral examinations of three different courses), and lab coordinator. For three years I served as coordinator of the master’s course organized by the lab’s chair, Prof. Olivetti Belardinelli. I was involved in several research projects, mainly on human factors, disability and assistive technology. Two of these projects were part of my bachelor and master thesis, the latter supported by a scholarship granted to students collaborating with a foreign university (University of Maryland, USA).
Partner and employee
January 1998 --- January 2011
For several years, I have been a board member of the company, working occasionally on several projects. For CSF, I have: developed, standardized and administered tests for public competitive examinations (PCE); conceived and designed the website, which was the first one in Italy to host online applications for PCEs; been in charge of quality control; supported the design of the automated document optical character reading standardized process.
January 2008 --- July 2009
I was invited by the brain-computer interface group to join them and support the EU STReP FP7 Smart Homes for All (SM4All) project. I investigated the user requirements for the integration of neuroprostheses and home automation systems, and I wrote substantial parts of two Deliverables.
Special Education Teacher
January 2008 --- December 2008
The SSIS were the pre-reform schools intended to train teachers of lower and upper secondary schools. For this school, I held a course on “The use of technology” dedicated to teachers working with disabled students.
AdaptabilityProblem solvingProactivityAnalytical thinkingCollaboration
Skills and Expertise
Analyze data Control data Interact with physicians Interpret data Report dataAttend seminars, courses and meetings within and outside the companyCollaborate with medical teamCollect patient forms and questionnairesCommunicate effectively on different company levelsCoordinate projectsData miningDesign scientific experimentsDetermine statistical analysis Interpret dataOrganise meetingsPresent data at congressStatistical analysisTeachingValidate dataWritten presentation
PhD in Cognitive and Physiological Psychology from Università degli Studi di Roma 'La Sapienza' in 2011
M.Sc in Cognitive Psychology from Sapienza University of Rome in 2006
B.Sc in Cognitive Psychology from Sapienza University of Rome in 2002