PhD in Information and Communication Technologies

Short Bio

I am a researcher in Computational Linguistics and head of the Language and Dialogue Technologies group at Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK). I work on persuasive communication, sentiment analysis and social media. In recent years my research has focused on the development of AI technologies to support counter narrative generation to fight online hate speech. I graduated in Philosophy and received my Ph.D. in Information and Communication Technologies in March 2006 from the University of Trento. I'm author of several scientific publications, published in top-level conference proceedings and international journals. My research work includes the participation in EU funded projects and program committee membership at international conferences. My research has been featured on international magazines and newspapers, such as Wall Street Journal, MIT Technology Review, Harvard Business Review, Wired.
Previously I have been working at FBK in the NLP group and at Trento-Rise, node of the European Institute of Technology. In 2011 my activities have been partially funded by a Google Research Award, while in 2016 I received a research sponsorship from eBay for my activities. In addition, since 2008 I started working as a technology consultant for start-ups and large companies such as Autogrill. I also write a Blog about technology and innovation for the main Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

Research Interests

The main topic of my research activity is computer and human persuasive communication. Research interests include:

- Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing
- Data-driven approaches to persuasive communication
- Evaluation methodologies for persuasive communication
- Affective language generation
- Language virality in social networks
- Political communication analysis
- Intelligent User Interfaces
- Cognitive models of persuasion

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