Biography

Computational physicist by formation, I am a machine learning researcher developing a framework for automatic materials recognition, with the final goal of accelerating the discovery of novel materials.

As Deputy Group Leader at the Fritz Haber Institute of Max Planck Society, I am developing machine learning tools for the largest computational materials science database in the world (NOMAD Archive) to automatically recognize nanomaterials, and allow for information retrieval: in short, a “Google for nanomaterials”.

My specialties are machine learning , deep learning, materials science, Python programming, and mathematical modelling.

Academic Positions

  • Present2017

    Deputy Group Leader

    Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Berlin, Germany

  • Dec. 2016Mar. 2016

    Post-doctoral research Associate

    Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Berlin, Germany

  • Jun. 2015Jan. 2015

    DAAD Scholarship Fellow

    University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany

  • Dec. 2014Nov. 2014

    Visiting Scholar

    National University of Singapore, Singapore

Education

  • Ph.D. 2015

    Ph.D. in Theoretical Physical Chemistry (GPA: 4.00/4.00)

    Boston University, Boston (MA), USA

  • M.Sc. 2011

    M.Sc. in Theoretical Physics (Summa cum Laude, GPA: 4.00/4.00)

    Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Brescia), Italy

  • B.Sc. 2009

    B.Sc. in Theoretical Physics (Summa cum Laude, GPA: 3.95/4.00)

    Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Brescia), Italy

Selected Awards

  • 2016
    Max Planck Scholarship for Junior Scientists
    Awarded by the Max Planck Society

  • 2015
    DAAD International Scholarship
    Awarded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD foundation)

  • 2014
    Feldman Award for outstanding research and teaching
    Awarded by Boston University, one award per year for the entire graduate student body in Chemistry

  • 2004
    3rd best High School Student in the Province of Brescia (Italy)
    Awarded by Lions Club International, 3rd out of approximately 46000 high-school students

Selected Presentations

  •    American Crystallographic Association, Toronto (Canada) 23/07/2018 [link to conference] (Invited)
  •    PyData Berlin, Berlin (Germany) 08/07/2018 [link to conference] [link to slides]
  •    International Workshop on Machine Learning for Materials Science, Helsinki (Finland) 03/05/2018 [link to conference] (Invited)
  •    Big-Data-Driven Materials Workshop, Kloster Irsee (Germany) 13/04/2018 [link to conference] (Invited)
  •    German Physical Society Meeting, Berlin (Germany) 16/03/2018 [link to conference]
  •    American Physical Society Meeting, Los Angeles, California (USA) 09/03/2018 [link to conference]
  •    Max Planck Network on Big-Data Materials Science meeting, Duesseldorf (Germany) 21/12/2017 [link to Big-Max project]
  •    Berlin Machine Learning Meetup, SAP Berlin (Germany) 04/12/2017 [link to event]
  •    NOMAD scientific advisory committee meeting, Highlights of the NOMAD project, Copenhagen (Denmark) 09/10/2017
  •    NOMAD Summer, Data Analytics Session, Berlin (Germany) 28/09/2017 [link to conference]
  •    German Physical Society Meeting, Dresden (Germany) 23/03/2017 [link to conference]
  •    University of Freiburg, Freiburg (Germany) 29/01/2015
  •    Boston University, Boston (USA) 11/08/2015
  •    National University of Singapore, Singapore 24/11/2014 (Invited)
  •    Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Brescia (Italy) 20/12/2013 (Invited)
  •    University College Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)   30/08/2012

Conference organization (& others)

  •    Organizer, Machine Learning Kaggle competition “Predicting Transparent Conductors” 21/12/2017 [link to Kaggle competition]
  •    Organizer, NOMAD Summer, Data Analytics Session, Berlin (Germany) 28/09/2017 [link to conference]
  •    Chairman of the session “The central role of the descriptor”, Big-Data driven Materials Science, Lausanne (Switzerland) 12/09/2017 [link to conference]
  •    Organizer, 2nd NOMAD Data Analytics Hackathon, Berlin (Germany) 03/07-2017-05/07/2017 [link to event]
  •    Organizer, 1st NOMAD Data Analytics Hackathon, Berlin (Germany) 18/01-2017-20/01/2017 [link to event]