I am a mathematical biologist by training and machine learning team leader, manager, and researcher by quite fun professional occupations.
I currently work at Ericsson in Santa Clara, California (before the pandemic, now from my Santa Cruz home), in their Global Artificial Intelligence Accelerator. Previously, I worked at Netflix in Los Gatos, California, and at the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Between 2012 and 2015, I was a Global Marie Curie Fellow for the project "RAPIDEVO" at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the Polytechnic of Milan, Italy. Before that, well, the past is the past and it was mostly in my splendid Parma.
My academic work has been recognized with media coverage and invited talks in Europe, the US, and South America, and has been featured in leading scientific journals, including Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Ecological Applications, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Biological Conservation, and PLoS Computational Biology. I still do some mathematical biology work in my spare time, mostly on the effects of extreme events on the demographic and life-history processes of natural populations. This is my latest manuscript [biorxiv-link]. My industry work can't be shared as freely as my academic research, but by clicking on the links you can get a taste of my work in telecommunications and media.
For fun, I train in Brazilian jiu-jitsu (after many years of playing football), lift weights, cook and make home-made liquors (a section on recipes is in preparation, it's going to be called "L'Ornitorinco"), take plenty of photos, read novels (Shibumi and Heart of Darkness are my favorites), watch auteur movies (La Notte, Queimada, and Investigation on a Citizen Above Suspicion are those I'd bring with me on a desert island, along with sunscreen and coffee) occasionally falling asleep, write (essays and short notes), and design clothes (mostly suits and jackets). I love traveling too, but who doesn't.
I like what rocket scientist Robert H. Goddard said: "It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow".
Links to: my peer-reviewed publications, Google Scholar Citations page, academic CV, data scientist resume, a collection of bests and worsts, slides of some of my talks, code, photos from around the world, and a blog mainly related to my academic and intellectual interests. Please contact me if you have any questions.