First as an academic and then as an entrepreneur, I have always been interested in both artificial and biological neural network systems. I am particularly fascinated by how such systems can extract, represent and manipulate informational structures to achieve complex cognitive functioning.
My interest into complex cognitive systems began as an undergraduate at the “Roma Tre” university of Rome where I completed my studies in philosophy with a specialization in Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Life approaches to Cognitive Sciences. Afterwards I decided to focus on the domains of human memory and reasoning by pursuing a PhD at the university of Amsterdam. During this time, I used experimental and statistical approaches to study the computational underpinnings of human risky decision making and memory processing; how is information encoded, retrieved and used to guide behavioral decisions. Then, as a postdoctoral researcher at the Radboud university of Nijmegen, I delved deeper into the human brain using a combination of statistical modeling and neuroimaging techniques to look at how abstract conceptual information is represented and processed in human brain, specifically in relation to language.
In the last years, I have become interested in innovation and the start-up ecosystems. Recently I have joined Helix Cognitive Computing GmbH (Berlin) where I develop artificial cognitive systems applied to distributed ledger technologies.