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Hi there I'm Luca ๐Ÿ‘‹

This is a short introduction of myself. If you want a more detailed description you can read my CV or visit my LinkedIn account

Me giving a talk at Pycon IT 2024

Hi ๐Ÿ‘‹, I am Luca, a PhD candidate in Computer Science at the University of Pisa ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น under the supervision of Prof. Anna Monreale. My main research interests are Federated Learning and Privacy-Preserving Machine Learning. However, I am attracted to new technologies. Therefore, I am also open to working on different and innovative topics.

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐ŸŽ“ I received a B.Sc. degree in Computer Science in 2018 and a M.Sc. degree in Computer Science in 2021 with a thesis about โ€œSemantic enrichment of XAI explanations for healthcareโ€. In 2019, I spent one semester at the Computer Science Department of the Technische Universitรคt Mรผnchen ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช as an exchange student thanks to the Erasmus program.

๐Ÿ“ฑ I worked as a Flutter Developer at Tocket from March 2020 to January 2021. During that period, I developed the Tocket application, published on the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store.

๐Ÿ” I am currently spending a period as a visiting PhD student in the Telefonica R&D department in Barcelona ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ under the supervision of Nicolas Kourtellis.

๐ŸŽ™ I have always been attracted to communities. Between 2013 and 2015, I worked as an editor for Biteyourapple.net, writing more than 1,000 posts, recording videos and participating in the Bitecast podcast. I am the PointerPodcast co-founder. PointerPodcast is a podcast about technology and innovation. We have published more than 170 episodes since its creation in 2019. In most of them, we interview software engineers and researchers from academia and industry. Lately, I have founded two communities. The first is Superhero Valley, a community that tries to fill the gap between university and industry. It does this by providing awareness of the opportunities offered by big tech companies to students. The second is Pisa.dev a local community that organizes meetups for developers and computer scientists in Pisa ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น.

๐Ÿฆ In my free time I enjoy acting as a critique about books and TV shows. I also try to prepare myself for marathons sooner or later. If you are interested in all these things, I created a page to share all these details.

ย Education #

  • (2021 – Present) Ph.D. in Computer Science – University of Pisa, Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

    • Main research interests: Privacy-Preserving Machine Learning and Federated Learning
  • (Oct 2019 – Mar 2020) International Exchange – Technical University of Munich, Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช

  • (2018 – 2021) Master Degree in Computer Science – University of Pisa, Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

    • Thesis: Semantic Enrichment of XAI Explanation for Healthcare (supervisor: Prof. Anna Monreale, Dott. Cecilia Panigutti)
  • (2014 – 2018) BSc in Computer Science – University of Pisa, Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

    • Thesis: Construction and Analysis of the Ethereum Transaction Graphs (supervisor: Prof. Laura Ricci, Dott. Damiano Di Francesco Maesa)

Experience #

  • (Mar 2023 – Mar 2024) Visiting PhD Student and Research Intern – Telefonica R&D, Barcelona, Spain ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ

    • Working on Privacy Preserving Machine Learning, Fairness and Federated Learning
  • (Jan 2022 – Apr 2022) Teaching Assistant – University of Pisa, Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

    • Tutoring activities for the “Laboratorio 1” course. Main topics: Javascript and Typescript.
  • (Jun 2021 – Oct 2021) Research Assistant – University of Pisa, Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

    • Won a research scholarship to continue my masterโ€™s thesis project.

    • Worked on the extension of XAI methods for healthcare

  • (Jan 2021 – Feb 2021) Teaching assistant – University of Pisa, Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

    • Tutoring activities for the “Programming and Algorithmics” course.
  • (Sep 2020 – Dec 2020) Teaching assistant – University of Pisa, Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

    • Freshmen tutor - Computer Science students.
  • (Mar 2020 – Jun 2021) Flutter Developer - Tocket – Remote ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

    • Developed the MVP Tocket’s application using Flutter. The app was published on the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store and downloaded more than 20.000 times.

    • Developed an internal dashboard to add new events

Podcast and Communities #

I enjoy organising meetups and communities. I am currently involved in the following projects:

  • PointerPodcast

    • Iโ€™m the co-founder of โ€œ PointerPodcastโ€ a podcast about technology and innovation. We have published more than 150 episodes since its creation in 2019. In most of them, we interview software engineers and researchers from both academia and industry.
  • SuperHeroesValley

    • I’m the co-founder of โ€œ SuperHeroesValleyโ€, a community that organizes online meetups for ambitious CS students to build a bridge between universities and big tech companies. We founded the community in October 2020 and organized more than 50 meetups since then.
  • Pisa.dev

    • I’m the co-founder and organizer of Pisa.dev a community based in Pisa that organizes meetups for developers and computer scientists.

Volunteering #

  • GDG Pisa Devfest 2024: I was one of the helpers of GDG Pisa Devfest 2024.

  • GDG Pisa Devfest 2023: I was one of the helpers of GDG Pisa Devfest 2023. I was one of the stage managers and helped record interviews with attendees and speakers. The video of the interviews is here.