Computer Laboratory


I am a Reader in Mobile Systems in the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge. I belong to the Networks and Operating Systems Group.

Education and Previous Employments

I received a Diploma di Laurea in Scienze dell'Informazione in 1995 and a PhD in Computer Science in 2001 from the University of Bologna.

From September 1998 to May 1999 I have been a visiting researcher at the Dept. of Computer Science, Washington University in St Louis, MO (USA).

From August 1999 to February 2008 I have been in the Dept. of Computer Science, University College of London (UK) first as Research Fellow then as a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and then a Reader. I joined the Computer Laboratory in March 2008. From October 2005 until September 2010 I was an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow.

Research Interests

My research interests rotate around mobility modelling. This includes various aspects which help building a picture of how people or animals move:

  • Instrumentation of humans/animals through devices to gather mobility data. I have researched techniques to make mobility sensing efficient and effective using a variety of fixed and mobile sensors, including, recentl,y mobile phones.
  • Analysis techniques to make sense of large, fine grained temporal and spatial mobility data. We have developed metrics for time aware complex networks as well as geo-social data analysis.
  • Application of the findings to systems: recommendation systems for services, new friends, or malware patching schemes for mobile phones are some examples.

Personal Interests

My daughter.

My cat: here while resting in the wrong place.

I am a member of RSPCA and NSPCC charities.

Reading books, pretty much everything...fiction, popular science, in particular.

Food: I love good but not too sophisticated restaurants as well as cooking!