Computer Laboratory


Since October 2014, I am a Full Professor of 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 and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Bologna, Italy.

Prior to joining Cambridge (in 2008), I was a faculty member in the Dept. of Computer Science, University College of London (UK) and an academic visitor at Washington University in St. Louis, MO (USA).

From October 2005 until September 2010 I held an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship.

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!