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I got the MSc degree (Laurea) in Computer Science Engineering at the University of Siena in 2007. Then I continued my studies as a Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Mauro Barni at the Information Engineering Department of the University of Siena, working on Signal Processing of Encrypted Signals. During Ph.D., from November 2009 to May 2010, I spent six months in Philips Lab at Eindhoven, The Netherland. In 2012 I discussed the Ph.D. thesis. Until October 2015, I continued my research activities as a post-Doc at the Information Engineering and Mathematics Department of the University of Siena in the VIPP (Visual Information Processing and Protection) group, led by Prof. Mauro Barni. In the group I supervised, together with Prof. Barni, the activities of master and PhD students involved in SPED (Signal Processing in the Encrypted Domain, also named Secure Multi-Party Computation) topics and actively take part in other research fields addressed by the group, such as forensic, watermarking and adversarial signal processing. Together with Prof. Barni, University of Siena, I am continuing the research in privacy preserving biometric authentication, extending it to multi-biometrics.
From November 2015 to January 2016, I’ve been part of the research team of Cynny s.p.a., an Italian start-up, where I was involved in machine learning problems, such as object recognition, face detection, affective computing. I’m currently broadening my knowledge in the topic, by approaching deep learning and implementing Convolutional Neural Networks with Google’s TensorFlow.
From September 2016 to February 2017, I had a research grant at the University of Padua, Italy, supervised by Prof. Conti. I started several research activities together with Prof. Conti that still are on-going. First of all, together with Prof Conti and Scientist Braca of Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), NATO, we are working on the implementation of privacy preserving consensus algorithm for decentralized Information fusion in Internet of Things. Together with Prof. Conti and Michele Nati, Digital Catapult, UK, we are exploring Blockchain-based architectures for smart health applications. Together with Prof. Conti and Quattrociocchi, IMT Lucca, Italy, we are working on the possibility of discriminating hoaxes in social networks from the analysis of only structural properties of content propagation cascades.
From March 2017 I am an Assistant Professor position (RTD-A) at the University La Sapienza, Rome, where I am principally involved in APT malware analysis.
I participated to many projects, cooperating with both academic and industrial partners. The main projects where I was involved are the FP6 European project SPEED (, the Italian project priv- WARE, funded by MIUR, and the project ELT-950, sponsored by the Italian company ELT-Elettronica.

Interessi di ricerca: 
  • Privacy preserving applications through Secure Multi-Party Computation protocols
  • Biometric identification
  • Malware analysis
  • IoT swarm attestation
  • Named Data Network (NDN) security
  • Blockchain
  • Social Network Security


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