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Who am I?

I am Cristina a PhD student in Engineering in Computer Science @ La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. Currently, I work in Web Algorithms and Data Mining Lab (WADAM) and my advisors are prof. Aris Anagnostopoulos and prof. Stefano Leonardi.

I graduated in Data Science @ La Sapienza University of Rome, spending half of my master's degree @ EPFL, Switzerland. The time I spent abroad has been extremely important for two main reasons. First, I had the opportunity to meet people with great experiences and backgrounds. On the other hand, I realised how much I love my country and how important contributing for its development is.

My research interests are Digital Education, Open Data, Data Mining, Computational Social Science and Data Visualisation with application to Journalism.

Career

Currently, I am working as a Data Science consultant for the Digital Transformation Team of the Italian Government, established in late 2016 as an enzyme to support the Public Administration enhancement on the technological perspective. Specifically I put my contribute in Data Analytics Framework, DAF, a big data platform that stores Italian data (open and not) and provides tools for the analysis. My role is to create data-driven application, commissioned by the Public Administrations, to ease their decision process and to elucidate the crucial role data has for our country benefit.

Experiences

  • Data Science Consultant @ Digital Transformation Team of the Italian Government, January 2018 - present

  • Internship @ Big Data and Analytics team KPMG Rome (IT), Summer 2016

Academic Engagement

Since I was a pupil, I have been showing a particular interest in Education. On my perspective, in Italy, there are a lot of things that can be done to improve the Educational System, in such a way that it becomes the privileged place where a student grows and follows his interests and fascinations.

That is why, as soon as I got the possibility, I decide to dedicate part of my time to teach and give a contribute in teaching. For me, teaching means to give something to people and have more back.

In the wake of it, during the last year of my MSc, I proposed to the Academic Board to hold a new Crash Course of Python for the students that just enrolled in the Master, to back them in starting the new studies. Moreover, I currently support the teaching activity of the course Algorithm for Data Mining.

Experiences

  • Teaching Assistant @ Algorithm for Data Mining, La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy (2017)

  • Coordinator and Lecturer @ Python Crash Course, La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy (2017)

My interests

I am strongly convinced that studying and doing research need to be combined with extra activities which, indirectly, provide inputs for your creativity. That is why, I always try to have time for me to pursue passions and volunteering.

Music and I

It was an afternoon. In front of my primary school there were some guys who were advertising a school of music. There is when my complicate relationship with music starts. For many years I played piano, then I switched to violin, that I seriously studied for many years also playing as violinist in JuniOrchestra @ Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome. During that period, I had the occasion of playing with outstanding musicians and performing on international stages, like the one of Ravello Festival.

Now, in my free time, I love strumming and singing!

Scouting for Boys

I am a Scoutmaster in AGESCI, at Roma 30. It is a volunteer activity which asks me to be an educator for boys and girls between 8 and 19 years old. Recently I joined the Pattuglia Regionale of Lazio, a district committee which organises events for the region.