Grants / Awards / Activities

Grants, awards and scholarships

April 2023 - March 2025

JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Early-Career Scientist: 4,680,000 Yen 

Steering crowds by non-invasive methods using the "nudging" approach: from laboratory to reality (URL)

September 2021

Co-winner of the Ig Nobel Prize on Kinetics 

For conducting experiments to learn why pedestrians do sometimes collide with other pedestrians (URL)

April 2020 - March 2023

JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Early-Career Scientist: 4,290,000 Yen 

Development of a system to steer crowds through imperceptible modifications of the surrounding environment (URL)

February 2020

Recipient of the UTEC mobility grant

Mobility grant to spend a period abroad (University of Navarra, Spain, guest of Prof. Iker Zuriguel)

March 2018

Recipient of the engineering department dean's prize of The University of Tokyo 

Original name: 東京大学工学系研究科長賞(研究)

Award given to few students per year based on results achieved during the study program

June 2016

Recipient of AI*IA Mobility Grants Award

Grant from the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence to perform a research project in Italy

October 2014 - September 2017

Recipient of the SEUT type A scholarship from the University of Tokyo (outstanding candidate)

Scholarship granted to a limited number of students to cover financial costs during the PhD course

April 2016 - March 2017

Recipient of the “University of Tokyo international student scholarship” 

Scholarship granted to a limited number of international student in The University of Tokyo

June 2004

Special award as the best student in the scientific curriculum

Special award for the achievements in the subjects of mathematics and physics 

Awards granted during the graduation ceremony of the high school of Mendrisio (Switzerland) 

Reviewing activity

Active reviewer for the following journals (in alphabetic order):

Programming and I.T. skills

Programming languages:

MATLAB, VB.Net (Visual Basic, Basic), Python, C++, Fortran, Java, Netlogo, PHP

Operating systems:

Windows (11 or older), Linux (Ubuntu), Android, Mac OS


Data analysis: MATLAB, Python, IGOR, Mathematica, SPSS

Reporting and presenting: Microsoft Office, LaTeX, Inkscape

Fluid dynamic: Flow3D, Autodesk Moldflow, OpenFOAM, TRACE

Crowd simulation: MassMotion, Pathfinder, Viswalk


Other: LabView, PeTrack, Tracker, Unity, Repast Symphony, various video/audio software

Spoken and written languages

Italian: Mother tongue

English: proficient in writing and oral with working experience (CAE Grade C, 2008 / TOEFL iBT score: 102, 2014)

Japanese: proficient in writing and oral with working experience (JLPT N2: score 111, 2013)

German: proficient in writing and oral with working experience

French: proficient in writing and oral

Spanish: some (very) basic knowledge