Since I was a kid I have been always fascinated by science. It actually all started with dinosaurs and minerals, but over the years the passion for science grew and brought me to study first telecommunication engineering and applied physics later on. I also enjoy traveling and getting in touch with new cultures very much, and found a way to combine all these interests by working in many different places around the world: at universities (in Italy, Australia, and the Netherlands), research institutes and high-tech companies (in Belgium), as well as at NPOs (in Burkina Faso, Africa).
I always seek innovation and focus on achieving results that will have an impact on people and society.
Over the last years I successfully focused my research on ultrasound technologies; achieving more than 110 publications (60 international journal papers, 2 book chapters, 51 proceedings), four international best-poster awards, and many contributions to top international conferences, including invited talks.
Right now, I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Trento, Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science, and Head of ULTRa (Ultrasound Laboratory Trento). My research activity focuses on signal processing, image formation and image analysis of mostly medical imaging applications of ultrasound technologies. I am now particularly active on lung ultrasound imaging, focusing on the development of a method fully dedicated to the diagnosis and monitoring of lung diseases (#lungultrasound).
In the current pandemic of respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus, I am leading the Italian COVID-19 Lung UltraSound (ICLUS) project: an international and multidisciplinary effort involving more than 60 clinical, academic and industrial institutes (from Italy, Israel, Brazil, Germany, UK, France, Mexico, USA, India, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium) focusing on the design and clinical implementation of a computer aided lung ultrasound system developed for patients affected by COVID-19.
Moreover I am deeply interested in ultrasonic beam-forming algorithms of new generation, and ultrasound propagation modelling.
I have been previously working at the Biomedical Photonic Imaging Group at the University of Twente, as visiting scholar and university researcher, on the design, development and testing of an ultrasound scanner for breast tomography of new generation which combines photoacoustics and (LIUS) ultrasound technologies. Previously I have been working on PMUT sensor design and image-formation-algorithm development for SODAR applications in life science and integrated systems technology as R&D Engineer at IMEC and Ultrasound consultant at TMC. Also, I have worked on quantitative ultrasound imaging for prostate cancer detection and on inaccessible-environment mapping at the Eindhoven University of Technology, as a PostDoc, completed a PhD in applied physics on ultrasound propagation modeling at the Delft University of Technology, and obtained a master degree (cum laude) in telecommunication engineering at the University of Pisa.
“Alles Gerade lügt, ... alle Wahrheit ist krumm”. [Friedrich Nietzsche, Also sprach Zarathustra]