Track Record

Track Record

Employment/affiliation track record – academic (grouped by institution)

Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan
Aug 2021 – current: Specially-appointed associate professor

Conducting academic and industry-contracted research and development on a broad range of
engineering topics related to advanced sensing, telecommunication networks and internet-of-
things. These include timing and signal conditioning circuits, FPGA and ASIC implementations of
low-power mixed-signal artificial intelligence devices, ultra low-power edge devices for cattle
behavior monitoring, and research on networks of chaotic oscillators and their applications
particularly to provide “distributed intelligence” in sensing.

Apr 2020 – Jul 2021: Visiting associate professor

Conducting multidisciplinary collaborative research spanning non-linear and complex dynamics in
brain networks, electronic oscillators and various associated topics. Research activities have
included the design of non-linear electronic circuits and networks to reproduce neuroscientific
observations, the application of related concepts to modeling human brain activity and behavior,
the study of brain motor networks in aging and the development of an EEG-based speech
synthesizer.

Jun 2017 – Mar 2020: Specially-appointed associate professor

Conducting academic research and engineering to develop highly-flexible central motor pattern
generators and motion controllers based on non-linear systems, for driving insect-like robots
under the control of brain-computer interfaces. Advanced research on new measures of phase
synchronization and non-linear approaches to improve signal processing algorithms for analyzing
physiological signals and decoding brain states, also distributed sensing and related network
dynamics. Developing versatile non-linear chaotic oscillators based on custom CMOS integrated
circuit with current-starved inverter rings, also liaising with NTT-BRL laboratories to develop new
chaotic devices based on MEMS/NEMS technology.

Jul 2016 – Sep 2016: Adjunct associate professor

Conducting advanced hardware and software engineering to develop a robot arm driven by
physiological activity (EMG, EOG, EEG) recorded via a low-cost wearable headset, aided by a
stereo vision system.

Center for Mind/Brain Science, University of Trento, Trento, Italy
Jan 2017 – current: Affiliate research fellow

Conducting multidisciplinary collaborative research on non-linear and complex dynamics in brain
networks, across a broad range of topics spanning neurally-inspired circuits such as memristor-
based oscillators, electronic models of chimera states and fading synchronization, complex
networks and transfer-function based models of olfaction dynamics. Furthermore, developing new
signal analysis tools to extract information about causal dynamics in brain recordings (EEG), in-
vitro neural recordings (MEA) and other time-series. Developing an analog emulator of a
photonics microresonator towards constructing optical neural networks.

Jan 2014 – Jun 2016: Guest post-doctoral fellow

Conducting research in the area of biomedical signal and image processing for improving the
analysis of functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging datasets, particularly for the
purpose of dementia diagnosis. Research on discovering and studying the behaviours of chaotic
oscillator circuits and networks resembling selected statistical aspects of neural activity, based on
bipolar-function transistors, field-programmable analog arrays, custom integrated circuits.
Research on graph- and network-based approaches to mapping brain connectivity, involving the
formulation of new mathematical tools and design of a dedicated co-processor card.

Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy
Feb 2021 – May 2021: Freelance lecturer in embedded systems

Conceiving a novel, applied and industry-oriented version of the “Embedded Systems Design and
Implementation” postgraduate course and practicals and delivering them, covering design flows
and approaches, specific languages and certifications, real-time programming, reliability and
safety related aspects, industrial and automotive systems, embedded system architectures,
programmable logic devices and controllers, interfaces, sensors and actuators, design
optimization, hardware-software co-design. Twelve highly selected national and international
guests from companies and other entities were invited, to merge the teaching with links to diverse
industry experiences (100 hours).

Oct 2020 – Dec 2020: Freelance lecturer in robotics

Delivering the fifth edition of the “Introduction to Robotics – an experimental approach” courses,
two hands-on courses providing a practical introduction to embedded computing and interfacing,
analog and digital sensors and signal processing, robot actuators and kinematics, control
systems, machine vision principles and applications, artificial intelligence. Online due to pandemic
(60 hours).

Jan 2019 – May 2019: Freelance lecturer in robotics

Delivering a previous edition of the “Introduction to Robotics – an experimental approach” courses
(54 hours).

Mar 2018 – Jun 2018: Freelance lecturer in robotics

Delivering a previous edition of the “Introduction to Robotics – an experimental approach” courses
(54 hours).

Apr 2017 – Jun 2017: Freelance lecturer in robotics

Delivering a previous edition of the “Introduction to Robotics – an experimental approach” courses
(54 hours).

Apr 2016 – Jun 2016: Freelance lecturer in robotics

Conceiving and delivering the first edition of the “Introduction to Robotics – an experimental
approach” course (24 hours).

Institute of Neuroinformatics, University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, Zurich,
Switzerland

Dec 2019 – present: Academic guest

Institute of Neuroinformatics, Jagellonian University, Krakow, Poland

May 2021 – present: Volunteer, academic guest

Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Science, Kraków, Poland
Jun 2016 – Aug 2019: Visiting Professor, Principal Specialist in Complex Systems

Conducting advanced theoretical and applied research on the engineering and physics of non-
linear dynamical systems and networks as models of brain dynamics, and related signal-
processing aspects. Uncovering the mechanisms of pattern-formation and remote-synchronization
in networks of oscillators based on field-programmable analog arrays. Discovering a large number of new, atypical chaotic oscillator circuits based on one or two standard bipolar-junction
transistors, including double-scroll and neural-like dynamics. Discovering means of generating
high-dimensional dynamics from elementary transistor based oscillators based on fractal resonant
networks. Conducting collaborative research on the emergence of collective dynamics in the
cryptocurrency market.

Scientific Department, C. Besta Neurological Institute, Milan, Italy
Jun 2010 – Jul 2015: Research Fellow

Conducting applied research in the field of engineering applied to neuroscience, particularly
regarding the development and application of a broad range of novel techniques for the analysis
and interpretation of biomedical images (fMRI, DTI, VBM etc.) and signals (EEG, EMG etc.),
including application to cognitive neuroscience and quantitative techniques based on network
graphs and other mathematical models. System and algorithm design for a hybrid robot system
guided by brain activity recorded using functional magnetic resonance imaging together with
stereoscopic vision. Multidisciplinary clinical, neuroimaging and neurophysiological studies of
disorders of consciousness.

Feb 2005 – Jan 2009: Research Fellow

Conducting applied research in the field of engineering applied to neuroscience, particularly
regarding the development and application of a broad range of novel techniques for the analysis
and interpretation of biomedical images (fMRI, DTI, VBM etc.) and signals (EEG, EMG etc.),
including application to cognitive neuroscience and quantitative techniques based on network
graphs and other mathematical models. Filed two patents on physiological monitoring.

Clinical Imaging Science Centre (CISC), Brighton and Sussex Medical School,
Brighton, UK
Feb 2012 – Dec 2013: Research Fellow

Conducting applied research in the field of engineering applied to neuroscience, particularly
regarding the development and application of a broad range of novel techniques for the analysis
and interpretation of biomedical images particularly using graph-based models for dementia
diagnosis and bespoke spatial cognition tests (resting state fMRI, PET, VBM). Advanced
hardware and software engineering to develop a dedicated computing architecture for
accelerating the processing of functional magnetic resonance images, implemented on a custom
digital-signal processing (DSP) board. Advanced hardware and software engineering to develop
another dedicated computing architecture for accelerating the analysis of brain connectivity
graphs, implemented in a custom processor in a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) on a
dedicated circuit board.

Jan 2009 – May 2010: Research Fellow

Conducting applied research in the field of engineering applied to neuroscience, particularly
regarding the development and application of a broad range of novel techniques for the
acquisition, analysis and interpretation of biomedical images and signals (EEG, physiological
recordings); working on combining signals from near-infrared spectroscopy,
electroencephalography, functional magnetic resonance imaging and physiological monitoring.
Doctoral research on mechanisms of human decision-making under risk combining multiple
neuroimaging, neurophysiology and behavioral techniques.

Consulting/Industry track record

Advanet Inc., Okayama, Japan

Dec 2021 – present: Senior Advisor
Conducting technology management consulting in embedded systems and technologies and
associated topics, related in particular to the application of lean management techniques to new
product development, component procurement and board manufacturing.

Lattice Semiconductor S.r.l., Milano, Italy

Jun 2021 – Jul 2021: Senior Consultant
Conducting technical consulting and advisory in the area of programmable logic devices (FPGA)
and their applications, with focus on industrial networking, motor control and memory controllers.
This role in particular involved managing the interactions with a broad range of third-party
partners, namely, IP provides, developers as well as contract manufacturers, supporting the
planning of their collaborative activities.

DB Formazione S.r.l., Bolzano, Italy

Jun 2021 – Jul 2021: Senior Trainer
Delivering an in-field, corporate-oriented version of the “Embedded programming languages”
professional training course and practicals, covering design flows and approaches, specific
languages and certifications, real-time programming, reliability and safety related aspects,
industrial and automotive systems, embedded system architectures, programmable logic devices
and controllers, interfaces, sensors and actuators, design optimization, hardware-software co-
design.

Pervasive Edge S.r.l.s., Trento, Italy

Jan 2020 – Jul 2021: Founder, CEO
Pervasive Edge S.r.l.s. operated as a sole-proprietor company based on the model of a “network
organization” with its primary mission in acting as a hub and gateway towards a constellation of
Italian and worldwide excellences across the fields of electronic design and manufacturing,
system and software development, covering a broad range of requirements and applications. The
vision was to powerfully leverage my local and international networks, knitting relationships
between them. The consulting services provided spanned embedded system design based on
field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and digital signal processors (DSPs), intellectual
property (IP) design, development of scientific equipment and technology strategy consulting, with
customers in Italy, USA and Japan. Patents were filed on a range of topics including biomedical,
user interface and agricultural technology devices.

Eurac Research, Bolzano, Italy

May 2020 – Sep 2020: Senior Consultant
Conducting technical consulting and advisory in the area of biomedical signal acquisition,
calibration and processing, particularly regarding the development of a specialized type of pulse
oximeter. This role involved liaising with a range of diverse technical-scientific shareholders,
aiming to solve a complex problem between physiology and electronics under multiple budget and
timing constraints, identifying and adapting COTS solutions while designing a productionalizable
device.

Next Sight S.r.l., Padova, Italy

Jun 2019 – Aug 2019: Senior Consultant
Conducting technical consulting and advisory in the area of biomedical image acquisition,
calibration and processing, including applications of artificial intelligence techniques. This role
involved finding rapid solutions to complex technical-logistic problems which had to do both with
the development of new capabilities and with the production upscaling of automatic fundus
camera products.

Stelar S.r.l., Pavia, Italy

Apr 2019 – May 2019: Senior Consultant
Conducting technical consulting and technology management consulting on topics related to
programmable logic (FPGA) devices and their application in radiofrequency systems (DDS-RF)
applied to physical-chemical devices for biomedical use.

Intermotion Technology, Inc., Oregon City OR, USA

Jan 2018 – Jun 2018: Senior Consultant operating as CTO
Conducting non-disclosable contracted development and advising on behalf of a market-leading
FPGA device manufacturer. This role involved operating at chief technical officer (CTO) level to
provide senior technical leadership, technical supervision, and training on technical and process-
related topics to engineering team comprising ~15 full-time members, primarily based in Yerevan
(Armenia). Was responsible for the development and verification of a broad portfolio of IP blocks
including basic primitives, communication and networking interfaces, video- and audio-related
interfaces, memory controllers and bus infrastructure. Lead the design, manufacturing, production
and testing of custom circuit boards to support demanding testing applications. Also collaborated
on conceiving, patenting and prototyping an innovative electrical safety system.

In2H2 Inc. a.k.a. Nearist.ai, Folsom CA, USA

Aug 2015 – Dec 2017: Senior Consultant
Conducting non-disclosable contracted development and advising on large-scale data analysis
applications, particularly in biomedicine and genetics, of vector distance calculation algorithms
and in particular their hardware implementations at logic, board and system levels, involving
collaboration with diverse entities and the filing of a large, complex patent on a novel integrated
circuit architecture. These activities have also involved leading the design of a massively-parallel
co-processor board based on the PCI Express bus, a high-density FPGA, and an array of FPGAs
and dynamic memories. I was in charge of identifying the components and technologies,
particularly to solve difficult power, signal integrity and bandwidth challenges, and furthermore
personally designed all schematics. These activities have furthermore entailed liaising closely with
layout designers, manufacturing directors, and overseeing the work of a group of senior system
architects, defining the FPGA-to-FPGA protocols, calculation architectures, and associated
software. The entire system has been made available open source.

Microsystems S.r.l., Milan, Italy; MS Lab S.r.l., Trento, Italy; NeuriCam S.p.A., Trento,
Italy

Years 2002 – 2004: Freelance Consulant
Conducting early-career consulting activities in the field information technology and
microelectronics with provision of design support, co-ordination and management of research and
development projects in the areas of biomedical telemetry (Microsystems Srl), systems electronics
(MS Lab Srl), machine vision (NeuriCam SpA). Testing and characterization of electronic device
prototypes, development of the hardware and low-level software of an early smart camera,
supporting a variety of FPGA designs and design revisions for a CMOS image sensor design, co-
ordinated the development of a biomedical telemetry device base on GPRS and worked on a
high-speed optical cheque reading and sorting system. In the same context he developed a
hexapod robot based on a dedicated tree computing architecture hinged around the TOTEM
neuro-chip.