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Paolo Bajardi
PAOLO BAJARDI (#DataScience)
Paolo is currently Applied Data Science Manager at the ISI Foundation, in Torino.
He is physicist by training owning a PhD in Physics from the University of Aix-Marseille, a Master in Epidemiology from the University of Turin and a Master in Data Engineering at the Politecnico of Turin.
During his research activity focused on large-scale simulations of infectious disease spreading in human and animals, network science, mobility models and the analysis of digital traces caracterizing human mobility. As a consultant in the IT sector, he has been involved in data-intensive projects for large multinational companies.
His work focuses on bridging the gap between Data Science Research and Industry needings, developing analytic processes and tools to provide actionable knowledge to corporate partners.
www.isi.it

Ciro Cattuto
CIRO CATTUTO (#DataScience)
Ciro Cattuto is a physicist who leads the Data Science Laboratory of the ISI Foundation, a leading research center in the domain of complex systems and networks in Turin, Italy. His undergraduate and doctoral training are in Statistical and Computational Physics. During his PhD he worked as a software engineer for companies and startups based in Italy, California and Germany. He carried out post-doctoral research at the University of Michigan (USA), at the Frontier Research System of RIKEN (Japan) and at the Enrico Fermi Center in Roma. His work focuses on measuring and modeling complex phenomena in socio-technical systems, with applications to social media, social networks, epidemiology and public health. He is a founder of the SocioPatterns project and is a member of the editorial board of the EPJ Data Science Journal.
www.isi.it

Alex Comunian
ALEX COMUNIAN (#Development)
Alex Comunian is a Computer Engineer, #Developer, Code #Ninja, #Scrum Master & Teacher @top_ix. He has strong experience in software and web development, software architecture design and project management with good experience in data analysis. In the past years he worked with 50+ startups, providing development and technical support in different software languages, platforms and technologies.
He attended BIG DIVE as a student in the second edition and he is now teacher in the fifth edition of the course.
www.top-ix.org

Fabio Franchino | ToDo
FABIO FRANCHINO (#Visualization)
Fabio is a computational designer and a founding partner at ToDo. He has always been involved in creative processes, ranging in fields from music to design, passing through performing and generative arts. One day he discovered the potential of programming as a medium and unconventional tool for his creative purposes. He explores ideas through evolving processes, often finding unexpected, meaningful outcomes and new aesthetics.
After gaining senior experience with ActionScript and Processing, recently he has been exploring JavaScript and web technology, trying to discover further creative potentials. He has taught in several institutions and has held workshops in his field of expertise; he also organized the first Italian event devoted to computational practices in art and design.
www.todo.to.it

Laetitia Gauvin
LAETITIA GAUVIN (#DataScience)
Laetitia Gauvin completed her master at Imperial College, London and at the Centre de Physique Théorique, Marseille. She then pursued a PhD (defended in October 2010) on the study of socio-economic systems using tools from statistical physics at the Laboratoire de Physique Statistique (LPS) of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. As a postdoctoral researcher, she has then been involved in the project Dyxi dealing with Urban Collective Dynamics: Individual and Spatial Heterogeneities. She is now a postdoctoral researcher at the ISI Foundation in Turin and works in particular on the SocioPatterns project. Her research interests focus on the study of socio-economic systems with an approach involving data mining, network science, statistical physics analysis and numerical simulations. She recently focused on the applications of tensor factorization to data mining.
www.isi.it

Alessandro Molina | AXANT
ALESSANDRO MOLINA (#Development)
Python developer since 2001 has always been interested in Python as a Web Development Platform.
He is currently a core developer of the TurboGears2 framework and has collaborated with various python projects related to web development like , FormEncode, ToscaWidgets, the Sprox Widget Generation Library and the Ming MongoDB ORM. Partner and CTO at Axant.
www.axant.it

Puria Nafisi Azizi | AXANT
PURIA NAFISI AZIZI (#Development)
Digital Rights and Free Software hacktivist since always,
Puria started Axant to ban those bad patterns learned and experienced in fortune 200 companies.
Deep technical background and a curious hackish attitude helps him to be a smart problem solver and a great question maker!
www.axant.it

Andrè Panisson
ANDRÉ PANISSON (#DataScience)
André Panisson is a Researcher at the Data Science Laboratory of the ISI Foundation in Turin, Italy. He received his MSc in Computer Science in 2007 from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) and his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Turin (Italy) in February 2012.  In 2010 he started to contribute to Gephi, an open-source software for visualizing and analyzing large networks graphs, in the context of the Google Summer of Code program, in which he recently participated as a mentor.  He has contributed to a variety of open source projects, including the Twitter Elephant Bird library. His work focuses on the development of tools to measure, analyze, model and simulate the behavior of complex techno-social systems.
www.isi.it 

PAST EDITIONS GUESTS

Nicolò Bidotti
NICOLÒ BIDOTTI (#SPARK)
Nicolò Bidotti is a researcher at Agile Lab in Turin, Italy. He’s a passionate developer and his main focuses are Deeplearning, Blockchain and BigData technologies.
He is the author of TextSpark, a project that brings search engine and NLP capabilities into Spark natively. It will be open sourced soon as a Spark Package.
He also contributed to several machine learning projects in an enterprise environment.
agilelab.it

JOHAN BOLLEN
JOHAN BOLLEN (#DATASCIENCE)
Johan Bollen is associate professor at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing. He was formerly a staff scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 2005-2009, and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science of Old Dominion University from 2002 to 2005. He obtained his PhD in Experimental Psychology from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in 2001. He has published more than 75 articles on computational social science, social media analytics, informetrics, and digital libraries. His research has been funded by the NSF, IARPA, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He received two patents for his research, both of which have been commercially licensed. Johan lives in Bloomington, Indiana with his wife and daughter. In his free time he enjoys P90x and DJing in the local Bloomington clubs as DJ Angst (with his colleague E-trash aka Luis Rocha).
www.informatics.indiana.edu

Massimo Candela
MASSIMO CANDELA (#DATAVIZ)
I’m a software engineer having fun developing intuitive, performant, and highly interactive tools (JavaScript+SVG/Canvas) for the representation of large amounts of data in order to guide decisions and to facilitate day-to-day Internet operations.
www.ripe.net

Marco Ciurcina
MARCO CIURCINA (#LEGAL)
Italian lawyer, working in the field of commercial and contractual law, Information Technology law, Copyright, Patent and Trademark law.
He teaches “Law and ethics of communication” at the Politecnico di Torino, Faculty of Information Science.
Free software and digital freedoms activist.
studiolegale.it

Vittorio Di Tomaso
VITTORIO DI TOMASO (#NLP)
Vittorio has over twenty years of experience in natural language processing and computational linguistics. He is co-founder and CEO of CELI, Language and Technology, a company specialized in automatic language analysis technology.
Free software and digital freedoms activist.
www.celi.it

Enrico Ferro
ENRICO FERRO (#BUSINESS)
Enrico Ferro is the head of the Innovation Development Area at Mario Boella Institute (ISMB), a multidisciplinary team of twenty researchers working on the strategic, socioeconomic and policy implications of information and communication technologies. Over the last ten years Dr. Ferro has worked in many projects financed by the European Commission with roles ranging from scientific supervisor to senior expert. Dr. Ferro also covers an adjunct professor position at the Polytechnic of Turin and at the International Labour Bureau of the United Nations where he regularly lectures on innovation management in both the public and the private sector. His research work has produced over forty academic publications, one handbook of research and over fifty research reports.
enricoferro.blogspot.it

Bruno Gonçalves
BRUNO GONÇALVES (#SCIENCE)
Bruno Gonçalves is a Data Science fellow at NYU’s Center for Data Science while on leave from a tenured faculty position at Aix-Marseille Université. He has a strong expertise in using large scale datasets for the analysis of human behavior. After completing his joint PhD in Physics, MSc in C.S. at Emory University in Atlanta, GA in 2008 he joined the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research at Indiana University as a Research Associate. From September 2011 until August 2012 he was an Associate Research Scientist at the Laboratory for the Modeling of Biological and Technical Systems at Northeastern University.
Since 2008 he has been pursuing the use of Data Science and Machine Learning to study human behavior. By processing and analyzing large datasets from Twitter, Wikipedia, web access logs, and Yahoo! Meme he studied how we can observe both large scale and individual human behavior in an obtrusive and widespread manner. The main applications have been to the study of Computational Linguistics, Information Diffusion, Behavioral Change and Epidemic Spreading. In 2015 he was awarded the Complex Systems Society’s 2015 Junior Scientific Award for “outstanding contributions in Complex Systems Science” and he is the editor of the book Social Phenomena: From Data Analysis to Models (Springer, 2015).
www.bgoncalves.com

Valerio Maggio
VALERIO MAGGIO (#DEVELOPMENT)
Valerio Maggio has a Ph.D. in Computational Science from the University of Naples “Federico II” and he is currently a Postdoc researcher in the FBK – MPBA team. His research interests are mainly focused on Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Big Data Analysis. 
Valerio is very much involved in the scientific Python community. Currently he uses Python as the mainstream language for his machine learning code, making an intensive use of Scikit-learn and Matplotlib to crunch, munge, and analyse experimental data.
Valerio is an active member of the Italian Python community, and the lead organiser of the PyData Italy conferences,held in Florence on 2015 and 2016. He also enjoys playing basketball and drinking tea.
+ValerioMaggio

Federico Morando
FEDERICO MORANDO (#LINKEDATA)
Federico Morando is the President and CEO of Synapta Srl, an innovative start-up focused on linked data. He is an economist, with an interdisciplinary research background at the intersection between law, economics and technology. Degree in Economics from Bocconi Univ., master’s degree in Economic theory and econometrics from the Univ. of Toulouse, Ph.D. in Institutions, Economics and Law from the Univ. of Turin and Ghent with a dissertation about software interoperability. In 2008, he joined the Nexa Center for Internet & Society as its first managing director. Then, he served as director of research at Nexa from 2013 to 2015. From Dec. 2012, he leads the Creative Commons Italy project and he was a member of the Open Team of Regione Piemonte that launched and steered the development of the first Italian open government data portal. At the end of 2015, he left his position in the staff of the Nexa Center to co-found Synapta.
synapta.it

Neal Richardson
NEAL RICHARDSON (#DEVELOPMENT)
Neal leads the product development team at Crunch.io, which seeks to make data analysis more instant, visual, and collaborative. Prior to Crunch.io, he analyzed survey data for the research firm YouGov. He is the author of several packages for the R language for statistics. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied Latin American political economy and research methodology.
www.crunch.io

Jan Willem Tulp
JAN WILLEM TULP (#DATAVIZ)
Jan Willem Tulp is an award winning data experience designer from The Netherlands. With his one-man company TULP interactive he creates custom create data visualizations. Jan Willem has created visualizations for organizations like Scientific American, Nature, Popular Science, World Economic Forum, Unicef, Unesco and Philips. He speaks regularly at international conferences, and teaches a workshop on data visualization design. His work has been published in books and magazines and has been exhibited internationally. He has been a judge on visualization contests, such as National Science Foundation vizzies (USA) and Malofiej (Spain). Recently he started offering a new service: Office Data Art – a custom piece of art for your office based on your company’s data.
tulpinteractive.com

Antonio Vetrò
ANTONIO VETRÒ (#DATAQUALITY)
Antonio Vetrò is Director of Research at the Nexa Center for Internet and Society at Politecnico di Torino (Italy). Formerly, he has been research fellow in the Software and System Engineering Department at Technische Universität München (Germany) and junior scientist at Fraunhofer Center for Experimental Software Engineering (MD, USA). He holds a PhD in Information and System Engineering from Politecnico di Torino (Italy).
He is specialised in empirical methodologies and statistical analyses, applying such an empirical epistemological approach to study the impact of technology on society. After working for a few years on methodologies to improve the quality of software and data, he recently steered his research on how to transfer technological innovations to industry and public institutions.
nexa.polito.it

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