About me

I am Danilo from Zeddiani, a small village in the wonderful Sardinia. I am an enthusiast computer scientist. I am Senior Researcher at the Knowledge Technologies for the Social Sciences Department at GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences. I am curious about how things work and always interested to learn new ones. I like to push up myself to address more and more challenging tasks. I would like to continue building my carrier in computer science research areas such as Knowledge Graphs, Machine Learning, Semantic Web, and Sentiment Analysis which I have been working on during the last three years.

Short bio

I got the B.Sc. (2014) and M.Sc. (2016) degrees in Computer Science at University of Cagliari. In 2020, I received my Ph.D. from the the same University.

My B.Sc. thesis treats mobile payment technologies and recommendation systems to improve business revenues between costumers and sellers. For my Master Thesis, I worked at a regional project of the Sardinia government named Rete Natura 2000: Valutazione dei piani di gestione e studio dei corridoi ecologici come rete complessa. The Thesis, titled A Complex Network approach to evaluate the Natura 2000 network, shows an analysis of the network on the regional land to support enviromental regional planners. My Ph.D. dissertation Knowledge Extraction from Textual Resources through Semantic Web Tools and Advanced Machine Learning Algorithms for Applications in Various Domains describes the use of Artificial Intelligence components to manipulate text data for the extraction of knowledge in the Healthcare, E-learning, Scholarly, and Biologiocal domains.

From Academic Year 2015/2016 to 2018/2019 I was academic tutor of the Computer Architecture course of the B.Sc. degree in Computer Science at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Cagliari.

From June to September 2016, I was in Eindhoven (The Netherlands) for an internship at Data Science Department of Philips Research under the supervision of Sergio Consoli. With Dr. Sergio Consoli, I explored the IBM Watson framework for experimenting its applications on the Healthcare domain.

From October 2016 to October 2019, I was Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Cagliari supervised by the Professor Diego Reforgiato. My research activity mainly focuses on Machine Learning and Semantic Web technologies. I defended my thesis on Febraury 26, 2020.

During my Ph.D. studies, I had the opportunity to visit many research centers around the world. I was visiting student for 3 months in fall 2017 of the Professor Dennis Shasha at the Center for Data Science of the New York University. With the team of Professor Shasha, we developed a tool called Supernoder aimed at simplifying the search of patterns on biological networks.

I was also visiting student of the Professor Enrico Motta at the Knowledge Media Institute of the Open University from September to December 2018. From January 2019 to April 2019, I was visiting student at the LIPN in Paris under the supervision of Professor Davide Buscaldi. During these periods, I worked on text mining techniques that exploit both Machine Learning and Semantic Web technologies for extracting knowledge from scientific literature in order to build a scientific knowledge graph.

From January 2020 to November 2021 I was working as PostDoc / Senior Researcher at FIZ Karlsruhe within the FIZ ISE team with the Professor Harald Sack.

From October 2021 to September 2022, I was Researcher at the University of Cagliari where I was Professor of the Computer Architecture course within the B.Sc. on Applied Informatics and Data Analytics.

Research Interests

Knowledge Graphs - Scholarly Data - Sentiment Analysis - Text Mining - Machine Learning