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Where you can find my Research Interests and Activities
I have a strong background in Parallel Computing and Data Analytics. My interest has then evolved towards the field of Artificial Intelligence, having always been intrigued by the idea of building machines as intelligent as humans.
I am now fully engaged in the study of Deep Learning, Continual / Lifelong Learning, Knowledge Transfer and Distillation, Distributed Learning and their applications.
The long-term goal of my research aims at answering this single question:
What could make artificial intelligence systems as sustainable (efficient & scalable) and effective as the human brain? And how to implement it algorithmically?
While the answer to the “what” part of the question is obvious to me (at least on where to start😝) and it is Continual Learning, the “how” part is the main focus of my research. This mostly means understanding the true nature of biological learning systems that learn continually: by what computational principles they are governed and how the interaction of these principles let to the emergence of intelligent behaviors; and secondly, the design, prototype and experimentation of algorithmic formulations for artificial learning systems.
My research in Continual Learning is split in three main focus areas: Continual Learning in Deep Learning (and Neuroscience-Inspired AI), Continual Learning and its relationships with Distributed/Federated Learning and Continual Learning for Practical Applications, all within a Sustainable AI developmental framework.
These four different focus areas ensure that my research in Continual Learning is grounded in (Deep) Machine Learning, while also preserving a certain degree of (sustainable) practical applicability. This is important to evaluate the reachable level of robustness and maturity of our algorithmic proposals, gather new insights, making a tangible impact in the real-world as well as making sure to direct and take responsibility for this change.
Assistant Professor (Junior) 2021 - Present Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Pisa Research topics: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Continual Learning.
EMERGE: Emergent Awareness from Minimal Collectives 2022 - Present EU-funded EMERGE project which will enable emergent collaborative awareness among collectives of minimal artificial beings without predefined protocols. It will support complex, distributed and flexible systems exhibiting collaboration, self-regulation and interoperability. EMERGE’s framework will offer insight that will foster allocation of awareness to optimise achievement of desired outcomes. Involvement: Taks Leader
Continual Learning for Computer Vision 2022 - Present Research contract with the Leonardo S.p.a. for the research and development of original continual learning solutions applied to Computer Vision. Involvement: Principal Investigator
Continual Learning for Predictive Maintenance 2021 - Present Research contract with the SeaVision Group for the research and development of original continual learning solutions applied to predictive maintenance in the pharmaceutical domain. Involvement: Principal Investigator TEACHING: A computing Toolkit for building Efficient Autonomous appliCations leveraging Humanistic INtelliGence 2021 - Present EU-funded project that designs a computing platform and the associated software toolkit supporting the development and deployment of autonomous, adaptive and dependable CPSoS applications, allowing them to exploit a sustainable human feedback to drive, optimize and personalize the provisioning of their services. Involvement: Task leader
Continual Learning in Computer Vision 2021 - 2021 Gift contract with the Intel for the support of the CLVision 2020 Workshop challenge competition. Involvement: Principal Investigator Image Manipulation Attack Resolving Solutions 2020 - 2021 The iMARS research project, fully funded by the European Union for a total budget of 7+ Million, aims at designing new solutions for the detection of morphing attacks and digital image manipulations in order to provide accurate verification of ID documents. Involvement: Participant Recycle Symbols Detection on Embedded Cameras 2020 - 2021 In collaboration with the Hera Group, one of the biggest multi-services companies in Italy, the project was centered around the prototyping of an object detection API service running directly on the edge on Android mobile phones. Involvement: Participant
General Chair / Main Organizer 2021 - Present
1st ed. of the Workshop "Novel Benchmarks and Approaches for Real-World Continual Learning" ICIAP 2021. (Participants: 100-200)
3nd ed. of the Workshop "Continual Learning for Computer Vision" CVPR 2022. (Participants: 300-400)
1st ed of the Workshop "Semi-Supervised Continual Learning Workshop" IJCAI 2021. (Participants: 250-300) 1st ed. of the Workshop "Theory of Continual Learning Workshop" ICML 2021. (Participants: 250-300) 2nd ed. of the Workshop "Continual Learning for Computer Vision" CVPR 2021. (Participants: 250-300) 1st ed. of the Workshop "Continual Learning for Computer Vision" CVPR 2020. (Participants: 250-300) Main organizer of the ContinualAI Monthly meetups and weekly seminars ContinualAI, 2021 - Present. (Participants: 30-60)
Program Chair 2021 - Present "AI for People" conference 2021, Online.
Special Session Chair 2021 - Present
"Continual Learning and Emergence of Intelligent Systems: Theory and Application" (IJCNN 2022) "Advances in Continual Learning: beyond Catastrophic Forgetting" (IEEE EAIS 2021). "AI for People" (GOODTECHS 2020). "New Trends in Continual Learning with Deep Architectures" (IEEE EAIS 2020).
Program Committee Member & Reviewer 2016 - Present
IJCAI-PRICAI 2020, IEEE EAIS 2020, GOODTECHS 2020, Continual Learning workshop at ICML 2020, ROMAN Workshop on Lifelong Learning for Long-term HRI, CCNC 2021 Workshop RoboCom, AAAiI-2022, EAIS 2022, CCNC 2022 Workshop RoboCom, PeRConAI 2022, IEEE RA-L, ICPR 2020, IROS 2020, ICML 2020 Continual Learning workshop, ICONIP 2020, ICML 2020 Lifelong Machine Learning, ISBA 2016, ISBA 2017, ISBA 2018, PIMRC2018, CoRL 2017, ICANN 2019, AAAI 2020, ECAI 2020, EAIS 2020, CVPR 2022, ICIAP 2022, ECCV 2022, Conference on Lifelong Learning Agents (CoLLAs) 2022 and a reviewer for prestigious journals / institutions such as Elsevier Cognitive Systems Research, Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and IEEE Access, Journal of Information Security and Applications, Artificial Intelligence Journal, IEEE Access, CVPR 2021, Neural Computing and Applications Journal, ICRA 2021, ICCV 2021, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, Neurocomputing, Mobile Information Systems Hindawi, Evolving Systems, Frontiers Robotics and AI, Elsevier Patter Recognition, TPAMI, Leverhulme Trust, Nature Machine Intelligence among others.
Author, Editor and Technical Reviewer 2016 - Present
"Deep Learning with R". Vincenzo Lomonaco. Packt Publishing, 2017 (Author). "Online continual learning on sequences." Parisi, German I., and Vincenzo Lomonaco in "Recent Trends in Learning From Data". Oneto, L., Navarin, N., Sperduti, A., Anguita, D., Springer, 2019. (Book Chapter Author)
"Intelligenza Artificiale", IOS Press, 2022-Present. (Associate Editor) "R Deep Learning Essentials. Packt Publishing". Joshua F. Wiley, 2016. (Technical Reviewer)
Special Issue Editor 2020 - Present
"Continual Unsupervised Learning in Computer Vision", Frontiers in Computer Science, 2022. "Adaptive Machines: Leveraging Neuroscience for Lifelong Learning Systems" for the Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence Journal, 2021. "Lifelong Learning Machines" for the Elsevier Neural Networks Journal, 2021. "AI for People" for the Springer Journal "AI & Society: Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Communication", 2020.
Co-Founder & President 2018 - Present President of the non-profit research organization ContinualAI, 2018 - Present ContinualAI is the largest research organization and open community on Continual Learning for Artificial Intelligence. The organization has more than 1000+ members in 19 different timezones, 5000+ annual users of its online services, 30+ supporting partners, 50+ organized or supported events, 5 active collaborative projects, e 3000+ followers on its social platforms. Website: https://www.continualai.org Co-Founder & Board Director of AIforPeople, 2019 - Present Co-Founder & Board Member of the non-profit organization AIforPeople. The social mission of AIforPeople is the one to learn, pose questions and take initiative on how the technology based on Artificial Intelligence can be used for the social good. Website: https://www.aiforpeople.org International Doctoral Reviewer 2020 - Present
"Deep Learning Approaches for Time-Evolving Scenarios", Alessia Bertugli, Università di Trento, 2023.
"Tackling the Distribution Shift in Visual Understanding Applications", Marco Toldo, Padova University, 2022.
"Dissecting Continual Learning a Structural and Data Analysis”, Francesco Pelosin, Ca' Foscari University, 2022.
"Continual Object Detection with Deep Neural Networks", Ângelo Garangau Menezes, Universidade de São Paulo, 2022. "Continual learning for hierarchical classification, meta-learning, and multi-modal learning", Kai Wang, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, 2022. "Augmenting Deep Learning models using Continual and Meta Learning strategies", Julio Hurtado, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 2022. "Neural Architecture Search under Budget Constraints", Tom Veniat, Sorbonne Université, 2021.
"Lifelong Learning of Neural Networks: Detecting Novelty and Adapting to New Domains without Forgetting", Marc Masana, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, 2020.
Associations 2018 - Present ELLIS, CLAIR, IEEE, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, AIXIA, CVPL, IAML, AIforPeople, ContinualAI, CINI AIIS.
Awards 2009 - Present
Doctoral Dissertation Distinction: The dissertation was awarded by the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence as one of the top-5 AI PhD Thesis of 2019.
Certificates 2015 - Present
English Proficiency Certificate IELTS: "International English Language Testing System" certificate. Grade 7, 2015.
TEACHING Podcast: Official podcast of the EU Funded Project TEACHING, A computing Toolkit for building Efficient Autonomous appliCations leveraging Humanistic INtelliGence, Lead Organizer and Host, 2021 - Present.
Press Articles 2021 - Present
Dissemination Videos 2016 - Present
Tutorials 2019 - Present
Scientific Talks 2016 - Present
Ex-Model Continual Learning: a New Paradigm for Distributed Robotics Intelligence, Invited Talk @ Workshop on Lifelong Learning and Personalization in Long-Term Human-Robot Interaction 2022. [Video] [Slides]