Function and Responsibilities:
Geo-risks, and especially earthquakes, threaten every year millions of people across a rapidly changing world.
Assessing seismic risk in terms of expected consequences to the communities exposed is a difficult and fascinating challenge, involving very different expertise and experience.
A sound and reliable assessment of all the components of the broader risk-chain is of paramount importance for designing efficient mitigation actions, thus improving the resilience of the exposed communities.
I´m devoting my skills, collected throughout a cross-disciplinary working experience, to devising new approaches and methodologies to consistently, continuously and reliably model and validate exposure, vulnerability and risk (loss) models in the framework of natural hazards.
A particular focus of my research lines is on the collection and integration of multi-source information (for instance combining remote sensing and ground-based surveys) and the probabilistic modelling of physical and societal exposure and vulnerability models over multiple spatial and temporal scales.
I´m also exploring how these research findings can be distilled in order to provide end-users and stakeholders with useful, efficient and viable tools, in order to further improve Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) policies, also in the framework of multiple hazard / multiple risk early warning and rapid response.
group leader - GFZ-Potsdam, Potsdam — 2017 - present
Section Seismic Hazard and Risk Dynamics.
Coordinates the group “Early Warning and Impact Estimation”. Conducts research on exposure and vulnerability modelling, early warning and rapid response, impact estimation, multi-risk. Primary investigator in several international research projects. Supervises Ph.D. and Master students.
Senior scientist - GFZ-Potsdam, Potsdam — 2010 - present
Centre for Early Warning Systems. Conducted research on earthquake hazard and risk assessment, early warning, remote sensing. Involved as primary investigator, work-package leader and coordinator in several international research projects. Supervised Master Students, conducted training and capacity building.
Scientist, Engineering Manager, e-magine it SrL, Genoa — 2001-2009
Coordinated R&D related to computer vision, data mining and statistical learning for Industria applications.
Fellow scientist, INFM, Genoa — 2000-2001
Applied research on statistical learning applied to computer vision and remote sensing.
- Ph.D. in Computer Science and Systems Engineering - University of Genova, 2000
- B.Sc. in Physics - University of Genoa, 1995