Francesco Maria Puglisi
Associate Professor of Electronics, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia
My current role: I perform research activity in the field of characterization and modeling of new memories and transistors, with a focus on noise, reliability, and variability. Recently, i am interested in new architectures for non-von Neumann computation. I also perform teaching activity in the fields of nanoelectronics, circuit design and electronic systems.
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The expertise and competences acquired during my PhD experience were seminal for my whole carrer. Besides acquiring a significant amount of technical skills in my field of research, during my PhD i learned how to perform and lead complex research activities, how to present innovative results to an audience of professionals, and how to organize the structure of a research project in all its components.
I remember when i found out interesting but peculiar results while performing delicate noise measurements. I had to stay up all night to perform those measurements again, to exclude possible interefernces from the appliances that were typically on during daytime (computers, fans, heating...). Fortunately, results turned out to be the same as those i got in the morning but i remember it as a fun moment (perhaps because, at the end, results confirmed that i was not forced to perform noise measurements at night to get reliable results)!
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Matteo Interlandi
Senior Scientist, Microsoft
My current role: I am currently Senior Scientist in the Gray Systems Lab (GSL; a lab named after Jim Gray, Turing Award winner) within Azure Data. My current research focus lies in the intersection between database systems and machine learning: specifically I am applying lessons from the former to make the latter more scalable and performant.
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Well, first of all in Microsoft you can became a scientist only if you have a PhD! Secondly, the PhD helped me in jumping on the path that then led me here. In fact, my PhD was on Datalog, a logic base variant of SQL. During my studies, I met Carlo Zaniolo, professor at University of California, Los Angeles. In the last 6 months of my PhD, I visited Carlo, and eventually met with Tyson Condie, an assistant professor which recently joined UCLA. Tyson offered me a PostDoc position, and after completed the PhD, I flew to Los Angeles with my wife, were we stayed for about 3 years. Tyson was a former Microsoft researcher, and during the 3 years with me, I eventually met with my current manager, which then hired me at Microsoft. Bottom line, everything started with the PhD (and hard work).)
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Raffaele Quitadamo
Head of Software Development & Architecture, Docebo
My current role: Leadership and coordination of 7 Core Product Software Development Teams and also the Architecture (DevOps) team
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What I'm leveraging the most is what I call the "research style" when you have to solve complex problems; in other words, instead of just finding the quickest solution, I tend to study the "state of the art" and get inspired by other research work
One of my duties is (among others) to assess new software developers (coding interviews). According to HR people at my company, I tend to be quite "tough and picky" and show off my experience as a teacher
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Giovanni Gualdi
My current role: I'm the founder of the company I currently work for as CEO. The fastly growing pace of Deep Vision Consulting is taking most of my time over project management and customers relationships, however I purposely keep active in technical development
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My career got strongly impacted by the time I spent in my Phd: I may say that everything I did in computer vision after my phd is rooted in the years spent in the phd.
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Umberto Manzoli
Solution Architect & System Engineering Manager, Honeywell
My current role: Responsible of gathering requirements from customers and drive developments of new smart meters for Italian market. By synchronizing with marketing and product management, define the architectures of products and - whenever the case - lay down a development roadmap
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The PhD experience gave me a more structured approach to problem solving. Having an active role in several standardization bodies, the experience gathered with academic papers was useful to lay down standard drafts and how to write them.
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Elton Domnori
Lecturer, Vice-Dean, Metropolitan Tirana University
My current role: Currently I am employed as Assist. Prof. at the Faculty of Computer Science and IT. Moreover I hold the position of head of the research unit and vice-dean of the faculty. Active member of the UMT incubator and the Albanian startup community.
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The PhD school completely changed my career perspective as it opened a new window into the academia. Since my graduation I am working as a university lecturer and without the PhD school this would not have been possible. The PhD study provides the student with several abilities such as: critical thinking, autonomy, self-confidence, time and resource managerial skills, presentation and public speaking skills, and many others. Often, industry does not give the appropriate value to the PhD study as they think this path does not provide technical/hands on skills to the candidate. To my experience, the PhD study enabled me to acquire deep knowledge on a specific research field, but most important, I gained the ability to adapt to any problem and circumstances, and provide steady and long term solution.
I would like to share something that happened before I started the PhD school. At that time I was working for a software house. Once I got accepted to the PhD school I shared the news with my boss and informed him that I was planning to quit. His reaction was “Oh, so for the next three years you will be on holidays!”. At that moment I realized the perception of industry about the PhD study
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Francesco Montorsi
Software Engineer, Empirix Italy Spa
My current role: Development of high-performance systems for the analysis of 2G/3G/4G/5G mobile core networks
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Thanks to my PhD I exercised my ability to analyze complex statistical problems, propose a model for them and then possible solutions.
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Mirko Orsini
My current role: CEO della PMI innovativa DataRiver, nata nel 2009 come Spin-Off di Unimore. Coordina e dirige i progetti di ricerca ed innovazione sviluppati per le aziende in ambito Big Data Integration, IoT, Clinical Data Management, Intelligenza Artificiale e Machine Learning sviluppati per aziende dei settori ceramico, meccanico, biomedicale e farmaceutico.
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L' esperienza di lavoro a progetti di ricerca in ambito internazionale ed il periodo come “visiting researcher” presso il laboratorio di ricerca ADVIS Lab della University of Illinois at Chicago, hanno contribuito in modo fondamentale a creare la consapevolezza di potersi confrontare, sia in ambito di ricerca che di business, con realtà internazionali. Le attività di ricerca svolte durante il periodo del dottorato mi hanno permesso di sviluppare le capacità di analisi approfondita dello stato dell'arte e confronto delle soluzioni proposte sia in ambito di ricerca che commerciale, la capacità di collaborare in modo fruttuoso con team internazionali nella progettazione di soluzioni innovative, la capacità di presentare in modo efficace i risultati di un lavoro di analisi o di una soluzione innovativa. Tutte queste competenze si sono rilevate fondamentali nel mio percorso professionale che mi ha permesso di fondare nel 2009 e di guidare per 10 anni la PMI innovativa DataRiver.
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Stefano Alletto
Senior Research Engineer, Panasonic Beta AI Lab / MILA
My current role: As a research engineer at Panasonic Beta AI lab, I work on bleeding edge research topics such as generative adversarial networks, neural architecture search, multimodal fusion. Our job duties involve doing research in collaboration with universities, publishing papers and pushing the state of the art for topics related to Panasonic business.
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During my PhD I learned an invaluable set of skills related to computer vision and machine learning. Furthermore, during my abroad period, I managed to create important contacts with people and companies in the silicon valley which ultimately resulted in being offered a job there
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Marco Mamei
My current role: I am full professor of computer science. I teach computer science courses to engineering students. I have research project with regard to data mining and Internet of things
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PhD has been fundamental in my career. Other than improving technical skills, I learnt how to set-up, design and conduct research inquires and projects
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Emanuel Alsina
Technical Product Owner, Tetra Pak
My current role: I have the responsibility for the end-to-end product development and life cycle management; I develop and maintain the product road-map in line with business road-map.
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Beyond the technical knowledge and the hard skills acquired during my PhD studies, I developed a cross-functional vision, seeking always different point of views to encourage progress and innovation. In addition, I developed a disciplined method to analyze problems, develop solutions, and present them, never forgetting the holistic view.
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Luca Ferrari
Innovation Sensors&Controls manager, CNH Industrial Italia spa
My current role: I am now the responsible inside Innovation for what concerns Sensors&Controls. I am mainly working on sensors activities related to Autonomous Vehicles and Automated functions development. I am collaborating with several Suppliers, Universities and Research centers.
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The PhD school gave me the possibility to work on different topics, collaborating also with several Departments and suppliers, thus having the possibility to broad my knowledge and improving my team working. In addition, thanks also to experiences abroad, it helped me to open my mind and to learn how to work with colleagues from the entire world. Finally, it taught me how to develop a project starting from an idea and a white sheet, passing by the prototype realization and arriving to the experimental tests.
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Paolo Lucchi
My current role: Capo progetto per lo sviluppo di prodotti IoT
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Mi hanno assunto in una grossa azienda per fare la stessa cosa che ho fatto durante il dottorato
Quando sono arrivato a Bordeaux il mio supervisor francese non parlava una parola di inglese (o non voleva parlarlo) e mi disse all'epoca (in francese) : " sai cos'è un transistor? Hai mai visto un transistor?"
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Giacomo Cabri
My current role: Professore ordinario, vice direttore dipartimento FIM, delegato del Rettore alla didattica
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Le competenze e le abilità acquisite mi hanno permesso di intraprendere la carriera di ricercatore all'interno dell'università.
Mi sono iscritto al concorso di dottorato per caso, solo perché un mio collega a militare si era iscritto e mi ha proposto di iscrivermi. Da lì poi ho cominciato la carriera accademica che mi ha dato molta soddisfazione.
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Stefano Pietri
Technical Director AMS IC Design, NXP semiconductor
My current role: Analog and Mixed Signal Integrated Circuit Architect for Kinetis and LPC Micro Controllers products
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During my PhD I had an opportunity to develop a software simulator in C, learn how to use a laser to induce errors in IC, design integrated circuits for different applications. I also had CAD manager role in the lab, taught Design and Design Lab classes. It was a multidisciplinary experience that allowed me to get a broad overview of IC technology, but also an opportunity to learn about expense reports, sponsorship, writing papers for conferences and journals, public speaking and corporate presentation.
I remember my first time at ISSCC (San Francisco) with Prof. Pavan. After a long day at the conference we ate at a Sushi restaurant. As I had never been a Japanese restaurant before and I was starving, I started eating wasabi as if it were an appetizer. When my face turned green, Paolo gave a crash course on Sushi-eating, very important skill if you live on the West Coast.
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