Prof. Giuseppe Riccardi, PhD, is founder and director of the Signals and Interactive Systems Lab at University of Trento, Italy.
Since the beginning of my studies my main interests have been Logic and Languages and their applications to Informatics. During my career I tried to focus on these topics by choosing exams involving language processing, grammars and logical foundations of computer science.
During the Master Degree I've also developed a big interest for machine learning, big data and pattern recognition.
My main goal as a student is to see as many applications of these fields as possible, which is why I'm trying to focus my attention on projects involving NLP and dialogue managers, which represent a good meeting point for all my interests.
Carmelo Ferrante, graduated in Telecommunication Engineering at the University Of Study of Trento (Italy) with a Thesis titled "From Voice Search to Mobile Conversational Agents: a case study".
While her first MSc was in Linguistics, during her internship in Edinburgh Alessandra had the crazy idea to write a dissertation that connected Automatic Speech Recognition and Natural Language Understanding, because she found it interesting. Naturally this required a tremendous amount of learning, but she had so much fun, she went back to Edinburgh to do a MSc in Speech and Language Processing. Apparently she still hasn’t had enough of research, because after one year in the industry in dialog development, she left her job to pursue a PhD in Computer Science; and she plans to have a whale of a time playing with dialogues and virtual agents.
In her spare time, you can spot Alessandra in small theatres either impersonating characters on stage or writing them down for a play.