He received the Laurea degree in theoretical physics from the University of Torino, Italy, in 1985.
In 1986 he joined Olivetti Corporate Research, Ivrea, Italy,
From 1990 to 1992, he served as a chief researcher of the Computer Vision Lab at CRIAI, Naples, Italy.
From 1992 to 1994, he has held a Research Consultant position at Research Labs of Bull HN, Milano, Italy, leading projects on biomedical imaging and radiological information systems.
From 1994 to 2008 he has been with the Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione e Ingegneria Elettrica of the University of Salerno as an Assistant Professor and since 2002 as an Associate Professor.
In 1998 he has been invited as a Visiting Researcher to the Center for Mapping Labs, at Ohio University , USA, and in 2000 as a Visiting Scientist at the Research Institute for Multimedia Systems, University of Alberta, CANADA, working on information properties of images, in collaboration with Prof. Terry Caelli. In 2002 he was a Visiting Scientist at Prof. Larry Stark Labs, Department of Ophtalmology, University of Berkely, CA, USA, and at the Institut fur Neuro-Bioinformatik, University of Luebeck, GERMANY involved in research related to eye movements and gaze-control. In 2014 he has been appointed as Visiting Professor at the University of Technology, Sidney, AUSTRALIA. In 2017 he has been awarded a Honorary Appointment as Chercheur Invité at the RFAI-Laboratoire d’Informatique, Ecole Polytechnique de l’Université François-Rabelais de Tours, FRANCE
From 2002 to 2008 his research has been mainly carried on within the Natural Computation Lab (NCL, University of Salerno).
From October 2008 to March 2012 he has been with the Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Informazione, University of Milano and then he has joined the new Dipartimento di Informatica (Dept. of Computer Science). From 2014 to 2017 he has been the Vice-Chair of the School of Computer Science of the University of Milano and from 2014 to 2019 he has been Deputy Chair of the MS Curriculum in Computer Science.
Since 2015 he is the Director of the Perceptual computing and Human SEnsing (PHuSe) Lab.
Current research interests span the fields of affective computing, computational vision, machine learning, epistemology of the artificial. On these topics he has authored more than 100 papers in international refereed journals and conferences.
He is a member of the dell’Association for the Advancement of Affective Computing and CVPL (Italian chapter of the IAPR), and serves as Associate Editor of the Frontiers in Robotics and AI journal.