• PhD, University of Vienna (2011-2014)
  • MSc, Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne (2010)
  • MSc, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2010)
  • BSc, Universitá di Roma La Sapienza (2007)

Short Bio

From Oct’11 until my graduation in Jun’14 I have been a PhD candidate in biology at Vienna, conducting research at the intersection of evolution, cognition, music perception and language sciences.

I pursued my master’s degree (Erasmus Mundus) in economics and mathematics & informatics at Paris 1, Panthéon-SorbonneBielefeld and Barcelona (Autónoma), focusing on (evolutionary and classical) game theory and statistical models. My master thesis on social networks and games was supervised by Valeska Groenert.

I did my undergraduate studies in mathematics at Rome, La Sapienza and Madrid (Complutense). I completed my bachelor thesis on cryptography and information theory under the supervision of Prof. Marialuisa J. de Resmini.

Research visits

Since the beginning of my PhD in 2011, I had the chance to be a visiting researcher at the following scientific institutions (all between a few weeks and one year):

  • Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience – University of California, San Diego, US
  • Sealcentre Pieterburen, NL
  • Marine Science Center, University of Rostock, DE
  • Computational Linguistics & Psycholinguistics Center, University of Antwerp, BE
  • Center for the Study of Rationality, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, IL
  • Institute for Logic, Language and Computation, University of Amsterdam, NL
  • Budongo Trail, Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, UK
  • Language Evolution & Computation Research Unit, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Robotics Dept., Universidad de Leon, ES
  • The University of Texas, Austin, US


My doctoral research was supported by an ERC Advanced Grant 230604 SOMACCA (awarded to W. Tecumseh Fitch). My postdoctoral research has been supported by an ERC Starting grant 283435 ABACUS (awarded to Bart de Boer), a a visiting fellowship in Language Evolution from the Max Planck Society, and funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 665501 with the research Foundation Flanders (FWO).

I am also grateful to the University of Vienna, European Science Foundation, European Commission, European Research Council, Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Vlaanderen, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, French government, and all other institutions which supported my studies and research over the past few years.

If you are interested in a detailed CV, please do get in touch and I will be happy to send it.