I am a Professor of Discrete Optimization at the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) of the Université Catholique de Louvain.
I graduated Summa cum Laude in Computer Science Engineering at the Universitá degli Studi di Palermo, Italy (2003). I was awarded the Ph.D. in Computer Science by the Université Libre de Bruxelles (2008), for my studies in discrete optimization, network design and computational phylogenetics. Prior to joining the Université Catholique de Louvain in 2014, I was appointed Chargé de Recherches at the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (2009-2013) and Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (2013-2014).
During my academic career, I visited a number of universities and research institutions including, among others, the Department of Statistics and Operations Research of the University of La Laguna (2009), the Tepper School of Business of Carnegie Mellon University (2010-2011), the Department of Computer Science of Reykjavik University (2010), the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of the Freie Universität Berlin (2010), the Department of Genetics and Evolution of the University of Geneva (2010), the Laboratoire d’Informatique, de Robotique et de Microélectronique de Montpellier LIRMM-CNRS (2012), and the Department of Biological Sciences of Carnegie Mellon University (2012).
More recently, I was an Invited Professor at the Department of Management of the University Ca Foscari of Venice, Italy (2018) and Senior Research Leader at the Luxembourg Institute of Socio Economic Research (2019-2020).
In 2021, I joined the advisory board of the journal Mathematical Methods in Economics and Finance and the editorial board of Soft Computing. I am currently serving as an expert for the HORIZON Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions 2022 call and as panel member for the Canadian NSERC/CRSNG for the calls 2022-2025.