He did his PhD in Technology Management at the Digital Humanities Laboratory of the EPFL in Lausanne, working on methods for text mining and citation analysis of scholarly publications. He was for two years the operations manager of the Venice Time Machine, a large-scale digitisation and indexation project based at the Archives of Venice, and is co-founder of Odoma, a start-up offering customised machine learning techniques in the cultural heritage domain. Giovanni was also a Co-investigator on the Living with Machines project and convenes the AI for Arts interest group at the Turing.
Giovanni is interested in how data science can contribute to the scientific endeavour, and to society at large. He is particularly passionate about science studies, the arts and humanities, and the study of the past through an interplay of computational and traditional methods.
Prior to joining the UvA, Giovanni has been part of the Research Engineering Group of The Alan Turing Institute, and a researcher at Leiden University (CWTS), the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz, and the University of Oxford. He studied computer science (BSc) and history (BA, MA) in Udine, Milan, Padua and Venice in Italy.