Alessio studied Computer Science at the University of L’Aquila (Italy), where he obtained a BSc and MSc (cum laude). He also obtained a MSc in Computer Science from the Vrije Universiteit (VU) in Amsterdam. 

In Amsterdam he developed an interest in high-performance and parallel computing and began working with Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) for his master’s project, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Rob van Nieuwpoort and Prof. Dr. Ana Lucia Varbanescu. 

After his graduation he worked for over a year as a researcher at the VU, where he worked on the acceleration, with GPUs and other accelerators, of radio astronomy algorithms. He later started a PhD at the VU, on the topic of accelerating radio astronomy algorithms using many-core accelerators and auto-tuning, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Henri Bal and Prof. Dr. Rob van Nieuwpoort. 

During his PhD he also spent a year working as a scientific programmer at ASTRON, the Netherlands institute for radio astronomy, where he worked on the real-time pipeline for ARTS, the Apertif Radio Transients System. He defended his PhD at the VU in 2017. His research interests include high-performance and parallel computing, algorithms, and auto-tuning; his reference programming languages are C++ and OpenCL. 

Alessio joined the Netherlands eScience Center in February 2017.

Key skills

  • High Performance Computing
  • Radio Astronomy
  • Auto Tuning
  • Many-core accelerators

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