Dr. Gianmarco De Francisci Morales


Scientist
Distributed Systems

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Research Focus at QCRI

My research focuses on scalable data mining. In particular, my interest is in mining the Web by using data-intensive scalable computing systems. As such, my research develops along two main axes: (i) tapping into the Web as a source of data and (ii) dealing with its immense scale. These two aspects combined create what people call “big data”. My goal is to develop new scalable data mining algorithms that take advantage of parallel and streaming solutions.

At QCRI, I am involved in the Arabesque project, a distributed system for large scale graph mining.
I have been working on extending its functionalities to graph search.
More recently, I have started to look at supporting temporal graphs and streaming inputs.

Previous Experience

Previously I worked as a Visiting Scientist at Aalto University in Helsinki, as a Research Scientist at Yahoo Labs in Barcelona, and as a Research Associate at ISTI-CNR in Pisa.

Professional Experience

I am an active member of the open source community of the Apache Software Foundation, working on the Hadoop ecosystem, and a committer for the Apache Pig project. I am also one of the lead developers of Apache SAMOA (http://samoa.incubator.apache.org), an open-source platform for mining big data streams.

I serve on the PC of several major conferences in the area of data mining, including WSDM, KDD, CIKM, and WWW. I co-organize the workshop series on Social News on the Web (SNOW, http://snow-workshop.org), co-located with the WWW conference.

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Education

I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the IMT Institute for Advanced Studies of Lucca in 2012.

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Reading a neural network’s mind

12/12/2017

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CSAIL hosts annual meeting highlighting innovative collaboration with QCRI

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2017

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QCRI's Creative Space launches free after-school computing courses for teenagers

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We offer an App Inventor Course in Arabic for students aged 13-15 and an Arduino Programming Course in English for students aged 14-18. Courses are free. Please register quickly as places are limited.

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Past Events

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QCRI conducts first summer computing camps for kids

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Children and teenagers have been given a rare chance to develop their computing skills with world-class computing scientists at the first summer computing camp conducted by the Qatar Computing ...

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QCRI’s Creative Space holds Open House event for kids

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The Qatar Computing Research Institute’s new Creative Space, which conducts fun activities to teach children computing skills, has successfully held its first Open House event. About 100 children ...

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21/11/2017

Chief scientist among only 43 scientists globally - and the only one from the Middle East - to be selected for the honor in 2017.

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21/09/2017

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