Since January 2018, I am a research assistant at Information Retrieval Laboratory of University of Milano Bicocca, Italy working with Gabriella Pasi. I obtained my Master degree from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2010. I earned my PhD degree with distinction in computer science from Politecnico di Milano in July 2018 under the lead of Paolo Cremonesi. During my PhD, I was a vistiting student at Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria for six month and had the pleasure to work with Markus Schedl. My research interests include recommender systems, user modelling, multimedia recommendation and multimedia computing. I have (co-)authored quite many refereed articles at internationally recognized conferences and peer-reviewed journals among others published in ACM RecSys, ACM MMSys, ACM CHI, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, Journal of User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction, Journal of Data Semantics, Elsevier Journal on Entertainment Computing and Journal of Multimedia Information Retrieval in addition to a 2018 US Patent. I have served as a PC member or reviewer for different top-tier conferences and journals.

I have been involved in organization of the ACM RecSys Challenges 2019 (hosted by Trivago) and ACM RecSys Challenges 2017 (hosted by Xing) as part of the ACM Conference on Recommender Systems as well as MediaEval Benchmarking Initiative for Multimedia Evaluation with the focus on leveraging multimedia content for ehancing recommendation of different products (media or non-media items). To know more about my research activties, see my publication page.

Academic Services

  • Organizer: ACM RecSys Challenge 2017 and 2019, MediaEval 2018 and 2019
  • PC Member: ECIR 2019, ACM MMSys 2019, RecSysChallenge @ RecSys 2017 to 2019, MediaEval 2018


Dec 29, 2018Our brand-new UMUAI paper titled "Movie Genome: Alleviating New Item Cold Start in Movie Recommendation" has been accepted! Find the publication page.
Nov 21, 2018The information about ACM Recommender System Challenge 2019 is now live!
Oct 12, 2018Our US PATENT application titled "Enhanced content-based multimedia recommendation method" has been just accepted! See publication page.
Oct 06, 2018The ACM RecSys Challenge 2019 will be co-organized by trivago and presents a real-world task in the travel metasearch domain. See RecSys Challenge 2019 homepage. Stay tuned for new information!
Sep 14, 2018Our Mediaeval 2018 task overview paper is now available. See publication page (Extended Abstracts/Workshops).
Sep 14, 2018Our paper at TKDE is accepted! The research has been carried out in collobration with the bioinformatic group of Politecnico di Milano and George Washington univeristy. See publication page.
July 17, 2018Has now a PhD with DISTINCTION! (Italian: con lode, highest possible PhD grade.)
July 10, 2018My paper at RecSys 2018 accepted! See publication page.
June 16, 2018A brand-new tutorial accepted for presentation at RecSys 2018 on Multimedia
Recommender Systems! Visit RecSys 2018 Tutorial page.
June 7, 2018 Me, Peter Kness and Farshad Bakhshandegan Moghaddam will be the academic organizers of ACM Recommender System Challenge 2019, new information to come soon, stay tuned!