Francesco Calabrese, PhD - Lead Big Data Scientist, Big Data & Advanced Analytics, Vodafone, Italy

Francesco Calabrese is Lead Big Data & Analytics Scientist at Vodafone Italy, where he leads a team focused on the use of data science to solve business problems aligned to key cross-functional organizational objectives through predictive and cognitive analytics. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.

He was an Advisory Research Staff Member at IBM Research - Ireland in Dublin, where he managed the Smarter Urban Dynamics group.

He received the Laurea (BS and MS) degree in Computer Engineering, cum laude, in 2004, and the PhD in Computer and System Engineering from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy, in 2007.

He was research scientist and postdoctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2007 to 2010, where he leaded research in urban networks & society.

He has co-authored over 100 scientific publications. His work has been exhibited in leading museums worldwide, including the Venice Biennale and MoMA, NY.

He has been awarded the best research paper award in IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems in 2011, the Orange Data 4 Development Award for Best Development Insight in 2013, and the Telecom Italia Big Data Challenge Industrial Track Award in 2015. He has received an Outstanding Technical Achievement Award from IBM in 2015, for the work on "Big data analytics research in urban transportation". This work has also been shortlisted for the US-Ireland research innovations awards in 2015.