Short Biography

Luigi Malagò is a Project Director at the Romanian Institute of Science and Technology - RIST, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, since October 2016. Previously, he was Assistant Professor at Shinshu University in Nagano, Japan (2014-16); Research Assistant at Collegio Carlo Alberto, Moncalieri, Italy (05-06/2014 and 06-07/2016), working with Giovanni Pistone; and a Postdoc Researcher at Universita' degli Studi di Milano, Italy (2012-14), working with Nicolo' Cesa-Bianchi. He obtained a Bachelor (2004) and a Master cum Laude in Computer Science Engineering at Politecnico di Milano (2007, double degree from Politecnico di Torino), and the Diploma of Alta Scuola Politecnica (2006). In 2012 he received a PhD in Information Technology at Politecnico di Milano, under the supervision of Matteo Matteucci and Giovanni Pistone. His work has been awarded with the Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation Award for the best PhD thesis (2012). During his career, he had the opportunity to visit different laboratories, such as Nihat Ay's group at MPI for Mathematics in the Sciences (MIS) in Leipzig, Germany (04-07/2010); Shun-ichi AMARI's lab, at RIKEN Brain Science Institute (07-08/2010), Tokyo, Japan; and Inria Saclay, TAO team (10/2014-09/2015), Orsay Cedex, France. His research interests mainly focus on Machine Learning and in particular on first and second-order optimization methods over statistical manifold. His research aims at the design and analysis of stochastic optimization algorithms, both in discrete and continuous domains. In 2016 he received a 4-years starting grant as Principal Investigator within the framework of POC 2014-2020 - ANCSI Competitiveness Operational Programme, Romania, to lead the research project DeepRiemann - Riemannian Optimization Methods for Deep Learning.

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