Tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
I'm Italian - I was born and grew up in Rome. After completing my degree in Communication, I moved to Scotland in 2004 and worked in the IT field here for 10 years before attending a Masters in Big Data at the University of Stirling in 2016.
What’s your role at Nalytics? What does that entail on an average day?
I started here as an intern with a placement project in Machine Learning, building a Sentiment Analysis model. My current job title is Data Scientist - Implementation Engineer. In addition to data science consultancy, which I provide on customer data, I manage the IT infrastructure, deploying and maintaining the product environment on Docker that is installed on Azure Virtual Machines.
What’s your favourite aspect of the job?
In the world of machine learning, each problem tends to be unique and is likely not to have been seen before. As such it is not initially possible to know which algorithms to deploy, which data attributes will be of use or whether or not the problem can even be effectively modelled.
On a personal level, I have found this journey into the unknown to be both exciting and rewarding. I am enjoying the opportunity to improve my knowledge of NLP and text mining - a very interesting field within the analytics world and one which is full of potential career opportunities
In terms of technical skills I have also been fortunate to have gained a huge amount of experience across various fields, especially in Linux, Azure and Docker.
Apart from that, I love the feeling of being part of a team and being able to contribute to the development of the business. Day to day working life in a start-up has helped me to analyse and think critically about challenges and scenarios much more effectively than I could before. Start-up business life is a great learning experience.
What made you want to get into the tech industry?
Perhaps the biggest reason to work in the technology industry is the work itself. I have always been interested in being on the precipice of research, discovery, development and innovation, so there is likely no better industry to be in. The technology industry is a perfect avenue for those who seek constant challenges in their work.
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What are your interests outside of work (hobbies, etc.)?
I enjoy cinema, yoga, sports, salsa and politics.