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Dr Massimo Stella

Lecturer in Computer Science (E&R)


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My current position is a lectureship in Computer Science and my research focuses on cognitive data science and complex networks. I also lead the CogNosco Lab, working on knowledge modelling, cognitive data science and NLP.

More in detail, I work on knowledge representations and language modelling through approaches that combine and develop tools from quantitative areas like complex networks, machine learning and social media mining. In my data-driven investigations, I am guided by theoretical models from computational cognitive science, neuroscience and psycholinguistics.

I find the synergy of cognitive theory, i.e. how cognition works, and quantitative tools from AI and data science a fascinating research area, where I would be glad to supervise and work with prospective students.

I have a PhD and an integrated MSc in Complex Systems Simulation from the ECS, University of Southampton, UK (2014 and 2017, respectively). I also hold an MSc and a BSc in Physics (from Università del Salento).

Before joining the Department of Computer Science at the University of Exeter I worked as a research data scientist and founded my own business for scientific consulting, Complex Science Consulting, which collaborated with several international partners and innovative startups.

I am a member of the Institute of Physics, served as Council Member for the Complex Systems Society between 2016 and 2019 and as Steering Committee Member for the Winter Workshop on Complex Systems series in the same time window. I served as Organiser for the Network Science and Education series of outreach and research endeavours bringing network science and data literacy across high schools and am also an alumnus of the Santa Fe Institute.