Team

Manuel Mazzara

Head of the SSE lab of Innopolis University

Manuel Mazzara is a dedicated and flexible individual with commitment to research and passion for teamwork, tutoring and coaching. In 2000 he was a system administrator at CS Labs in Bologna and in 2003 he worked as SW Engineer at MS in Redmond where he developed his technical skills for then building a more theoretical background with his PhD in Bologna. 

During this period, he also worked as a teacher and consultant (banking and private business). In 2006 he was an assistant professor in Software Engineering at the University of Bolzano (Component-based Development and Software Reliability). In 2007 he worked as a Project Manager at the Technical University of Vienna (Semantic Web and Discovery). 

From 2008 to 2012 Manuel encountered the most challenging and exciting situations of his life working with Newcastle University on the DEPLOY project. This project involved several partners Europe-wide with 4 of them coming from the most varied industrial scenarios: Bosch, Siemens, SAP and Space Finland. The objective was deploying software engineering techniques into the industrial process to guarantee stronger products reliability. 

In 2012 Manuel also served as a Computer Scientist at UNU-IIST in Macao while still being with Newcastle as a Visiting Researcher. Manuel worked on the automatization of the immunization process for third world countries and on e-health and sustainability projects related to the UN “Agenda 21”. In 2013/14 he also worked on remote assistance and telemedicine domotics tools with Polytechnic of Milan and as a teaching fellow at the same university before joining Innopolis and visiting ETH

Leonard Johard

Postdoctoral researcher at SSE lab of Innopolis University

Leonard Johard is a researcher with a dedication to strong artificial intelligence, neural computation, robotics, and reinforcement learning. Current projects include the development of new actor-critic learning algorithms for robotics, mathematical dream models and the development of software for large-scale biological simulations.

He holds a Master's degree in Engineering Physics from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and obtained his PhD degree in Perceptual Robotics at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa, where his work included human motion analysis, sounds localization, data analysis, deep learning and the development of biologically plausible learning algorithms for neurons. He also has a background in finance and founded one of Sweden's top listed startups based on his research in machine learning

He is currently working on the common project with CERN Openlab

Larisa Safina

PhD researcher at SSE lab of Innopolis University

Her research interests include software architecture, service-oriented computing and type systems.

Larisa holds a degree in Mathematics from Kazan State University (September 2006 - June 2012) and she is a Master of Science in Software Engineering, Innopolis University (August 2014 – August 2015).

In the industry Larisa worked in the field of software quality assurance and programming in Java.

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