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Luca Maria Gambardella


Luca Maria Gambardella is Pro-Rector for Innovation and Corporate Relations, full professor at the Faculty of Informatics and member of IDSIA, Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence USI-SUPSI which he directed from 1995 to 2020. He teaches the Artificial Intelligence module at the Faculty of Informatics of USI where he directs the Master in Artificial Intelligence.
His main research and publishing interests are in the areas of machine learning, simulation, swarm robotics, metaheuristics, applied to academic and real world problems. In particular, he has studied and developed recognized optimization algorithms inspired by colony behavior (Ant Colony Optimization) to solve transport, assignment and scheduling problems.
He acts as guest editor and reviewer for the most important magazines in his field. He is responsible for projects for the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Hasler Foundation, Innosuisse, the ERC Consolidator Grant and industry.
He has published more than 330 publications. According to Google scholar his h-index is 79 and his articles have received more than 57,000 citations. He has been a member of the BRIDGE (Swiss CTI-FNS) Discovery Evaluation Panel since 2016.

In the private sector he holds the role of Co-Founder & CTO Head of Applied AI at Artificialy SA, a company based in Lugano that deals with projects and solutions in the field of artificial intelligence.

In the artistic field he has co-realized in the Lugano-Besso pedestrian tunnel "NeuralRope#1. Inside an Artificial Brain" (2019), a permanent interactive installation of 100 meters reproducing an artificial neural network. "Segni particolari: tatuaggio con una stella a 5 punte sul polso sinistro" Gilgamesh Edizioni 2024 is his latest published thriller.
He collaborated with Tarchini Group and Compagnia Finzi Pasca in 2024 to create "The Sense Gallery" a digital immersive space at FoxTown in Mendrisio.


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