Jacopo Staiano is Research Lead at reciTAL.ai, and a research affiliate at Data-Pop Alliance. Previously, he served as senior data scientist at Fortia Financial Solutions, post-doctoral researcher at LIP6, UPMC - Sorbonne Universités, and at the Mobile and Social Computing Lab, Fondazione Bruno Kessler (TN, Italy). He obtained his PhD under supervision of Prof. Nicu Sebe at the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science, University of Trento (Italy).

He has obtained the bachelor degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Pisa (Italy) in 2003, a MA in Sonic Arts from the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University of Belfast (Northern Ireland, UK) in 2005, and a MSc in Human Language Technologies and Interfaces from the University of Trento (Italy) in 2010.

In 2008 he joined the Intelligent Systems Lab of the University of Amsterdam, where he has worked on several computer vision and affective computing projects. He has visited the Ambient Intelligence Research Lab, Stanford University (under supervision of Prof. Hamid Aghajan, May-July 2010), the Human Dynamics Lab, MIT Media Lab (under supervision of Prof. Alex Pentland, October 2011 and August-September 2013), and Telefonica I+D (under supervision of Scientific Director Nuria Oliver, November 2013-February 2014).

His works range from modeling the behavior of humans when interacting with technology to modeling behavioral dynamics in small groups; from understanding the relationship between personality and social network structure as derived from Call Detail Records, to the analysis of virality dynamics in online social networking sites.

He has received the Honorable Mention at ACM DIS 2012, the Best Paper Award at ACM UbiComp 2014, the UMUAI James Chen Award 2016 and participated to the winning submission at SemEval 2017, task 5.2.

His latest works deal with the exploitation of implicit user feedback for modeling emotions evoked by text and with the economics of mobile personal data. His research has received attention from several press outlets.


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Answers Unite! Unsupervised Metrics for Reinforced Summarization Models
T. Scialom, S. Lamprier, B. Piwowarski, J. Staiano
2019 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing and 9th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing soon online...

download DepecheMood++: a Bilingual Emotion Lexicon Built Through Simple Yet Powerful Techniques
O. Araque, L. Gatti, J. Staiano, M. Guerini
IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing

download Self-Attention Architectures for Answer-Agnostic Neural Question Generation
T. Scialom, B. Piwowarski, J. Staiano
The 57th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, ACL 2019


download DepecheMood++: a Bilingual Emotion Lexicon Built Through Simple Yet Powerful Techniques
O. Araque, L. Gatti, J. Staiano, M. Guerini


download Investigating the association between social interactions and personality states dynamics
D. Gundogdu, A.N. Finnerty, J. Staiano, S. Teso, A. Passerini, F. Pianesi, B. Lepri
Royal Society Open Science

download Fortia-FBK at SemEval-2017 Task 5: Bullish or Bearish? Inferring Sentiment towards Brands from Financial News Headlines best paper awardBENCHMARK WINNER!
Y. Mansar, L. Gatti, S. Ferradans, M. Guerini, J. Staiano
11th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation (SemEval-2017)

download The Tyranny of Data? The Bright and Dark Sides of Data-Driven Decision-Making for Social Good
B. Lepri, J. Staiano, D. Sangokoya, E. Letouze, N. Oliver
in: T. Cerquitelli, D. Quercia, F. Pasquale "Transparent data mining for Big and Small Data", Studies in Big Data Series, Springer


The Rise of Decentralized Personal Data Markets
J. Staiano, G. Zyskynd, B. Lepri, N. Oliver, A. Pentland
in: T. Hardjono, D. Shrier, A. Pentland "Trust::Data: A New Framework for Identity and Data sharing"

download preprintThe Death and Life of Great Italian Cities: A Mobile Phone Data Perspective
M. De Nadai, J. Staiano, R. Larcher, N. Sebe, D. Quercia, B. Lepri
25th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2016)

downloadManaging Personal Information: A Telco Perspective
E. Szczekocka, J. Gromada, A. Filipowska, P. Jankowiak, P.Kałuzny, A. Brun, J.M. Portugal, J. Staiano
19th Innovation in Clouds, Internet and Networks Conference (ICIN 2016)

downloadThe Role of Personality in Shaping Social Networks and Mediating Behavioral Change
B. Lepri, J. Staiano, E. Shmueli, F. Pianesi, A. Pentland
User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction: The Journal of Personalization Research


download preprintSALSA: A Novel Dataset for Multimodal Group Behavior Analysis
X. Alameda-Pineda, J. Staiano, R. Subramanian, L. Batrinca, E. Ricci, B. Lepri, O. Lanz, N. Sebe
IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence

download preprintMoves on the Street: Classifying Crime Hotspots Using Aggregated Anonymized Data on People Dynamics
A. Bogomolov, B. Lepri, J. Staiano, E. Letouze, N. Oliver, F. Pianesi, A. Pentland
Big Data Journal

download pdf Deep Feelings: A Massive Cross-Lingual Study on the Relation between Emotions and Virality
M. Guerini, J. Staiano
24th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2015)


download pdf Once Upon a Crime: Towards Crime Prediction from Demographics and Mobile Data
A. Bogomolov, B. Lepri, J. Staiano, N. Oliver, F. Pianesi, A. Pentland
16th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI 2014)

download pdf Money Walks: a Human-Centric Study on the Economics of Personal Mobile Data best paper awardBEST PAPER AWARD!
J. Staiano, N. Oliver, B. Lepri, R. de Oliveira, N. Sebe
ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2014)

download pdf Depeche Mood: a Lexicon for Emotion Analysis from Crowd Annotated NewsDEMO! download lexicon
J. Staiano, M. Guerini
The 52nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, ACL 2014


download pdf On the relationship between head pose, social attention and personality prediction for unstructured and dynamic group interactions
R. Subramanian, Y. Yan, J. Staiano, O. Lanz, N. Sebe
15th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, Sydney, Australia, December 9-13th, 2013

download pdf Ego-Centric Graphlets for Personality and Affective States Recognition
S. Teso, J. Staiano, A. Passerini, B. Lepri, F. Pianesi
ASE/IEEE International Conference on Social Computing, Washington DC, USA, September 9-11, 2013

download pdf Exploring Image Virality in Google Plus
M. Guerini, J. Staiano, D. Albanese
ASE/IEEE International Conference on Social Computing, Washington DC, USA, September 9-11, 2013

download pdf Multimodal Engagement Classification for Affective Cinema
M.K. Abadi, J. Staiano, A. Cappelletti, M. Zancanaro, N. Sebe
Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction 2013, Geneva, Switzerland


Connecting meeting behavior with Extraversion - A systematic study
B. Lepri, R. Subramanian, K. Kalimeri, J. Staiano, F. Pianesi, N. Sebe
IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing soon online...

download pdf Friends don't Lie: Inferring Personality Traits from Social Network Structure
J. Staiano, B. Lepri, N. Aharony, F. Pianesi, N. Sebe, A. Pentland

download pdfUX_Mate: from Facial Expressions to UX Evaluationhonorable mention BEST PAPER NOMINEE!
J. Staiano, M. Menendez, A. Battocchi, A. De Angeli, N. Sebe
ACM DIS 2012

download pdf Enhanced semantic descriptors for functional scene categorization
G Zen, N Rostamzadeh, J Staiano, E Ricci, N. Sebe
21st International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR)


download pdfContextual Modeling of Personality States Dynamics in Face to Face Interactions
J. Staiano, B. Lepri, K. Kalimeri, F. Pianesi, N. Sebe
IEEE SocialCom 2011
download pdfAutomatic Modeling of Personality States in Small Group Interactions
J. Staiano, B. Lepri, R. Subramanian, F. Pianesi, N. Sebe
ACM Multimedia, 2011 - ACM download link
download pdfLooking at the Viewer: Exploiting Facial Activities to Detect Personal Highlights of Multimedia Contents
H. Joho, J. Staiano, N. Sebe, J. Jose
International Journal of Multimedia Tools and Applications, Special Issue on Hot Research Topics in Multimedia, 2011 - Springer download link


download pdfEmploying Social Gaze and Speaking Activity for Automatic Determination of the Extraversion Trait
B. Lepri, R. Subramanian, K. Kalimeri, J. Staiano, F. Pianesi, N. Sebe
ICMI, 2010 - ACM download link
download pdf Putting the Pieces Together: Multimodal Analysis of Social Attention in Meetings
R. Subramanian, J. Staiano, K. Kalimeri, N. Sebe, F. Pianesi
ACM Multimedia, 2010 - ACM download link


download pdfWebcam-Based Visual Gaze Estimation
R. Valenti, J. Staiano, N. Sebe, T. Gevers
ICIAP, 2009 - Springer download link


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