Michele Lora

Marie Skłodowska-Curie (Global) Fellow | University of Southern California & University of Verona


I am currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow (Global Fellowship) holding a joint appointment at the University of Southern California and the University of Verona. My fellowship aims at implementing the “Design automation for smart Factories” (DeFacto) project that will last until September 2023. During the three-years project, I will spend a total of 15 months at the University of Verona and 21 months at the University of Southern California, where I am with the DesCyPhy Laboratory.

Between 2018 and 2020 I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the ASSET (Automated System SEcuriTy) Research Group at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), where I worked on safety and performance validation of robotic systems. Before, I was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the department of Computer Science of University of Verona for two years. My research in Verona focused on the definition of automatic integration and code generation techniques to build custom virtual platforms for smart devices.

I achieved my Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Verona in 2016, under the supervision of Prof. Franco Fummi. My Ph.D. thesis defined a unified approach to deal with the integration of heterogeneous components for smart systems design. In 2012, I received my Master’s degree (M.Sc.) in Computer Science and Engineering with a thesis on modelling languages for heterogeneous embedded systems, supervised by Prof. Fummi. I received my Bachelor’s degree (B.Sc.) in Computer Science at the University of Verona in 2010. To fulfill the degree requirements, I completed a thesis on timed-constraints embedded systems under the supervision of Prof. Graziano Pravadelli.

During my Bachelor’s degree a year at the ESLab (Embedded Systems Laboratory) of the Linköping University (Sweden), where I was introduced to research, while developing part of my bachelor thesis under the supervision of Prof. Zebo Peng.

In 2015, I spent eight months of my last year of Ph.D. at the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department of the University of California, Berkeley. There, I carried on my research in the Donald O. Pederson Center for Electronic Design under the supervision of Prof. Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli and Dr. Pierluigi Nuzzo. With them I focused on platform-based design with contracts for heterogeneous systems design. Furthermore, we developed the first implementation of CHASE: a requirements engineering tool based on the Assume-Guarantee Contracts theory.

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