Biography: Dr Pilla
Francesco Pilla received his BA, BAI and MAI from University of Bologna and his MSc and PhD from Trinity College Dublin and joined the School of Engineering as an Assistant Professor in October 2012. In 2015 he received a Fulbright/EPA TechImpact Award to take a position as a Visiting Professor at the MIT Media Lab in Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge.
Dr Pilla’s work focuses on understanding complex environmental phenomena in order to pre-empt the impacts resulting from the interactions between human population and the environment. His approach integrates models for environmental pollution with a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) platform; this is used to assess and predict impacts from built-environment interventions which have the potential to provide population-wide effects. Dr Pilla’s research also explores ways to integrate a range of pervasive and community sensing applications with these GIS models and decision support tools towards an integrated urban nervous system.
Dr Francesco’s publications on Natural Hazards are listed here