My fields of expertise are geoinformatics, machine learning and remote sensing. My research focuses on the development and application of computational algorithms for the analysis of spatio-temporal remote sensing, numerical modeling and social media Big Data related to environmental hazards and renewable energy. I received research funding from ONR, DOT, NCAR, NASA, Italian Ministry of Research and Education, Draper Labs, Stormcenter Communication.
I am affiliated scientist with the Research Application Laboratory (RAL) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and research fellow with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Chamaign. I am a member of the advisory committee of the United National Environmental Programme (UNEP), division of Disasters and Early Warning Assessment (DEWA). In 2013 I received the ``Medaglia di Rappresentanza'' from the President of the Italian Republic for my work related to the Fukushima crisis. I authored two edited books, over forty fully refereed articles relative to data mining, remote sensing and environmental hazards. I co-chaired several workshops on remote sensing, data mining and GeoInformatics. In 2010, I was awarded a US patent for an anomaly detection algorithm. My research was featured on TV news, newspapers, and general interest magazines. I sailed over 4000 offshore miles.