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Marco De Nadai

Marco De Nadai

Research Scientist in Data Science and Computer Vision at FBK, Italy.
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Gesture-to-Gesture Translation in the Wild via Category-Independent Conditional Maps

In this work, we propose a novel GAN architecture that decouples the required annotations into a category label - that specifies the gesture type - and a simple-to-draw category-independent conditional map - that expresses the location, rotation and size of the hand gesture. Our architecture synthesizes the target gesture while preserving the background context, thus effectively dealing with gesture translation in the wild.


Strategies and limitations in app usage and human mobility

Cognition has been found to constrain several aspects of human behaviour, such as the number of friends and the number of favourite places a person keeps stable over time. This limitation has been empirically defined in the physical and social spaces. But do people exhibit similar constraints in the digital space? We address this question through the analysis of pseudonymised GPS locations and mobile application usage data of 400,000 individuals in a European country for six months.


The economic value of neighborhoods: Predicting real estate prices from the urban environment

In this paper, we use multiple sources of data to entangle the economic contribution of the neighborhood's characteristics such as walkability and security perception. We also develop and release a framework able to now-cast housing prices from Open data, without the need for historical transactions. Experiments involving 70,000 houses in 8 Italian cities highlight that the neighborhood's vitality and walkability seem to drive more than 20% of the housing value. Moreover, the use of this information improves the nowcast by 60%. Hence, the use of property's surroundings' characteristics can be an invaluable resource to appraise the economic and social value of houses after neighborhood changes and, potentially, anticipate gentrification.


Are Safer Looking Neighborhoods More Lively? A Multimodal Investigation into Urban Life

Policy makers, urban planners, architects, sociologists, and economists are interested in creating urban areas that are both lively and safe. But are the safety and liveliness of neighborhoods independent characteristics? In this paper we explore the connection between the levels of activity and the perception of safety of neighborhoods in two major Italian cities by combining mobile phone data (as a proxy for activity or liveliness) with scores of perceived safety estimated using a Convolutional Neural Network trained on a dataset of Google Street View images scored using a cgrid-xdsourced visual perception survey.


The Death and Life of Great Italian Cities: A Mobile Phone Data Perspective

The Death and Life of Great American Cities was written in 1961 and is now one of the most influential book in city planning. In it, Jane Jacobs proposed four conditions that promote life in a city. However, these conditions have not been empirically tested until recently. We operationalized these conditions extracting information from Open Data, Foursquare and mobile phone data and testing them in six Italian cities.


The Mobile Territorial Lab: A multilayered and dynamic view on parents' daily lives

Description of the Mobile Territorial Lab (MTL) project, a longitudinal living lab which has been sensing by means of technology (mobile phones) the lives of more than 100 parents in different areas of the Trentino region in Northern Italy. We present the preliminary results after two years of experimentation of, to the best of our knowledge, the most complete picture of parents’ daily lives.


A multi-source dataset of urban life in the city of Milan and the Province of Trentino

Description of the richest open multi-source dataset ever released on two geographical areas. The dataset is composed of telecommunications, weather, news, social networks and electricity data from the city of Milan and the Province of Trentino.


Investigating the relationships between spatial structures and urban characteristics (NETMOB2015 at MIT)

Analysis of the communication networks of 12 Italian cities with more than 150'000 inhabitants in order to investigate the impact of cities' spatial structures and dynamics on different socioeconomic outcomes such as economic growth, innovation, contagious disease rates and crime.


Short-term anomaly detection in gas consumption through ARIMA and Artificial Neural Network forecast

Personal projects

Jul 2013

A new massive data analytics approach to the football

Small framework of tools which permits the coaches to base their new strategies not only on their intuitions and judgments but also on comprehensive (and maybe not human-eye visible) statistics. These tools were developed using Massive-data analytics techniques.

May 2010

Formal verification OAuth 2.0 protocol

Formal verification of the protocol OAuth 2.0 (draft 22) using the automatic cryptographic protocol verifier Proverif.



Best Master's student

The University of Trento granted me this honour.


Finalist Data Journalism Awards 2014

The Westgate attack project was nominated in the Data Journalism Awards 2014, organized by the Global Editors Network.


Best application

Ulook was recognized as the best application in the "Community and Social" category by the "Smau Mob App Awards" that took place during the Smau 2014.


Special creativity price

Special creativity award from IED at StartupWeekEnd 2012 - Turin. The award was assigned to "Linked Green" project, that permits to scan a product's barcorde and see all the informations about its package and it's eco sustainability.