The economic value of neighborhoods: Predicting real estate prices from the urban environment
Housing costs have a significant impact on individuals, families, businesses, and governments. Recently, online companies such as Zillow have developed proprietary systems that provide automated estimates of housing prices without the immediate need of professional appraisers. Yet, our understanding of what drives the value of houses is very limited. 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
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.
Best Master's student
The University of Trento granted me this honour.
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.
Other projects I've done in the past
postcards iOS application
Information visualization project
fashion iOS application
personal project for an italian referendum
website for the european heating leader
website for the european barbecue leader
Anime and manga community
customers' service website