I am a PhD student in Behavioral Neuroscience at "Sapienza" University of Rome and member of the Laboratory of Computational Embodied Neuroscience at ISTC-CNR.
My main interest is making computational models of the brain, bridging data from behavioural up to neuronal level and focusing on action and motivation.
My current research topic is the Pavlovian to instrumental transfer, where cues learned by Pavlovian conditioning affect the performance of actions learned through instrumental conditioning. Recently, both Pavlovian and instrumental behaviours have been reframed into Bayesian terms, moving my interest to how the brain may perform Bayesian computations.
Neural structures to be modelled involving PIT range from the amygdala to the striatum and prefrontal cortex.
My other interests, currently being investigated at LOCEN, are echo state networks / liquid computing, hierarchical networks and autonomous robotics.