The Team

Scientific Advisor

Cesare Furlanello

Director of Scientific Program. Cesare is a mathematician, CEO & founder of H3KLab , FBK senior advisor and former Head of the MPBA research unit. His research vision is the need for connecting high-throughput omics data with environmental variables (bio-geoinformatics), to support new predictive models in human and environmental health. He has published more than 100 scientific works, led about 60 research projects, help founding one spinoff company, but overall he is a founder of the WebValley Summer School, and has run the program since its first edition in 2001.


Claudia Dolci

Director of WebValley 2020, she co-directs together with Giuseppe Jurman WebValley’s Summer School since 2009. With a PhD at ETH Zurich, she started working in 2009 at the Bruno Kessler Foundation (FBK) in the Predictive Models for Biomedicine and Environment (MPBA) Unit as Project Manager & GeoICT Expert. From June 2017 she is leading the RIS Unit (Research and Innovation for School), which accomplishes FBK commitment to collaborate with institutions operating in this field. Each year more than 500 students are involved in networking projects between local bodies, including individual traineeships and camp. She promotes DomoSens®, a new model for projects with the schools (

Giuseppe Jurman

Co-Director and Head of the MPBA Unit at FBK. Contributing to WebValley since 2002, Giuseppe Jurman is a mathematician, with a PhD in Algebra, working at MPBA on various aspects of data science, especially for computational biology. His main research interests are statistical machine learning, mathematical modeling for high-throughtput data and network analysis. He is also an expert in scientific programming with Python and other computing languages, and he teaches Data Visualization at the M.Sc. in Data Science at the University of Trento.

Lab Team

Marco Cristoforetti

Marco Cristoforetti is a physicist with a PhD in computational theoretical physics. Working with MPBA as a data scientist, he is involved in different projects ranging from machine learning applied to precision agriculture to high energy physics experiments.

Marco Chierici

Marco Chierici is a research scientist at FBK with a Ph.D. in Bioengineering. He is expert on bioinformatic tools for the analysis of high-throughput biological data, as well as on scientific programming with R and Python. At MPBA he has been responsible of next-generation sequencing computational pipelines since 2008, also developing methods for reproducibility of analyses. He was scientific chief instructor of WebValley 2009 and 2014.

Gabriele Franch

Gabriele Franch is completing his Ph.D. in Computer Science between FBK and the University of Trento. He participated in WebValley in 2002 and has worked in FBK and several startups in the last 10 years. Now he is a researcher at FBK, applying deep learning to weather nowcasting, to help civil protections in Italy to prevent floods. He has been webvalley lab tutor in the years 2009-2014 and 2017-2018.

Luca Coviello

Luca Coviello received the M.Sc. degree in Data Science from the EIT Digital Master School in November 2018. He participated in WebValley 2012 and started working in MPBA-FBK the next year, focusing on bioimaging and web applications. He is interested in deep learning and environmental sciences.

Scientific Secretary

Beatrice Dalpedri

Beatrice is a M.Sc. student in Biostatistics at the University of Milan Bicocca. At WebValley she works as Scientific Secretary, supporting the WebValley Team with logistics and assisting WebValley participants.

Innovation & Communication Consultants

Rachele Villani

English teacher at Secondary School since September 2018. I have been collaborating with FBK since 2015: Scientific Secretary @ WebValley Summer School (ed. 2015, 2016, 2017); contributor to the launch of FBK Junior Program and FBK School Research and Innovation project (September 2016 - December 2018); content manager of FBK Junior website (August - December 2017); collaborative writing and revision of project proposals, contributor to elaboration of observational methodologies for innovative didactics and to monitoring and research activities in the field of education and training (students and teachers), and to documenting the activities realised within FBK School Research and Innovation project (January 2017 - December 2018). Bachelor at Bologna University (Foreign Languages and Literature) in 2013; LLP Erasmus Project at Martin-Luther-Universität in Halle-Wittenberg (Germany, September 2012 - March 2013); Master's Degree at Trento University (Euro-American Literature and Translation Studies) in 2017.

Elisa Guardabasso

Elisa is an HR and Innovation consultant working on designing meaningful and effective training courses and coaching multi-disciplinary and multi-age teams to ideate, design, prototype and test innovative services and products, while developing their critical mindset and improving problem-solving skills. Shaped on the specific request, she applies a specific set of tools and a structured Design Thinking method that values both qualitative and quantitative data with a focus on innovation management. She has been working with FBK on multiple Open Innovation Challenges developed in collaboration with the University of Trento and the Artigianelli Institute of Trento. Together, they designed collaborative experiences and labs applying innovative teaching methodologies and training design strategies to high-ends projects related to data science and artificial intelligence. Favourite quote: "First, there will be no stars in this team. We need everybody. Everybody has a valid perspective. Second, we work to one standard only: the best imaginable." Frank Maslen