My name is Luca Zecchini, I come from Lama Mocogno (Modena, Italy), and I am a postdoctoral research fellow in the Database Research Group (DBGroup) at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, where I previously completed my PhD program with Prof. Sonia Bergamaschi and Prof. Giovanni Simonini as advisors. During my PhD I spent two visiting periods at the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in Potsdam (Germany) to carry out my research activities in the Information Systems Group, under the supervision of Prof. Felix Naumann. My research is mainly focused on big data integration, with a special interest in the tasks of entity resolution, data preparation, and dataset discovery.

My main research outcomes so far are:

Previously, I obtained my bachelor's and master's degrees in computer engineering at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in 2017 and 2020, respectively. I was the runner-up at the SIGMOD 2020 Programming Contest and I took part in the organization of the 2021 and 2022 editions.

News

April 11, 2024  🆕
I successfully defended my PhD thesis Towards Data Integration On-Demand at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. I warmly thank my advisors, Prof. Sonia Bergamaschi, Prof. Giovanni Simonini, and Prof. Felix Naumann, for their contributions and supervision. 🎓

February 1, 2024
I started a one-year research fellowship in the Database Research Group (DBGroup) at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, working on the PRIN research project Discount Quality for Responsible Data Science: Human-in-the-Loop for Quality Data under the supervision of Prof. Domenico Beneventano.

December 19, 2023
Our experimental survey Evaluation of Dataframe Libraries for Data Preparation on a Single Machine is now available on arXiv.

November 20, 2023
Our research paper Determining the Largest Overlap between Tables was accepted for presentation at the 2024 ACM International Conference on Management of Data (SIGMOD 2024) in Santiago (Chile).

June 5, 2023
Our demo BrewER: Entity Resolution On-Demand was accepted for presentation at the 49th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB 2023) in Vancouver (Canada).

Awards and grants

2024

🪙 Travel grant of 1,000 $ for attending SIGMOD 2024 in Santiago (Chile)

2022

🪙 Funding of 4,000 € for young researchers' mobility activities by the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

2021

🏆 SISAP 2021 Best Doctoral Symposium Paper Award (with a prize of 500 € offered by Springer)

2020

🪙 Three-year scholarship for the PhD program by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MUR)

🏆 SIGMOD 2020 Programming Contest Runner-Up (with honorable mention and a prize of 3,000 $ offered by Megagon Labs and Microsoft)

Contacts

Email address: luca.zecchini@unimore.it

Institutional page: https://personale.unimore.it/rubrica/dettaglio/lzecchin 

Office address: Via Pietro Vivarelli, 10; 41125 Modena (Italy); Building 27, 1st Floor, Room MO27-01-020 (DBGroup Lab)

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