I am a cognitive/evolutionary anthropologist with a particular interest in computational science. While I have a “traditional” PhD in anthropology, during my career I worked with quite diverse researchers: artificial life/roboticists in Roma, primatologists in Leipzig, and a not-well-identifiable bunch of people (with prominence of ethologists and mathematicians) in the Centre for the Study of Cultural Evolution (Stockholm/Bologna). In 2013 and 2014 I have been a Newton Research Fellow in the Department of Archeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol. I am now based in the School of Innovation Science of the Eindhoven University of Technology, where I work mainly with Krist Vaesen, in a project called (quite fittingly!) “Darwinizing culture: the status of cultural evolutionary theory as a science”.
I think that the study of human behaviour and culture should be a scientific and multidisciplinary enterprise. While in my research I use computational models (see a recent example here) and laboratory experiments (see here or here), I consider my contribution related mainly to the analysis of large, naturally occurring, datasets to investigate especially modern human culture. My empirical works are grounded in an interest for theoretical questions in cultural evolution and cognitive anthropology. To this goal, I explore a quite broad set of phenomena, such as folktales, digital media, fiction, or even fads in dog breeds. Here is my CV for contact information, and a page with my publications. My research has been extensively covered by various media, including Nature and Science. This is my Google Scholar Profile.