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     Date Submitted:09-10-2017
     Last Modified:09-10-2017 (07:46)
    Job information
     Current job:Scientific Applications Software Engineer at NASA JPL
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:>3months
     KeywordsNASA JPL High performance computing Information retrieval Digital forensics Object oriented programming with Java, Python and C++ Advanced bash scripting Scientific data libraries and formats Agile release and iteration planning Database administ

    April 2017 – present
    Scientific Applications Software Engineer (Level 2)
    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    4800 Oak Grove Dr, Pasadena, CA 91109, USA
    ( Web site: )
    - Design and development of complex instrument flight and ground software and scientific applications to analyze scientific data and produce products within mission software systems.
    - Integration of new algorithms and models into software components for production and analysis of scientific data.
    - Application of analytical and numerical methods, statistical processes, and instrument / mission science principles to resolve programming challenges.
    - Collaboration with customers to develop viable software specifications.
    - Partnership with other engineers to deploy and maintain complex software systems.
    - Partnership with appointed liaison to the customer throughout the entire life cycle of the product and interaction with customer on complex issues.
    - Development of complex test plans and unit tests, oversight software component testing and evaluation of unit test results.
    - Documentation of software products and development of user training plans.

    September 2015 – April 2017
    Chief Technology Officer
    Penitentiary Police Corps
    Ministry of Justice
    Largo Luigi Daga, 2 – 00164 Rome, Italy
    ( Web site: )
    - Oversight and coordination of the IT team of the Central Laboratory for the forensic DNA database of Italy.
    - Development of computer applications and systems for collecting and managing forensic samples to ensure the chain of custody.
    - Responsible for information security, database administration and network monitoring.
    - Design and analysis of the standard operating procedures and the workflow of the Central Laboratory for the DNA database of Italy.
    - Study of innovative solutions for digital investigation in the penitentiary network.

    January 2015 – June 2015
    NASA JPL Full-time Intern
    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    4800 Oak Grove Dr, Pasadena, CA 91109, USA
    ( Web site: )
    - Selected in the NASA JPL Year Round Internship Program to work for the Computer Science for Data Intensive Applications group of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory under the supervision of Prof. Chris Mattmann.
    - Research and Implementation of technologies for extracting contents from the deep and the dark web within the DARPA Memex program that seeks to develop software that advances online search capabilities far beyond the current state of the art for fight against and prevention of human trafficking.
    - Construction and validation of two datasets (Polar data and Ebola data) within the TREC Dynamic Domain Track (
    - Development of biological parsers for extraction of clinical information from unstructured data.
    Business or sector Defense and Space 

    January 2009 – February 2013
    Scientific Support Engineer
    Università degli Studi di Messina
    Piazza Pugliatti, 1 – 98122 Messina, Italy
    ( Web site: )
    - Development and management of image processing technologies for scientific applications.
    - Research and implementation of e-learning systems for biomedical disciplines.
    - Network monitoring and management, database administration.
    - Lecturer in Physics and Computer Science for students of Medicine.
    Business or sector Education and Research 

    February 2014 – January 2015
    Teaching Assistant in Computer Science
    Università LUISS Guido Carli
    Viale Pola, 12 – 00198 Roma, Italy
    ( Web site: )
    - Teaching Assistant in Computer Science for a class of eighty undergraduate students in Economics and Management.
    - Shared responsibility for lectures, exams, homework assignments, and grades.
    Business or sector Education and Research 

    July 2008 – December 2008
    Junior Project Coordinator
    Parco dell’Etna
    Via del Convento, 45 – 95030 Nicolosi (Catania), Italy
    ( Web site: )
    - Organization and coordination of the activities aimed at implementing a GIS census database for the territory of Mount Etna.
    Business or sector Public Administration 

    November 2007 – March 2008
    Teacher in Computer Skills
    Penitentiary of Giarre (Catania)
    Via Ugo Foscolo, 67 – 95014 Giarre (Catania), Italy
    ( Web site: )
    - Teacher in Basic Computer Skills for inmates of the Penitentiary of Giarre (Catania), Italy.
    Business or sector Public Administration 

    September 2007 – January 2008
    Software Engineer
    MOVIA S.p.A.
    Via Pulica, 34 – 95025 Aci S. Antonio (Catania), Italy
    ( Web site: )
    - Development of an emergency call system based on VoIP for the highway network of Sicily (Italy) relying on Asterisk PBX and MySQL.
    - Design and implementation of stored procedures in MySQL.
    - Design and development of Java-based solutions for Automatic Call Distribution able to handle a large volume of inbound calls.


    November 2012 – October 2013
    PhD in Computer Science
    Sapienza Università di Roma
    Piazzale Aldo Moro, 5 – 00185 Rome, Italy
    ( Web site: ) 
    Thesis title: “High Performance Computing for Information Retrieval and Digital Investigation”
    Supervisor: Prof. Massimo Bernaschi
    - Research domains: High Performance Computing, Information Retrieval, Digital Forensics
    - Design and development of ISODAC, a new approach providing a suitable combination of HPC techniques for performing the Extract-Parse-Index process through in-memory pipelines against huge amounts of heterogeneous data.
    - Development of a fine-grained mapping technique for Apache Tika for enabling metadata interoperability among different schemes. 

    March 2008 – April 2009
    2nd level Master’s Degree in Forensic Sciences
    (graduated with honours)
    Università degli Studi di Messina
    Piazza Pugliatti, 1 – 98122 Messina, Italy
    ( Web site: ) 
    Thesis title: “Decryption of password-protected files from Oracle databases”
    Supervisor: Ten. Col. Marco Mattiucci
    ▪    Biology, Chemistry, Criminology, Mineralogy, Physics, Statistics.
    ▪    Criminal Procedure, Criminal Procedure.
    ▪    Database Systems, Computer Forensics, CSI Techniques, Legal Medicine, Toxicology.
    ▪    Internship at Unit of Informatics Technologies of Arma dei Carabinieri Headquarters .

    November 2004 – October 2007
    Master’s Degree in Computer Science
    (graduated with honours)
    Università degli Studi di Messina
    Piazza Pugliatti, 1 – 98122 Messina, Italy
    ( Web site: ) 
    Thesis title: “ DynaTab, a Web-based solution for managing dynamic and heterogeneous data”
    Supervisor: Prof. Dora Magaudda
    - Computational Algebra, Computer Law, Database Systems, GIS, Graph Theory, Mathematical Logic, Operating Systems, Optimization Theory and Methods, Parallel Computing, Programming, Software Engineering, Stochastic Systems.

    October 2000 – October 2004
    Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science
    (graduated with honours)
    Università degli Studi di Messina
    Piazza Pugliatti, 1 – 98122 Messina, Italy
    ( Web site: ) 
    Thesis title: “Tuning and administration of database systems via Web”
    Supervisor: Prof. Dora Magaudda
    - Algorithms and Data Structures, Computer Networks, Databases, Digital Audio, Multimedia Systems, Numerical Analysis, Operational Research, Operating Systems, Programming, Software Engineering, Statistics, Computer Organization.

    Native language: Italian
    Other languages: English (Listening: B2, Reading: B2, Spoken interaction: B2, Spoken production: B2, Writing: B2)


    Programming Languages
    - C, Perl, Bash scripting
    - C++, Java, Python
    Operating Systems
    - Mac OS X
    - Microsoft Windows
    - Unix/Linux
    - MySQL
    - Oracle
    - SQL, Oracle PL/SQL
    Web-oriented Programming
    - PHP, Unobstrusive JavaScript, AJAX
    - (X)HTML, CSS
    IT Service Management
    - ITIL® Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management 
    - ITIL® Service Design Certificate 
    - ITIL® Service Operation Certificate 
    - ITIL® Continual Service Improvement Certificate
    - ISO/IEC 27001:2013 ISMS Auditor / Lead Auditor
    - ISO 9001:2008 QMS Auditor/Lead Auditor 
    - ISO/FDIS 9001:2015
    Office Automation
    - European Computer Driving License (ECDL Core Level)


    - G. Totaro, G. Carbone, M. Bernaschi, M. Cianfriglia, and A. Di Marco. “ISODAC: a High Performance Solution for Indexing and Searching Heterogeneous Data”. In The Journal of Systems & Software - Elsevier. Volume 118, August 2016, Pages 115-133.
    - L. Intagliata, S. Chu, G. McGrath, G. Totaro, D. Civello, N. Doshi, S. Thapar, M. Livstone, C. Mattmann, P. Ramirez, and M. Cronin. “A Cloud-Enabled Open Source Data Management platform supporting a Federated Research and Development Organization”. In Proceedings of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Meeting. New Orleans, LA, USA, April 16-20, 2016.
    - C. Mattmann, L. Intagliata, S. Chu, G. McGrath, G. Totaro, D. Civello, N Doshi, S. Thapar, M. Livstone, P. Ramirez e M. Cronin. “Shangri-Docs: A Browser Based Tool for Document Exploration and Automatic Knowledge Extraction from Unstructured Biomedical Text”. In Proceedings of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Meeting. New Orleans, LA, USA, April 16-20, 2016.
    - A. B. Burgess, C. Mattmann, G. Totaro, L. McGibbney, and P. Ramirez. “TREC Dynamic Domain: Polar Science”. In Proceedings of the Text Retrieval Conference (TREC). National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA, November 17-20, 2015.
    - A. Celestini, A. Di Marco, and G. Totaro. “A Data Extraction and Visualization Framework for Information Retrieval Systems”. In Extended Proceedings of ACM Hypertext. Santiago, Chile, 1-4 Settembre 2014.
    - M. Bernaschi, G. Carbone, M. Cianfriglia, A. Di Marco, G. Me, A. Sabellico, and G. Totaro. “Forensic Disk Image Indexing and Search in an HPC Environment”. In Proceedings of the International Conference on High Performance Computing & Simulation (HPCS). Bologna, Italia, July 21-25, 2014.
    - G. Acri, B. Testagrossa, G. Totaro, S. Strocchi, R. Novario, and G. Vermiglio. “Quality Conservation of Ultrasonography (US) Images in Mobile Devices”. In The International Journal of Science and Technoledge. May 2014.
    - G. Vermiglio, G. Totaro, G. Acri, B. Testagrossa, and C. Sansotta. “Web streaming technology for medical physics e-learning”. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Engineering Education and Educational Technologies. 2010.


    April 2015 – present
    Apache committer and PMC member
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