My H-index is currently 30 (using Google Scholar data).
My Erdos Number is 4 (as far as I know). I am aware of the following paths:
Mirco -> Massimiliano Pontil -> Charles A. Micchelli -> Allan Pinkus -> Paul Erdos
Mirco -> Reza Olfati-Saber -> Richard Murray -> Leonard J. Schulman -> Paul Erdos
Mirco -> Ronald A. Peterson -> Daniela Rus -> Noga Alon -> Paul Erdos
My (Facebook-) Bacon Number is 4 according to the following (completely arbitrary) interpretation: I am friend of Andrea Bittau that played a small part in The Godfather III (1990) when he was a kid. The movie starred Al Pacino. Al Pacino was in Sea of Love (1989) with John Goodman. John Goodman was in Death Sentence (2007) with Kevin Bacon. I might claim that I invented the Facebook-Bacon number. This might become the topic of a paper in the future. Or maybe not. In any case, apparently a Bacon-Erdos number already exists.
Meeting the Press
An article about Italian researchers in Cambridge (including me) + some photos of me at the Computer Lab in Il Corriere della Sera, April 2009, in Italian.
EmotionSense Press Coverage (September-December 2010): BBC, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, ACM Tech News, ComputerWorld
MIT Technology Review article (December 2010) about our work on the use of temporal graph metrics for stopping malware in Bluetooth-enabled devices.
Nokia Mobile Data Challenge 2012 coverage (July/August 2012): BBC video coverage (and blog post), MIT Technology Review, Forbes, Wired, The Sunday Times, The Washington Post, Slate, MSNBC, Discovery News, Mashable, and Toronto Star. See also Nokia Blog post.
Our work on the spreading of rumours about the Higgs boson discovery on Twitter (January 2013) in The New Scientist (see also this blog entry). More videos related to the study can be found here.
Our work for the Data for Development (D4D) Challenge (May 2013) was covered by the Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, La Repubblica, and Mobile World Live.
Our paper on the data mining techniques for the analysis of cultural boundaries and habits in Foursquare (April 2014) was covered by MIT Technology Review.
Useful Resources for Research and Academic Advice
Writing, Presenting and General Advice
How to Write a Good Paper and Give a Good Research Talk by Simon Peyton-Jones
In Defence of the Scientific Paper by Matt Welsh
The Importance of Stupidity in Scientific Research by Martin A. Schwartz
How to Start, Finish (and When to Stop if necessary) a Ph.D. by Anthony Finkelstein
How not to Get a Ph.D. by Estelle M. Phillips and Derek S. Pugh
The Illustrated Guide to a Ph.D. by Matt Might
So you Want to Go to Grad School? by Matt Welsh
Computer Science Postdocs - Best Practices by CRA
The Publication Imperative (from the New Scientist)
Some Interesting Pointers
Good Science and Bad Science
Sense about Science
Christos Papadimitriou's Reading the (CS) Classics course (see also this list)
Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years by Peter Norvig
Joel on Software
The Zen of Python
A Brief History of the Internet
The Importance of Mathematics by Timothy Gowers
Steven Strogatz's posts in the NYT's Opinionator
The MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive at St. Andrews
Cookbook for R
A collection of data visualisation tools
Some Random Pointers
For Twitter addicts, a suggestion: just avoid to tweet too hard.
Spaghetti Bolognese do not exist: BBC video and Wikipedia entry (even if someone might try to convince you starting from an early age). Try instead Tagliatelle alla Bolognese, the real thing. This survey about Italian food recipes that are not from Italy at all might also be helpful.
Create xkcd Style Diagrams in TeX
Randomly Chosen Videos
Running in St Andrews [from "Chariots of Fire" - opening scene]
Finite Simple Group (of Order Two) [yes, it is a love song]
The Day the Routers Died
Bach's Crab Canon on a Möbius Strip
Last updated: 14 July 2014