Antonio Vetrò

PhD, Empirical Software Engineer

Antonio Vetrò is Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer and Control Engineering, at Politecnico di Torino.

He is also Senior Research Fellow at Nexa Center for Internet & Society and at the Future Urban Legacy Lab (FULL) at Politecnico di Torino, and member of the UNINFO Technical Commission on Software Engineering, which is the Italian mirror of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 7 .

Current Activities
Currently, Antonio is coordinating the Digital Open Urban Twin (DOUT) project at FULL: the goal is to build a platform -open in terms of adherence to open standards- to host layers of data “above” the physical city, allowing researchers and policy makers to study how urban phenomena/problems are distributed across different areas of the city and how they are connected each other at multiple scales. Within such a context, Antonio is conducting research on how to detect and mitigate potential discriminations deriving from biases in the data and in the algorithms of decision systems.

Antonio is specialised in empirical methodologies and statistical analyses, applying such an empirical epistemological approach to study the impact of technology on society. He has worked on methodologies to improve the quality of software and data. He is also interested in understanding how to transfer technological innovations to industry and public institutions. In more general terms, his mission is to critically understand the impact of digtal technologies on societies, highlithing the issues and helping in delivering the benefits. With such a personal commitment, he has also volunteered in several development cooperation projects in Bosnia i Herzegovina, Kenya, India and as well in local communities in Italy.


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Antonio has been Director of Research at the Nexa Center for Internet and Society at Politecnico di Torino (Italy) from November 2015 to August 2017 and Research Programs Manager at ORS from September 2017 to January 2018.
Further in the past, he has been post-doctoral research fellow in the Software and System Engineering Department at the Technische Universität München (Germany) and junior scientist at the Fraunhofer Center for Experimental Software Engineering (MD, USA). He holds a PhD in Information and System Engineering from Politecnico di Torino (Italy), obtained working at the Software Engineering Research Group ( Softeng, at the Department of Control and Computer Engineering) with a doctoral thesis on the empirical assessment of the impact of static code analysis on software quality.

Antonio is member of the Software Engineering Committee at UNINFO (delegated at ISO for standardisation in information technologies).