I am a second year PhD student at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) in Lugano, Switzerland, supervised by prof. Fabio Crestani. My research interests lie in conversational approaches to information retrieval. I’m particularly interested in modeling mixed-initiative conversational search. I’d be happy to discuss anything related to the topic, so feel free to reach out.

In the past, I worked on various NLP and IR topics during research visits in TakeLab Zagreb, Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, Singapore University of Technology and Design, and GRILL at the University of Glasgow. I am currently visiting IAI group at University of Stavanger.

I am talking about my PhD experience on my “Little PhD things” Youtube channel.


  • Conversational Information Retrieval
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Conversational AI


  • PhD student, started in 2020

    Università della Svizzera italiana

  • Master in Computer Science, 2018

    University of Zagreb

  • BSc in Computer Science, 2015

    University of Zagreb

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