Roberto Annunziata

Roberto Annunziata, PhD

Hometown: Arezzo, Italy

"My PhD is an extraordinary chance to share ideas with people from such a huge variety of academic backgrounds." - Roberto Annunziata, PhD

Roberto obtained a BSc in Communications Engineering and an MSc in Communications and Electronics Engineering at the University of Siena in Italy. He is now completing a PhD in Computing at the University of Dundee. Roberto said:

“I was really interested in studying at the University of Dundee due to the presence of the VAMPIRE (Vascular Assessment and Measurement Platform for Images of the Retina) team - a well-established research group that takes part in collaborations around the world.

“Dundee is completely different from the place I come from (a little town in the heart of the Tuscany). However, it is very easy to adapt to this city. It is a multicultural environment with a lot of young and friendly people!

“Before moving here, I came for a few days to visit. It was summer and the sun was shining. The city made a very good impression! I saw views of the riverside which has two enormous bridges and I saw several parks. It was really breath-taking.”

Roberto is classed as a PhD student and a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher. He said:

“I am one of 13 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) working within the REtinal VAscular Modelling, Measurement and Diagnosis (REVAMMAD) community. REVMADD is a European Union project aimed at tackling some of the most prevalent chronic medical conditions, using retinal imaging.

"As an ESR 2.2, I am involved in the ‘measurement’ part of the project, since my research interests focus on image processing and pattern recognition. This is a very well organised PhD fellowship and it gives me the invaluable opportunity to interact with major experts in my research field. I will get to cooperate with biologists, ophthalmologists, mathematicians and physicians.

“My PhD is an extraordinary chance to share ideas with people from such a huge variety of academic backgrounds, which is a key feature of success in this particular field. In addition to this, I get the change to take part in highly reputable conferences. I know that this PhD will really help me to develop as a scientist!"

Roberto’s time at the School of Computing has made him even more passionate about working as a researcher:

“After completing my PhD, I know that I want to become a successful researcher and I will work very hard to reach this long-term objective!”

Roberto’s one piece of advice for prospective students is:

“If you really like to invent or discover new things, and you are ready to work hard to reach your goal, then do a PhD at the School of Computing!”


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