Valentina Ciriani

ValentinaCiriani3“Research in computer science is vital because it is the base for problem-solving in many other fields. It shouldn’t be overlooked as something for geeks. On the contrary, it is an area which contributes greatly to society and in which women can bring an important added value”, says Valentina Ciriani, assistant professor at the Computer and Information Science Department of the University of Milan.

Valentina believes that many young women have a misguided perception of computer science: “A lot of young girls only see the technological side of computer science, while in reality it is much more than that. It is a science as important as economics or medicine, we need to get this message across”, she explainValentinaQuote1s. “Computers and technology are powerful tools to solve all kinds of issues but what really matters is critical thinking and creativity” adds Valentina.

On top of her research activities on algorithms, Valentina also teaches future computer science graduates.  “I’ve been teaching logic to students enrolled in the Department’s master’s degree programValentinaQuote1mes since 2005. Their curiosity is an endless source of inspiration and reminds me to always look at the world with fresh eyes”, says Valentina.

 In addition to her teaching and research activities, Valentina is involved in the organisation of scientific conferences such as the Italian National Day of Logic Synthesis. She has authored or coauthored more than 60 research papers and she holds a degree, as well as a PhD, in Computer Science from the University of Pisa, Italy.

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