Published: 24 March 2015

I graduated in 1991 with a thesis on cosmic ray composition in the MACRO  collaboration (an underground experiment in the Gran Sasso National 
Laboratories). After six months spent there, I did my PhD thesis in the  same experiment, searching for cosmological magnetic monopoles exploiting their properties of catalyzing the proton decay.

Not having found any monopole (nor any proton decay, for what it may  concern), I started working in the heavy ion community by joining the NA50 experiment in 1995, where I both wrote simulation code (mainly detector description) and developed slow control software (including a Linux kernel module to drive a readout card).

I then passed into the ALICE Collaboration in 2000 and quite soon started  working with the SDD team, taking up the responsibility of its geometry description in AliRoot. Since 2008 I am the SDD DAQ expert, developing software for control and monitoring. Since a couple of years I started developing also the FEE firmware.

In 2008 and 2009 I spent six months at CERN as SDD DAQ expert and oncall. This gave me the opportunity to pass a lot of time in the former ALICE control room. After the LS1 I again spent few months in 2014 summer, enjoying the new ALICE Run Control Centre. Indeed I always liked to stay in control rooms (since my very first shift in MACRO in 1990 as a dumb undergraduate): I like the acquisition systems and controls, and usually enjoy learning a bit more how they work "in their guts", often coming to the point of reading the source code and then applying new features to the SDD software.

And I must say that I like that exciting atmosphere during the preparation and test of the whole machinery (like in the last injection tests), definitely much more than the routine during the stable beams. Being part of the crew that drives up the experiment is really enriching, and the new ARC makes it really enjoyable.