Dos and don'ts of being a researcher: some lessons I've learned on the way

PI Stories 2022
11 maggio 2022
Orario di inizio 
Polo Ferrari 1 - Via Sommarive 5, Povo (Trento)
aula A224
Organizzato da: 
Doctoral Programme in Information Engineering and Computer Science (IECS)
Comunità universitaria
Ingresso libero con prenotazione
Scadenza prenotazioni: 
8 maggio 2022, 23:59
prof. Giuseppe Riccardi
Marco Baroni - ICREA, Pompeu Fabra University


In this presentation, I will share some of the insights I developed in more than 20 years of life as a PI, including the research philosophy that helped me obtain two ERC grants, but also bad decisions and attitudes that led me to dead ends and burnouts. I will share my personal perspective on topics such as creative research, interdisciplinarity, competition, the industry/academia dichotomy and work/life balance.

About the speaker

Marco Baroni is currently an ICREA research professor affiliated with the Linguistics Department of Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. Marco has a an interdisciplinary track record, including a PhD in Linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles, faculty appointments at the School for Interpreters and Translators of the University of Bologna and at the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences of the University of Trento, and, most recently, five years at Facebook AI Research as research scientist. Marco's work takes inspiration from machine learning models to understand the dynamics of human language, and from what we know about human language to develop better machine learning models. His work has received widespread recognition, including a Google Research Award, two ERC Grants, the ICAI-JAIR best paper prize and the ACL test-of-time award.


The participation is free, but it is mandatory to register online due to Covid-19 restrictions that limit the seats in the room.
In compliance with Covid-19 restrictions, the access to the room is allowed only with the Digital Covid Certificate (Green Pass) and face masks must be worn at all times.

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