Web site: http://www.scaruffi.com
- Published 19 books, on topics ranging from cognitive science to music.
- Managed software projects in the Silicon Valley for over 20 years.
- Taught dozens of courses and seminars in three continents.
- Instructor at UC Berkeley Extensions since 1999 on "Nature of Mind" and "History of Knowledge".
- Main areas of research:
- Artificial Intelligence
- Cognitive Science
- Self-organizing Systems
- Philosophy of Mind
- Strong background in Physics and Mathematics.
- 30 years of writing on the arts (particularly music)
- Visited 108 countries of the world.
2008-Present: Free-lance Lecturer, Moderator and Curator
Organizing, chairing and curating interdisciplinary events with world-class artists, scientists, anthropologists, psychologists, etc for Stanford University, University of San Francisco and UC Berkeley among others (in particular: www.lasertalks.com )
- Lecturing at UC Berkeley Extensions on "The Nature of Mind" and "A History of Knowledge".
1997-Present: New Media Editor
- Providing and managing the entire content of Thymos.com, a website devoted to Cognitive Science as well the entire content of www.scaruffi.com, a website that includes sections on history, music, cinema, philosophy, etc.
A major feature of the former is the annotated bibliography on mind, consciousness and life, one of the largest on the web.
2002-2005: Leonardo, Board Member
- Helped Leonardo ISAST (www.leonardo.info) design events to bridge the gap between the arts and the sciences
- Published five books on Cognitive Science (latest: "The Nature of Consciousness", 2006), nine books on Music (latest "A History of Jazz Music", 2007), two on History (latest "A History of Silicon Valley", 2013), three of original Poetry, and contributed to several popular science magazines and daily newspapers.
- Editor of own websites: www.scaruffi.com (music, cinema, literature, history, art, science) .
2003-Present: Software Consultant
- Consulting for European and USA companies on object software technologies and e-Commerce. Developed own website.
2004-Present: Founder, Omniware, Redwood City
1999-2003: Senior architect, IntelliCorp, Mountain View
- Designed Artificial Intelligence-based systems for eCommerce solutions.
1995-1996: Visiting Scholar, Stanford University
- Research on adaptive, self-organizing systems and theories of consciousness. Produced a comprehensive on-line bibliography of books related to mind, life and consciousness.
1991-1995: Manager, Olivetti Scientific Center, Cupertino
- Established the Olivetti Scientific Center, with operations in the Silicon Valley and Italy. Research projects included knowledge-based systems, neural networks, natural language processing. Staff of 62 engineers.
1985-1990: Manager, Olivetti Artificial Intelligence Center, Cupertino
- Established the Olivetti Artificial Intelligence Center, with operations in Italy and California. Manager of both sites, reporting directly to the vice-president of R&D. Helped shape the center as the company's technological bridge to the international research community (started cooperative research programs between Olivetti and universities worldwide). Research projects included knowledge-based systems, neural networks, natural language processing. Joint projects with Yale, CalTech and Stanford.
1982-1984: Senior Software Engineer, Olivetti (user interfaces, operating systems, e-mail system)
1977-1982: Software Consultant, SofTec, Italy (consulting jobs in several European countries, ranging from databases to communications)
1974: Computer Science diploma with honors from the Peano Institute of Turin, Italy. G.P.A. 60 of 60.
1980: Graduated in Mathematics "summa cum laude" from University of Turin, Italy. G.P.A. 110 of 110. Major in General Theory of Relativity. Thesis on a model for quark dynamics.
1984: Visiting scholar, Harvard University. Research on Artificial Intelligence.
1995: Visiting scholar, Stanford University. Research on Theories of Mind.
Italian (native), English (fluent), Spanish (working), French (school-level), German (school-level).
PUBLICATIONS and TEACHING ACTIVITIES
Author of 18 books
Published more than one hundred articles in newspapers and computer magazines.
Lectures and invited talks since 1980 in several European, South American and U.S. institutions.
Co-tutored theses of graduate students in a number of Italian universities.
Held many industrial seminars at major corporations.
List of publications, talks and research projects available upon request.