Degree with honors in Physics, PhD in Geodesy and Cartography. She is Professor of GIS at the Politecnico di Milano (PoliMI) and member of the School of Doctoral Studies in Data Science at “Roma La Sapienza”. From 1997 to 2010 she was the Director of the “Geomatics Lab” of PoliMI. From 2011 to 2016 she was the Vice-Rector of PoliMI for the Como Campus.
She is the chair of ISPRS WG IV/4 “Collaborative crowdsourced cloud mapping (C3M)”; member of ESA ACEO (Advisory Committee of Earth Observation); co-chair of the United Nations Open GIS Initiative, Chair of the UN-GGIM (Global Geospatial Information Management) Academic Network, mentor of the PoliMI Chapter of YouthMappers (PoliMappers).
Her research activity is in the field of geomatics. Her interests have been various, starting from geodesy, radar-altimetry and moving later to GIS, webGIS, geospatial web platform, VGI (Volunteer Geographic Information), Citizen Science and Big Geo Data. She is participating and leading research on these topics within the frameworks of both national and international projects and scientific networks. One of her main interests is in Open Source GIS, where she is playing a worldwide leading role.