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An interview with Luca Zappella

September 6, 2018

Luca Zappella,

Researcher, Apple Inc.


I studied computer science in Italy, worked for a few years then I came across this new masters called VIBOT. I did not think twice and applied. After the VIBOT I did my Ph.D. at the University of Girona with Xavi Llado and Joaquim Salvi. Once I got my Ph.D. I did a couple of years of postdoc at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. I then decided to move to an industry setting and started working as researcher at Metaio (Augmented Reality). Currently I am working in an artificial intelligence research team at Apple Inc.


Can you tell us what do you do in your daily work?

Exciting and challenging. A lot of meetings but also enough time for development.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time? (in professional terms)

Good question. There are a lot future Lucas in my head, I can’t really say which will come true but none of them would be possible without the path that led me here.


What do you remember the most of your old times in ViCOROB?

Cultural mix, friends, study hard, interesting food, travels, laugher, warm feelings.


Would you like to give any tip to current students?

Learn something from every new culture you meet, work to aim to do better than the best, study the basics (linear algebra, differential geometry, etc…), follow the best researchers. When you apply for the next step (university or industry) aim for the best.


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