Lucio La Cava, Ph.D.

University of Calabria 🇮🇹


Contact me at:

lucio [dot] lacava [at] dimes [dot] unical [dot] it

I am an Assistant Professor (RTD-A) at the Department of Computer Engineering, Modeling, Electronics, and Systems Engineering (DIMES) of the University of Calabria, Italy. Previously, I got a Ph.D. cum laude in Information and Communication Technologies at the DIMES Department of the University of Calabria, with a thesis on “Graph Mining and Multimodal Representation Learning for Decentralized Socio-Economic Domains.”

I graduated magna cum laude in Computer Engineering in 2020 at the University of Calabria. I was visiting student at the IT University of Copenhagen from January to April 2023, working in the NEtwoRks, Data, and Society (NERDS) group. I am a member of the Machine Learning, NLP and Network Science Team @Artificial Intelligence and Data Science Lab at DIMES, and junior fellow of the Complex Human Behavior Lab (CHuB) @Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK).

I’m interested in Natural Language Processing (w/ particular focus on Large Language Models), Multimodal Representation Learning (including Graph Representation Learning and Computer Vision) and Graph Mining.


May 2, 2024 I am so excited to share that my journey with the University of Calabria continues as an Assistant Professor starting today! 👨🏻‍💻 Looking forward to the adventures ahead! ✨
Feb 27, 2024 🎓👨🏻‍💻 Successfully defended (cum laude ✨) my Ph.D. dissertation “Graph Mining and Multimodal Representation Learning for Emerging Decentralized Socio-Economic Domains” 🥳
Jan 15, 2024 🧠 New preprint out on Artificial Agents mirroring human personalities through Open Large Language Models (LLMs)
Dec 7, 2023 🥳 Our paper on the Twitter migration to Mastodon is out now on ScientificReports!
Nov 6, 2023 🔬 Presenting my tutorial on Mastodon at ASONAM 2023 in Kusadasi, Turkey 🇹🇷
(Update: 🏆 the tutorial has been awarded for being inspiring!)
Oct 3, 2023 🔥 The NFT-70M dataset is here!
Aug 28, 2023 📚 Flying to Greece for the Google DeepMind Mediterranean Machine Learning Summer School (M2L) in Thessaloniki 🇬🇷
(Update: 🏆 I won the AEGEAN Scholarship as one of the top students!)
Jul 24, 2023 💻 (Virtually) Presenting our new tool at the ACM SIGIR 2023
Jul 19, 2023 🇩🇰 Flying to Copenhagen for presenting our work on the #TwitterMigration to Mastodon 🐘 at IC2S2 2023
May 2, 2023 🇺🇸 Off to Austin for presenting our work at TheWebConf2023
(Update: 🏆 I won a Student Travel Award sponsored by Zhipu AI!)
Apr 1, 2023 🥳 Paper accepted to ACM SIGIR 2023!
Jan 25, 2023 🥳 Paper accepted to The ACM Web Conference 2023! (acceptance rate 19.2%)
Jan 7, 2023 🚀🇩🇰 I have joined the NERDS team at ITU as a visiting PhD Student, working on the COCOONS project under the supervision of Luca Maria Aiello. It is going to be a fascinating experience! 👨🏻‍💻

selected publications

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    Open Models, Closed Minds? On Agents Capabilities in Mimicking Human Personalities through Open Large Language Models
    Lucio La Cava, Davide Costa, and Andrea Tagarelli
    arXiv preprint arXiv:2401.07115, 2024
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    Drivers of social influence in the Twitter migration to Mastodon
    Lucio La Cava, Luca Maria Aiello, and Andrea Tagarelli
    Scientific Reports, 2023
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    Unraveling the NFT economy: A comprehensive collection of Non-Fungible Token transactions and metadata
    Davide Costa, Lucio La Cava, and Andrea Tagarelli
    Data in Brief, 2023
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    Show Me Your NFT and I Tell You How It Will Perform: Multimodal Representation Learning for NFT Selling Price Prediction
    Davide Costa, Lucio La Cava, and Andrea Tagarelli
    In Proceedings of the ACM Web Conference 2023, 2023
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    Understanding the growth of the Fediverse through the lens of Mastodon
    Lucio La Cava, Sergio Greco, and Andrea Tagarelli
    Applied Network Science, 2021