PhD in Computer Science

Damiano Spina


Welcome to my personal—not an official RMIT—website. I’m a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at RMIT University and member of the Information Storage, Analysis and Retrieval (ISAR) Research Group. Previously, I’ve been part of the Research Team at Signal (London, UK) as a Data Scientist. Formerly, I was a member at the UNED NLP & IR Research Group in Madrid (Spain). My main research interests are Information Retrieval (IR), Text Mining and Natural Language Processing (NLP).

I currently work on Interactive Information Retrieval and, in particular, on how to model user-system interaction in bounded channels such as Spoken Conversational Search and complex search tasks such as Job Search.

I completed my PhD in Computer Science (2014, UNED). Previously, I received a M.S. in Language Technologies on the Web (2011, UNED) and a Bs.D. in Computer Science (2008, Universidad Complutense de Madrid).

The topic of my thesis is the formalization of the Online Reputation Monitoring problem from a scientific perspective—under the umbrella of a collective effort—and the application of IR and NLP techniques for Monitoring Social Media (in particular, Twitter): What do people say about an entity (e.g., company, organization, public figure)? What are the main topics discussed in Twitter about a given entity of interest?

In my free time, I teach capoeira—a Brazilian martial art—at the Associação de Capoeira Descendente do Pantera—where I am also known as Formado Camaleão—and play samba at Wombatuque.


Information Retrieval, Text Mining and Natural Language Processing