Marco Castellani obtained his Laurea in Physics from University of Padova in 1993, and M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence with Engineering Applications from University of Wales, Cardiff, in 1995. He stayed on in Cardiff where he completed his Ph.D. in 2000 with a dissertation on the “Intelligent Control of Manufacturing of Fibre Optic Components”. The evolutionary fuzzy algorithm developed during his doctoral studies became part of the alignment control software at Agilent fibre optics manufacturing plant in Ipswich – UK.
He worked from 2001 until 2002 at Xtramind Technologies, a spin-off of the German Institute for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) based at the University of Saarbruecken (D). There he was involved in the research and development of neural network techniques for natural language processing.
From 2002 until 2005 he was at the Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research (CENTRIA) of the New University of Lisbon (P), where he worked on applications of evolutionary neural networks to remote sensing and pattern recognition. In Lisbon, he was awarded twice post-doctoral funding by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) for his research project “Automated Identification of MEDiterranean water Eddies in the Atlantic” (AI-MEDEA), and contributed to the successful bid for the FCT-funded 3-years research project “Remote Detection of Mediterranean Water Eddies in the Northeast Atlantic” (RENA) in collaboration with the Institute of Oceanography of University of Lisbon.
In 2006 he returned to Cardiff University, where he was involved in research on quality control and machine vision in the FP7 Hydromel project on micro- and nano-manufacturing. While in Cardiff, he contributed to the development and characterisation of the Bees Algorithm.
In 2010 he moved to Norway, where he worked on individual-based models of marine environments at the Theoretical Ecology Group of the University of Bergen. In 2012 he started working also at the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research in Bergen, where he was involved in the development of an individual-based eco-genetic model of salmon population.
In October 2013 Marco Castellani joined the University of Birmingham.