Leopoldo Cerè awarded the Best Master's Thesis Prize by SVOR/ASRO
13 June 2022
On Friday 3 June, Leopoldo Cerè, a graduate of the Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) programme, received the prize for the best Master's thesis from the Swiss Society for Operations Research (SVOR/ASRO) for his thesis work "Elastic Optimal Network Design with Machine Learning and Combinatorial Optimisation".

Operations research is a discipline of applied mathematics that uses mathematical and computer methods to solve complex decision-making problems.

Below is a brief interview with Leopoldo Cerè, MSE graduate who was awarded the Master's Theis Prize by the general assembly of the Swiss Society for Operations Sciences (SVOR/ASRO), an organisation that promotes operations research in Switzerland.

The work Elastic Optimal Network Design with Machine Learning and Combinatorial Optimisation was carried out by Cerè under the supervision of Matteo Salani, Senior Researcher at the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence Studies (IDSIA USI-SUPSI).

Tell us briefly about your thesis

The evolution of technologies used for communications, due to the constant increase in the demand for bandwidth in transmission, makes it essential to address and solve optimisation problems in order to balance costs and performance, as well as to manage the increasing complexity of networks.

The problem addressed by my thesis falls under the category 'Network Planning', the main objective of which is to design an optical network in an optimal way.

What does the award you received represent for you?

After receiving the Talent Ticino award from the PREMIOSWISS-ENGINEERINGTICINO Foundation for my Bachelor's thesis, being recognised on a national level for my Master's thesis is certainly a great satisfaction. It is a confirmation that time and effort have served to grow and improve. I also have to thank my advisor, Dr. Matteo Salani, for guiding me in my thesis work but in general throughout my Master's degree course and work at IDSIA USI-SUPSI.

What was your educational pathway at the DTI?

I started the Bachelor's degree in Computer Science parallel to the profession (PAP), after which I enrolled in the Master of Science in Engineering with a specialisation in ICT also parallel to the profession. The PAP path allowed me to reconcile my studies with the financial demands of the time and, although it was a challenging journey, it allowed me to forge strong bonds with people who are still part of my private and professional life today.

From your point of view, what are the advantages of professional education?

The professional education acquired at SUPSI allows students to be immediately operational in the world of work and to be able to interface with the various challenges with a concrete approach. In particular, internships and laboratory activities enable immediate involvement in specific tasks by combining theoretical knowledge with in-depth technical knowledge.

What is you current job?

I work as a project manager and am responsible for managing IT projects, both strategic and non-strategic. My tasks also include developing systems, procedures and policies for data management and monitoring data systems to ensure that they are organised, secure and accessible.

What are yout goals for the future?

For my professional future, I am ready to take on new challenges with perseverance and a desire to grow. I also want to continue with training, which must be ongoing to remain competitive in the labour market.  Finally, I intend to support and participate in socially useful projects, which I believe are more important than ever to improve the balance of our society.