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Lorenzo Alberton

Chief Technical Architect, IT Consultant, Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing researcher

Reading, United Kingdom
Information Technology and Services
  1. MediaSift Ltd,
  2. -,
  3. Self-Employed
  1. Archaeology Society,
  2. PEAR,
  3. Cable & Wireless
  1. Princeton University
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MediaSift Ltd

MediaSift Ltd

Chief Technical Architect

– Present

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Chief Technical Architect, Team Leader, Application Developer, Database Administrator, and Project Manager in a wide variety of web components and applications. Particularly interested in performance, scalability and relational database design (PostgreSQL, Interbase/Firebird, MySQL, SQLite, Oracle and MS-SQL Server), machine learning. PHP, Java, Scala, Python and C/C++ developer.

Specialties:software scalability, database design, big-data, machine learning, PHP programming, natural language processing, automatic text categorization, information extraction.


Chief Technical Architect

MediaSift Ltd
– Present (4 years 1 month)

Responsibilities include leading of strategic technological planning to achieve business goals by prioritizing technology initiatives and coordinating the evaluation, deployment and management of current and future technologies; development and execution of business/technology alignment plans; analysis and improvement of technology standards across the organization to maintain a technological and competitive edge within the market; supervision of recruitment, development, retention and assistance in organization of all technical staff.

International conference speaker

– Present (5 years 5 months)

Topics: scalability, big data, web design, algorithms and data structures, PHP profiling, Databases, NoSQL databases.
London, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Manchester, Verona, Ottawa, Poznan, Boston.


– Present (14 years 10 months)

IT consulting for various companies; designer and developer of several projects, Intranet applications and web sites; active contributor to various popular PHP projects and frameworks.
Author of several technical articles.

Web Developer

Archaeology Society
(13 years)

Developer of, the most important archeology web portal in Europe. Winner of a grant for a research project (Progetto Alfieri 2007/2008, Fondazione CRT) on text classification and text mining in the archaeological domain.

Lead Developer

(9 years 6 months)

Lead maintainer of several packages for the PEAR project (PHP Extension and Application Repository):

Consultant - Team Lead

Cable & Wireless
(4 months)

Worked with different teams on a Single Sign On system and on a collection of web services abstracting existing (legacy) and heterogeneous portals (Java, PHP, LDAP). Created complete test suite. Lead a team of developers and driven a technology and quality stabilization projects involving their main portal and all the service layers layers (code quality, decoupling of external dependencies, caching, performance optimisation, scalability).

Technical Team Lead

Ibuildings UK
(10 months)

Lead different projects, specialised in the design and optimisation of scalable web architectures for large enterprise companies in different sectors (media, finance, telecommunication, betting), always focusing on total quality: in processes, design, code, tests, business analysis, communication and security.


(1 year)

Designed and implemented critical parts of the backend code of the new BBC Homepage, planned performance testing strategies, achieved massive performance and scalability improvements. Acted as a communication channel across all the involved parties. Implemented a Varnish reverse proxy caching layer for the new iPlayer site. Security, Performance and QA audits for other popular BBC websites. Given a series of talks about databases, data structures and performance.

Senior Software Engineer / Consultant

IBuildings UK
(1 year 8 months)

Worked for different large enterprise clients (BBC, Channel 5, Ladbrokes, AVG, Sybase, Cable & Wireless, Dennis Publishing, etc.), always delivering on time and with outstanding quality.


(3 months)

Implementation of a RESTful Single Sign-On system (including OpenID providers) for all the Channel 5 websites, with focus on security and scalability. Developer Mentoring. Brief consultancy on sentiment analysis / opinion mining. Development of parts of their main web site. Creation of unit test suite.


CELI S.r.l.
(1 year)

Natural Language Processing R&D job, fund granted by the Research Consortium of Turin Polytechnic. Developed several Automatic Text Classifiers (with focus on opinion mining and sentiment analysis), an Information Extraction system and many language processing modules.


(less than a year)

Maintenance and development of current web sites. Creation of new company Intranet: collected requirements; prepared estimates, statement of work and demo; developed entire Intranet in record time; constant engagement with the client, implemented changes during development with short feedback loops.


Seagull PHP Framework
(2 years 1 month)

Web Developer

NewsLogic, Inc.
(2 years 1 month)

PHP, HTML, JS, CSS and database development for an intranet application for the newspapers business. Developed many modules, such as a calendar/scheduling system, an integrated SIRE-based search engine, a workspace manager, etc., and worked on the infrastructure (design and consolidation).


(2 years 4 months)


Apache Kafka - PHP Client(Link)

Apache Kafka is a distributed publish-subscribe messaging system.


Experimental rewrite of libSVM and LibSVM-Plus (Support Vector Machines library)


  1. Italian

    Native or bilingual proficiency
  2. English

    Full professional proficiency


  • Information Extraction
  • Database Design
  • PHP
  • Java
  • Open Source
  • Apache
  • MySQL
  • Git
  • Subversion
  • HBase
  • Machine Learning
  • PostgreSQL
  • Oracle SQL
  • Scalability
  • Scalable Architecture
  • Data Science
  • C++
  • Scala
  • Python
  • Information Architecture
  • Statistics
  • Redis
  • ZeroMQ
  • Kafka
  • REST
  • Distributed Systems
  • CSS
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Design Patterns
  • JavaScript
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • SOAP
  • Web Applications
  • HTML
  • Web Services
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Sun Certified MySQL 5.0 Developer

SUN, License SUN644757
– Present

Zend PHP5 Certified Engineer(Link)

Zend, License ZEND009122
– Present

Model Thinking(Link)

– Present


Princeton University

Online courses

Activities and Societies: Introduction to Sociology (Advanced track with Prof. Mitchell Duneier)

Stanford University

Online courses, Computer Science

Activities and Societies: Artificial Intelligence (advanced track with Prof. Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig), Machine Learning (advanced track with Prof. Andrew Ng)

Duke University

Online courses, Behavioral Economics, 98.9%

Activities and Societies: A Beginner's Guide to Irrational Behavior (prof. Dan Ariely)

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Online Courses, Information Technology

Activities and Societies: Functional Programming Principles in Scala (prof. Martin Odersky) - 70/70 with distinction


Online courses, Computer Software Engineering

Activities and Societies: Programming a Robotic Car - highest distinction (Prof. Sebastian Thrun), Building a Search Engine - highest distinction (Prof. David Evans)

University of Michigan

Online courses, Complex Systems

Activities and Societies: Model Thinking (Professor E. Page)

Sapienza Università di Roma

Online courses, Arts and Architecture

Activities and Societies: Early Renaissance Architecture in Italy: from Alberti to Bramante (prof. Francesco Paolo Fiore) - with distinction

Liceo Classico "Cesare Balbo", Chieri (TO)

Activities and Societies: B.I.S (Balbo Iuniores et Seniores, ONLUS), ex-alumni association: founder member and current VP

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