Federica is a Research Scientist at CUSP and in the NYU Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics, where she previously was a James Arthur Postdoctoral Fellow. She is an astrophysicist specializing in time series analysis, image processing, parameter inference, and machine learning. Within the CUSP Urban Observatory she is leading observations of high frequency variability of urban light sources. As an astrophysicist, her work focuses on the progenitor systems of exploding stars (supernovae), indirect evidence for past stellar explosions within the Milky Way, the detection of solar system objects beyond Pluto, and astronomical software development.
Federica received her undergraduate degree in Astronomy from the University of Bologna (Italy) and completed her thesis at the University of Pennsylvania as an Overseas fellow. She continued at the University of Pennsylvania to obtain a Ph.D in Physics, conducting research at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, where she was a Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellow.