Director of Safety and Protection Intersectoral Laboratory  at the Polytechnic Department of Engineering and Architecture of University of Udine (Italy). Professor of Engineering Seismology, Safety and Civil Protection at the Master Degree Courses of Engineering of the University of Udine.
He carries out research on situational safety management, focusing on seismic risk (seismic site response, vulnerability and usability, diagnosis of structural damage), safety and emergency assessment and management (safety at work, fire risk, analysis of emergency scenario taking into account environment and human behaviour interaction), with an holistic and intersectoral approach for developing decision making support tools.
After the earthquakes i Italy: of L'Aquila 2009, Emilia 2012 and Central Italy 2016, he has provided scientific support to the Italian National Fire Department for short-term countermeasures on damaged cultural heritage. Currently he is scientific coordinator of the technical-scientific Committee set up by the Italian Ministry of the Interior for short.term countermeasures in emergency situations.
He has led several applied research projects on risks assessment and mitigation in complex activities, both for enterprises and public Authorities. He has designed and directed academic and post graduated courses in the field of Safety and Emergency Management.
He has been involved, as expert observer, in international exercises on safety and emergency management within several European projects (DrHOUSE, Kulturisk, ELITE, Matilda) and Italian projects (airport emergency Aquileia2005, seismic emergency NordEst2013, SERMex2014).
He is consultant of UNESCO for the assessment of seismic safety of schools in developing countries through the use of VISUS methodology - developed by the group of research that he leads - which provides relevant information to support decisions.
He is author of more than 100 papers in the field of industrial, civil and territorial safety and risk prevention.