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Mauro Marinilli got his first computer (a pioneering Commodore VIC20) when he was 12. He began publishing computer technical articles for an Italian specialized magazine some years later, where he remained a popular columnist until the 8-bit, listings-driven era was finished. In 1999, some months before graduating as a Computer Engineer from the University of Rome's "La Sapienza," he started to work full-time as a Java developer. During that period, he presented at many conferences worldwide (the last so far was at Trento AH 2000, with Mona Laroussi). After several projects, both in the industry and for research, he joined a mid-sized Italian software firm, Datamat, as the chief Java developer responsible for the GUI team developing the new meteorological software system used by the Italian Air Force. At the beginning of 2001, he transformed his long-standing hobby into full-time work as a freelance author specializing in Java programming.
He collaborates with the University of Rome 3 and other research organizations. His research interests are Intelligent Information Filtering, Information Retrieval, Human-Computer Interaction, and Adaptive Hypermedia, with papers published on conference proceedings and specialized reviews. He is the author of several Java articles at Gamelan.com and contributes to several open-source projects.
Marinilli grew up and currently lives by the sea (he couldn't live anywhere else), where he enjoys all seaside sports, sailing, scuba-diving, canoeing, and simply beach jogging; and when away from a desktop, he enjoys the warmth of his friends.