My name is Valerio Giuffrida and I am a Reseach Associate at the UoE at the final phase of my PhD, under the supervision of Dr Sotirios A Tsaftaris. I started my doctoral career in November 2014 at the IMT School For Advanced Studies Lucca and, since then, I have published several papers on machine learning and plant phenotyping. Specifically, my first publication presented a learning algorithm to count leaves in rosette plants. Then, I matured my research interests on neural networks, particularly on Restricted Boltzmann Machines (RBMs). Besides my scientific skills, I am an excellent programmer, boasting knowledge in several programming languages. In fact, I am the lead developer of the Phenotiki Analysis Software, which bundles computer vision and machine learning algorithms to analyse rosette plants. During my master, I had the possibility to participate at different scientific summer schools, such as the International Computer Vision Summer School (ICVSS) and the Medical Imaging Summer School (MISS), which have been of great motivations towards my scientific career. Recently, I was a student fellow at the Alan Turing Institute of London.