Dr Andrea De Marco

Dr Andrea De Marco

Dr Andrea De Marco



Room 203
Mathematics and Physics Building
University of Malta
Dr. DeMarco read for his undergraduate degree in Information Technology (majoring in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence) from the University of Malta, which he followed with an M.Sc. in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from the same institution. Following this, he moved to the UK where he completed a Ph.D. at the Audio, Speech and Language Processing Laboratory of University of East Anglia, one of the major centers of speech processing. His area of research was in accent classification from speech using acoustic methods and machine learning.

Following his PhD, he joined the Institute of Space Sciences and Astronomy (ISSA) at the University of Malta as a post-doctoral researcher involved in the construction of various sub-elements of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope. Following this stint, he was promoted with a lectureship within the institute. As of January 2019, he has started a collaboration with the Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology, as an Affiliate member, focusing on speech technology research.
  • Computational Astronomy
  • Machine Learning and A.I.
  • Radio Astronomy
  • Speech Processing
  • Audio and Signal Processing
  • Big Data
  • Software Engineering

BONELLO, J., DEMARCO, A., FARHAT, I., FARRUGIA, L. and SAMMUT, C.V., 2020. Application of Artificial Neural Networks for Accurate Determination of the Complex Permittivity of Biological Tissue. Sensors, 20(16), pp. 4640.

MENA, C.H.M., GATT, A., DEMARCO, A., BORG, C., VAN DER PLAS, L., MUSCAT, A. and PADOVANI, I., 2020. MASRI-HEADSET: A Maltese Corpus for Speech Recognition, , May, 2020 2020, European Language Resources Association, pp. 6381–6388.

MAGRO, A., BUGEJA, K., CHIELLO, R. and DEMARCO, A., 2019. A high-performance, flexible data acquisition library for radio instruments, 2019, IEEE, pp. 69.

DE VAATE, J.B., BAST, J., BENTHEM, P., GERBERS, M., WIJNHOLDS, S.J., BOOLER, T., COLGATE, T., CROSSE, B., EMRICH, D. and HALL, P., 2018. The SKA1_low telescope: The station design and prototyping, 2018, IEEE, pp. 1.

NALDI, G., COMORETTO, G., CHIELLO, R., PASTORE, S., PUPILLO, G., MATTANA, A., MELIS, A., CONCU, R., ALDERIGHI, M. and AMINAEI, A., 2018. Development of a new digital signal processing platform for the Square Kilometre Array, 2018, IEEE, pp. 1-4.

PIVETTA, L., DEMARCO, A., RIGGI, S., VAN DEN HEEVER, L. and VRCIC, S., 2018. The SKA Telescope Control System Guidelines and Architecture, 2018, JACOW, Geneva, Switzerland, pp. 34-38.

BENTHEM, P., GERBERS, M., DE VAATE, J.,GERALT BIJ, WYNHOLDS, S., BAST, J., BOOLER, T., COLGATE, T., CROSSE, B., EMRICH, D. and HALL, P., 2017. The low frequency receivers for SKA 1-low: Design and verification, 2017, IEEE, pp. 1-4.

COMORETTO, G., CHIELLO, R., ROBERTS, M., HALSALL, R., ADAMI, K.Z., ALDERIGHI, M., AMINAEI, A., BAKER, J., BELLI, C. and CHIARUCCI, S., 2017. The Signal Processing Firmware for the Low Frequency Aperture Array. Journal of Astronomical Instrumentation, 6(01), pp. 1641015.

MAGRO, A., CHIELLO, R., ALBANESE, C., BAKER, J., COMORETTO, G., DEMARCO, A., GRAVINA, A., HALSALL, R., ROBERTS, M. and ADAMI, K.Z., 2017. A software infrastructure for firmware-software interaction: The case of TPMs, 2017, IEEE, pp. 190-196.

MAGRO, A., DEMARCO, A., ADAMI, K.Z., CUTAJAR, D. and BORG, J., 2017. A monitoring and control prototype for the SKA low frequency aperture array, 2017, IEEE, pp. 451-456.

NALDI, G., MATTANA, A., PASTORE, S., ALDERIGHI, M., ZARB ADAMI, K., SCHILLIRÒ, F., AMINAEI, A., BAKER, J., BELLI, C. and COMORETTO, G., 2017. The Digital Signal Processing Platform for the Low Frequency Aperture Array: Preliminary Results on the Data Acquisition Unit. Journal of Astronomical Instrumentation, 6(01), pp. 1641014.

DEMARCO, A., 2015. Acoustic Approaches to Gender and Accent Identification. University of East Anglia.

NAJAFIAN, M., DEMARCO, A., COX, S. and RUSSELL, M., 2014. Unsupervised model selection for recognition of regional accented speech, 2014, ISCA.

DEMARCO, A. and COX, S.J., 2013. Native accent classification via i-vectors and speaker compensation fusion, 2013, ISCA, pp. 1472-1476.

DEMARCO, A. and COX, S.J., 2012. Iterative classification of regional British accents in i-vector space, 2012, ISCA.

DEMARCO and COX, 2011. An accurate and robust gender identification algorithm, 2011, ISCA.

  • ARI2203 - Natural Language Processing: Methods and Tools
  • ARI5121 - Applied Natural Language Processing
  • ARI5905 - Research Topics in Natural Language Processing
  • ICS2203 - Natural Language Processing: Methods and Tools
  • LIN3503 - Speech Technology
  • PHY1105 - Fundamentals of Experimental Physics
  • PHY3208 - Short Review Paper and Philosophy of Science
  • PHY3209 - Seminar