Gabriele Oliaro

Milan, Italy · Cambridge, MA ·

Gabriele is a Senior at Harvard College studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. His research interests are Computer Systems (in particular distributed systems, networking, and databases), Data Science and Signal Processing.

At Harvard, he is currently working in Prof. Minlan Yu's lab, doing research on computer networking. His previous research experiences include work on computer systems (under Prof. Eddie Kohler at Harvard), distributed systems (under Prof. Ion Stoica at UC Berkeley) and machine learning (under Prof. Andrea Bonarini at the Politecnico di Milano).

Before college, Gabriele grew up in Milan, Italy, where he graduated from Liceo Classico Istituto Leone XIII. He competed in the Italian Olympiads in Informatics at the regional level, and was involved in club swimming, club running, and Ancient Greek theater. He also spent a year as an exchange student at Vashon Island High School (Vashon, WA), where he was part of the Varsity XC Team and was Captain of the Varsity T&F team.

Gabriele is fluent in Italian and English, and he is proficient in Ancient Greek and Latin. In addition to engineering, Gabriele is enthusiastic about reading, outdoor activities and traveling.


Undergraduate Researcher

Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

• Undergraduate Researcher in Prof. Minlan Yu's group. Research on computer networking (Sept. 2020 - Present).
• Undergraduate researcher in Prof. Eddie Kohler's group. Research on computer systems. (May 2019 - June 2020)

May 2019 - Present

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Undergraduate Researcher

RISE Lab @ UC Berkeley

Undergraduate researcher under Prof. Ion Stoica at the RISE Lab at UC Berkeley. Research on distributed systems. Contributed to Ray, a large open-source project with 13K stars on GitHub.

June 2020 - August 2020

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Teaching Assistant

Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

TA for Harvard’s Introductory Computer Science course, CS50.
• Lead weekly 1h15min-sections to a group of ~20 students, hold office hours, grade problem sets and exams
• Contribute to hosting & organizing course-wide events such as the CS50 Puzzle Day, the CS50 Hackathon and CS50 Fair, where students showcase their final projects.

August 2018 - Dec. 2018

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Research Assistant

Politecnico di Milano

Summer research assistantship with Prof. Andrea Bonarini of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Lab (AirLab) at Politecnico di Milano.
• Worked on a research project that used state-of-the-art machine learning techniques to improve tracking of human people by a moving robot.
• Wrote Python implementation of an overlapping mixture of Gaussian Processes to generate human motion profiles from potential leg detections from sensors onboard a moving robot.

May 2018 - August 2018

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Harvard University

Bachelor of Science

Electrical Engineering, Computer Science (Minor). GPA 3.8

Relevant Coursework: Big Data Systems (grad) • Advanced Computer Networks (grad) • Operating Systems • Systems Programming and Machine Organization • Machine Learning • Probability • Discrete Math for CS • Linear Algebra • Multivariable Calculus • Signals and Systems • Feedback and Control • Circuits and Electronics • Quantum Physics • Econometrics.

August 2017 - May 2021

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Istituto Leone XIII

Diploma di maturità classica

Final grade: 100/100

The ’Diploma of maturità classica’ is Italy’s high school curriculum focusing on the humanities. It is 5 years long and it includes courses in Ancient Greek, Latin, History, Philosophy, Italian Literature and English literature, in addition to Math and Science.

September 2012 - July 2017

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Vashon Island High School (Washington, USA)

Exchange student

GPA: 4.0; SAT Subject Tests: 800 (Math II), 800 (Physics), 800 (Latin)

Foreign exchange student program during junior year of high school. Relevant coursework: AP Calculus BC (5), AP Computer Science (5), Physics, Journalism, Expository Writing.

September 2015 - June 2016

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Programming Languages
  • C & C++
  • Python
  • Java
  • Mathematica
  • Matlab
  • PHP
  • Lua
  • Stata

Operating Systems
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Mac OS & iOS
  • Linux & Android
  • ROS (middleware)

Applications & Tools
  • LaTeX
  • Microsoft Office
  • Xcode
  • Pycharm


Apart from being an engineering student, Gabriele enjoys reading, travelling and cooking Italian food. He loves sports such as swimming or running. During both winter and the warmer months, Gabriele loves spending time outdoor. Growing up in Milan, just a couple of hours away from the Italian Alps, he has been hiking and skiing since a very young age. During the warmer months he enjoys snorkeling, scuba diving and water skiing in the Mediterranean.

Check out his photo albums below or on Flickr

Milan, Italy

Northern Italy

Sardinia, Italy

Italian cities: Rome, Venice, Florence, Verona



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Washington DC

Seattle & Pacific North West

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