Hi/Ciao, my name is 
Nic Palmarini
About me ->
I am the Director of UK's National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) a world-leading organisation, created with a £40 million investment from UK Government and Newcastle University, to help create a world in which we all live better, for longer. The Centre aims to bring together world-leading innovation experts, scientists, industry and the public, to develop, test and bring to market products and services which enhance and improve all aspects of life for our ageing societies.

Among the many applied research projects launched in my role as Director of NICA, the latest refers to an innovative concept of data-driven care I started exploring during SXSW in 2016. That idea now evolved and in 2022 become a programme called Internet of Caring Things (#IoCT) funded with a £5M investment from the Government. However, if you want to have an overview of the work we’ve done at the Centre in the past year this is just brief glimpse of it.

Before, I was research manager at IBM Research where I have been the Program Manager and Ethics AI lead of the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, a $250 million academic industry partnership for the responsible advancement of artificial intelligence. 

I am an author, teacher, applied research scientist and I'm interested in understanding how technologies and AI can help mitigate factors as loneliness and isolation, fight ageism (here’s my talk at TEDx) and support life of older adults while preserving independence and dignity in their life-stages progression. I am also interest in the dynamics about women, technology and the workplace and served as founding board member of amazing.community.

In my IBM career, I served as Global Manager of Ai for Healthy Aging in Cambridge; Director of Human Centric Solution Center in Paris; Head of Corporate Brand System and Social media and head of Customer Experience, Brand and Usability both in IBM Italy, Milano.
Prior to joining IBM, I was creative director at McCann-Erikson Interactive and served ad creative director in several advertising agencies.

In my other explorations through innovative digital + human landscapes of interaction I was Head of Digital at Tinaba and co-founder of Talent Garden (TAG) Innovation School the largest European co-working and innovation hub. Born in Italy the Innovation School is now active with 23 campuses in 8 different countries. It runs 5 Full time Masters, 10 Masterclasses, has trained more than 3,500 professionals, and involved 80 companies in training programs. 

I enjoy writing and am particularly excited about the interaction of technology and humans. I wrote four books all published by Egea/Università Bocconi; my former (Le Infiltrate) was dedicated to the dramatic lack of women in STEM careers and its impact on future society, while the last (Immortali) is a journey through the opportunities of the longevity revolution and the chances of immortality provided by AI and broad research.

I am one of the co-authors of the book Live Longer with AI which explore how emerging tehcnologies are helping us to start regarding health as our greatest personal and societal asset to protect.

I feel strongly that researchers need to engage with the public. I have engaged in a variety of outreach activities, from showcasing applied research in business innovation plays, to public speaking, to organizing and participating in events aimed at the public, in volunteering. I'm glad that the public is interested in what I study and I do, and I'm keen to share my passion with others. I also like to think about the ways in which the longevity revolution will impact society and how technologies will tackle it; this is something that I do through my role as member of the scientific board of the Humane Technology Lab at Università Cattolica of Milan (of which I am also a Notable Alumni) and serving as Board member of International Scientific Advisory Committee at the Mc Master institute for research on aging between others.

I have an account on LinkedIn which I check constantly. I am an active Twitter user, where my username is @nipalm.

You can find a more formal CV here. (Updating it)

For speaking opportunites you can reach Gaia my agent at Elastica.