Is (ever since August 1999) Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Arizona, a member of the Cognitive Science Program, of the Department of Psychology, of the Department of Linguistics, and a honorary member of the Department of Management and Policy.
From January 1994 to July 1999 he has been founder and director of the Department of Cognitive Science (DIPSCO), of the scientific Institute San Raffaele, in Milan (Italy), and professor of Cognitive Psychology at the San Raffaele University.
Before that, he has been:
- From September 1985 to December 1993 Principal Research Scientist at the Center for Cognitive Science of MIT (Cambridge, MA);
- Visiting professor at MIT (Department of Linguistics, Fall 2002 and Spring 1993), at Rutgers University, NJ (Center for Cognitive Science, Fall 1992), at Harvard University (Department of the History of Science, Spring 1988 and 1989, Linguistics Department, Spring 2007), at the University of Maryland College Park (Department of Linguistics, Fall 2006), at the Collège de France (Paris, France, May-June 2002) and at the University of Bologna (Spring 1997 and 1998).
- In 1990 he has been chairman and organizer of the XII Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, held at MIT in August, and the editor of the proceedings.
- From 1980 to 1985 director of the Florence Center for the History and Philosophy of Science (Florence, Italy).
- From 1974 to 1979 director of the Royaumont Center for A Science of Man in Paris (Chaired by the French geneticist and Nobel Laureate Jacques Monod), and lecturer at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris-Sorbonne).
- From 1969 to 1971 chargé de recherche at the Pasteur Institute in Paris (under the supervision of Jacques Monod).
- He obtained his doctorate in Physics at the University of Rome in 1968.