After receiving a Doctorate in Physics from the University of Milan in 1988, Alberto worked on image processing and analysis projects at the Center for Astrophysics, applying computer vision techniques to astronomical image classification problems. In 1994 he joined the ADS project as a developer and focused on the implementation of the ADS Search Engine and Article archive. In 2007 he became program manager of the ADS and in 2015 took the additional role of Principal Investigator. He currently serves on the scientific advisory board of the high-energy INSPIRE information system, on the Next Generation IT advisory board for arXiv, and as current vice-chair of the International Virtual Astronomy Alliance (IVOA) Working group on Semantics. He referees for various scholarly publications and is an editor of the journal Astronomy & Computing.