Nicholas got his BSc and MSc in Informatics (both cum laude) from the University of Bari (Italy) and obtained a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from IMT – Institute for Advanced Studies (Lucca, Italy). His Master and PhD theses received two awards by the Italian Association for Automatic Calculus (AICA).

In 2011, he obtained a Fulbright Scholarship in Technology Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University (California, USA). In 2015, Nicholas was nominated by MIT Technology Review Italy among the 10 best innovators under 35. In 2017, he received a prestigious Marie Curie fellowship in robotics and automation at the University of Salford (Manchester, UK). Nicholas published over 50 scholarly articles and 3 patents. Also, he founded 4 businesses in the IT space and a non-profit organization devoted to supporting innovation among youth; his companies received more than 20 international awards.

Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at Northern Kentucky University and he serves as an Adjunct Professor in Informatics at Fort Hays State University, where he received 5 best faculty awards. His teaching and research interests include Interactive systems design, human factors, and pervasive Human-Machine Interaction.