Dr. Spina is a Lecturer and DECRA Fellow at the School of Computing Technologies at RMIT University.

His research areas are Information Retrieval and Text Analytics. In particular, his research focuses on Interactive Information Retrieval (IIR) (including user-system interactions in voice-enabled intelligent assistants) and evaluation of information access systems (including effectiveness measures of search engines and fairness-aware evaluation).

Besides his academic life, Damiano plays and teaches Capoeira (an Afro-Brazilian martial art) and plays Samba at the Melbourne-based band Wombatuque.