My interests are in:
Knowledge Representation
Databases
Data Access and Integration
Description and Modal Logics
Ontologies
Conceptual Modelling
Computational Logics
Digital humanities
Open Data for public policies

RESEARCH

What Matters Most To Me

My research activity focuses on knowledge representation and conceptual modelling for data management. I'm interested in the theoretical and methodological aspects behind the creation of ontology-based data management solutions which, in particular, subsume the design and development of formal ontologies, conceptual modelling languages, and mappings specifications. In the present data management domain I found a lot of challenging problems that drawn my attention, such as multi-format data integration and access, efficient ontology-based query answering, formal semantics of conceptual modelling languages, temporal and multidimensional data representation, SPARQL querying support systems, data exploration techniques for non-technical users.

I recently had the opportunity to work at the design of applications that are fed by (open and legacy) data which are the product of the so-called research and innovation ecosystems. The Open Data platform called UNiCS is probably the most evident result of my attempt to apply the ontology-based approach to the semantic integration of that kind of data in a real application scenario. The Toscana Open Research, Regional Research and Innovation Observatory is another living example alogn this line.

My research career has been always characterised by a strong degree of interdisciplinarity, and I like to build linguistic and conceptual bridges between different disciplines. This attitude gave me the opportunity to directly work with domain knowledge corpora by chemical engineers, Roman Empire historians, policy makers, mechanical artefact designers, among others. The idea of using the principles and technologies of Knowledge Representation to allow the cross-domain interchange of meanings is surely one of the most relevant driving engine of my research activity.

RESEARCH

Projects

Here's a list of basic and applied research projects I've been, or I'm currently, involved in (last ten years).
Besides them, e-MedMACU is a "proto-project" I'm very proud of, and that never started: it's a proposal for an EU Marie Curie Fellowship that I withdrawn after being accepted for granting under the FP7-PEOPLE-2009-IEF programme.

2018-2019 Investigator in the Razonamiento automatico, ejecucion de modelos y analisis de datos a partir de ontologias (REMEDIAL) research project, funded by the Spanish State Research Agency - Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness.

2017-2019 Supervisor of the OKHAERS: Ontology-based Knowledge Access for the higher education and research sector applied research project, funded under H2020-EU.2.3.2.2. - Enhancing the innovation capacity of SMEs.

2016-2019 Co-invesigator in the Desarrollo de un sistema de integración semántica de fuentes de datos relacionales y RDF (SISDe) research project, funded by the Spanish Torres Quevedo Grant PTQ-15-07419, Industrial Research/Technology Transfer, Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities.

2016-2019 Coordinator of the University Analytics (UNiCS) project, funded by the Open Data Incubator for Europe - ODINE.

2015-2018 Co-invesigator in the Análisis y caracterización de los patrones de interacción en la producción de conocimiento research project, funded by the Spanish Torres Quevedo Grant PTQ-14-06718, Industrial Research/Technology Transfer, Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities.

2014-Today Investigator in the ORMIE project, studying and developing a reasoning plugin for NORMA (Natural ORM Architect for Visual Studio).

2014-2017 Invesigator in the ELASTIC: especificación y verificación de modelos para los procesos de servitización de las TIC research project, funded by funded by the Spanish State Research Agency - Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness.

2013-2017 Investigator in the Caracterizacion y modelizacion de los procesos tecnologicos en la fabricacion ceramica de sociedades antiguas de asia central. del helenismo al islam (CAMOTTECER) research project, funded by the Spanish State Research Agency - Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness.

2014-2019 Investigator in the EPNET - Production and distribution of food during the Roman Empire: Economics and political dynamics funded under FP7-IDEAS-ERC, ERC-AG-SH6 - ERC Advanced Grant - The study of the human past, 340828.

2012-2013 Co-investigator in the Business Process Engineering (BPE) applied research project, funded by CNR-IST - Italian National Research Council.

2009-2011 Co-ivestigator in the ONTORULE: ONTOlogies meet business RULEs, funded under FP7/2009-2011, Grant Agreement 231875.

ACTIVITIES

Community

Activities I carried out in favour of our scientific community and research institutions. Among them, you can find specific items pointing to research group coordination, PC membership and review activity, organisation of scientific events and of events contributing to the public understanding of science .

Venues

Chair of the 2nd International Workshop on Data meets Applied Ontologies in Open Science and Innovation (DAO-SI), co-located with the 2019 edition of the Joint Ontology Workshops - Episode V: The Styrian Autumn of Ontology (JOWO), Graz (Austria).
Member of the Program Committee of the 1st International Workshop on Ontologies for Digital Humanities and their Social Analysis (WODHSA), 2019.
Member of the Program Committee of the International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (EKAW 2018), co-located with the 15th European Semantic Web Conference, 3rd-7th June, Heraklion, Crete (Greece).
Member of the Program Committee of the workshop Ontology-based data access (OBDA) for classical archaeological and historical data: the EPNET experience", 19th International Congress of Classical Archaeology (Cologne/Bonn, Germany, 22-26 May 2018).
Co-chair and Proceedings editor of the International Workshop on Semantic Web for Cultural Heritage (SW4CH), 2015–today.
Member of the Program Committee of the Workshop on Answer Set Programming and Other Computing Paradigms (ASPOC), 2012–today.
Referee of the journal Scienze e Ricerche, ISSN 2283-5873, 2014–today.
Reviewer for the Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE C - Computer & Electronics, Editor-in-Chief: Yunhe Pan, Springer Berlin Heidelberg (2013–2015).
Reviewer for the 19th International Conferences on Logic for Programming Artificial Intelligence and Reasoning (LPAR), 15th-19th December 2013, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Reviewer for the 26th International Workshop on Description Logics, July 23–26, 2013 Ulm, Germany.
Member of the Program Committee of the 24-esimo Convegno Italiano di Logica Computazionale (CILC-09), annual congress of the Italian Association for Logic Programming, June 25-26, 2009, Department of Engineering, University of Ferrara, Italy.
Co-chair for the workshop Intelligent Agents and Services for Smart Environments, hosted by the Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (AISB 2008), April 1-4, 2008, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Member of the Organising Committee for the First Workshop on Game Theory, March 7-8, 2008, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics, Psychology and Social Sciences (CISEPS), University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy.
Member of the Organising Committee for the workshop From the technological Transfer to the Multidisciplinary Research: Towards a new computational approach to Archaeology, March 8, 2007, Department of History and Cultures (DISCI), University of Bologna, Italy.
Member of the Organising Committee for the Second Workshop on Ontology, Conceptualizations and Epistemology for Software and Systems Engineering (ONTOSE 2008), June 2007, Department of Computer Science, Systems and Communication, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy.
Member of the Organising Committee for the IX Congress of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence, September 20-23, 2005, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy.
Member of the Organising Committee for the workshop Knowledge Management: The Role, Contributions And Perspectives Of Artificial Intelligence, Working Group on Artificial Intelligence in Companies, Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence (AI*IA), November 29-30, 2001, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy.
Member of the Organising Committee for the workshop Competitive Innovation And Knowledge Management: Representation And Sharing of Added-value Competencies, Working Group on Artificial Intelligence in Companies, Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence (AI*IA), November 20-21, 2002, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy.

Talks

Invited seminar at the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, Birkbeck College, June 2018.
Keynote speaker at the JIRC: Journée Informatique de Région Centre, Laboratoire d'Informatique Fondamentale et Appliquée de Tours, Polytech'Tours, November 2018.
Invited lecture at the Professional License QSSI (Quality and security of Information systems) master degree of the Computer Department, François Rabelais University, November 2018.
Invited panellist at the The EOSC Stakeholder Forum, in Shape the future EOSC, Brussels, November 2017.
Keynote speaker at the The Joint Ontology Workshops 2017 Episode 3: The Tyrolean Autumn of Ontology (JOWO 2017), September 2017.

Institutional

Coordinator of the Research & Development division (SIRIS Lab) of SIRIS Academic SL, 2014-2019.
Member of the Spanish node of the Research Data Alliance (RDA), 2014-today.
PhD Committee Member at the Faculty of Computer Science, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy), 2009-2010.
Study Plan Advisor for the Faculty of Computer Science, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy), 2010-2014.