Enrico Franconi



Enrico Franconi

KRDB Research Centre, founder and director
European Masters Program in Computational Logic (EMCL), founder and director
vice-rector for research 2005-2006
Room POS 3.06, 3rd floor
Faculty of Computer Science
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
Piazza Domenicani 3, I-39100 Bozen-Bolzano BZ, Italy
  +39 0471-016-120

Home: via della Meridiana 11, I-38122 Trento TN, Italy

Research statement

The research area I am working on is related to the application of database, artificial intelligence, and semantic technologies to concrete problems in information systems design and maintenance, in data integration, intelligent access, analysis and restructuring of big data. This subject area is quite vast, and involves both theoretical and applicative skills: the appropriate balance between these two aspects can provide a unique added value to the research area. My goal is to let practitioners to apply foundational results, and push theoreticians to understand the complex nature of the real issues. This can be achieved together with a research group which has a critical mass to include a variety of perspectives in the entire range from theory to practice. The interdisciplinary aspects of this research area are also crucial: together with the theory vs practice aspect, these are system aspects, methodological aspects, interaction and communication aspects, usability aspects, complexity aspects, correctness aspects, efficiency aspects, deployability aspects.
The KRDB Research Centre for Knowledge and Data at the Faculty of Computer Science of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano was founded by me in 2002, and it aims at being an international centre of excellence in basic and applied research on KRDB technologies and at proposing to selected enterprises innovative ideas and technologies based on the research developed in the centre.

Find more in my curriculum vitæ.


  • My interests are in:
    • Description Logics,
    • Knowledge Representation,
    • Foundations of Databases,
    • Knowledge Representation and Databases,
      • Ontologies and Conceptual Modelling,
      • Temporal Logics and Temporal Databases,
      • Multi-dimensional Data Models,
      • Information Access and Integration,
      • Peer-to-Peer Database Systems,
    • Computational Logics,
    • Artificial Intelligence,
    • Natural Language Semantics.


  Information on the research projects I am currently working on can be found in the FranconiSpace restricted access area.
  • Research quality evaluation (VQR) by the governmental Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research (ANVUR):
    • (2011-2014) Our Faculty of Computer Science (INF/01) is the fourth best in research among all the Italian computer science departments.
      I got the mark high for all publications.
    • (2004-2010) Our Faculty of Computer Science (INF/01) is the second best in research among all the Italian computer science departments.
      I got the mark 3 out of 3 for all publications.
  • The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017:


  A list of my relevant publications is available on-line.
  • My h-index is 34.
  • My Erdös number is 4.
  • Bibliometric ranking:
    • I am the 8th most cited (and the 5th highest h-index) scientist at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano.
    • Among the top 10 most cited scientists in our Faculty of Computer Science, 7 are from the KRDB Research Centre.
    • I have the 31st best h-index among all Italian computer scientists in Italy.


  Information on the courses I am teaching can be found in the FranconiSpace restricted access area.

Research Activities

Research Community Activities

  Information on the events I am currently organising can be found in the FranconiSpace restricted access area.



  • In the program committee of the 2016 ACM Principles of Database Systems (PODS-2016) Conference, to be held in San Francisco, USA, on June 26th - July 1st, 2016.






  • In the program committee of the 10th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC-2011), held in Koblenz, Germany, 23-27 October 2011.
  • Invited to give a lectio magistralis on Description Logics at the AILA Summer School, held in Gargnano del Garda, Italy, 22-27 August 2011.
  • In the program committee of the 24th International Description Logics workshop (DL-2011), held in Barcelona, Spain, 13-16 July 2011.
  • In the program committee of the 19th Italian Symposium on Advanced Database Systems (SEBD-2011), held in Maratea, Italy, 26-29 June 2011.
  • In the program committee of the 2011 SIGMOD conference on databases (SIGMOD-2011), held in Athens, Greece, 12-16 June 2011.
  • Giving five lectures on Description Logics at the 3rd International ALP/GULP Spring School on Computational Logic (ISCL-2011), held in Bertinoro, Italy, 10-15 April 2011.