Enrico Franconi



Enrico Franconi[fly]

associate professor
KRDB Research Centre, director
European Masters Program in Computational Logic (EMCL), director
pro-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

In recent years, knowledge and data base applications have progressively converged towards integrated technologies which try to overcome the limits of each single discipline. Research in Knowledge Representation (KR) originally concentrated around logic-based formalisms that are typically tuned to deal with relatively small knowledge bases, but provide powerful deduction services, and the language to structure information is highly expressive. For example, research on formal languages for ontologies was originated from KR, as well as research in computational semantics for natural language. In contrast, Information Systems and Database (DB) research mainly dealt with efficient storage and retrieval of powerful query languages, and with sharing and displaying large amounts of (multimedia) documents. However, data representations were relatively simple and flat, and reasoning over the structure and the content of the documents played only a minor role.
This distinction between the requirements in Knowledge Representation and Databases is vanishing rapidly. On the one hand, to be useful in realistic applications, a modern KR system must be able to handle large data sets, and to provide expressive query languages. This suggests that techniques developed in the DB area could be useful for KR systems. On the other hand, the information stored on the web, in digital libraries, and in data warehouses is now very complex and with deep semantic structures, thus requiring more intelligent modelling languages and methodologies, and reasoning services on those complex representations to support design, management, flexible access, and integration. Therefore, a great call for an integrated logic-based view of Knowledge Representation and Database technologies is emerging. KRDB technologies offer promising formalisms for solving several problems concerning Conceptual Data Modelling and Ontology Design, Intelligent Information Access and Query processing, Information Integration, Peer to Peer systems, Semistructured Data, Distributed and Web Information Systems, E-services, Computational Logic, Logic-based Computational Linguistics.
The KRDB Research Centre 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.


  • 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 wiki restricted access area.
  • National habilitation:
  • Research quality evaluation (VQR) by the governmental Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research (ANVUR):


  A list of my relevant publications is available on-line.


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

Research Activities

Research Community Activities

  Information on the events I am currently organising can be found in the FranconiSpace wiki 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.