I am an Assistant Professor at the KRDB Research Centre for Knowledge and Data at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, co-project leader of the OntoIOp standardisation activity of OMG, on the Editorial Board of the journal Applied Ontology, and elected member of the Executive Council of the International Association for Ontology and its Applications (IAOA), for which I currently serve as Vice-President.

Before joining the University of Bolzano, I worked at the University of Magdeburg, at the Transregional Collaborative Research Center "Spatial Cognition" in Bremen, at the Information Management Group at the University of Manchester, at the Logic and Computation Group at the University of Liverpool, and at the Intelligent Systems Department of the University of Leipzig.
I was awarded a PhD in 2005 from the University of Liverpool for the thesis
"E-connections and Logics of Distance", supervised by Frank Wolter, and refereed by Wiebe van der Hoek and Melvin C. Fitting. I received a BCS/CPHC Distinguished Dissertations Award (Finalist) in the 2004/2005 competition.

I studied Architecture at the University of Dortmund, Mathematics & Philosophy at the University of Bochum, Cognitive & Computer Science at the University of Sussex, and Mathematics & Philosophy at Humboldt University at Berlin and Free University Berlin.
In 2000, I obtained an M.Sc. degree from Humboldt University with a thesis on Quantified Modal Logic, supervised by Marcus Kracht and Ronald B. Jensen.
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