Roberto Confalonieri

 

Nitimur in vetitum semper, cupimusque negata (Ovidio)
"Ci sforziamo sempre di ottenere ciò che è vietato e desideriamo le cose che ci vengono negate"

AI Research Scientist at
Alpha AI Lab

Telefónica Innovación Alpha
Torre Telefónica Diagonal 00
Plaça d'Ernest Lluch i Martin, 5
E-08019 Barcelona

roberto.confalonieri (AT) telefonica.com
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I work as an AI Research Scientist at Telefónica Innovación Alpha, working on Explainable AI (XAI) as part of the AI team in the Health Moonshot project.

Before joining the AI Alpha team, I was Assistant Professor at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (UNIBZ) in the Faculty of Computer Science, where I was co-directing the Smart Data Factory lab at the NOI Techpark. The NOI Techpark aims at being a technological reference point in South-Tyrol, bringing together industries and members of the Faculty of Computer Science to engage in research-driven industrial collaborations.

Before joining the UNIBZ, between 2014 and 2016 I was post-doctoral researcher at the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute IIIA-CSIC, working with Marco Schorlemmer and Enric Plaza in the COINVENT project, focusing on computational mechanisms for concept invention. Before joining the IIIA-CSIC, I was post-doctoral researcher at the `Institute de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse' working with Henri Prade, and at the Goldsmiths College in London, working with Mark d'Inverno and Matthew Yee-King in the European project ACE, focusing on decision making, argumentation, and negotiation in multi-agent systems.

Research Interests
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Knowledge Representation
  • Explainable AI
  • Computational Creativity
  • Socio-technical intelligent systems

My research activity lies in the areas of computational logic, knowledge representation, and artificial intelligence with applications in knowledge management, computational creativity and socio-technical systems.

One of my research goals is to study how explicit knowledge, e.g., ontologies, can enhance sub-symbolic processes towards explainable models of Artificial Intelligence.

I am also interested in computational models of astrology, and astrology applications.

Publications (DBLP)
Books:
Book's chapters:
Journals:
  • A Computational Framework for Conceptual Blending
    Eppe, M., Maclean, E., Confalonieri, R., Kutz, O., Schorlemmer, M., Plaza, E., Kühnberger, K.U.
    Artificial Intelligence, 256, pp. 105-129, 2018
  • Upward Refinement Operators for Conceptual Blending in the Description Logic EL++
    Confalonieri, R., Eppe, M., Schorlemmer, M., Kutz, O., Peñaloza, R., Plaza, E.
    Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence, 82(1-3), pp. 69-99, 2018
  • Engineering Multiuser Museum Interactives for Shared Cultural Experiences
    R. Confalonieri, M. Yee-King, D. de Jonge, N. Osman, K. Hazelden, C. Sierra, M d'Inverno, L. Amgoud, H. Prade
    Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, 46(A), 2015, pp. 180–195, ISSN 0952-1976
  • Using Possibilistic Logic for Modeling Qualitative Decision: Answer Set Programming Algorithms
    R.Confalonieri, H.Prade
    International Journal of Approximate Reasoning, 55(2), 2014, pp. 711–738, ISSN 0888-613X.
  • Dealing with Explicit Preferences and Uncertainty in Answer Set Programming
    R.Confalonieri, J.C.Nieves, M. Osorio, J. Vázquez-Salceda
    Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence, 65(2), pp. 159-198, DOI: 10.1007/s10472-012-9311-0, 2012, ISSN 1012-2443.
  • Nested Preferences in Answer Set Programming
    R.Confalonieri, J.C.Nieves
    Fundamenta Informaticae 113(1), pp. 19-39, 2011
  • A Possibilitic Argumentation Decision Making Framework with Default Reasoning
    J.C.Nieves, R.Confalonieri
    Fundamenta Informaticae 113(1), pp. 41-61, 2011
(Selected) International Conferences and Workshops:
  • Two Approaches to Ontology Integration Based on Axiom Weakening
    Porello, D., Troquard, N., Penaloza, R., Confalonieri, R., Galliani, P., Kutz, O.
    Accepted in the 27th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence and the 23rd European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-ECAI 2018)
  • Repairing Ontologies via Axiom Weakening
    Troquard, N., Confalonieri, R., Galliani, P., Penaloza, R., Porello, D., Kutz O.
    In Proc. of the 32nd AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, pp. 1981-1988, AAAI 2018
  • Social Mechanisms for the Collective Engineering of Ontologies
    Porello, D., Troquard, N., Penaloza, R., Confalonieri, R., Galliani, P., Kutz O.
    Accepted in the 7th International Workshop on Computational Social Choice (COMSOC-2018)
  • Repairing Socially Aggregated Ontologies Using Axiom Weakening
    Porello, D., Troquard, N., Confalonieri, R., Kutz O., Galliani, P., Penaloza, R.
    PRIMA 2017, pp. 441-449
  • Two Applications of Concept Refinement
    Confalonieri, R., Troquard, N., Galliani, P., Kutz O., Penaloza, R., Porello, D.
    International Workshop on Comprehensibility and Explanation in AI and ML 2017 co-located with AI*IA 2017
  • Coherence, Similarity, and Concept Generalisation
    Confalonieri, R., Kutz O., Galliani, P., Penaloza, R., Porello, D., Troquard, N.
    Description Logics 2017
  • Coherent Conceptual Blending
    Schorlemmer, M., Confalonieri, R., Plaza, E.
    Accepted in Computational Creativity, Concept Invention, and General Intelligence Workshop, C3GI at ESSLLI 2016
  • Link Prediction in an Evolutionary Graph - The Case Study of the CCIA's network
    Adrian, K., Chocron, P., Confalonieri, R., Ferrer, X., Giráldez-Cru, J.
    Accepted in the 19th International Conference of the Catalana Association for Artificial Intelligence, CCIA 2016
  • A Process Model for Concept Invention
    Confalonieri, R., Plaza, E., Schorlemmer, M.
    Accepted in the 7th International Conference on Computational Creativity, ICCC 2016
  • An Argument-based Assistant for Harmonic Blending
    Kaliakatsos, M., Confalonieri, R., Corneli, J., Zacharakis, A., Cambouropoulos, E.
    Accepted in the 7th International Conference on Computational Creativity, ICCC 2016
    Best Paper Award
  • Using Argumentation to Evaluate Concept Blends in Combinatorial Creativity
    Confalonieri, R., Corneli, J., Pease, A., Plaza, E., Schorlemmer, M.
    In Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Computational Creativity, ICCC 2015
  • ASP, Amalgamation, and the Conceptual Blending Workflow
    Eppe, M., Maclean, E., Confalonieri, R., Kutz, O., Schorlemmer, M., Plaza, E.
    In Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Logic Programming and Nonmonotonic Reasoning, LPNMR 2015, Lexington, KY, USA, September 27-30, 2015
  • Computational invention of cadences and chord progressions by conceptual chord-blending
    Eppe, M. Confalonieri, R., Maclean, E., Kaliakatsos, M., Cambouropoulos, E., Schorlemmer, M., Codescu, M., Kühnberger, K.
    In Proceedings of 24th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, IJCAI-15
  • Multiuser Museum Interactives for Shared Cultural Experiences: an Agent Based Approach
    Yee-King, M., Confalonieri, R., de Jonge, D., Hazelden, K., Sierra, C., d'Inverno. M., Amgoud, L., Osman, N.
    In Gini, M, Shehory, O., (eds.), Proceedings of the 2013 international conference on Autonomous agents and multi-agent systems (AAMAS2013), 917-924, International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems Richland, SC, 2013.
  • Multiuser Museum Interactives for Shared Cultural Experiences
    Hazelden, K., Yee-King, M., Confalonieri, R., Ghedini, F., de Jonge, D., Sierra, C., d'Inverno. M., Amgoud. L.
    In Mackay, W., (eds.), Proceedings of 2013 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'13), 571-576, ACM New York, NY, USA, 2013
  • Encoding Preference Queries to an Uncertain Database in Possibilistic Answer Set Programming
    R.Confalonieri, H.Prade
    In S. Greco, B. Bouchon-Meunier, G. Coletti, M. Fedrizzi,B. Matarazzo, R.R. Yager (eds), Advances in Computational Intelligence: Proceedings of 14th International Conference on Information Processing and Management of Uncertainty in Knowledge-based Systems, (IPMU 2012), Part I Communications in Computer and Information Science, volume 297, pages 511-520, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Catania - Italy, 9-13 July 2012
  • Handling Uncertain User Preferences in a Context-aware System
    R.Confalonieri, H.Iñan, M.Palau
    In In: S. Greco, B. Bouchon-Meunier, G. Coletti, M. Fedrizzi,B. Matarazzo, R.R. Yager (eds), Advances in Computational Intelligence: Proceedings of 14th International Conference on Information Processing and Management of Uncertainty in Knowledge-based Systems, (IPMU 2012), Part II Communications in Computer and Information Science, volume 298, pages 88-97, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Catania - Italy, 9-13 July 2012
  • Ontology-based tourism for all recommender and information retrieval system for interactive community displays.
    K. Alonso, M. Zorrilla, H. Iñan, M. Palau, R. Confalonieri, J. Vázquez-Salceda, J. Calle, E. Castro.
    In Proceedings of ICIDT 2012, 8th International Conference on Information Science and Digital Content Technology. Jeju, Korea 26-28 June 2012, pages 650-655. IEEE 2012. ISBN: 978-89-88678-69-5
  • Handling Exceptions in Logic Programming without Negation as Failure
    R.Confalonieri, H.Prade, J. C. Nieves
    In: W. Liu (eds), Proceedings of The 11th European Conference on Symbolic and Quantitative Approaches to Reasoning with Uncertainty (ECSQARU 2011),volume 6717 of Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, pages 509--520, Berlin, Heidelberg, Springer-Verlag, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2011
  • Possibilistic Semantics for Logic Programs with Ordered Disjunction
    R.Confalonieri, J. C. Nieves, M. Osorio, J. Vázquez-Salceda,
    In: Link, S., Prade, H. (eds), Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium on Foundations of Information and Knowledge Systems (FoIKS 2010),volume 5956 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 133--152, Berlin, Heidelberg, Springer-Verlag, 2010.
  • Pstable Semantics for Logic Programs with Possibilistic Ordered Disjunction.
    R.Confalonieri, J. C. Nieves, J. Vázquez-Salceda,
    In: Serra, R., Cucchiara, R. (eds.), AI*IA 2009: Emergent Perspectives in Artificial Intelligence. LNAI vol. 5883, pp. 52–61, Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg, (2009) Reggio Emilia, Italy, December 2009 .
  • Orchestration of Semantic Web Services in IRS-III
    R. Confalonieri, J. Domingue, and E. Motta
    In Proceeding of first AKT Workshop on Semantic Web Services, Knowledge Media Institute, UK, December 2004.
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Teaching
  • 2016/17/18
    • Answer Set Programming - Modulo de Razonamiento automático
      MOOC: Master a distancia en Inteligencia Artificial - Universitat Politecnica de Valencia
    • Programación I - Grado en Ingeniera Informatica
      Universitat de Barcelona
  • 2014/15/16/17
    • Entornos de Desarrollo
      Linkia FP, Formación Profesional a distancia, Barcelona
  • 2013/14
    • Web Application Development
      Centre Estudis STUCOM, Barcelona
  • 2009/10
    • Applications of Artificial Intelligence
      Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Degree in Computer Science Engineering
  • 2005/06
    • Computer Architectures - Programming in Assembly
      Università di Bologna, Computer Science degree
Projects
  • 2017-ongoing: Smart Data Factory, Technology Transfer Lab of the Faculty of Computer Science.
  • 2016-2018: CoCo: Computational Technologies for Concept Invention. PI with Dr. Oliver Kutz
  • 2014-2016: Concept Invention Theory, (COINVENT). Postdoctoral researcher.
  • 2011-2013: Autonomic Software Engineering for online cultural experiences, (ACE). Postdoctoral researcher.
  • 2008-2010: Coordination, Organisation and Model Driven Approaches for Dynamic, Flexible, Robust Software and Services Engineering, (ICT-ALIVE). Research assistant and Ph.D. student.
  • 2007-2009: Contract based e-Business System Engineering for robust, verifiable Cross-Organisational Business Applications, (IST-CONTRACT). Research assistant and Ph.D. student.
  • 2006: Reputation-based Governance of Public Works. Università di Bologna. Research assistant.
Curriculum Vitae
  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
  • Ph.D thesis: "The Role of Preferences in Logic Programming: Nonmonotonic Reasoning, User Preferences, Decision under Uncertainty" (Thesis, Extended Abstract)