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"

Assistant Professor at
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Faculty of Computer Science
Office P1.09
Dominikanerplatz, 3
39100, Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

roberto.confalonieri (AT) unibz.it
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I am Assistant Professor at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (UNIBZ) in the Faculty of Computer Science. I am co-responsible to lead the efforts of managing and running 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, I worked as R+D engineer at Narada Robotics S.L., focusing on integrating machine learning algorithms into Web application and developing an astrology application. From 2014 to 2016, I was postdoctoral 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 worked one year at the `Institute de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse' working with Henri Prade and Leila Amgoud, and another year at 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
  • Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
  • Socio-technical intelligent systems
  • Computational Creativity
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computational Astrology
  • Technology Transfer

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

One of my research goals in the medium-term is to study how argumentation, creative processes and cognitive theories can be used to improve problem solving and collaboration in multi-agent systems.

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

Publications (DBLP)
Under Review:
Edited Books:
Book's chapters:
Journals:
  • 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, 2016, DOI: 10.1007/s10472-016-9524-8.
  • 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
International Conferences and Workshops:
  • 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
  • The Yoneda Path to the Buddhist Monk Blend
    Schorlemmer, M., Confalonieri, R., Plaza, E.
    Accepted in the 1st International Workshop on Cognition and Ontologies, JOWO 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
  • Conceptual Blending in EL++
    Confalonieri, R., Schorlemmer, M., Kutz, O., Peñaloza, R., Plaza, E., Eppe, M.
    In Proceedings of the 29th International Workshop on Description Logics (DL 2016), co-located with KR 2016
  • Upward Refinement for Conceptual Blending in Description Logic: An ASP-based approach and Case Study in EL++
    Confalonieri, R., Eppe, M., Schorlemmer, M., Kutz, O., Peñaloza, R., Plaza, E.
    In Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Ontologies and Logic Programming for Query Answering (ONTOLP), co-located with IJCAI-2015
  • 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
  • An Experience-Based BDI Logic: Motivating Shared Experiences and Intentionality
    Osman, N., d'Inverno, M., Sierra, C., Amgoud, L., Prade, H., Yee-King, M., Confalonieri, R., de Jonge, D., Hazelden, K.
    Accepted in the 39th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON 2013) special track on Cognitive Architectures and Multi-Agent Systems
  • 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
  • Towards Community Browsing for Shared Experiences: The WeBrowse System
    M. Yee-King, R. Confalonieri, D. de Jonge, N. Osman, K. Hazelden, L. Amgoud, H. Prade, C. Sierra, M d'Inverno
    Accepted in 1st International Conference on Agreement TechnologiesDubrovnik, Croatia, October 2012.
  • WeCurate: Designing for synchronised browsing and social negotiation
    K.Hazelden, M.Yee-King, L.Amgoud, M.d'Inverno, C.Sierra, N.Osman, R.Confalonieri, D. de Jonge
    Accepted in 1st International Conference on Agreement TechnologiesDubrovnik, Croatia, October 2012.
  • Sharing online cultural experiences: An argument-based approach
    Amgoud, L., Confalonieri, R., de Jonge, D., d'Inverno, M., Hazelden, K., Osman, N., Prade, H., Sierra, C., Yee-King, M.
    Accepted in 9th International Conference on Modeling Decisions for Artificial Intelligence, Girona, November 2012.
  • 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
  • Answer Set Programming for Computing Decisions Under Uncertainty
    R.Confalonieri, H.Prade
    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 485-496, Berlin, Heidelberg, Springer-Verlag, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2011
  • 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
  • Nested Logic Programs with Ordered Disjunction
    R.Confalonieri, J. C. Nieves
    In Proceedings of the 6th Latin American Workshop on Non-Monotonic Reasoning 2010 (LANMR 2010) Puebla, México, November 4-5, 2010.
    Proceeding
  • 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 .
  • A Preference Meta-Model for Logic Programs with Possibilistic Ordered Disjunction
    R.Confalonieri, J. C. Nieves, J. Vázquez-Salceda,
    In Proceedings of the Workshop on Software Engineering for Answer Set Programming (SEA'09),Postdam, Germany, 14 September 2009.
    Proceeding
  • Modelling Contractually-Bounded Interactions in the Car Insurance Domain
    J. Vázquez-Salceda, R.Confalonieri, I. Gomez, P. Storms, N. Kuijpers, S. Panagiotidi and S. Alvarez.
    In Proceedings of the First International ICST Conference on Digital Business -DIGIBIZ 2009-, London, June 2009. ISBN: 978-963-9799-56-1.
  • A Middleware for building Contract-Aware Agent-Based Services
    R. Confalonieri, S. Álvarez-Napagao, S. Panagiotidi, J. Vázquez Salceda and S. Willmott.
    In Proceedings of the International Workshop on Service-Oriented Computing: Agents, Semantics, and Engineering -SOCASE'08-, Estoril, Portugal, May 2008. Lecture Notes in Computer Science vol. 5006, pp. 1-14. Springer, 2008. ISBN 978-3-540-79967-2
  • Intelligent Contracting Agents Language
    S. Panagiotidi, J. Vázquez-Salceda, S.Álvarez-Napagao, S. Ortega-Martorell, S. Willmott, R. Confalonieri and P. Storms.
    Proceedings of the Symposium on Behaviour Regulation in Multi-Agent Systems -BRMAS'08-,Aberdeen, UK, April 2008.
  • Reputation-based Governance of Public Works
    R. Confalonieri, C. Leoni, and L. Picci
    In IST-Africa 2007 Conference Proceedings, Paul Cunningham and Miriam Cunningham (Eds), IIMC International Information Management Corporation, 2007, ISBN: 1-905824-04-1.
    Online
  • 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.
    Online
Research Reports:
  • Upward Refinement Operators for Conceptual Blending in the Description Logic EL++
    Confalonieri, R., Eppe, M., Schorlemmer, M., Kutz, O., Peñaloza, R., Plaza, E.
    Research Report TR-IIIA-2016-01, Barcelona, February 2016.
    Online
  • Towards the Implementation of a Preference- and Uncertain-Aware Solver Using Answer Set Programming
    R. Confalonieri, J.C. Nieves, J. Vázquez-Salceda.
    Research Report LSI-10-16-R, Barcelona, June 2010.
    Online
  • USE: a Multi-Agent User-Driven Recommendation System for Semantic Knowledge Extraction
    J. S. Lopes, S. Alvarez, R. Confalonieri, J. Vázquez-Salceda.
    Research Report LSI-09-20-R, Barcelona, June 2009.
    Online
  • Logic Programs with Possibilistic Ordered Disjunction
    R.Confalonieri, J. C. Nieves, J. Vázquez-Salceda.
    Research Report LSI-09-19-R, Barcelona, May 2009.
    Online
Teaching
  • 2016/17
    • 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
Research Projects
  • 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.
(Research) Software
  • posPsmodels An ASP-based solver for computing the LPPODs semantics
    • the LPPOD solver has been used to handle uncertain user preferences in a context-aware system (see DEMO)
  • DecisionMaker A decision maker prototype implementing the Algorithms to compute decision under Uncertainty proposed in the paper Using Possibilistic Logic for Modeling Qualitative Decision: Answer Set Programming Algorithms
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)