Short Bio

Roberto Confalonieri is Associate Professor at the Department of Mathematics of the University of Padua. Prior to that he was Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, and Senior Research Scientist in AI and XAI team lead at Alpha, the first European Moonshot projects company funded by Telefonica Research, working on explainable models of Artificial Intelligence in the health domain. Prior to that he was Project Manager and Researcher at the Smart Data Factory, a technology transfer centre of the Faculty of Computer Science of UniBZ, where he acquired and directed several research projects and collaborations with industries.

Roberto received his Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence (with distinction) from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (2011), and a M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Bologna. He has worked both in industry and in academia, as R&D engineer, assistant professor, and as postdoctoral researcher in several research institutions in Europe (UPC BarcelonaTech, University of Barcelona, IRIT, Goldsmiths College, IIIA-CSIC).

Roberto is the PI of 2 research projects (one European); he participated in 4 European projects, and in a number of (Italian) national projects and collaborations with industries. He has published around 50 peer-reviewed articles in AI top conferences (IJCAI, AAAI, ECAI) and journals (AIJ, EAAI, AMAI). He co-edited the book Concept Invention: Foundations, Implementation, Social Aspects and Applications published by Springer in 2018. He is associate editor of the Cognitive Systems Research journal published by Elsevier. He is co-editing the special issue on The Role of Ontologies and Knowledge in Explainable AI to be published in the Semantic Web Journal published by IOS Press.

Roberto organised a number of scientific events: he was co-chair of an invited symposium at CogSci 2019, of the series of International workshops of Methods for Interpretation of Industrial Event Logs (MIEL @IDEAL 2018, MIEL @BPM 2019), and Data meets Applied Ontologies (DAO @JOWO 2017, DAO-SI @JOWO 2019), and of C3GI 2018. He is currently organising the 3rd International Workshop on Data Meets Applied Ontologies in Explainable AI (DAO-XAI 2021). He will be the local chair of the 13th International Conference on Computational Creativity (ICCC 2022), to be held in Bolzano. He regularly serves in a number of programme committees as PC and Senior PC member (IJCAI, AAAI, ECAI), and as a reviewer for a number of conferences and journals on AI and ML.

Research Interests

His primary research interests include Artificial Intelligence, particularly Trustworthy and Explainable AI, and Knowledge Representation and Applied Ontologies, Deep Learning, particularly Computer Vision, and Hyper-spectral Images, and Computational Creativity, particularly Concept Invention, and Concept Evaluation, and Concept Refinement.

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