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I received my PhD in information engineering at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in 2003.

From November 2005 to June 2012, I was an Assistant Professor on computer science at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, where I taught computer science and enterprise information.

Since July 2012 to October 2015 I was an Assistant Professor on computer science at the Department of Engineering “Enzo Ferrari” of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

Since October 31, 2015 I’m an Associate Professor the Department of Engineering “Enzo Ferrari”, of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.  I teach Software Engineering and Big Data Analysis.

Research Interests

My main research interests include integration of heterogeneous information sources, intelligent software agents, Semantic Web and keyword-base searches. Among his research activities, the main results are: (i) MOMIS, a mediator based system for the integration of data sources. MOMIS has also been exploited in the Semantic Web, as a tool for the creation and the integration of ontologies. (ii) RELEVANT, a set of techniques for the identification of “relevant values” among those contained in the domain of attributes of data sources. (iii) KEYMANTIC/KEYRY/QUEST, three keyword-based search engines over semistructured databases exploiting semantic techniques.

I’m also interested in Data Science and in the application of data mining techniques to large amount of data.

I participated in Italian and European projects:

  1. the Italian PRIN WISDOM (Web Intelligent Search based on DOMain ontologies) project –years 2004-2006, where he worked on the project themes: Creation and update of a Domain Ontology, Emergent Semantics: discovering semantic mappings amongst domain ontologies and he supported the coordination of the activities.
  2. the European SEWASIE project (SEmantic Web and AgentS in Integrated Economies) – years 2002-2005, where, in particular, he worked on WP2 (semantic enrichment and integration) to define semantic enrichment processes for information sources and to develop the virtual data stores which constitute the information nodes accessible by the users; and on WP10 (Project management) where he took charge of the publishing of the final report and the showcase.
  3. the EU Project STASIS Software for Ambient Semantic Interoperable Services (years 2006-2009), which allows SMEs to participate in the e-Economy by offering a coherent set of semantic applications.
  4. the Italian FIRB NEP4B: Networked Peers for Business (years 2006-2009) that developed an infrastructure to enable companies of any nature, size and location to search for partners, exchange data and collaborate. He was involved in WP2 Design of single peer functional architecture, WP3 Prototyping and Validation, WP5 Dissemination and exploitation (Responsible person for UNIMORE) and WP6 Project management (he supported the Coordinator’s tasks).
  5. the local project: Searching for a needle in mountains of data (years 2008-2010), funded by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, addressing the issue of easily querying a mediator based system.
  6. the COST Action KEYSTONE semantic KEYword-based Search on sTructured data sOurcEs (IC1302), years 2013-2017, where I’m the Chair of the Management Committee.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Information Engineering (2004). University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • Master Degree in Information Engineering (2000). University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • Diploma di Maturità Classica (1992). Liceo Classico “L. A. Muratori”, Modena, Italy

Employment

  • Associate Professor, Department of Engineering “Enzo Ferrari” – University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (31/10/2015, now)
  • Assistant Professor [formerly]
    • Economics Faculty – University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (1/11/2005-30/06/2012),
    • Department of Engineering “Enzo Ferrari” – University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (30/06/2012-30/10/2015)

Professional qualifications

  • National qualification to function as an Engineer (2001)
  • National scientific qualification to function as an associate professor, (abilitazione nel settore 09/H1, dal 03/12/2013 al 03/12/2019 e nel settore 01/B1 dal 29/01/2014 al 29/01/2020)

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