Post-doc Researcher in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Turin, Italy, Department of Computer Science and Research Associate at the ICAR-CNR Institute in Palermo, Italy, (Cognitive Robotics and Social Sensing Lab).
Short BioI do research in Cognitive Science, Artificial Intelligence and Human Computer Interaction. Since May 2012 I am a post-doc research fellow at the University of Turin (Italy) Department of Computer Science and, since April 2014, I am a Research Associate at the ICAR-CNR Institute of Palermo (Institute of High Performance Computing and Networking of the Italian National Research Council, Cognitive Robotics and Social Sensing Lab). I have an interdisciplinary background: In 2012 I obtained a Ph.D. (dottorato di ricerca) in Communication Sciences by the University of Salerno (Ph.D. supervisor: Prof. Marcello Frixione) working in the area of Logic and Knowledge Representation with a thesis concerning the problem of "non classical" conceptual representation and reasoning in formal ontologies. I also obtained, by the same University, both a BA (with a thesis in Logic) and a Master Degree cum laude (with a thesis in Computer Science) in Communication Science (main topics studied: logics, cognitive science, theory and applications of natural and artificial languages, computer science, artificial intelligence). In the past years I have been Visiting Researcher at the University of Haifa (Israel, Dept. of Information Systems, June 2008, host: Prof. Tsvi Kuflik), at Carnegie Mellon University (USA, Dept. of Psychology and School of Computer Science, May-July 2016; host: Prof. Christian Lebiere) and at Lund University (Sweden, Dept. of Cognitive Science, August-September 2016; host: Prof. Peter Gärdenfors). In 2013 I founded the series of international workshops on "Artificial Intelligence and Cognition" (AIC) and I was general chair of the first 4 editions. Since 2015 I am a member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Cognitive Robotics. For the academic year 2016-2017 I am a "Professore a contratto" (equivalent of Adjunct Professor) at the University of Turin and at the University of Genoa (Italy) for introductory courses in Web Technologies and Computer Science (more info in the teaching section). Since November 2016 I am Vice-President and member of the Steering Comittee of the Italian Cognitive Science Society (AISC).
Research InterestsMy research is at the intersection of Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence. In particular my research focus is on Knowledge Representation, Ontologies, Cognitive Semantics, Common Sense and Narrative Reasoning, Computational Models of Mind and Cognitive Architectures, Decision Making and Persuasive Technologies. On these topics I have published more than 50 scientific papers in international books, journals and conferences and I have co-edited 6 books.
Detailed Bio, CV, Courses and Publications: Full Curriculum Vitae - Publications - Talks - Teaching - Software
[N13] [January 2017]: I am the co-organizer, with Mehul Bhatt (University of Bremen, Germany), of the official IJCAI 2017 Workshop on Cognition and Artificial Intelligence for Human-Centred Design.
[N12][November 2016]: I have been appointed Vice-President of the Italian Society for Cognitive Science (AISC) after being elected Member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Society.
[N10] Invited talk (invitee Prof. Alessandro Saffiotti, Örebro University, Sweden): "Penguins and Polar Bears: A Hybrid Representational and Reasoning Approach for Common Sense Categorization" at the School of Science and Technology, University of Örebro, Sweden, September 13 2016.
[N9] Invited talk (invitee Prof. Peter Gärdenfors, Lund University, Sweden): "Dual Peccs: A Cognitive System for Conceptual Categorization and Reasoning" at the Cognitive Science Series Seminar, Lund University, Sweden, August 31 2016.
[N8] Talk: "Extending the Knowledge Level in Cognitive Architectures with Conceptual Spaces", Conceptual Spaces at Work 2016, Stockholm, Sweden, August 24-27 2016. The video of the talk is available at this link.
[N7] [May-July 2016 and Aug-Sep 2016]: In these periods I was a visiting researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, USA (host: Prof. Christian Lebiere, School of Computer Science and Department of Psychology) and at Lund University, Sweden, Department of Cognitive Science (host: Prof. Peter Gärdenfors) working on a common project aiming at investigating if/how/to what extent the current KR frameworks of Cognitive Architectures can be extended with Conceptual Spaces in order to grasp some aspect of human conceptualization that are only partially addressed by such systems.
[N6] [21-24 April 2016]: Invited talk at the International School on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures that will be held in Moscow (Russia) from April 21-24 2016. The school is organized and sponsored by the Russian Science Foundation (RSF) and by the BICA Society. Invitee: Prof. Alexei Samsonovich (George Mason University, USA and NRNU MEPhI, Department of Cybernetics, Russia). Title of the talk: "Computational Explanation in BICA
[N5] [17-21 September 2015]: Invited talk at the Symposium on "Bridging Cognitive Psychology and Artificial Intelligence" @ ESCOP 2015 (19th Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology), Paphos Cyprus (invitee: Prof. Antonis Kakas, University of Cyprus, Dept. of Computer Science). Other invited speakers of the same Symposium are: Peter Gärdenfors and Pat Langley.
[N4] [17 April 2014]: Invited talk (invitee: Ph.D. Silvano Zipoli Caiani, University of Milan, Department of Philosophy): "Concepts: on the need of an integrated perspective in AI", Neurophilosophy Seminar, University of Milan, Italy.
[N3] [7 March 2014]: Invited talk (invitee: Prof. Christian Freksa, University of Bremen, Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, Cognitive Systems Group): "A cognitive approach for modeling and reasoning on common sense knowledge in computational ontologies", Spatial Cognition Colloquium Workshop, University of Bremen, Germany, March 2014.
[N2] [20-22 February 2013]: Invited talk (invitee: Prof. Ismo Koponen, University of Helsinki) "Concepts, (Formal) Ontologies and Conceptual Change" at ConChaMo4 workshop, Helsinki, Finland. Full Program available here (Pdf). A summary of the workshop is available on the blog "Cognitive Systems"
[N1] [February 2013] I'm one of the proponents (with Cristina Battaglino, Elena Gianaria, Marco Indaco, Alice Ruggeri, Manuela Sanguinetti) of the project "E-Lisir", that won a funding of 747k euros in the national competition Smart Cities and Communities and Social Innovation
Research Community activitiesSince 2012 I have been reviewer for the following journals: Foundations of Science Journal, Springer (Berlin); IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems; Applied Ontology (IOS, Amsterdam); Knowledge-Based Systems (Elsevier, Amsterdam); Connection Science (Taylor and Francis, UK); Cognitive Systems Research (Elsevier, Amsterdam); Review of Philosophy and Psychology (Springer, Berlin); Computers & Electrical Engineering (Elsevier, Amsterdam); IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems; Sistemi Intelligenti (Il Mulino, Bologna); Rivista Italiana di Filosofia Analitica.
Program Comittee in International Conferences
Marcello Frixione, Rossana Damiano, Vincenzo Lombardo, Daniele P. Radicioni, Diego Marconi, Tsvi Kuflik, Antonio Chella, Mark A. Finlayson, Giovanni Pilato, Agnese Augello, Ignazio Infantino, Annibale Elia.
Countries I visited (24 states, 10,6% of the world states)