After studying Computer Science (Optime Award and gold medal for the best master degree thesis by the University of Turin in 2003) with the final mark of 110/110 cum laude (with mention for “exceptional academic career”), Gian Luca Pozzato joined a PhD Programme in Computer Science in 2003. His PhD thesis has been awarded with the “Marco Cadoli” Award for the Distinguished PhD Dissertation in Computational Logic in 2009 by GULP (Gruppo Utenti Logic Programming).
The main research activities of Pozzato are placed in the fields of artificial intelligence and knowledge representation. During his PhD, he investigated proof methods and theorem proving for nonclassical logics. After his PhD, he widened research fields successfully and productively by proposing an innovative approach in nonmonotonic extensions of Description Logics that has become well established. The competency of Pozzato in the mentioned fields is testified by the publication of review articles in flagships conferences and high ranked journals (Artificial Intelligence J., ACM Trans. Computational Logic, IJCAI, JELIA, LPAR).
Dipartimento di Filosofia e Scienze della Educazione
Andrea Iacona is currently an associate professor at the Department of Philosophy and Education Sciences of the University of Torino. He got a PhD in Philosophy of Language at the University of Eastern Piedmont in 2001, and a Degree in Philosophy at the University of Turin in 1996.
He works mainly on issues of philosophical logic: propositions, vagueness, future contingents, counterfactuals, validity and logical form. Andrea Iacona won two prizes for his degree dissertation (Mario Pannunzio Prize and Emilio Bocca Prize), and he got a Fulbright Research Scholarship at Columbia University (US) and a Ramon y Cajal research fellowship at the University of Valencia (Spain).
Giancarlo Ruffo, Ph.D, is Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Turin, Italy. His research interests range over the wide and multidisciplinary area of complex systems and networks, with particular attention to techno-social systems and computational social science. He investigated research issues on web and data mining, recommendation systems, networking analysis, distributed applications, peer-to-peer systems, security, and micro-payment systems. He received some awards, including Best Dataset Award at ICWSM 2012, nomination as Adjunct Professor at Indiana University in 2011, and an ACM Recognition of Service Award in 2010.
Giancarlo Ruffo has been also Visiting scholar at New York University in 2004 and Visiting Professor at CNetS (Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research) at Indiana University in 2010. He has been Principal Investigator in several grants and financially supported projects.
Rossano Schifanella is a researcher in Computer Science at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Torino. He received a Ph.D. in Computer science at University of Torino in 2007 and a ''Laurea'' degree ''summa cum laude'' in Computer Science in 2003 at the same institution.He is an active collaborator of the Networks & agents Network (NaN) group at the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research, School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA,. Moreover, he is a Visiting Scientist at Yahoo Labs Barcelona working in the Social Media Engagement Group and studying the behavior of (groups of) individuals and their interactions on social media platforms, aiming to reach a deeper understanding of online and offline social behavior.
In 2013 and 2014 Rossano Schifanella has been awarded with the “Yahoo! Faculty Research and Engagement award” for the project “Automation of Flickr photos recommendation on mobile devices” and “Exploration of multiplex graphs for recommendation of heterogeneous items”. He won a Best Presentation Award at WebSci'14 and a Best Dataset Award at ICWSM’12.