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Antonio Natali

Alma Mater Honorary Professor

Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna

Adjunct professor

Department of Computer Science and Engineering


The research activity of Antonio Natali is centered on software systems and software engineering, with partciolare reference to software architectures and programming paradigms and tools. The main research areas can be summarized as follows:

  • Programming paradigms and programming languages
  • Software conponents
  • Intelligent middleware and software agents
  • Software infrastructures for eLearning and Learning Objiects

Programming paradigms and programming languages

This research area is a sort of backbone for all the research activity, both from a theoretical and a pragmatic point of view, with particular reference to the logic, object-oriented and agent-based paradigms and languages. Among the main results we can remember an extension to logic programming (contextual logic programming)  and its experimentation in different application domains, including intelligent robotic systems.


Software conponents

This area comprises works on the implementation of generic type in the Java language and the ptoposal of computational models ro capture the main types of interactions among software compoentns, with particular reference to interaction based on events and messages.      

Intelligent middleware and software agents

This area can be viewed as a first application of the two areas above. Among the main results there is the proposal for a programmable middleware based on shared interaction spaces based on logic evolving theories. This kind of middleware is now used to promote the construction of innovative platforms in different application domains, including eLearning management systems.


Software infrastructures for eLearning

This research area is the most recent one and aims at introducing innovatuive supports for agent-based LOMS (Learning Object Management Systems).. The proposed approach is used to taylor knowledge presentation to user needs and has been honoured  in 2008 with  the IBM Faculty Award.



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