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Paola Mello

Full Professor

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Academic discipline: ING-INF/05 Information Processing Systems


Keywords: Computational logic Logic programming Intelligent agents Knowledge representation and reasoning Process mining Web Services and verification

Her research activity focuses on programming languages, with particular reference to logic programming languages and their extensions towards modular and object-oriented programming, artificial intelligence, knowledge representation, multi-agent systems, applications of expert systems with particular emphasis on medical domain. In particular, knowledge based systems for biochemical and microbiological laboratory data validation, bacteria infections monitoring and scheduling for screening processes was developed. Topics of research include also communication and co-operation between distributed intelligent agents.

Her research has covered implementation, application and theoretical aspects and is presented in several national and international publications. She participated to program committees of national and international workshops and conferences. She has been involved in the organization of international events, workshops and conferences, and she has given tutorials. She took part to several national (Progetti Finalizzati and MURST) and international (UE) research projects in the context of computational logic. In particular, she was involved, as research coordinator for Bologna University, in COMPUNET EC Network, (where she took part of the Executive Council), in the Esprit ALPES EC project in the CRAFT EC project "Paint manufacturing process optimization for the building industry, using original bases and pigments formulation" and in the SOCS UE IST project: ”A computational logic model for the description, analysis and verification of global and open societies of heterogeneous computees”.

Within this project, she faced the topic of modeling/verifying peers interaction protocols, following an approach based on computational logic.

Then, taking advantage of the past experience, the current research activity of Paola Mello is also related on the formal specification and on the automatic verification of (interaction) protocols, workflow patterns, medical guidelines, Web Services compositions through the use of declarative languages.

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