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Paolo Ciaccia

Full Professor

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Academic discipline: ING-INF/05 Information Processing Systems

Curriculum vitae

Paolo Ciaccia was born on April 16th, 1959, in Peschiera del Garda, VR, Italy. In 1985 he got the "Laurea" degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy. His Laurea thesis was awarded the "IBM-Italy Prize". He received a PhD in Electronic and Computer Engineering (1992) from the same University. Since 2000 he has been a Full Professor at University of Bologna. He is a member of the DISI department, where he coordinates the activity of the MultiMedia Database Group. His current research interests include indexing of metric spaces, similarity query processing, models and techniques for managing preference queries, and methods for browsing and querying large image dta bases. He is one of the designers of the M-tree (, an index for metric data used by several multimedia and data mining research groups in the world (the original M-tree paper has more than 2000 citations on Google Scholar).
He participated several international and national research projects, among which ESPRIT IV LTR HERMES (Foundations of High Performance Multimedia Information Management Systems). In 1997-1998 he was the national coordinator of the Italian MIDA project on modeling and retrieval in multimedia databases. In 2001-2004 he was the responsible for DEIS within the IST/FET Thematic Network PANDA (Patterns for Next-Generation Database Systems). He was principal investoigator in a 3 years project funded by the CONACYT mexican agency on the indexing of metric data.
He has published about 100 papers in the areas of database systems, neural networks, software engineering, and autonomous systems, in major international journals (including IEEE TKDE, IEEE TSE, ACM TODS, ACM TOIS, Information Systems, and Biological Cybernetics) and international conferences (including VLDB, ACM-PODS, EDBT, ICDE, and CIKM).
In 1999 he was programme co-chair of the 1st International Workshop on Similarity Search and in 2002 the PC chair of the SEBD italian conference on advanced data bases.
From 1999 to 2003 he was Associate Editor of the IEEE TKDE journal, and since 2011 he has been Associate Editor of the ACM TODS journal .
From 2008 to 2012 he was the director of the Computing Center (CCIB) of the Engineering Faculty.

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