Organization Activities

General Chair | Program Chair | Invited Talks | International Committees

GENERAL CHAIR

  • Organiser of the First European Summer School on Fuzzy Logic and Applications, Lake Como School of Advanced Studies, 7th -11th September 2015 (Como)
  • General Co-Chair (with Alessandro Panconesi, Università di Roma La Sapienza, Flavio Chierichetti, Università di Roma La Sapienza, and Prabhakar Raghavan, Google), of the International Workshop on Social Impact through Network Science (SINS 2014), Varenna, Italy 14-17 October 2014.
  • General Co-Chair (with Francesco Masulli, Università di Genova and RR Yager, Iona College, New York) of the International Workshop on Fuzzy Logic, Genova, Italy 19-22 November 2013.
  • General Co-Chair (with Javier Montero) of the Conference of the European Association of Fuzzy Logic (EUSFLAT 2013), 11-13 September 2013, Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca, Milano, Italy.
  • General Co-Chair (with Takahira Yamaguchi, Keio University, Japan), of the International Conference on Active Media Technologies (AMT 2012), 4th – 7th December 2012, Macau.
  • General chair of the Second Italian Workshop on Information Retrieval (IIR 2011), 18-20 Januar 2011, Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy.
  • General Chair of the IEEE/WIC/ACM Joint International Conferences on “Web Intelligence” and “Intelligent Agent Technology”, Milano, Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca, 15-18 September 2009.
  • General Co-Chair (with Alessandro Panconesi, La Sapienza University of Rome) of the PhD School on Web Information Retrieval, WebBar 2007 (Varenna, Italia, 26 August – 1 September 2007).
  • General Co-Chair (with Francesco Masulli, University of Genova, and S. Mitra, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India) of the International Workshop on Fuzzy Logic and Applications, Hotel Portofino Kulm, Portofino Vetta – Ruta di Camogli, Genova, Italia – 7-10 July 2007.
  • General Co-Chair (with Henrik Larsen, University of Aalborg) of the Seventh International Conference on Flexible Query Answering Systems (FQAS 2006), University of Milano Bicocca, Milano, 2nd -10th June 2006.
  • General Co-Chair (with Radko Mesiar, University of Bratislava) of the 3rd International Summer School on Aggregation Operators, Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI-Lugano), Lugano, 10th -15th July 2005 http://www.math.sk/agop/.
  • General co-Chair (with Bernard De Baets, University of Ghent, Belgium) of the EUROFUSE Workshop on Information Systems, September 2002, Villa Monastero, Varenna, Italy.
  • General Co-Chair (with Andrea Bonarini, Politecnico di Milano and Francesco Masulli, Università di Genova) of the 4th Italian Workshop on Fuzzy Logic (WILF 2001), Milano, 4-5 October 2001.
  • General Co-Chair (with Mohand Boughanem, IRIT-CNRS Toulouse, Francia, and Fabio Crestani, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland) of the Workshop on Management of uncertainty and imprecision in multimedia information systems, within the conference ECSQARU-2001 (Sixth European Conference on Symbolic and Quantitative Approaches to Reasoning with Uncertainty – Toulouse, 19 – 21 September 2001).
  • General Co-Chair (with Maristella Agosti, Università degli Studi di Padova and Fabio Crestani, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland) of the Third European Summer School in Information Retrieval (ESSIR 2000), Villa Monastero, Varenna, 11-15 September 2000.

PROGRAM CHAIR

  • Program co-chair (with Patrick Gallinari, LIP6, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, James Kowk, Hong Kong University, China , Osmar Zaiane, University of Alberta, Canada), 2015 IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics (IEEE DSAA’2015), Paris, October 19th – 21st, 2015.
  • Program co-chair (with Olivier Pivert, France, Maria Amparo Vila, Spain, Adnan Yazici, Turkey), Flexible Query Answering Systems (FQAS), Cracow, October 26th – 28th, 2015.
  • Short Paper co-chair (with Andrew Turpin, University of Melbourne, Australia, and Vanessa Murdock, Yahoo! Research) of the 37th Annual ACM SIGIR Conference, 6-11 July 2014, Gold Coast, Australia.
  • Special Track co-chair (with Kouji Kozaki, Osaka University, Japan, and Thanaruk Theeramunkong, SIIT, Thailand) of the 4th Joint International Semantic Technology (JIST2014) Conference, November 9-11, 2014, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
  • Area Co-Chair (with Jimmy Huang, York University, Canada) of the Area IR Applications, at the 9th Asian Information Retrieval Societies Conference, December 9-11, 2013, Singapore.
  • PhD Symposium Co-Chair of the International Conference on World Wide Web (WWW 2012), April 17th -20th 2012, Lyon, France.
  • Chair of the Ten Years Most Influencial Paper Award, IEEE/WIC/ACM Joint International Conferences on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology, 22 – 27 August 2011, Campus Scientifique de la Doua, Lyon, France.
  • Program chair of COnférence en Recherche d’Information, CORIA 2011, 16-18 May 2011, Avignon, France.
  • Poster co-chair (with Peter Bruza, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia and Ellen Voorhes, National Instutute of Standards and Technology, NIST, USA), of the 33rd Annual ACM SIGIR Conference, 19-23 July 2010, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Program co-chair (with Stefano Mizzaro, University of Udine) of the First Italian Workshop on Information Retrieval (IIR 2010), 17-28 January 2010, Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy.
  • Program co-chair (with Prabhakar Raghavan and Tie-Yan Liu) of the Eighth RIAO International Conference on Large-Scale Semantic Access to Content (Text, Image, Video and Sound), RIAO 2010, Paris, France, April 2010.
  • Program co-chair (with Borko Furht, Florida Atlantic University, USA) of the Second International Symposium on Intelligent Interactive Multimedia Systems and Services (KES-IIMSS 2009), Mogliano Veneto, Italy, July 16-17, 2009. (http://iimss-09.kesinternational.org/organisation.php)
  • Workshop co-chair (with Yuefeng Li, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia) of the IEEE/WIC/ACM Joint International Conferences on “Web Intelligence” and “Intelligent Agent Technology”, Sydney, Australia, 9-12 December 2008, Sydney, Australia.
  • PC Vice-Chair of the area Imprecision, Uncertainty and Fuzziness in Databases, of the 23rd International Conference on Data Engineering. Istanbul, Turchia, 17-20 April 2007.
  • Since 2002, Track co-Chair of the Special Track on Information Access and Retrieval Systems, within the “ACM Symposium on Applied Computing” (Fortaleza, Brasil, 16-20 March 2008; Seul. South Korea, 11-15 March 2007; Dijon France March 2006; Santa Fe – New Mexico 13-17 March 2005; Cyprus 14-17 March 2004; Melbourne – Florida 9-12 March 2003; Madrid Spain 10-14 March 2002) (from 2002 to 2007 with Fabio Crestani, from 2008 with Gloria Bordogna).
  • Area Chair (with Donald Kraft and Gloria Bordogna) of the area Information Systems within the IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems, Anchorage, Alaska, 1998.
  • Program Chair of the 4th International Conference on Flexible Query Answering Systems – FQAS 2000, Warsaw, Poland, 25-28 October 2000.

Other Chairing Activities

  • Workshop Co-Chair of the 38th European Conference on Information Retrieval, 20-23 March 2016, Padua — Italy.
  • Publication Co-Chair of The 21th ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, KDD 2015, 11-14 August 2015, Sydney, Australia.
  • Publicity and Social Media Co-Chair (with Flavio Chierichetti, Università di Roma La Sapienza,of the 24th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2014), 18-22 May 2015, Florence, Italy.
  • Panel Co-Chair (with Ee-Peng Lim, Singapore Management University) of the 2014 International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics (DSAA2014),October 30 – November 1, Shangai, China.
  • Member of the Organizing Commitee of the following conferences:
    • 5th International Conference on Flexible Query Answering Systems – FQAS 2002, Roskilde.
    • 4th International Conference on Flexible Query Answering Systems – FQAS 2000, Warsaw, Poland, October 25- 28, 2000 (Member of the Executive Organizing Committee).
    • III Italian Workshop on Fuzzy logic (WILF ’99), Genova, Italy, 28-29 June 1999. § First International Forum on Multimedia and Image Processing, Alaska, USA, 10-14 May 1998.
    • 2nd International Workshop on Preferences and Decisions, TRENTO ‘98, July 1998, Trento.
    • 1st International Workshop on Preferences and Decisions, TRENTO ‘97, June 1997, Trento.
    • Techniques and Applications of Soft Computing: fuzzy logic, neural networks, genetic algorithms and their integration (21-23 October 1996, Area della Ricerca del CNR, Milano).
    • Workshop Tecnologie dell’immagine: database e comunicazione visiva (Image technologies: database and visual communication) (15 June 1995, CNR – Area della Ricerca di Milano).
    • Workshop on Fuzzy set theory in real applications, 10 May 1993, Area della Ricerca del CNR di Milano.
    • Workshop Information Retrieval: l’offerta di mercato in Italia, 9-10 April 1991, Area della Ricerca del CNR di Milano.
  • She has organized sessions at several International Conferences.

INVITED TALKS

Plenary Lectures/Keynote Talks

  • Keynote talk, “The issue of Information Credibility on the Social Web”, International Symposium on Web Algorithms (iSWAG), Deauville, France, June 9th – 10th, 2016.
  • Keynote talk, “On the issue of aggregation in Information Retrieval“, 6th International Conference on Web Intelligence, Mining and Semantics (WIMS 2016), Nîmes, France, June 13th – 15th, 2016.
  • Keynote talk, “User Models as Personal Ontologies”, 12th International Conference on Concept Lattices and their Applications, Clermont-Ferrand, France, October 13th-16th, 2015.
  • Plenary talk, “Queries and search engines: uncertainty issues”, International Conference on Flexible Query Answering Systems, Cracow, Poland, October 26th -28th, 2015.
  • Keynote talk “Exploiting users preferences and users actions in defining user models for personalized search”, International conference on Intelligent Human Computer Interaction (IHCI 2014), December 8-10, 2014, Paris, France.
  • Keynote talk “Personal Ontologies”, 19th International Conference on Application of Natural Language to Information Systems, NLDB 2014, 18-20 June 2014 – Montpellier, France.
  • Keynote Talk “Contextualising Search”, EGC-M 2012: The 3rd International Conference on the Extraction and Management of Knowledge – Maghreb, November 12 – 15, 2012 , Hammamet, Tunisia.
  • Plenary Talk “Contextualising Search: Issues and Challenges”, Ninth International Conference on Flexible Query Answering Systems (FQAS 2011), 26-28 October 2011, Ghent, Belgium.
  • Keynote Talk “Issues on Preference Modeling and Personalization in Information Retrieval”, IEEE/WIC/ACM Joint International Conferences on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology, York University, Toronto, Canada, 31 August – 3 September 2010, Toronto, Canada.
  • Plenary Talk “Accès Flexible à l’Information Structurée”, COnférence en Recherche d’Informations et Applications, CORIA 2005, Grenoble, 9-11 March 2005.
  • Plenary Talk “Soft Information Retrieval“, Rencontres Francophones sur la Logique Floue et ses Applications, Lyon, France, December 1997.
  • Plenary Talk “Fuzzy Approaches to Soft Information Retrieval”, Les Applications des Ensembles Flous, Nimes, France, October 1993.
  • Plenary Talk “Intelligent Information Retrieval: some research trends”, Online World Conference on Soft Computing in Industrial Applications (WSC7), September 2002.
  • Plenary Talk at the 13th Spanish Conference on Fuzzy Logic and Technologies (ESTYLF 2006), Ciudad Real, Spain, September 20-22, 2006.

Panel Sessions

  • Panelist at the at the Ninth International Conference on Flexible Query Answering Systems (FQAS 2011), 26-28 October 2011, Ghent, Belgium.
  • Panelist at the Panel Exploratory and Complex Search with Ricardo Baeza-Yates (Yahoo! Research Barcelona), Paolo Boldi (Università degli Studi di Milano), Gabriella Pasi, moderator: Stefano Ceri, Second Workshop on Search Computing, Milano, 25 May 2010.
  • Panelist at the Panel Fuzzy Sets in Information Systems, IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems, Imperial College, London, UK, 23-26 July 2007.
  • Panelist at the Panel How can Soft Computing Support Multimedia Organization and Retrieval?, IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems, Imperial College, London, UK, 23-26 July 2007.
  • Panelist at the Panel Fuzzy Sets in Information Systems, 12th International Fuzzy Systems Association World Congress, IFSA 2007 World Congress, Cancun, Mexico, 18-21 June 2007.
  • Panelist at the Panel Fuzzy Sets in Information Systems, Berkeley Initiative on Soft Computing Special Event, BISCSE 2005, University of California, Berkeley, 2-5 November 2005.
  • Panelist at the Panel Hot Research Topics in Intellisystems, International IEEE Conference on Fuzzy Systems, Anchorage, Alaska, 5-9 May 1998.

Invited Lectures

  • Contextual Search and Contextual Factors Aggregation, LRIA Science Days, LRIASD 2014, USTHB, Algiers, May 20-21, 2014.
  • Contextual Search and Contextual Factors Aggregation, 11th atelier du collège doctoral MDPS. Lyon 9 -13 December 2013.
  • Flexible and Personalized Approaches to Information Retrieval and Information Filtering, Université de Nantes, 26 June 2008.
  • Uncertainty in Information Retrieval: How Can Fuzzy Sets Help?, International Workshop on Research Issues in Digital Libraries, Kolkata, West Bengal, India, 12-15 December 2006 (http://www.isical.ac.in/~iwridl/program.html).
  • Soft Approaches to Web Information access, International Workshop “Fuzzy Logic and the Semantic Web”, Faculté de Medicine de Marseille, 11 February 2005.
  • Flexible Querying of Semi-Structured Information, (15th International Workshop on Database and Expert Systems Applications (DEXA 2004), 30 August – 3 September 2004, Zaragoza, Spain.
  • Invited guest at the Media Laboratory of Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT Boston), June 1999. (Michael Bove).
  • EUROFUSE Workshop on Preference Modelling and Applications , Granada, 25-28 April 2001.
  • Automatic text retrieval, Madeira Tecnopolo Workshop: Extended Systems: Control, Learning and Selforganization, Madeira Tecnopolo, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, 5-10 April 1998.
  • Flexible Information Retrieval Systems, Workshop on Advanced Graphics and Multimedia Systems, 17-19 November 1998, Napoli, Italy.
  • Modeling Vagueness and Uncertainty in Object-Oriented Databases, meeting “Advances in Fuzzy Databases” of the SIG Fuzzy Information Engineering of Erudit (European Network in Uncertainty Techniques Developments for Use in Information Technology”), Lyon, 5 December 1997.
  • Flexible Query Languages in Information Systems, Dipartimento di Elettronica del Politecnico di Milano, 30 January 2001.
  • FOOD: a Graph-based Fuzzy Object Oriented Data Model, University of Ghent, Faculty of Engineering, 8 March 2000.
  • Some Applications of Fuzzy Set Theory to Information Retrieval, Department of Computing Science, University of Glasgow, 5 June 2000.
  • FOOD: a Graph-based Fuzzy Object Oriented Data Model, University of Ghent, Faculty of Engineering, 8 March 2000.
  • Representation of incomplete information in Data Base Management Systems (6 December 2000), Università degli Studi di Milano – Bicocca.
  • FOOD: a fuzzy data model based on the object-oriented paradigm (13 December 2000), Università degli Studi di Milano – Bicocca.
  • Applications of Fuzzy Set to Information Retrieval (23 January 2001), University of Milano – Bicocca.
  • Some Applications of Fuzzy Set Theory to Information Retrieval, Istituto per l’Elaborazione dell’Informazione of C.N.R. Pisa, 27 June 1999.
  • Logica fuzzy in multi-criteria decision making, Università di Venezia, 18 December 1999.
  • Fuzzy Indexing of Structured Documents, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 12 September 1996.
  • Fuzzy Information Retrieval: an overview, Università degli Studi di Trento, 10 November 1994.

INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEES

Panel and Committees for Research Evaluation

  • Member of the Panel of Experts of the Panel Information and Communication (2007) and Computer Science (2008/2010) of the European Research Council for the Programme IDEAS, Starting Grants.
  • Member of the Evaluation Committee of Italian FIRB and PRIN PROJECTS (2012-2013)
  • Member of the Committee for the Evaluation of Research in Italy (CIVR – Comitato di Indirizzo per la Valutazione della ricerca) (2005-2009).
  • Member of the expert-team of the Dirección General de Universidades e Investigación
    (DGUI)(governmental office of the Autonomous Region of Madrid, Spain).
  • Evaluator for the Croatian Science Foundation (CSF).
  • Evaluator for the French National Research Agency (ANR), France
  • Evaluator for the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Steering Committees

  • Member of the Steering Committee of the International Conference “Open Areas In Information Retrieval” (OAIR)
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the International Conference on Human Computer Interaction.
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the Italian Workshop on Information Retrieval.
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the International Workshop of Fuzzy Logic and Applications.
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the European Summer School in Information Retrieval.
  • Member of the Technical Steering Committee of the “BISC special group on Fuzzy Logic and the Internet”, Berkeley, California.
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the International Conference on Flexible Query Answering Systems – FQAS.

Other Committees

  • Member of the board of the European Association of Fuzzy Logic and Technology (EUSFLAT) (till 2006).
  • Member of the Italian Regional Interest Group of the IEEE Neural Network Council.
  • Member of the North American Fuzzy Information Processing Society

International PhD Committees and HDR

  • She has been Rapporteur in the following committees for the «Habilitation à diriger les Recherches»
    • Philippe Lamarre, Université de Nantes, 27 November 2009.
    • Isis Truck, Université Paris 8, 8 September 2011.
  • She has served as foreign expert in the examination committee of the following PhD Thesis:
    • University of Technology of Sidney, Australia, Qusai Yousef Shambour, Title of the thesis: “Hybrid Recommender Systems for Personalised Government-to-Business e-Services, April 2012.
    • Université de Toulouse III Paul Sabatier, France, Ihab Mallak, Title of the thesis : “De nouveaux facteurs pour l’exploitation de la sémantique d’un texte en Recherche d’Information”, July 2011, (rapporteur)
    • Queensland University of Technology, Australia, Huizhi Liang, Title of the thesis : “User Profiling based on Folksonomy Information in Web 2.0 for Personalised Recommender Systems”, December 2010.
    • University of Bordeaux, France, Faraz Zaidi, Title of the thesis : “Analyse, Structure et Organisation des Reseaux Complexes”, 25
      November 2010, (examinateur).
    • Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, France, Damien Palacio, title of the thesis: “Combinaison de critères par contraintes
      pour la Recherche d’Information Géographique”, 26 November 2010, (rapporteur).
    • Universidad de A Coruña, Spain, Oscar Pedreira Fernandez, title of the Thesis: “An effective Approach for selecting indexing objects in metric spaces”, 23 November 2009, (external expert).
    • Queensland University of Technology, Australia, Xujuan Zhou, title of the Thesis: “Rough Set-based Reasoning and Pattern Mining for Information Filtering”, 15 July 2009, (external examiner).
    • Jadavpur University India, Haider Banka, 2007.
    • Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier, Fatiha Boubekeur-Amirouche, “Contribution à la définition de modèles de recherche d’information flexibles basés sur les CP-Nets”, 25 January 2009 (examinatrice).
    • Université Paul Sabatier, Abdeslame Alilaouar, “Contribution à l’interrogation flexible de données semi-structurées”, 26 October 2007, (examinatrice).
    • Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier, Mustapha Baziz, “Indexation conceptuelle guidée par ontologie pour la recherche d’information”, 14 December 2005, (examinatrice).
    • Université de Lyon, Annabelle Mercier, (2006).
    • University of Ghent, Belgium, Guy De Tré, “A formal generalized object oriented database model beneficial to the handling of crisp and non-crisp information”, June 2000, (member of the PhD exam committee and of the PhD guidance committee).
    • University of Rennes, France (November 1995).

Program Committees

  • Since 2000 she has been and she is member of numerous Program Commtitees of International Events (more than 120 in the last 15 years) related to Information Retrieval, Database management, Fuzzy Logic and Web Intelligence, among which:
    • ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2011).
    • ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval.
    • IEEE International conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE).
    • World Wide Web International Conference.
    • European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR),
    • International Conference on Intelligent Human Computer Interaction.
    • Conference of the European Society for Fuzzy Logic and Technology (EUSFLAT).
    • International Conference on Flexible Query Answering Systems, FQAS.
    • International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval, ICTIR.
    • International Conference on Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence, (PREMI).
    • International Conference on Scalable Uncertainty Management, (SUM).
    • European Conference on Artificial Intelligence – ECAI 2010.
    • Information Interaction in Context Conference, IIX.
    • IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Systems.
    • Information Processing and Management of Uncertainty in Kiwledge-Based Systems (IPMU) Conference.
    • IEEE International Conference on information Reuse and Integration.
    • Modeling Decisions for Artificial Intelligence, (MDAI).
    • Poster track of IJCAI..
    • Tutorial Program Committee of the ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval.