I'm a full professor of Computer Science at DINFO, University of Florence. I have been an Associate Professor at Dipartimento di Sistemi e Informatica from 2000 to 2010, and an Associate Professor at the University of Cagliari from 1998 to 2000. I've been a Visiting Professor at KU Leuven in 2010, a Lecturer at the University of Wollongong, Australia in 1998, and a Visiting Scholar at MIT in 1992.
My research interests are in the area of machine learning, with particular emphasis on algorithms for structured and relational data, learning with logical representations, and applications to bioinformatics. In these areas I've written over 140 refereed papers. You may find my list of publications on my Scholar profile and on this page.
Among other activities, I'm an Associate Editor of the Artificial Intelligence Journal and an Action Editor of the Machine Learning Journal. I co-chaired the Int. Conference on Prestigious Applications of Artificial Intelligence (PAIS) 2012, the AAAI 2010 Special Track on AI and Bioinformatics, the 20th International Conference on Inductive Logic Programming (2010), and the 5th International Workshop on Mining and Learning with Graphs (2007).
Since 2015 I'm heading the regional PhD Program in Smart Computing of the Universities of Florence, Pisa and Siena.