I am a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, ACM Senior Member, ACM Distinguished speaker on AI for the UK, Full Professor at the School of Computing and Engineering of the University of Huddersfield.

I received my PhD in March 2012 from the University of Brescia. After my PhD, I worked at the planning group of the University of Brescia, as a postdoctoral research fellow, till September 2012. In October 2012 I moved to the University of Huddersfield, where I served as a Research Fellow till April 2016, and then as a Senior Lecturer and eventually Reader.

My main research interests are in Artificial Intelligence Planning and Argumentation. In particular I am interested in the application of AI Planning techniques to Urban Traffic and Mobility (this is also the topic of my Fellowship). More generally, my work encompasses domain-independent planning, knowledge engineering, SATisfiability, machine learning, abstract argumentation, portfolio approaches, heuristic search, genetic algorithms, and automatic algorithm configuration. I am also interested in the fields of innovative applications of AI in Medicine.


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  • UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship: Artificial Intelligence for Autonomic Urban Traffic Control
  • EPSRC: Textile waste refinery for the production of recycled plastic, cellulose and dye (co-Investigator)
  • Innovate UK AKT2I: To develop real-world AI innovations for Smart Urban Traffic Control (Principal Investigator/KB supervisor)
  • AIPlan4EU Call for Innovators: AI Planning for Integrated Urban Traffic Control (Principal Investigator)
  • RCUK Catapult Researchers in Residence (Transport) project AI4ME (Principal Investigator)
  • FOAK Innovate UK - SBRI project SimplifAI (co-Investigator)
  • NERC project SimplifAI (co-Investigator)