I am a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, ACM Senior Member, Full Professor at the School of Computing and Engineering of the University of Huddersfield. I am a member of the PARK (Planning, Autonomy and Representation of Knowledge) research centre, led by Lee McCluskey and Grigoris Antoniou.

I received my PhD in March 2012 from the University of Brescia. My supervisor was Alfonso Gerevini, co-supervisor Alessandro Saetti.
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 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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