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Research Interests:Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, Inductive logic programming and Multi-relational Data Mining, Symbolic Data Analysis, Spatial Data Mining, Document Image Analysis and Recognition, Web Mining, Bioinformatics, Network Traffic Analysis. 

Donato Malerba 
Full Professor 

Dipartimento di Informatica 
Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro 
Via Orabona 4 
70126 Bari - Italy  

phone: +39 080 5443269 
fax: +39 080 5443269  or 5443196  
email: donato.malerba _@_ 






Curriculum Vitae


Full Professor


Head of the Department of Computer Science, responsible of the Knowledge Discovery and Data Engineering (KDDE) Group


Degree in Information Science from the University of Bari, Italy, July 1987 (supervisor of laurea thesis: prof. Floriana Esposito).
First appointment with the University of Bari: July 1991.

Academic career

From March 2005: Full Professor of Computer Science, University of Bari.
November 1998 - February 2005: Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of Bari
July 1991 - October 1998: Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Bari
September - December 1992: collaboration as assistant specialist with the Machine Learning group headed by prof. Michael J. Pazzani of the Institute of Computer Science, University of California, Irvine.
July 1987 - June 1991: collaboration with the Machine Learning Group headed by prof. Floriana Esposito, Department of Computer Science, University of Bari, Italy. January - April 1989: attendance of some regular courses at SASIAM (School for Advanced Studies on Industrial and Applied Mathematics), Tecnopolis, Valenzano (BA), Italy.

Awards and prizes

December 1987: IBM Italy prize for the best laurea theses in Computer Science.
2004: IBM Faculty Award.

Teaching activity

He is currently involved in teaching several courses for the following curricula:
Computer Science (first level degree, Bari, Italy),
Computer Science (second level degree, Bari, Italy),
Computer Science and Digital Communication (first level degree, Taranto, Italy),
Physics (three years degree, Bari, Italy),
Specialization School for Secondary School Teachers.

He is a member of the Directory Board of the PhD Program in Computer Science, University of Bari.

Research interests

Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery: statistical and logical foundations, predictive and descriptive methods (induction of decision and model trees, rule learning, association rule discovery, causal models, clustering), model evaluation, visual approaches. Inductive logic programming and Multi-relational Data Mining: recursive theory learning, generalization models and theory revision, relational learning from numeric data, relational regression, relational association rules and emerging patterns, relational clustering, propositionalization, relational transductive learning. Symbolic data analysis: dissimilarity measures, flexible matching, classification. Spatial Data Mining: feature extraction from maps, map interpretation, spatial classification/regression/association/clustering. Document image analysis and recognition: applications of machine learning and data mining to blocks classification, document classification, document understanding, layout analysis, reading order detection. Web Mining: feature selection, hierarchical and multidimensional classification of web documents. Bioinformatics: applications of data mining methods to biomedial literature, information extraction from biomedical texts. Network Traffic Analysis: feature extraction, anomaly detection.

He is author of more than 150 papers which have been published in international journals and refereed Conference/Workshop Proceedings.

Professional Activities

He was program chair of and program co-chair of He was the initiator of the KDNet Symposium on Knowledge-Based Services for the Public Sector.
He served as Workshops co-chair of ECML/PKDD'04.
He is a member of the steering committee of He served in the organizing committee of
He has served in the program committee of several international conferences and workshops, such as:

He also served in the program committee of several national conferences and workshops, such as the
He organized the following international and national workshops:
  • the 3rd Italian Workshop on Eclipse Technologies (Eclipse-IT 2008).
  • Bio-Logical: Logic-based approaches in Bioinformatics, co-located with 11th Conference of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence (AI*IA 2009).

  • He gave the following invited talks: and tutorials:
    He was invited to He acted as a referee of several international journals ( Machine Learning, IEEE TPAMI, IEEE TKDE, JIIS, JAIR, DKE, IJDAR, ...) and conferences.
    He is the editor-in-chief of "Intelligenza Artificiale", the magazine of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence.

    He is involved in the following European projects: and National projects:
    and Regional projects:


    Scientific collaborator of Sensitrust LTD.

    Professional Memberships

    He is member of the following associations:
    He is the Director of the "Research Unit - University of Bari" of Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per l’Informatica (CINI).

    PhD Students, Visiting Researchers and Postdocs:


    Current PhD students in Computer Science:
    Past PhD students in Computer Science:



    Visiting researchers:


    Undergraduate Courses - Academic year 2014-2015 Undergraduate Courses - Past academic years Courses of the Specialization School for Secondary School Teachers (SSIS)


    Human life? A conscious flash in the forgetful dark of a universe which expands aimlessly.
    La vita umana? Un lampo cosciente nel buio smemorato di un universo che corre espandendosi senza meta.

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