SWAP - Semantic Web Access and Personalization Research Group

Pasquale Lops

Assistant Professor

University of Bari "Aldo Moro"
Department of Computer Science
Via E.Orabona, 4 - I70126 BARI, Italy

Phone: +39 080 5442276
Fax: +39 080 5443196
e-mail: lops___AT___di.uniba.it




'An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
(Benjamin Franklin)
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Short CV | Research Interests | Activities | Publications | Teaching



Short CV

  • 2004: Assistant professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Bari, Italy.
  • 2005: PhD in Computer Science, University of Bari, Italy.
    • Thesis:: Hybrid Recommendation Techniques based on User Profiles
  • 2004: July 2004-September 2004, research student at the Fraunhofer Integrated Publications and Informations Systems Institute, Darmstadt, Germany
  • 2001: Research Assistant, Department of Computer Science, University of Bari, Italy
  • 1997: Laurea degree in Computer Science, University of Bari, Italy



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Main Research Interests

Intelligent Information Access

  • Recommender Systems
  • Information Filtering
  • Hybrid Recommendation Strategies
  • Machine Learning Techniques for Recommender Systems

Personalization

  • User Modeling and Profiling
  • Semantic Web Personalization

Information Retrieval

  • Natural Language Processing techniques
  • Personalized Retrieval



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Activities

Organizing Committees




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Invited Talks

  • Semantics-aware Content-based Recommender Systems: the Big Picture, Keynote at the 1st Workshop on New Trends in Content-Based Recommender Systems, in conjunction with the ACM International Conference on Recommender Systems, Foster City, Silicon Valley (USA), October 6, 2014 (slides available on Slideshare).
  • Semantics-aware Recommender Systems, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica e Tecnologie dell'Informazione, UniversitÓ degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Naples (Italy), November 25, 2013.
  • Machine (Learn/Read)ing for Knowledge Infusion in Small Brains from Big Data, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Informatica Automatica Gestionale, UniversitÓ Sapienza, Rome (Italy), June 13, 2012.
  • Big Data, Small Brains: Deep Content Analytics for Better Recommendations and Human-Computer Decision Making, Distretto Produttivo dell'Informatica, Gruppo di Lavoro su Business Process Management, Dipartimento di Informatica, UniversitÓ degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro, 7 Giugno 2012.
  • Big Data, Small Brains: Deep Content Analytics for Better Recommendations, Dipartimento di Informatica e Automazione, UniversitÓ degli Studi Roma 3, Rome (Italy), January 9, 2012.
  • Information Retrieval and Information Filtering: two battlefields for NLP techniques, University of Basque Country, San Sebastian (Spain), May 6, 2011.
  • Tecnologie del linguaggio a supporto dei Sistemi per l'Accesso Intelligente all'Informazione orientati ai contenuti, Forum per il Trattamento Automatico della Lingua (TAL 2010), Rome, October 29, 2010.
  • Document Indexing based on Word Sense Disambiguation, WordNet and Wikipedia, Workshop on Natural Language Processing, AI*IA 2008, Cagliari (Italy), September 11, 2008.
  • Accesso Intelligente all'Informazione, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica ed Elettronica dell'UniversitÓ degli Studi di Cagliari, April 8, 2008.



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Editorial Boards




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Program Committees

  • UMAP 2015, 2014 (International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization);
  • IUI 2015, 2014 (International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces);
  • FinRec 2015 (International Workshop on Personalization and Recommender Systems in Financial Services);
  • HRSUNE@IUI2015 (International Workshop on Human Aspects of Making Recommendations in Social Ubiquitous Networking Environments);
  • RecSys 2014 (ACM Conference on Recommender Systems, Senior Program Committee);
  • UMAP 2014 Doctoral Consortium;
  • HT 2014 (ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media);
  • SAC 2014 (ACM Symposium on Applied Computing, Senior PC for the Track on Recommender Systems: Theory and Applications);
  • AVI 2014 (ACM Advanced Visual Interfaces);
  • ESWC 2014 Challenge on Linked Open Data-enabled Recommender Systems;
  • LREC 2014 (International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation);
  • EMPIRE@UMAP2014 (Emotions and Personality in Personalized Services);
  • LLUM@UMAP2014 (Lifelong User Modeling);
  • LiUD@UMAP2014 (Linking User Data);
  • SNOW@WWW2014 (Social News on the Web)
  • RecSys 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 (ACM Conference on Recommender Systems);
  • RecSys 2012 Doctoral Symposium;
  • ISMIS 2012, 2011 (International Symposium on Methodologies for Intelligent Systems);
  • DART 2012, 2011 (International Workshop on New Challenges in Distributed Information Filtering and Retrieval);
  • HSI 2010 (Session: Accessing, Structuring, Analyzing and Adapting Information in Web 2.0), (IEEE International Conference on Human System Interaction);
  • PICom 2009 (IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Intelligence and Computing);
  • ISDA 2009 (Session S1: Computational Intelligence for Personalization in Web Content and Service Delivery), (International Conference on Intelligent Systems Design and Applications);
  • EC-Web 2009 (International Conference on Electronic Commerce and Web Technologies);
  • ICADIWT 2009 (International Conference on the Applications of Digital Information and Web Technologies);
  • HIS 2008, 2007, 2006 (International Conference on Hybrid Intelligent Systems);
  • KES 2008 (International Conference on Knowledge-Based and Intelligent Information \& Engineering Systems);
  • ECML-PKDD 2007 (European Conference on Machine Learning and $11^{th}$ European Conference on Principles and Practice on Knowledge Discovery in Databases);
  • AC 2007, 2006 (IADIS International Conference Applied Computing);
  • SPIM 2013, 2012, 2011 (Semantic Personalized Information Management);
  • Personalized Knowledge Modeling with Big (Usage \& Context) Data 2012, nell'ambito della International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptiation and Personalization (UMAP);
  • Human Decision Making in Recommender Systems (Decisions) 2012, nell'ambito della ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys);
  • IIR 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 (Italian Information Retrieval Workshop);
  • CaRR 2014, 2012, 2011 (International Workshop on Context-awareness in Retrieval and Recommendation);
  • HetRec 2011 (International workshop on Information Heterogeneity and Fusion in Recommender Systems), nell'ambito della conferenza internazionale ACM Recommender Systems (RecSys);
  • CAMRa 2011 (Challenge on Context-Aware Movie Recommendation), nell'ambito della conferenza internazionale ACM Recommender Systems (RecSys);
  • SASWeb 2010 (International Workshop on Adaptation in Social and Semantic Web), nell'ambito della International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptiation and Personalization (UMAP);
  • Towards User Modelling and Adaptive Systems for All (TUMAS-A) 2008: Web Intelligence \& Intelligent Agent Technology in eLearning, nell'ambito della conferenza internazionale IEEE/WIC/ACM 2008 (Joint International Conference on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology);
  • Web X.0 and Web mining workshop (WWM), nell'ambito della First International Conference on Human Computer Interaction (HCI 2009);
  • International Workshop on Wikis, Blogs, Bookmarking Tools - Mining the Web 2.0, nell'ambito della conferenza internazionale ECML/PKDD 2008 ($19^{th}$ European Conference on Machine Learning \& $12^{th}$ European Conference on Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases);
  • International Workshop on ``Recommender Systems and Personalized Retrieval (RSPR 2008), nell'ambito della conferenza internazionale ICADIWT 2008 ($1^{st}$ IEEE International Conference on the Applications of Digital Information and Web Technologies);
  • Engineered Applications of Semantic Web (SWEA), invited session at the International Conference on Knowledge-Based \& Intelligent Information \& Engineering Systems (KES 2008);
  • Workshop on Web Mining 2.0 2007, in congiunzione con $18^{th}$ European Conference on Machine Learning (ECML) and Principles and $11^{th}$ European Conference on Practice on Knowledge Discovery in Databases (PKDD) 2007;
  • Engineered Applications of Semantic Web (SWEA), invited session at the International Conference on Knowledge-Based \& Intelligent Information \& Engineering Systems (KES 2007);
  • SWAP 2007 (Workshop on Semantic Web Applications and Perspectives);
  • Workshop on Web Mining 2006 (WebMine), in congiunzione con $17^{th}$ European Conference on Machine Learning (ECML) and $10^{th}$ Principles and Practice on Knowledge Discovery in Databases (PKDD) 2006.



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Reviewing Committees

International Volumes and Journals

  • ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology (2014), Special issue on Recommender System Benchmarking;
  • The Computer Journal, Oxford Journals (2014)
  • Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, Wiley (2014)
  • International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, Elsevier (2013, 2009)
  • Artificial Intelligence, Elsevier (2013, 2012)
  • ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems (2012), Special issue on Human Decision Making and Recommender Systems
  • Journal of Intelligent Information Systems, Springer (2013, 2012)
  • ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems (2011), Special issue on Personalization and Persuasion;
  • Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, Elsevier (2011);
  • ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology (2010), Special issue on Search and Mining User Generated Contents;
  • IEEE Internet Computing (2010), Special issue on Information Overload;
  • International Journal of Web Semantics, Elsevier (2009)
  • Recommender Systems Handbook: A Complete Guide for Research Scientists & Practitioners, edited by Paul Kantor, Francesco Ricci, Lior Rokach, Bracha Shapira (2009)
  • International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, Elsevier (2009)
  • Encyclopaedia of Digital Libraries, Edited by Yin-Leng Theng, Schubert Foo, Dion Goh Hoe Lian, and Jin-Cheon Na, School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
  • IJMSO International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies
  • DKE Data & Knowledge Engineering Journal
  • Clare-Marie Karat, Jan Blom, and John Karat (Eds), Designing Personalized User Experiences for eCommerce, Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  • ACM TOIT (Transactions on Internet Technologies), Special Issue on Intelligent Techniques for Web Personalization;
  • IJEC International Journal of Electronic Commerce, special issue on Recommender Systems

International Conferences

  • WSDM 2014, 2013 (International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining);
  • ECIR 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 (European Conference on Information Retrieval);
  • AIIA 2013 (International Congress of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence);
  • K-CAP 2011 (International Conference on Knowledge Capture);
  • IIR 2011 (2nd Italian Information Retrieval Workshop);
  • UMAP 2013, 2010 (International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization);
  • ECML-PKDD 2010, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004 (European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases);
  • LREC 2012, 2010 (International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation);
  • IRCDL 2010 (Italian Research Conference on Digital Libraries);
  • ISDA 2010 (International Conference on Intelligent Systems Design and Applications);
  • SWAP 2010, 2005 (Italian Workshop on Semantic Web Applications and Perspectives);
  • RecSys 2009, 2008 (ACM International Conference on Recommender Systems);
  • ECAI 2008, 2004 (European Conference on Artificial Intelligence)
  • ECIR 2008 (European Conference on Information Retrieval)
  • DaWaK 2008 (International Conference on Data Warehousing and Knowledge Discoovery)
  • SIGIR 2007 (Poster and Demonstration Session alla International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval)
  • IJCAI 2007 (International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence)
  • KES 2007 (International Conference on Knowledge-Based & Intelligent Information & Engineering Systems)
  • ADMA 2006, 2005 (Advanced Data Mining and Applications)
  • ISMIS 2006, 2003 (International Symposium on Methodologies for Intelligent Systems)
  • IEA-AIE 2005 (International Conference on Industrial & Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence & Expert Systems)
  • ISMIS 2006, 2003 (International Symposium on Methodologies for Intelligent Systems)
  • AI*IA 2003 (Congresso Nazionale Associazione Italiana Intelligenza Artificiale)
  • ICML 2002 (International Conference on Machine Learning)
  • ECDL 2002 (European Conference on Digital Libraries)
  • DAS 2002 (Document Analysis Systems)



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Associations

  • AAAI (The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence);
  • AI*IA (Associazione Italiana per l'Intelligenza Artificiale);
  • AICA (Associazione Italiana per l'Informatica ed il Calcolo Automatico);
  • GRIN (GRuppo nazionale di INformatica);
  • GII (Gruppo di Ingegneria Informatica);
  • SIGLEX (the ACL special interest group on the lexicon).



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Publications

  • Google Scholar profile (citations and H-Index)
  • My publications on DBLP | Bibsonomy
  • PhD thesis: P. Lops. Hybrid recommendation techniques based on user profiles. Ph.d. thesis, University of Bari, Department of Computer Science, 2005.
  • Patents: LOPS P., MARCO DEGEMMIS, GIOVANNI SEMERARO. (2006). Metodo per l'interazione con una interfaccia utente grafica provvista di oggetti interattivi, in particolare di una pagina Web, tramite l'utilizzo di dispositivi che non richiedono l'uso delle mani (dispositivi handless). RM2006A000188. Pasquale Lops, Marco Degemmis, Giovanni Semeraro.



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