Full professor of "Information processing systems" in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of the University of Bologna. He has been doing research since 1984 in the areas of databases, information systems, artificial intelligence and data mining. He participated to several italian and international research projects, and carried out also applied research projects in cooperation with industries. He is author of about 100 refereed scientific publications and cooperates with international institutions, such as University Federico Santamaria, Valparaiso, Chile, University of Illinois, Chicago and Polytechnic of Lausanne. He is also director of the undergraduate and graduate programs "Computer Engineering", in the School of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Bologna.