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Nicoletta Fornara, PhD

Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI), Faculty of Communication Sciences
Via Giuseppe Buffi, 13, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland, room 228
Tel +41 (0)58 666 45 13
nicoletta.fornara AT usi DOT ch




Courses and Project at USI

My Google Scholar profile

I am Docente-Ricercatore (maître d'enseignement et de recherche MER/Lecturer-Researcher) at the Faculty of Communication Sciences at Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), Lugano, Switzerland. Since 2000, I have been Scientific Coordinator of the Institute of Digital Technologies for Communication, Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI).
I got my M.Sc. Degree in Computer Science, from Università degli studi di Milano and the Ph.D. at Università della Svizzera italiana, Faculty of Communication Sciences in 2003 with a thesis on ''Interaction and Communication among Autonomous Agents in Multiagent Systems''.

Research Interests

My research interests are in the area of Artificial Intelligence, in particular:

Dr Fornara has been in the program committee (PC) of numerous international conferences and workshops in the field of Multiagent systems. She has authored 50 scientific papers published in international peer-reviewed scientific journals, as contributions to peer-reviewed books, and in peer-reviewed conference/workshop proceedings in the research area of Multiagent Systems, Semantic Web Technologies, and Access Control.


In the initial part of my doctoral studies, I was supported by a FP4 EU project at IDISA (Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence). I was supported as Postdoctoral researcher by three research projects. I directed as co-applicant two Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) projects from May 2009 to May 2013. From 2013 to 2015, I was the principal investigator of a project funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education Research (SERI) within the COST Action IS1004 WEBDATANET. From 2015 to 2016, I was principal investigator of a project funded by the Hasler Foundation.
Currently, I am the principal investigator of the 4-years SNF project A Framework for Automatic Monitoring of Norms and Agreements Concerning Digital Assets in the Web of Data.


Since 2000, I have been teaching assistant and lecturer of courses on digital technologies for communication at Università della Svizzera italiana, Faculty of Communication Science.
Since 2005 I have been teaching assistant and lecturer of database courses at Politecnico di Milano (Faculty of Computer Engineering).
In 2010 and 20111 I was lecturer in the Degree of Advanced Studies in Internet Applications at Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana (SUPSI).

Service, Program Committees (last three years)


PhD Student co-advisor: