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Luigi Portinale

Full Professor of Computer Science
Computer Science Insitute DiSIT
University of Piemonte Orientale "Amedeo Avogadro"
Viale T. Michel 11- 15121 - Alessandria - Italy
Room 184

Telephone: +39 0131 360 184
Fax: +39 0131 360 198


"As far as the propositions of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality". A. Einstein

"Altough this may seem a paradox, all exact science is based on the idea of approximation. If a man tells you he knows a thing exactly, then you can be safe in inferring that you are speaking to an inexact man". B Russel

"Life is uncertain; eat dessert first". E. Ulmer

Upcoming Book: Modeling and Analysis of Dependable Systems: a Probabilistic Graphical Model Perspective; by Luigi Portinale and Daniele Codetta Raiteri; World Scientific Publ. (expected 2015)


Born in Alba (Italy) in 1964.
Laurea degree (summa cum laude) in Computer Science from the University of Torino in 1988.
PhD in Computer Science from the University of Torino and Milano Consortium in 1994.
Awarded (with Luca Console and Daniele Thesieder Dupre') with the Sollac Prize at the Avignon '91 Conference on Expert Systems and their Applications in 1991.
Assitant Professor: 1993-1998, Computer Science Department, University of Torino.
Assistant Professor: 1998-2000, Associate Professor of Computer Science: 2000-2002, Department of Advanced Sciences and Technologies, U.P.O.
Associate Professor of Computer Science: 2002-2004, Department of Computer Science (Dipartimento di Informatica), U.P.O.
Full professor of Computer Science: 2004-now, Department of Computer Science, U.P.O.
Visiting Professor at UNISG (Bra), 2012-2013.
Chair of the Computer Science Department from 2007 to 2011.
Head of the Computer Science Institute since 2012.

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Head of ProGraM: Probabilistic Graphical Models Research Group and Lab
Member of LIS: Laboratory for Intelligent Systems

The research area is Artificial Intelligence (AI). Main interests involve diagnostic reasoning, probabilistic inference and Bayesian networks, case-based reasoning and (formerly) the use of Petri nets in AI applications. More recent activities involve dependability/reliability analysis, medical informatics and web-based applications.
Program committe member of several international conferences and program co-chair of the First Italian Workshop on Case-Based Reasoning (1998), the Workshop on Applications of Petri Nets to Intelligent System Development (1999) and the Fifth European Workshop on Case-Based Reasoning (2000) .
Invited speaker to MMR'04 and MMR'07 (session on Bayesian Networks and Reliability)
Editor for the volume Advances in Case-Based Reasoning (LNAI 1898).
Reviewer for French National Research Agency (ANR).
Member of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence (AI*IA) and of the Association for the Advacement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) .
Member of GRIN , the Italian National Group of Computer Science Researchers.
Member of research units of CINI (Italian Consortium on Informatcs), CNIT (Italian Consortium on telecommunications) and InfoQ (Group on Quantitative Informatics).
Member of the technical and scientific committe of EComLab (center for e-commerce studies)

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Academic Services

  • Head of the Computer Science Istitute, U.P.O. (since 2012).
  • Chair of the Computer Science Department, U.P.O. (2007-2011).
  • Member of the PhD in Computer Science Board, University of Torino (cicles XXVII, XXVIII, XXIX, XXXI)
  • Deputy Chair of CS dept. (2005-2007).
  • U.P.O. representative for the academic information system (CRUI working group) (2005-2012).
  • U.P.O. representative in Wi-Pie Piedmont program (2007-2010).
  • U.P.O. representative in the Technical Scientific Committe (CST) of the CSI-Piemonte (2007-2011).
  • U.P.O. representative in the ICT Innovation Cluster (Polo Innovazione ICT) of Regione Piemonte (2009-now)
  • Member of the Academic Senate, U.P.O. (2012-now).
  • Member of the Technical Scientific Committe of the ITS on Sustainable Mobility, Aerospace and Mechatronics (2013-now).
  • Member of the Steering Committe of the Piedmont Aerospace District (2014-now)


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Thesis Proposals

Lectures (2013-2014) (in Italian)