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Paolo Terenziani

Full Professor of Computer Science (INF01)
Computer Science Institute DISIT
Universita' del Piemonte Orientale "Amedeo Avogadro"
Viale T. Michel 11- 15121 - Alessandria - Italy
Room 174

Telephone: +39 0131 360174
Fax: +39 0131 360198



Full Professor : 2000-now, Computer Science Institute DISIT, U.P.O.
Cooperating Researcher : Department of Computer Science, Università degli Studi di Torino.
Adjunct Professor : Griffith University, QLD,Australia.


The research activity of Paolo Terenziani has begun in 1987 and it concerns mainly the field of Artificial Intelligence, and specifically the areas of computational linguistics, design of ontologies and formalisms for knowledge representation and automatic reasoning (with particular attention to representation and reasoning with temporal constraints), the field of databases and medical informatics. Regarding these research topics Paolo Terenziani has published over 120 paper in peer-reviewed international journals, books derived from conference proceedings, conference proceedings and workshops.
Regarding the area of knowledge representation, Paolo Terenziani has concentrated his attention on modelling time, causality and temporal periodicity.
Regarding the area of temporal constraints, the main results he has obtained concern the development of LaTeR, an integrated approach for treating qualitative and quantitative temporal constraints, granting efficiency in performance in query answering, and design of representation formalisms and of algorithms for reasoning with repeated and/or periodic events.
Regarding the area of temporal databases, Paolo Terenziani has proposed some extensions of classical data models and relational algebra for dealing with (i) temporal constraints among tuples, (ii) periodic events and (iii) temporal indeterminacy. In collaboration with R.T. Snodgrass, one of the "founding fathers" of the area of temporal databases, recently he devised an extension of classic relation model in order to deal with phenomena concerning telic and atelic events.


  • (1996) pointed out as highly innovative by Eric Sandewall in the " Web Page of Positive Reviews of Research in Logical Artificial Intelligence"
  • (1998) "Artificial Intelligence Prize" from Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence.
  • (2000) best paper award at conference TIME 2000, July 7-9 2000, Cape Breton, Canada with the paper entitled "Representing and reasoning with temporal constraints in multimedia presentations"
  • (2012) "distinguished paper" in AMIA 2012, Chicago, USA, November 2012 with the paper entitled "Exceptions Handling within GLARE Clinical Guideline Framework" (on more than 1000 submitted papers)


The GLARE project

Since 1997, Paolo Terenziani collaborates with Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria San Giovanni Battista of Torino with GLARE project, for developing a prototype of a domain-independent software system for acquisition, representation and execution of clinical guidelines. The scientific quality and prominence in international scientific research community of GLARE project are attested by the relevant number of published scientific papers regarding the project. In particular, since 1998, over 40 papers has been published in peer-reviewed international scientific journals and conference proceedings of Medical Informatics and Artificial Intelligence (e.g., AIIMJ, AMIA, AIME, Medinfo, GIN). Paolo Terenziani, the scientific coordinator of the project, has been invited to be a member of the Program Committee of several international conferences and workshops regarding medical informatics and/or clinical guidelines (among the main conferences, CGP'04, AIME'05, 07, 09, 13, the ECAI'06 workshop on clinical guidelines, ProHealth'07, 08, 10, 11, 12,13, KR4HC'09, 10, 11, 12,13, Medinfo'13), has held invited talks in Medical Informatics Conferences and Workshops, and is part of the Editorial Board of the Open Medical Informatics Journal and of the International Journal of Knowledge-Based Organizations. The GLARE project is part of Openclinical , a larger international project for the development and dissemination of medical informatics, and in particular of computer-supported clinical guidelines.
GLARE makes use of advanced techniques of databases and of artificial intelligence, being the main application domain used by Paolo Terenziani for applying the results of his scientific research. In particular, among similar approaches in literature, GLARE stands out for the advanced support for helping physicians in decision-making activities, for the advanced treatment of temporal phenomena and for verification of acquired clinical guidelines by means of model-checking techniques.

Professional Services

Scientific Services

  • (currently) primary investigator of the GINSENG project(GuIdeliNe SEcoNd Generation)
  • (currently) referent of the RoPHS project (Report on the Piedmont Health System), for the evaluation of the Piedmont health system
  • (currently) reviewer of a EC project in Medical Informatics as an "expert" for the European Community
  • (2012) Chair of the Temporal Database Track of TIME 2012 (Leicester, GB, September 2012).


Students hours


  • See "DIR" (on-line enrollments)

Lectures (2013/14)