Group Members

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Stefano Rizzi

Full professor
Stefano Rizzi received his Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science in 1996 from the University of Bologna, Italy. Since 2005 he is Full Professor at the University of Bologna, where he is the head of the Business Intelligence Group and teaches Data Warehousing and Software Engineering. He has published more than 100 papers in refereed journals and international conferences mainly in the fields of data warehousing and pattern recognition, and a research book on data warehouse design. He joined several research projects on the above areas and has been involved in the PANDA thematic network of the European Union concerning pattern-base management systems. He is member of the Steering Committee of DOLAP and of the Editorial Board of DKE. He has been General Co-Chair of the 31st International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER 2012) and Program Co-Chair of the 1st International Workshop on Social Business Intelligence (SoBI 2013). His current research interests include data warehouse design and business intelligence, in particular multidimensional modeling, OLAP preferences, and what-if analysis.

Matteo Golfarelli

Full professor
Matteo is full professor at the Department of Informatics - Science and Engineering of the University of Bologna and he teaches Information systems, Advanced Databases and Data Mining. He is the author of over 100 publications in international journals and conferences in the areas of pattern recognition, robotics, multi-agent systems and business intelligence, which is today his main research sector. His current research interests include distributed and semantic data warehouses, machine learning, social data analysis, trajectory mining and big data. He coordinated multiple research projects, national and international, in the aforementioned research areas. He is actively engaged in technology transfer in the information systems and business intelligence sectors, collaborates with public and private Italian companies and has been the scientific manager of numerous corporate agreements.

Enrico Gallinucci

Junior Assistant Professor
Gallinucci is a computer science researcher at the University of Bologna since 2013, where he teaches the Master’s Degree Big Data course and carries out his research activities in the fields of Business Intelligence and Big Data. His research interests are aimed in particular at the aspects of modeling, integration and data analysis, both from the methodological and algorithmic perspectives. The current research topics include: the design of a multistore system to manage data integration and to optimize queries on distributed databases, including relational and NoSQL technologies; the development of smart approaches to support the data scientist in searching, organizing and analizing data in a big data environment; the design of innovative and scalable techniques to analyze large-scale trajectory data. He is currently involved in several projects to deploy the research topics in practical applications, particularly in the precision agriculture sector.

Matteo Francia

Adjunct professor, Postdoc research fellow
Matteo Francia earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from The University of Bologna, Italy. He is an adjunct professor and a postdoctoral research fellow at The University of Bologna, where he is a member of the Business Intelligence Group and teaches “Big Data”. His research focuses on advanced analytics and unconventional data, with particular reference to trajectory, social, and sensory data. He authored publications in international conferences and journals on these subjects, including Information Systems, Information Systems Frontiers, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, DOLAP, EDBT, and ER. He served as a program committee member at the International Conference on Big Data Analytics and Knowledge Discovery (DAWAK 2021). He was a visiting scholar at The University of Queensland in 2019. He received the MSc and BSc with honors from the University of Bologna in 2017 and 2014, respectively.

Chiara Forresi

PhD student
Chiara Forresi graduated cum laude in Computer Science and Engineering in October 2020 at the University of Bologna. She is currently a PhD student in Data Science and Computation. Her main research interests are about techniques and methodologies to support data management and analysis in big data ecosystems.

Joseph Giovanelli

PhD student
Joseph Giovanelli graduated cum laude in Computer Science and Engineering in March 2020 at the University of Bologna. His Master’s Degree thesis focused on AutoML, in particular he has devised a methodology that takes into account the impact of data-preprocessing techniques and proposes more effective pipeline prototypes. Currently, he is a member of the B.I.G. research group, his main research interests concern the field of analytics on trajectory data, through artificial intelligence algorithms and big data technologies.


Anna Giulia Leoni

2019-2021, now working as software developer at Onit, Cesena
Role: Research fellow

Nicola Santolini

2019-2021, now working as software developer at Onit, Cesena
Role: Research fellow

Lorenzo Baldacci

2013-2016, now working as Solution Architect at Databricks, London
Role: Junior assistant professor

Simone Graziani

2014-2018, now working as Data Scientist at OPTIT Srl, Cesena
Role: PhD student

Matteo Francia

2012-2016, now working as Professional Services Expert at ESTECO SpA, Trieste
Role: Research fellow

Elisa Turricchia

2010-2013, now working as Business Analytics Team Leader at Iconsulting, Bologna
Role: PhD student

Tommaso Pirini

2016-2018, now working as a teacher and freelance consultant
Role: Postdoc research fellow

Daniele Quercioli

2016, now working as a freelance data scientist
Role: Research fellow

Lab visitors

Hamdi Ben-Hamadou, PhD student, Autumn 2018

Doulkifli Boukraâ, Associate Professor

Ettore Saltarelli, PhD student

Boris Vrdoljak, Assistant professor

Jesus Pardillo Vela, Government fellow

Patrick Marcel, Assistant professor