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I studied math at the University of Padua (Bachelor), logic at Indiana University (Master) and knowledge representation at the Free University of Bolzano-Bozen (PhD).

My research develops in the areas of information and social systems where logic, artificial intelligence and cognitive science overlap. I like to start with an ontological approach to clarify the domain and to identify the problem. You can see this, for example, in my work on engineering function and product modeling and, in a different way, on space representation. In general, I like to work with people with different backgrounds because I'm attracted to interdisciplinary topics.

I've given tens of invited talks at conferences and universities. Typically, people ask me to talk about applied ontology and how it can be used in some domain or context. I've been active in about 30 national and international projects. As most people, I didn't like all of them but they often spark some interesting problem to think about. Today I'm in the Editorial Board of the journal Applied Ontology, member of the Advisory Board of the International Association for Ontology and its Applications (IAOA) and in the Steering committee of several conference/workshop series.

Contact: stefano.borgo -at-


Upcoming events:

Co-organizer of the 2nd Ontology and Engineering in Tandem (Setp. 20, Trento Italy)

Co-organizer of the Joint Ontology Workshops - JOWO (Setp. 21-23, Bolzano Italy)

Co-organizer of the Shapes 4.0 Workshop at JOWO (Setp. 21-23, Bolzano Italy)

Lecturer: PhD course "How and why to build an ontology to model a scenario" DICATECH, Politecnico di Bari (24hrs, Oct. 3-13, Bari Italy)

Exhibitor at the exposition "The fabric of the Bodies. From anatomy to robotics" (Oct. 14 - Dec. 17, Palazzo del Governatore, Parma Italia)

Visitor at The Cognitive Robotic Systems Laboratory at AASS, Örebro University (Oct. 25-26, Örebro Sweden)

Visitor at the School of Knowledge Science, JAIST (~Nov. 20-29, Nomi Japan)

Lecturer: "Logic, ontology and planning: the robot’s knowledge" ESSLLI 2018 (7.5hrs over one week, Aug. 6-17, 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria) - with O. Kutz


Some papers (feel free to ask me for a copy):

E. M. Sanfilippo and S. Borgo. What are features? an ontology-based review of the literature. Computer-Aided Design, (2016)
R. Mizoguchi, Y. Kitamura, and S. Borgo. A unifying definition for artifact and biological functions. Applied Ontology, 11(2):129–154, 2016.
S. Borgo, A. Cesta, A. Orlandini, and A. Umbrico. Towards knowledge-based adaptive autonomous agents. In Proceeding of TMCE 2016, pg. 153-165 (2016)
M. R. Stufano Melone and S. Borgo. Towards an understanding of shapes and types in architecture. Proceedings of SHAPES 2015 - The Shape Of Things, vol. 1616 pg. 47–54., 2015.
S. Borgo, M. Franssen, P. Garbacz, Y. Kitamura, R. Mizoguchi, and P. E. Vermaas. Technical artifacts: An integrated perspective. Applied Ontology Journal, 9(3-4): 217–235 (2014)
S. Borgo. An ontological approach for reliable data integration in the industrial domain. Computers in Industry, 65(9):1242–1252 (2014)
S. Borgo, N. Spagnoletti, L. Vieu, and E. Visalberghi. Artifact and artifact categorization: Comparing humans and capuchin monkeys. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 4 (3):375–389 (2013)
S. Borgo and G. Pozza. Knowledge objects: a formal construct for material, information and role dependences. Knowledge Management Research & Practice, 10(3):227–236, September (2012)

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