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Roberto Confalonieri is Associate Professor of Computer Science at the Department of Mathematics `Tullio Levi-Civita' of the University of Padua, Italy. Prior to that, he was assistant professor (RTDa) at the Faculty of Computer Science of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. He received a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence (with distinction) from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in 2011. In 2018-2020 he was eXplainable AI team lead at Alpha, the first European Moonshot projects company funded by Telefonica Research in Barcelona. In 2017-2018, he was project manager and researcher of the Smart Data Factory, the technology transfer centre of the Faculty of Computer Science of unibz, where he acquired and directed several research projects and collaborations with industries raising a total amount of 1.810.188,00 euro in two years. In 2011-2016 he was post-doctoral researcher in several research institutions in Europe (UPC BarcelonaTech, IRIT, Goldsmiths College, IIIA-CSIC, Universitat of Barcelona).

He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific publications, published in top-tier referred international AI conferences (IJCAI, AAAI, ECAI) and journals (AIJ, EAAI, AMAI). He co-edited the book `Concept Invention' published by Springer in 2018. He is Senior Editor of the Cognitive Systems Research journal published by Elsevier and Associate Editor of the Neurosymbolic Artificial Intelligence Journal (IOS Press). He is an editor of the special issue on `The Role of Ontologies and Knowledge in Explainable AI' to be published in the Semantic Web Journal published (IOS Press), and an editor of the special issue series `On the Cognitive Side of Explainable AI' to be published in the Cognitive Systems Research journal (Elsevier).

He regularly organises scientific events: he is chair of the series of international workshops of Data meets Applied Ontologies (DAO @JOWO 2017, DAO-SI @JOWO 2019, DAO-XAI @ DL2021). He co-chaired an invited symposium at CogSci 2019. He was local and doctoral consortium chair of the 13th International Conference on Computational Creativity (ICCC 2022). He organised the 6th Workshop on Advances In Argumentation In Artificial Intelligence (AI3 2022), an event associated with the 21st International Conference of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence (AIxIA 2022). He regularly serves as Senior PC and PC member in top-tier AI conference such as IJCAI, AAAI, and ECAI, and as a reviewer for a number of AI and ML journals.

In 2020-2022, he was the PI of the `Hyperspectral images for inspection applications (H2I)' project, an EFRE/FESR funded project (FESR1111) coordinated by the Faculty of Computer Science of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano and carried out in collaboration with industries. The project was focused on the use of deep learning models for the automatic identification of wood and fruit defects and for sustainable management of goods. In his career, he participated in 4 European projects, and in dozens of unibz research projects and collaborations with industries.

His main research topics are in AI, particularly Trustworthy and Explainable AI, Knowledge Representation and Applied Ontologies, and Computational Creativity, particularly Concept Invention, Concept Evaluation, and Concept Refinement.