I'm a full professor of Computer Science at DINFO, University of Florence. I have been an Associate Professor at Dipartimento di Sistemi e Informatica from 2000 to 2010, and an Associate Professor at the University of Cagliari from 1998 to 2000. I've been a Visiting Professor at KU Leuven in 2010, a Lecturer at the University of Wollongong, Australia in 1998, and a Visiting Scholar at MIT in 1992.
My research interests are in the area of machine learning, with particular emphasis on algorithms for structured and relational data, learning with logical representations, and applications to bioinformatics. In these areas I've written over 180 refereed papers. You may find my list of publications on my Scholar profile and on this page.
Among other activities, I'm an Associate Editor of the Machine Learning Journal. I co-chaired the European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery (2016), the Int. Conference on Prestigious Applications of Artificial Intelligence (PAIS) 2012, the AAAI 2010 Special Track on AI and Bioinformatics, the 20th International Conference on Inductive Logic Programming (2010), and the 5th International Workshop on Mining and Learning with Graphs (2007).
I'm head of the regional PhD Program in Smart Computing of the Universities of Florence, Pisa and Siena.
I'm interested in machine learning and its applications. In particular I've been working on recurrent and recursive neural networks, kernel methods, and graphical models for learning with structured/relational data. More recently I have been working on hyperparameter optimization and meta-learning. I'm also interested in bridging statistical learning and symbolic (logic-based) approaches. These ideas have led to systems such as kFOIL (Landwher et al. 2006; 2010), type extension trees (Frasconi et al. 2008; Jaeger et al. in preparation), and more recently kLog (Frasconi et al. 2012). Application areas of my interest include bioinformatics (in particular protein structure and function, molecular activity), natural language processing, computer vision.
Frasconi, Paolo, Niels Landwehr, Giuseppe Manco, and Jilles Vreeken. Machine Learning and Knowledge Discovery in Databases. European Conference, ECML PKDD 2016, Riva del Garda. LNAI 9851-9852. Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-46128-1
De Raedt, Luc, Christian Bessiere, Didier Dubois, Patrick Doherty, Paolo Frasconi, Fredrik Heintz, and Peter J. F. Lucas, (2012). ECAI 2012 - 20th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence. Including Prestigious Applications of Artificial Intelligence (PAIS-2012) System Demonstrations Track, Montpellier, France, August 27-31 , 2012. ECAI Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications. IOS Press
Frasconi, Paolo and Francesca A. Lisi (2011). Inductive Logic Programming: 20th International Conference, ILP 2010, Florence, Italy, June 27-30, 2010, Revised Papers. Springer. ISBN 978-3-642-21294-9
De Raedt, Luc, Paolo Frasconi, Kristian Kersting, and Stephen Muggleton (2008). Probabilistic Inductive Logic Programming --- Theory and Applications. Springer. ISBN 978-3-540-78651-1
Baldi, Pierre, Paolo Frasconi, and Padhraic Smyth (2003). Modeling the Internet and the Web: Probabilistic Methods and Algorithms. John Wiley \& Sons. ISBN 978-0-470-84906-4
Frasconi, Paolo and Ron Shamir (2003). Artificial Intelligence and Heuristic Methods for Bioinformatics. IOS Press. ISBN 978-1-58603-294-4
Directions. Public transport: From Firenze main train station (Santa Maria Novella) take tram line 1 towards Careggi, get off at Poggetto and then take bus 55 at Celso (3rd stop).
Once there... The Santa Marta building is beatiful but rather old. Room numbers do not follow any rational pattern and finding your way may be a bit challenging. The plan below may help (note however it was done before renewing). Both my office (red) and my lab (green) are shown.