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Nicoletta Fornara


Dr Nicoletta Fornara is Docente-ricercatore (maître d’enseignement et de recherche MER) at the Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society at Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), Lugano, Switzerland. She got the M.Sc. Degree in Computer Science, from Università degli studi di Milano and the Ph.D. at Università della Svizzera italiana, Faculty of Communication Sciences in 2003 with a thesis on “Interaction and Communication among Autonomous Agents in Multiagent Systems”. In the initial part of her doctoral studies, she was supported by an FP4 EU project at IDISA (Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence). She was supported as postdoctoral researcher by three research projects. Dr Fornara directed as co-applicant two Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) projects from May 2009 to May 2013.

She was, from 2011 to 2012, principal beneficiary of a Hasler Foundation project and from 2013 to 2015, she was principal investigator of a project funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education Research (SERI) under COST Action IS1004 WEBDATANET. From 2015 to 2016 she was principal investigator of a project funded by the Hasler Foundation.

In 2018 she began directing a 56-month project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF).

Dr Fornara was from 2010 to 2012 Substitute Member for representing Switzerland in the Management Committee of the European COST action IC0801 “Agreement Technologies” (2008-2012). Inside this COST Action she was did a Short Term Scientific Mission, at Institut d’Investigació en Intelligència artificial (Artificial Intelligence Research Institute IIIA) Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.

Dr Fornara was from 2011 to 2015 official Member representing Switzerland of the Management Committee of the European COST action WEBDATANET: web-based data-collection - methodological challenges, solutions and implementations (2011-2015).

Since 2007, she is member of the COIN (Coordination, Organization, Institutions and Norms in agent systems) Steering Committee. She organized the COIN workshop at the International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (COIN@AAMAS2006), and at the Multi-Agent Logics, Languages, and Organizations Federated Workshops (COIN@MALLOW2010).

Since 2000, Dr Fornara is the Scientific Coordinator of the Institute for Communication Technologies, Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI). She has been teaching assistant and lecturer of many courses at USI, SUPSI, and Politecnico di Milano (Faculty of Computer Engineering).


Dr Fornara has been in the program committee (PC) of numerous international conferences and workshops in the field of Multiagent systems. She has been in the PC of AAMAS, IJCAI, AAAI, PRIMA, ECAI, and EUMAS. She has authored more than 50 scientific papers published in international peer-reviewed scientific journals, as contributions to peer-reviewed books, and in peer-reviewed conference/workshop proceedings in the research area of Multiagent Systems (a sub-area of Artificial Intelligence), Normative Systems, and Semantic Web Technologies.



Artificial Intelligence, Multiagent Systems, Agent Communication Languages and Interaction Protocols, Artificial Institutions/Organizations for the specification of Open Interaction Systems, Normative Systems, Semantic Web Technologies, Policies for regulating access and use of digital assets, Auctions and Electronic Commerce, Modeling and Simulation of Dynamic Systems.

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