University of Torino
Lorenza Saitta is Full Professor of Computer Science at the University of Torino (Italy). She started her research activity in Pattern Recognition, moving soon to AI, specifically in the area of Fuzzy Logic for Expert Systems. In 1984 she started working in Machine Learning, thus initiating the reaserch in the field in Italy. Her first interests have been in inductive symbolic approaches. In this period, she and her research group developed the systems ML-SMART and RIGEL, which learn first-order logic concept descriptions, and have been applied to real-world industrial problems. Later, she worked on the integration of different learning strategies, involving more complex reasoning schemes, such as deduction and abduction Of this period is the implementation of the system WHY, which exploits examples and a causal model of the domain to acquire and revise first-order logic based diagnostic knowledge. More recently, she became interested in Genetic Algorithms (system REGAL) and in Cognitive Sciences. She is an Action Editor for the Machine Learning Journal, the Convener of the Research Technical Committee of the CEE founded Network Excellence for Machine Learning and Co-Director of the European Science Foundation project on Learning in Humans and Machines. She has also been responsible of, or participated to, several European Research projects. She gave an invited survey on Machine Learning at ECAI-92, and has been Invited Speaker to the Int. Joint Conf. on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-93), the European Conf. on Machine Learning (ECML-94), the Int. Workshop in Inductive Logic Programming (ILP-94) and the Int. Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science (1994) and will give an invited talk at the 3rd Multistrategy Learning Workshop (1996). She authored (or edited) three books and more than 100 papers in journals, books and international conferences. She is (or has been) member of various journals Editorial Board and of many International Conferences Program Committees, as, for instance, the Machine Learning Conference 1992, 1993, 1994, the European Machine Learning Conference 1991, 1993, 1994, and ECAI-92. She has been Co-Chairperson of the Int. Conf. on Information Processing and Management of Uncertainty (IPMU-88) and of the Int. Symposium of Methodologies for Intelligent Systems (ISMIS-88).