Giovanni Sileno - 2013, Amsterdam

For the past seven years I have been working in various fields related to AI and Computer Science research, with a particular interest on cognitive and social phenomena. I'm currently working at the Informatics Institute at the University of Amsterdam on the conception of a computer-aided policy-based environment for socio-technical infrastructures, fostering the idea of normware as third level of conception of computational systems, besides software and hardware (see our recent position paper on the role of normware in trustworthy and explainable AI).

Between 2016 and 2018, at Télécom ParisTech and at Paris Dauphine University, I have explored alternative solutions to the interface problem (human vs artificial cognition). I have investigated the symbol grounding problem, or semantic gap, from an image interpretation perspective, and exploring potential applications of conceptual spaces, mathematical morphology, and simplicity theory, working together with Isabelle Bloch, Jean-Louis Dessalles and Jamal Atif.

My most recent publications are about: the computation of contrast on conceptual spaces, the distinction between perceptual and conceptual similarity, the identification of relevant causes in a given story, and the quantification of notions related to the attribution of moral/legal responsibility (e.g. negligence, foreseeability, risk).

I received my PhD in 2016 from the University of Amsterdam for the research conducted at the Leibniz Center for Law, the Artificial Intelligence & Law department. My research project aimed to support a partial realignment of representations of law (norms) with representations of action (business processes or case stories). I have explored agent-based modelling to support the conception of operational tools for administrative organizations, and design tools for policy-makers. The resulting thesis is Aligning Law and Action: a conceptual and computational inquiry.

Before these experiences, I took a M.Sc. in Electronic Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino (Italy) and at the ENSIMAG - INPG (France), following a double degree program. Before joining again the academic world, I worked as business analyst for McKinsey & Co., as freelance developer for prototype, innovative applications and as professional musician.

I serve as PC member for AAAI (since 2018), ICAIL (since 2017) and ICAART (since 2014).