Profile

I’m currently post-doc researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), affiliated to the Laboratory of Digital Sciences of Nantes (LS2N). My research at LS2N focuses on the development of a knowledge base to represent Additive Manufacturing (AM) knowledge and to organize data produced along the overall AM value chain.

Together with Bob Young (UK) and Yoshinobu Kitamura (Japan), I’m guest editor of the Special Issue on (the journal of) Applied Ontology with title “Formal Ontologies in Manufacturing” (see CFP).

I’m member of the technical board of the Industrial Ontologies Foundry (IOF), an initative led by the U.S. NIST aimed at promoting the use of well-founded ontologies in industry.

In September 2017, I co-chaired the 8th International Workshop on Formal Ontologies meet Industry (FOMI).

I’m interested in Ontology, Knowledge Representation, Shape modeling, Semantic Web technologies, (Business) Proocess Modeling, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of AI and Philosophy of Information.

Contact:
emilio [dot] sanfilippo [at] ls2n [dot] fr

PREVIOUS RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

07.2014 – 03.2017
Research fellow at the Italian National Research Council (CNR), affilitated to the Laboratory for Applied Ontology (LOA) within the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC);

07.2013 – 07.2014
Research fellow at the Institute of Industrial Technologies and Automation (ITIA-CNR);

07.2011 – 07.2013
Research fellow at Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science (IFOMIS), Saarland University, Germany

EDUCATION

07.2013 – 02.2017
Ph.D. at the Doctoral School in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), University of Trento (Italy), 29th cycle;
Thesis: Ontological Foundations for Feature-based Product Modelling (language: English).
Advisors: Stefano Borgo and Nicola Guarino;
Thesis Committee: Bob Young (Loughborough University, UK), Michael Grüninger (University of Toronto, Canada), Caterina Rizzi (University of Bergamo, Italy)

10.2010 – 11. 2012
M.A. in History of Philosophy, University of Catania, Italy.
Thesis: Formal Ontology: Philosophy, Logics and Computation (language: Italian).
Advisor: prof. Giovanni Camardi.

10.2006 – 03.2010
B.A. in Philosophy, University of Catania, Italy.
Thesis: Towards a Theory of Objects. An Introduction to Applied Ontology (language: Italian).
Advisor: prof. Giovanni Camardi.


PUBLICATIONS

— JOURNALS

Sanfilippo, E.M. and Borgo, S., What are features? An ontology-based review of the literature, CAD journal, vol. 80, 2016, pp. 9-18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cad.2016.07.001

Boem F., Gaoussou C., Chuck E., Quattri F., Ratti E., Sanfilippo E.M., Sojic A. Diverse Perspective on Ontology: A joint Report on the First IAOA Interdisciplinary Summer School on Ontological Analysis. Applied Ontology, Vol.8/1 2013 (pdf: Boem et al.))

Sanfilippo E. M., Review of: K. Munn/ B. Smith (Eds.), Applied Ontology. An Introduction, Ontos-Verlag, Frankfurt 2008, IN: Rivista Italiana di Filosofia Analitica Junior, 2:2 (2011)

— INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES and WORKSHOPS

Sanfilippo, E. M., Masolo, C., Ragni, M., Mandorli, F., The interplay between shape and feature representation. Proceedings of the International Workshop Shapes 4.0, The shape of Things, CEUR-XXX (pdf)

Adamo, G., Borgo, S., Di Francescomarino, C., Ghidini, C., Guarino, N., Sanfilippo, E.M., Business process languages: An ontology-based perspective. Proceedings of the 8th International Workshop on Formal Ontologies meet Industry (FOMI 2017), CEUR-XXX (pdf)

Adamo, G., Borgo, S., Di Francescomarino, C., Ghidini, C., Guarino, N., Sanfilippo, E.M., Business process participants: An ontology-based perspective. Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence (AI*IA 2017), Springer, LNCS, vol.10640, 2017 (pdf)

Masolo, C. and Sanfilippo, E.M., Representing Types through Image Schemas and Patterns, Workshop on Cognition and Ontologies (CAOS) at the AISB Annual Convention, University of Bath (UK). See the AISB proceedings.

Sanfilippo, E.M., Masolo, C., Porello, D., and Borgo, S., Features and components in product models. IN: Ferrario, R., and Kuhn, W. (Eds.), Formal Ontology in Information Systems. Proceedings of FOIS 2016, IOS, Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications, 2016, pp. 227-240

Sanfilippo, E.M., Masolo, C., Porello, D., Design knowledge representation. An ontological perspective. IN: Lisi, F. and Borgo, S. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 1st Workshop on Artificial Intelligence & Design, CEUR Workshop Proceedings vol-1473, 2015, pp. 41-54

Sanfilippo, E.M., Borgo, S., Feature-based modelling and information systems for engineering. IN: Giovannelli, M., Lamma, E. and Riguzzi, F. (Eds.), Advances in Artificial Intelligence, Proceedings of AIXIA 2015, Springer, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, 2015, pp. 151-163

Sanfilippo, E.M., Towards an ontological formalization of technical product for design and manufacturing. IN: Cuel, R. and Young, R.I.M., Formal Ontologies meet Industry, Proceedings FOMI 2015, Springer, Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, vol. 225, 2015, pp.75-87 (pdf)

Sanfilippo E.M., Borgo S., Masolo C., Events and activities: Is there an ontology behind BPMN?. IN: Garbacz, P. and Kutz, O. (Eds.), Formal Ontology in Information Systems, Proceedings of FOIS 2014, IOS, Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications, vol. 267, 2014, pp. 147-156

Borgo S., Sanfilippo E.M., Terkaj W., Towards an Ontological Grounding of IFC. IN: Rademaker, A. and Chaudhri, V. (Eds.), Formal Ontologies Meet Industry. Proceedings of FOMI 2014, CEUR Workshop Proceedings, vol. 1473, 2014, pp. 1-9

Sanfilippo E.M., Borgo S., Masolo C., Towards an Ontological Analysis of BPMN. IN: Nalepa, G. and Baumeister, J. (Eds.), Knowledge Engineering and Software Engineering, Proceedings of KESE 2014, CEUR Workshop Proceedings, vol. 1289, 2014, pp. 1-6

Schwarz U., Stenzhorn H., Koleva N., Schneider L., Sanfilippo E.M., A Method for Semi-Automatic Extension of a Middle-Layer Ontology, Proceedings of the International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO), July, 6-12, 2013, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Schwarz U., Schneider L., Sanfilippo E.M., Stenzhorn H., Koleva N., Health Data Ontology Trunk: A middle-layer ontology for health care. Bio-Ontology SIG 2013, 21st Annual International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology, 12th European Conference on Computational Biology, July, 21-23, 2013, Berlin, Gemany,

Sanfilippo E. M., Schwarz U., Schneider L., The Health Data Ontology Trunk (HDOT). Towards an ontological representation of cancer-related knowledge. Proceedings of the 5th International Advanced Research Workshop on In Silico Oncology and Cancer Investigation, The TUMOR Project Workshop, October, 22-23, 2012, Athens

— BOOK CHAPTERS

Borgo S., Sanfilippo E.M., Sojic A., Terkaj W., Ontological Analysis and Engineering Standards: an Initial Study of IFC, in V.Ebrahimpour and S.Yacout (Eds.), Ontology Modeling in Physical Asset Integrity Management, Springer International Publishing, 2015

— POSTERS

Sanfilippo E.M, Ontology-based Product Modelling. Poster presentation at the Early Career Symposium of the 8th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS 2014), September, 22-25 , 2014, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sanfilippo E.M. et al., An ontology for the protection of animals in scientific investigations. Poster presentation at the satellite meeting Bio-Ontology SIG 2013, 21st Annual International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology, 12th European Conference on Computational Biology, July, 21-23, 2013, Berlin, Germany

— SELECTION OF SEMINARS

Introduzione all’ontologia applicata e DOLCE. Invited talk at: Department of Philosophy, University of Milan, September 2016

L’inventario informatico di ciò che (forse) esiste. Uno sguardo all’ontologia applicata. Invited talk at the Department of Human Sciences, University of Catania, March 2015

Applied Ontology in and for Engineering Design and Manufacturing, together with Borgo, S. (Laboratory for Applied Ontology), talk at the International Workshop on Design Semantics, June 30 – July 2, Bari, Italy

Models in Molecular Biology and Medicine, together with Ratti, E. and Boem F. (European School of Molecular Medicine, Milan), seminar at the Fourth Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA 2013), August, 28-31, 2013, Helsinki, Finland.

Ontology from and for Science. The Ontological Analysis of Biology, together with Ratti, E. and Boem F. (European School of Molecular Medicine, Milan), seminar at the 1st International Conference of the German Society for Philosophy of Science, March, 11-14, 2013, Hannover, Germany

Towards a middle-layer ontological representation of biomedical data. The Health Data Ontology Trunk and the Ontology Aggregator Tool, together with Koleva N. (IFOMIS, Saarland University), talk at the 2nd Summer School in Computational Oncology, June, 23-28, 2013, Schloss Dagstuhl, Wadern, Germany.

Semantics of Data in Life Sciences. An Introduction to Ontology. Invited talk at the Ph.D School in Complex systems in life sciences of the University of Turin (Italy)

RESEARCH PROJECTS

01.2016 – 03.2017
Knowledge-Aware Operational Support (KAOS), funded by European Region Tyrol – South Tyrol – Trentino

01.2014 – 01.2015
Product and Process Co-Evolution Management via Modular Pallet configuration (Pro2Evo), Progetto Bandiera “La Fabbrica del Futuro Piattaforma Manifatturiera Nazionale”

07.2011 – 07.2013
p-medicine, European Community’s 7th Framework Program
IFOMIS: WP4, Standardisation, Semantic Interoperability and Data Integration

11.2011- 03.2012
Erstellung einer Ontologie zur Klassifizierung des Schweregrades vonTierversuchsverfahren gemäß Anhang VIII der Europäischen Richtlinie 2010/63/EU (Development of an ontology for the classification of severity in animal procedures according to the European Directive 2010/63/EU), Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (BfR)

AWARDS

2015-2016, AI*IA Grant supporting a two-month visiting at the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University (prof. Bob Young)

2015, AI*IA Grant for attending the 14th Conference of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence

2014, AI*IA Grant for attending the International Workshop on Design Semantics

2010-2011, Erasmus fellowship, University of Catania

COMPUTER LANGUAGES
(database, programming, ontology, conceptual modeling)

Python
SQL
RDF/S
OWL
SPARQL
SWRL
UML
BPMN

LANGUAGES

Italian: mother language
English: fluent
Spanish: intermediate level
German: intermediate level (DSH II)
French: beginner level

SPARE TIME INTERESTS

Reading, Rock climbing, Biking, Hiking, Cooking, Blogging (filosoficamente.org)

  • Quote:

    “Noi siciliani siamo soggetti ad ammalarci di noi stessi: un male che consiste nell’essere contemporaneamente il febbricitante e la febbre, la cosa che soffre e quella che fa soffrire” (Vitaliano Brancati)