• Award Happy to announce I’ve obtained the national scientific qualification as Full Professor of Computer Engineering
  • Publication New paper on taxonomy refinement via word-embedding accepted at ECML-PKDD-21 research track. Check out the tool on GitHub
  • Teaching Students can book a live appointment here
  • Publication Three PhD students of our research team have got three DC papers accepted at IJCAI-21. Congrats to @AndreaSeveso, @NavidNobani, and @AlessandroCastelnono
  • Publication Three PhD students of our research team have got two student papers accepted at AAAI-21, and one at AAAI-21 demo track. Congrats to @AnnaGiabelli, @AndreaSeveso, and @NavidNobani
  • New Grant Happy to lead the research team of a new project granted by Eurostat+Cedefop for building the European Web Intelligence Hub, putting AI into Labour Market for whole 27+1 EU Country (2021-2024) More details soon, stay tuned!

Updates (a bit older but still relevant)

  • Position Honoured to be elected as Deputy Director of CRISP Research Centre
  • H2020PILLARS. Happy to lead the Unimib research unit of a new H-2020 project: Disvovering new occupations/skills and effect of robotisation within jobs through AI. See the offical website for more info
  • Tool Publication GraphDBLP has been released with a Web-GUI, check-it out or have a look to the ECML-PKDD 2019 paper!

Relevant 21/22 Events I’m involved in


I am Assistant Professor (Tenure Track - RTDb) in Computer Science at University of Milan-Bicocca, and deputy director of the CRISP Research Centre, Italy.

Current Positions

  • [2020-present] Deputy Director of the CRISP Research Centre, Italy
  • [2016-present] Assistant Professor at University of Milan-Bicocca
  • [2010-present] Member of CRISP Research Centre, Milan, Italy

Past Positions

  • [2011-2016] PostDoc at University of Milan-Bicocca
  • [2017-2018] Partner at TabulaeX Ltd (formerly spin-out company of Unimib) working on BI and Big Data Analytics. TabulaeX is now part of the EMSI-BurningGlass Group
  • [2015-2016] Visiting Researcher at King’s College London, AI Planning Group, UK

My research interests include

  • Artificial Intelligence: eXplainable AI, interpretable models, local and global interpretation, explanation through symbolic approaches
  • Data Science: data quality and data cleaning, vector-space models, word-embeddings, ontology learning, Graph-database algorithms
  • AI Planning [formerly]: domain-independent planning, temporal continuous planning, planning in mixed discrete-continuous domains, planning in hybrid domain

Research team AI@CRISP-UNIMIB

“If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far go together”. Proud to work with brilliant phd students and postdocs I have the honour to (co)supervise

  • Lorenzo Malandri, Postdoc in AI and Computational Linguistics, Dept of Statistics and Quantitative Methods
  • Navid Nobani, Industrial PhD Student in XAI (Digital Attitude), Dept of Informatics at Unimib
  • Andrea Seveso, PhD Student, Dept of Informatics at Unimib
  • Anna Giabelli, PhD Student, Dept of Informatics at Unimib
  • Alessandro Castelnovo, Industrial PhD Student in XAI for Finance (Intesa San Paolo), Dept of Informatics at Unimib
  • Filippo Pallucchini, PhD Student in Big Data Analytics for Business
  • Simone D’Amico, PhD Student in Big Data Analytics for Business

(Co)-Developed Tools for Researchers

  • TaxoRef is a methodology for Taxonomy Refinement via word embeddings. It allows evaluating the best embedding on the basis of their ability to represent taxonomic similarity relations. Related papers: [ECML-PKDD-21]
  • GraphDBLP is a tool that models (and enriches) DBLP as a graph database for performing graph-based queries and social network analyses. Related papers: [ECML-PKDD-19], [MTAP-18]
  • UPMurphi is a tool for planning with linear and nonlinear continuous PDDL+ models with processes and events. It also handles huge state spaces through a disk-based algorithm. Related papers: [ICAPS-09], [Applied Intelligence 2012]
  • DiNo A Planner built on top of UPMurphi that employs graph-based heuristics to speed-up the plan synthesis (leaded by “Planning Group” at King’s College London). Related papers: [IJCAI-16]

Granted Ongoing Research Projects

I have been working on the following granted reserch projects, that allow me putting my research on AI and XAI into practice. (see Project)


  • [2012] PhD in Computer Science and Applications Dept of Computer Science, University of L’Aquila, Italy. Advisors: prof. Giuseppe Della Penna (University of L’Aquila, Italy) and prof. Daniele Magazzeni (King’s College London, UK). Topics: AI Planning, Model Checking and Data Quality.
  • [2008] Master Degree in Computer Science and Application University of L’Aquila, Italy. Advisor: prof. Giuseppe Della Penna and prof. Daniele Magazzeni. Topics: AI Planning Control Theory and Model Checking. Maximum score/summa cum laude.


  • [2010-present] Lecturer at University of Milano-Bicocca. Topics: Python, SQL, NoSQL Data Stores, Business Intelligence, eXplainable AI, Text Mining
  • [2010-present] Teaching Assistant at University of Milano-Bicocca. Topics: Python, Database, SQL

Please visit my Teaching page for further details


  • [2021] ASN - Full Professor in Computer Engineering National Scientific Qualification for the position of Full Professor in Computer Science, ANVUR
  • [2019] Research Talent Award I’ve received the first prize at the YoungTalentAward 2019 in collaboration with Accademia Nazionale Lincei in the Computer Science, Engineering & Mathematics area. “for his contribution on applying AI to labour market for describing and predicting labour market phenomena”
  • [2018] ASN - Associate Professor in Computer Science National Scientific Qualification for the position of Associate Professor in Computer Science, ANVUR
  • [2017] FFABR Research Grant for research productivity provided by Italian Ministry of research “Finanziamento annuale individuale delle attività base di ricerca” [Grants provided on a competitive basis aimed at funding research activities]
  • [2014] Best Paper Award at the Third International Conference on Data Technologies and Applications, Vienna, Austria, 29-31, 2014
  • [2013] Best Paper Award at the Third International Workshop, Human Computer Interaction – Knowledge Discovery 1-3 Luglio, Maribor, Slovenia, 2013

Service in International Journals (Selection)

  • (AICom) Associate Editor of AI Communications
    Reviewer for:
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Applied Soft Computing
  • Applied Intelligence
  • Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing
  • Future Generation Computer System
  • Knowledge-Based Systems
  • Computers in Industry
  • Expert Systems with Applications

Program committee membership (Selection)

  • (AAAI) AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (since 2016)
  • (IJCAI) International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (2016, 2017, 2020)
  • (ICAPS) International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (since 2016)
  • ACM/SIGAPP Symposium On Applied Computing (since 2018)
  • Data Technology and Application Conference (since 2014)


Email (preferred):
Office Hours: by appointment

Fabio Mercorio
Room 2043 - U7 Building - Department of Statistics and Quantitative Methods / CRISP Research Centre, University of Milan-Bicocca Viale dell’Innovazione 10 - Milan - Italy Office: (+39) 02 644 82170