Francesco Guerra received his PhD in information engineering at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in 2003. Since November 2005, he is a researcher on computer science at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, where he teaches computer science and enterprise information systems.
His main research interests include keyword search, integration of heterogeneous information sources, ontologies, and the Semantic Web. He contributed to the development of MOMIS, a mediator based system for the integration of data sources. MOMIS has been also exploited in the Semantic Web, as tool for the creation and the integration of ontologies. His activity was addressed to the development of techniques for the identification of “relevant values” among the ones contained in the domain of attributes of data sources. A prototype, called RELEVANT, implementing the technique has been developed. Thanks to RELEVANT, some interesting experimental results have been collected and analyzed. In the area of keyword-based search on structured data sources, he contributes to the development of techniques for dealing with data sources where only the structure is available. The techniques have been implemented in two prototypes, KEYMANTIC and KEYRY, based on an extension of the Hungarian Algorithm and on a Hidden Markov Model respectively.
Francesco Guerra has participated in several Italian and European projects. At present, he is participating in the Italian project NEP4B: Networked Peers for Business (years 2006-2008), and in the European FP6 STREP project STASIS: Software for Ambient Semantic Interoperable Services (anni 2006-2008).
Francesco Guerra is Chair of the Management Committee of the KEYSTONE COST Action (IC1302) -- http://www.keystone-cost.eu