Alfonso Pierantonio

Papers should be free.

Keynote at STAF-JRC 2019 (Thursday, July 18th)

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Starting a career in research is one of the most uncertain professional ambition in modern societies. Besides the technical obstacles of becoming a world-class expert in a specific topic (you have to!), it presents a diversity of daunting psycho-social difficulties that might be conducive to harmful consequences. The talk is informal in nature and tries to reflect the speaker’s experience (as a computer scientist) at the beginning of his career and later as the mentor of students and postdocs. Besides expected definitions about what research is or should be, it tries to discuss how students often tend to adopt the irrational idea of having ‘perfect reasoning.’ It also will consider empiricism, as a democratic tool for entering research, and the language as a barrier for those who do not speak English as a first language. The final remark will be about ‘silence’ as a beneficial or pathological aspect of both researchers and mentors.

Short bio

I am Associate Professor at the University of L’Aquila (Italy) and also Visiting Professor at Mälardalen University (Sweden).

My research interests are in Model-Driven Engineering, Language Engineering, and in Software Engineering. In particular, I am interested in any form of co-evolution, in bidirectionality and uncertainty, and most recently I am building a generic modeling platform alternative to EMF/Ecore.

I have published more than 120 papers in international journals, conferences and workshops. I am now involved in the following international journals

and in the following international conferences, and communities. Please consider submission of your papers and participation in the related events.

I have been co-director of the 12th International School on Formal Methods for the Design of Computer, Communication and Software Systems: Model-Driven Engineering held in Bertinoro (Italy), 2012.

Interested in doing a PhD? 1) If you are interested in doing your PhD or being considered for a postdoc position, please contact me. 2) Two positions in the H2020 ITN Lowcomote project - please note the salary is highly competitive and an allowance for family relocation is available.

Interested in doing a Postdoc? A senior postdoc position is available in the ERMES project in modelling raylways interlocking systems. More information available here.


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Dipartimento di Ingegneria e Scienze dell'Informazione
Università degli Studi dell'Aquila