III Workshop BEA-SmarT

Martedì 28 gennaio 2020
Sala Seminari Edificio “Alan Turing”
Coppito – L’Aquila


Claude Moog (CNRS/Ecole Centrale de Nantes)
The hypoglycaemia free artificial pancreas project


Pasquale Palumbo (University of Milano-Bicocca)
Mario Di Ferdinando (University of L’Aquila)
Alessandro Borri (CNR-IASI, Rome)
Model-based control of plasma glycemia: in quest of robustness


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Policy Gradient with Parameter-Based Exploration: methods, extensions and applications

Speaker: Giorgio Manganini 
United Technologies Research Centre
Cork, Ireland

When: 24th January, 11.00 am

Where: GSSI Library


Abstract: Policy Search is a Reinforcement Learning approach that focuses on the search for the optimal policy of a Markov Decision Process in a limited policy space. It has gained popularity as an approach for complex, real applications since it can deal with high–dimensional state and action spaces, while keeping the search limited to a task–appropriate predefined parametrized policy class. During this talk, we introduce the concepts and the formulations of Policy Gradient methods, focusing on an exploration strategy in the policy parameter space (PGPE).

In the first part, we endow the PGPE with a novel policy parameterization using particles to describe entire areas of the state space associated to the same action, and hence scaling favorably with state space size. In the second part, the gradient direction of the PGPE is extended to second–order Newton methods: we provide the formulation of the Hessian of the expected return, a technique for variance reduction in the sample–based estimation and a finite sample analysis in the case of Normal distribution.
Beside discussing the theoretical properties, we empirically evaluate the proposed methods on either instructional and real case studies.

Introduction to Quantum Computing

Title: Introduction to Quantum Computing

Leonardo Guidoni (Univaq)
Francesco Benfenati (Univaq)
Hands on tutorial lead by Experts from IBM


Abstract: The present short course is a joint PhD course between the PhD in Mathematics and Models and the PhD in Informatics. The aim of the short course is to provide to students with background in mathematics and informatics the foundation of quantum computation. The course will consist of theoretical lectures as well as hands-on tutorial in a computer laboratory lead by the Quantum Computing experts from IBM-Italia.

Arguments: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics and Qubits. Quantum circuits and algorithms. Single and double Qubit gates with examples. Present and future applications. General overview on perspective of quantum computation and practical implementation of algorithms on the IBM-Q quantum computer and simulator.


Lectures (13 hours):

  • January 28th 14.30–16.30 Room 1.1
  • February 4th 14.30–16.30 Room 1.1
  • February 10th 15.00–18.00 Room 1.1
  • February 20th 11.00-13.00 Computer Lab DSFC
  • February 26th 11.00-13.00 + 14.30-16.30 Computer Lab DSFC

What will it take? A view on adoption of model-based methods in practice

Bran Selić, Malina Software Corp. (Canada), Monash University (Australia)


Model-based engineering (MBE) has been touted as a new and substantively different approach to software development, characterized by higher levels of abstraction and automation compared to traditional methods. Despite the availability of published verifiable evidence that it can significantly boost both developer productivity and product quality in industrial projects, adoption of this approach has been surprisingly slow. In this talk, we review the causes behind this, both technical and non- technical, and outline what needs to happen for MBE to become a reliable mainstream approach to software development.

When: 15 January 2020,  16:00

Where: Sala Seminari, Alan Turing Building


Seminar from Gigliola Staffilani – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Friday, December 20, at 2:30pm, Gigliola Staffilani from Massachusetts Institute of Technology will give a seminar in the Main Lecture Hall at GSSI.
Please feel free to forward this announcement to any interested people.
Date and time: Dec 20, 2:30pm
Place: MLH
Speaker: Gigliola Staffilani (MIT, http://math.mit.edu/~gigliola/)
Title: Some results on the almost everywhere convergence of the Schrodinger flow.
Abstract: In this work we are concerned with the question of almost everywhere convergence of the nonlinear Schrodinger flow in both the continuous and the periodic case. We will review the extraordinary progress made in the continuous and linear case and we will illustrate some progress recently made in the nonlinear case using both a deterministic and a probabilistic approach. Part of this lecture is joint work with  E. Compaan and R. Lucà.

Seminars delivered by Prof. Rafael Bordini

Prof. Rafael Bordini, a worldwide expert in the topic of engineering and implementation of autonomous intelligent systems, will be delivering a series of seminars, which are detailed below, together with a short CV of the speaker.

Location: Sala Riunioni di Palazzo Turing (Coppito Zero).​



First seminar:​ Engineering Intelligent Interactive Systems with Multi-Agent Oriented Programming​

When: Tuesday, December 17th, 9:30am​

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In this talk, I briefly overview work recently conducted by my research group ​ on extending platforms for the engineering and development of multi-agent systems ​ named Jason and JaCaMo so they incorporate various AI techniques. ​ In particular, work on the integration of Argumentation Theory and ​ Ontological Reasoning into those programming platform is briefly presented. ​ I also mention in this talk some of our target applications, ​ including healthcare, autonomous vehicles and disaster rescue. ​ To conclude, I discuss future directions on the combination of various ​ AI techniques into multi-agent oriented programming and the impact they ​ could have on the engineering and development of intelligent interactive systems.​ ​



Second seminar (in two parts):​ A Tutorial on Engineering Intelligent Systems with JaCaMo​

When: Wednesday, December 17th, 11:30am (first part) and 14:30pm (second part)

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In this tutorial we will present the main features of a platform for ​ the development of intelligent autonomous agents and multi-agent systems,​ and of autonomous systems in general. ​ The platform is based on Jason for the development of individual agents, ​ CArtAgO for the development of shared environments, and Moise ​ for the development of agent organisations that can be used to regulate the joint ​ work of multiple autonomous agents. The tutorial is divided into two parts. ​ The first covers the required conceptual notions and the second is a more practical​ session on using the programming platform.​ ​



Rafael Bordini’s short CV

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Rafael Bordini is an associate professor at PUCRS​ (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brasil), ​ a post he has hald since March 2012, and is currently on a sabbatical period ​ at the Universities of Genoa and Oxford funded by CAPES​ (a Brazilian federal government agency under the Ministry of Education). ​ He obtained a PhD in Computer Science from University College London in 1999. ​ Rafael Bordini is an emeritus member of the Board of Directors of the ​ International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (IFAAMAS) ​ and emeritus member of the board of directors of the European Association for ​ Multi-Agent Systems (EURAMAS). He was programme co-chair for the main ​ Agents conference (AAMAS) in 2015, and has served as SPC or PC for ​ all top AI and Agents conferences (including IJCAI, AAMAS, AAAI, ECAI). ​ He has published over 100 conference papers and 25 journal papers; ​ according to Google Scholar his h-index is 38. ​ His main research interests are in programming languages and ​ verification techniques for autonomous software systems, ​ particularly multi-agent systems, as well as the integration of AI techniques ​ such as multi-agent planning, argumentation, and ontologies into ​ multi-agent programming. The main target applications are in the use of AI ​ for the social good and sustainability, in particular human-robot teamwork ​ in disaster rescue scenarios and healthcare.

5G International PhD School 2019

5G International PhD School 2019 è la seconda edizione della scuola internazionale di dottorato che CNIT ha concepito come evento di prestigio ad alta connotazione scientifica aggregato alla conferenza “5G Italy“.

5G International PhD School è un evento in cui tutti i ricercatori potenzialmente interessati alla tecnologia 5G potranno strutturare insieme la loro formazione per poter cogliere le innumerevoli opportunità di ricerca che il 5G, e le sue auspicate applicazioni, possono offrire.

Maggiori dettagli sono disponibili al link: https://www.5gitaly.eu/phd-school/


Seminar on Live Site Culture and Site Reliability Engineering

Title: Live Site Culture and Site Reliability Engineering

Speaker : Fabrizio Morando (Microsoft Italy)

When and where: Monday, December 2nd, 2:30PM, Aula Seminari – Edificio Alan Turing



In this seminar I will show how Microsoft covers what’s related to SRE (Site Reliability Engineering) through a series of practices:

  • What is SRE and how Microsoft product teams adopt it
  • Achieving No Downtime through Versioned Service Updates
  • Progressive Experimentation with Feature Flags & A-B Testing techniques
  • A couple of common Pattern for Resiliency circuit breaking throttling
  • Self Deployment practices & progressive exposure
  • The “Deploy Anyway” mindset: eat the pain
  • Phased Rollouts and Deployment Rings strategies
  • Release Gates and how to automate the transitions

Seminar by Armundia Group R&D team

Armundia Group R&D team will present a virtual reality demonstrator designed in collaboration with DISIM and current data visualization research interests in the field of Financial Data and Asset Allocation in a seminar inside the lecture of the “Intelligent Systems and Robotics Laboratory”, Tuesday 26 November, 9:15am in room C1.16, Coppito 2:

  • VR application to the Finance market
  • VR & Finance Analysis
  • VR programming (javascript WebVR)
  • VR interfaces & JEE Application Servers
  • commands & interactions scenarios
  • Alexa Skill Kit & Amazon Dev Services

All interested students and faculty members are welcome.