Bioinformatics Sannio


Currently I’m Associate Professor in Computer Science at University of Sannio, Department of Science and Tecnology, Benevento (Italy) and Adjunct Researcher in Bioinformatics at Biogem Research Institute, Ariano Irpino (AV), Italy. From 2009 to 2015, I was Assistant Professor in Computer Science at University of Sannio, Department of Science and Technology. Benevento, Italy.

In July 2006, I got a PhD in Software Engineering at Univesity of Sannio with a thesis on methods to analyze the trails left in software repositories by software maintenance and evolution tasks. In April 2001, I got a Master (Laurea degree) in Computer Engineering at University of Sannio with a thesis on a novel information retrieval method based on fuzzy logic.

My research experience started in the field of Software Engineering in the areas of software maintenance and evolution, empirical software Engineering, and mining software repositories. The discipline of Software Maintenance and Evolution aims at understanding the practices adopted by developers to introduce new features or to fix defects. In 2004 the availability of large data repositories, collecting information on software changes and bug issues, introduced new opportunities to study the evolution of software systems. The availability of such a massive quantity of data allowed researchers to induce new hypothesis and theories from data proposing de facto a complementary approach to traditionally approaches based on source code analysis. In such a context I have contributed with algorithms able, for example, to suggest which part of a software system needs to be fixed and who is the best developer to achieve such a task. Both approaches produced a high impact to the filed and are still highly referred with citations in current research. Since 2008 I turned to Bioinformatics and currently I’m a directive member of the bioinformatics research group at University of Sannio. I matured a long experience in the development of machine learning algorithms in biological and software engineering related problems. 

Currently, my research interests are within the area of bioinformatics, in particular cancer bioinformatics and computational genomics. It includes the development of computational and statistical methods to reconstruct biological networks and annotate non-coding genomes, especially in cancer and embryonic stem cell contexts. In the past he worked also on decision based systems, information retrieval, and information extraction. I authored over 60 papers appeared in referred international journals, conferences and workshops, participates regularly as invited speaker in referred national and international conferences, and has served as program and session chair to international conferences and workshops. 

I was awarded for the best paper in 2007 at the Working Conference on Mining Software Repository for a paper entitled: “Identifying Changed Source Code Lines from Version Repositories” and in 2010 at the International Conference of Software Maintenance for a paper entitled: “Using multivariate time series and association rules to detect logical change coupling: An empirical study”. 

In 2017 I received the Most Influential Paper award at the International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution and Reengineering for a paper published in 2007, “How Clones are Maintained: An Empirical Study”.