Paolo Besana

Paolo Besana

I am currently working on the Grand Challenge project. Previously, between October 2006 and July 2008, I worked for the OpenKnowledge project: I was part of the developers group that implemented an open Peer-to-Peer framework based on interaction models sharing.

I hold a PhD in Informatics from the University of Edinburgh. The focus of my PhD was how the use of interaction models, or choreographies, in heterogeneous multi-agent systems can simplify the problem of dynamic ontology mapping.
The core idea is that mapping between agents' ontologies should be contextual to the interactions, providing interoperability within the scope of a specific interactions. However, agents are frequently involved in similar tasks and they repeat similar interactions: these can be analysed and patterns extracted. The patterns are used in future similar interactions to predict the content of exchanged messages, providing standard ontology matching systems with a probability distribution of the terms in the messages, that can be used to improve efficiency, recall and precision.

My research interests concentrate on dynamic service composition and coordination in open environments.

Contact details:
Email: p.besana AT

Center for Intelligent Systems and their Applications,
School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh
Informatics Forum, Office 2.02
10 Crichton Street, EH8 9AB
Edinburgh, UK

Telephone: +44 (0) 131-6-50 2711