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Nicoletta Fornara, PhD

Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI), Faculty of Communication Sciences
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Peer-reviewed publications in international scientific journals

  1. Fabio Marfia, Nicoletta Fornara, and Truc-Vien T. Nguyen. A Framework for Managing Data Provider and Data Consumer Semantic Obligations for Access Control.. AI Communications, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 67-82, 2017, IOS Press, DOI 10.3233/AIC-170725
  2. Truc-Vien T. Nguyen, Nicoletta Fornara, and Fabio Marfia. Automatic Policy Enforcement on Semantic Social Data. Multiagent and Grid Systems - An International Journal 11 (2015) 121-146, IOS Press DOI 10.3233/MGS-150233
  3. Visara Urovi, Alex Carmine Olivieri, Albert Brugués de la Torre, Stefano Bromuri, Nicoletta Fornara, Michael Schumacher. Secure P2P Cross-Community Health Record Exchange in IHE Compatible Systems. International Journal on Artificial Intelligence Tools, February 2014, Vol. 23, No. 01. DOI: 10.1142/S0218213014400065.
  4. Visara Urovi, Alex Carmine Olivieri, Stefano Bromuri, Nicoletta Fornara, Michael Schumacher. A Semantic Publish-Subscribe Coordination Framework for IHE based Cross-Community Health Record Exchange. ACM/SIGAPP Applied Computing Review Sep. 2013, Vol. 13 No. 3, pages 38-49.
  5. Amit K. Chopra, Alexander Artikis, Jamal Bentahar, Marco Colombetti, Frank Dignum, Nicoletta Fornara, Andrew J. I. Jones, Munindar P. Singh, Pinar Yolum. Research Directions in Agent Communication. ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology (ACM TIST) 4, 2, Article 20 (April 2013), 23 pages. DOI: 10.1145/2438653.2438655.
  6. Nicoletta Fornara and Charalampos Tampitsikas. Semantic Technologies for Open Interaction Systems. Artificial Intelligence Review, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 63-79 Springer Netherlands, ISSN: 0269-2821, 2013. DOI:10.1007/s10462-012-9390-7. BibTex. Download the ontologies described in the paper.
  7. Estefanía Argente, Olivier Boissier, Carlos Carrascosa, Nicoletta Fornara, Peter McBurney, Pablo Noriega, Alessandro Ricci, Jordi Sabater-Mir, Michael Ignaz Schumacher, Charalampos Tampitsikas, Kuldar Taveter, Giuseppe Vizzari, George Vouros. The Role of the Environment in Agreement Technologies. Artificial Intelligence Review, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 21-38, Springer Netherlands, ISSN: 0269-2821, 2013. DOI:10.1007/s10462-012-9388-1. BibTex.
  8. Charalampos Tampitsikas, Stefano Bromuri, Nicoletta Fornara, and Michael Ignaz Schumacher. Interdependent Artificial Institutions in Agent Environments. Applied Artificial Intelligence: An International Journal, 26(4):398-427, Taylor & Francis, 2012. DOI:10.1080/08839514.2012.653660. BibTex.
  9. Nicoletta Fornara, and Marco Colombetti. Representation and monitoring of commitments and norms using OWL. In J. Sabater-Mir and P. Davidsson, eds., Special issue: European Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems (EUMAS) 2009, AI Communications, IOS Press, Amsterdam, Volume 23, Number 4/2010, pages 341-356, ISSN 0921-7126 (Print) 1875-8452, DOI:10.3233/AIC-2010-0478.
  10. Nicoletta Fornara, Francesco Viganò, Mario Verdicchio and Marco Colombetti. Artificial institutions: a model of institutional reality for open multiagent systems. Artificial Intelligence and Law, Springer Netherlands Volume 16, number 1, pages 89-105, March 2008. DOI:10.1007/s10506-007-9055-z
  11. Nicoletta Fornara, Francesco Viganò, and Marco Colombetti. Agent Communication and Artificial Institutions. Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, Springer Netherlands, Volume 14, Number 2, pages 121-142, April, 2007. DOI:10.1007/s10458-006-0017-8
  12. Nicoletta Fornara and Marco Colombetti. A commitment-based approach to agent communication. Applied Artificial Intelligence an International Journal, Taylor & Francis Group, 18(9-10):853-866, 2004.
  13. Andrea E. Rizzoli, Nicoletta Fornara, Luca Maria Gambardella. A Simulation Tool for Combined Rail-Road Transport in Intermodal Terminals. Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, Elsevier Science, 59/1-3 pp. 57-71, 2002 MATCOM.

Peer-reviewed conference post-proceedings

  1. Marina De Vos, Nicoletta Fornara, Jeremy Pitt, George Vouros (Eds). Coordination, Organizations, Institutions, and Norms in Agent Systems VI. COIN 2010 International Workshops, COIN@AAMAS 2010, Toronto, Canada, May 2010, COIN@MALLOW 2010, Lyon, France, August 2010, Revised Selected Papers LNCS/LNAI 6541/2011, Springer-Verlag, ISBN 978-3-642-21267-3.
  2. P. Noriega, J. Vázquez-Salceda, G. Boella, O. Boissier, V. Dignum, N. Fornara, E. Matson (Eds.) Coordination, Organizations, Institutions, and Norms in Agent Systems II. AAMAS 2006 and ECAI 2006 International Workshops, COIN 2006 Hakodate, Japan, May 9, 2006 Riva del Garda, Italy, August 28, 2006 Revised Selected Papers LNCS/LNAI 4386/2007, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007 ISBN 978-3-540-74457-3.

Contributions to international books with peer review

  1. Pablo Noriega, Amit K. Chopra, Nicoletta Fornara, Henrique Lopes Cardoso, and Munindar P. Singh. Regulated MAS: Social Perspective. In G. Andrighetto, G. Governatori, P. Noriega, and L. van der Torre editors, Normative Multi-Agent Systems, Vol.4, pages 93-133, DFU: Dagstuhl Follow-Ups, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik GmbH, Dagstuhl Publishing, 2013.
  2. Munindar P. Singh, Matthew Arrott, Tina Balke, Amit Chopra, Rob Christiaanse, Stephen Cranefield, Frank Dignum, Davide Eynard, Emilia Farcas, Nicoletta Fornara, Fabien Gandon, Guido Governatori, Hoa Khanh Dam, Joris Hulstijn, Ingolf Krueger, Ho-Pun Lam, Michael Meisinger, Pablo Noriega, Bastin Tony Roy Savarimuthu, Kartik Tadanki, Harko Verhagen, and Serena Villata. The Uses of Norms. In G. Andrighetto, G. Governatori, P. Noriega, and L. van der Torre editors, Normative Multi-Agent Systems, Vol.4, pages 191-229, DFU: Dagstuhl Follow-Ups, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik GmbH, Dagstuhl Publishing, 2013.
  3. Nicoletta Fornara, Henrique Lopes Cardoso, Pablo Noriega, Eugènio Oliveira, and Charalampos Tampitsikas. Modelling Agent Institutions, Chapter 18. In S. Ossowski (ed.), Agreement Technologies, Law, Governance and Technology Series, Vol. 8, pages 277-307, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht, 2013, DOI:10.1007/978-94-007-5583-3_18.
  4. Nicoletta Fornara, Gordan Jezic, Mario Kusec, Ignac Lovrek, Vedran Podobnik, Krunoslav Trzec, Semantics in Multi-Agent Systems, Chapter 7. In S. Ossowski (ed.), Agreement Technologies, Law, Governance and Technology Series, Vol. 8, pages 115-136, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht, 2013, DOI:10.1007/978-94-007-5583-3_7.
  5. Nicoletta Fornara. Specifying and Monitoring Obligations in Open Multiagent Systems using Semantic Web Technology. In A. Elçi, M. Tadiou Kone, M. A. Orgun (Eds). Semantic Agent Systems: Foundations and Applications, volume 344 of Studies in Computational Intelligence, pages 25-46. Springer-Verlag, 2011. The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com DOI:10.1007/978-3-642-18308-9_2. Ontology and Java Program described in the paper.
  6. Nicoletta Fornara and Marco Colombetti. Specifying Artificial Institutions in the Event Calculus (Chapter XIV). In V. Dignum editor, Handbook of Research on Multi-Agent Systems: Semantics and Dynamics of Organizational Models, IGI Global, pages 335-366 ISBN: 1-60566-256-9, March 2009. Examples used to test the axioms described in the paper.
  7. Marco Colombetti, Nicoletta Fornara, Mario Verdicchio. Speech acts in artificial agent communication, Linguistica e nuove professioni, a cura di A. Giacalone Ramat, E. Rigotti, A. Rocci, FrancoAngeli, pp.70-92, 2003.

Papers published in peer-reviewed international conference/workshop proceedings and post-proceedings

  1. Nicoletta Fornara and Fabio Marfia. Modeling and Enforcing Access Control Obligations for SPARQL-DL Queries. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Semantic Systems (SEMANTiCS 2016), Anna Fensel, Amrapali Zaveri, Sebastian Hellmann, and Tassilo Pellegrini (Eds.). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 145-152. DOI: 10.1145/2993318.2993337.
  2. Fabio Marfia, Nicoletta Fornara, Truc-Vien T. Nguyen Modeling and Enforcing Semantic Obligations for Access Control. In Multi-Agent Systems and Agreement Technologies: 13th European Conference, EUMAS 2015, and Third International Conference, AT 2015, Athens, Greece, December 17-18, 2015, Revised Selected Papers, Volume 9571 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 303-317. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-33509-4_24.
  3. Truc-Vien T. Nguyen and Nicoletta Fornara. Policy Enforcement for the Web of Data. In Proceedings of the ECAI 2014 Workshop on Intelligent Agents and Technologies for Socially Interconnected Systems (IAT4SIS '14), Ana Paula Rocha, Huib Aldewereld, Virginia Dignum, Eugénio Oliveira, and Laurent Vercouter (Eds.). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 6 pages. DOI=10.1145/2655985.2655988 http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/2655985.2655988
  4. Daniel Okouya, Nicoletta Fornara, Marco Colombetti. An Infrastructure for the Design and Development of Open Interaction Systems. Proceedings of the Workshop on Engineering Multi-Agent Systems (EMAS 2013), co-located with AAMAS 2013, 6-7 May 2013, Saint Paul, Minnesota, pages 128-143. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-45343-4_12
  5. Visara Urovi, Alex C. Olivieri, Stefano Bromuri, Nicoletta Fornara, Michael I. Schumacker. A Peer to Peer Agent Coordination Framework for IHE based Cross-Community Health Record Exchange. In Proceedings of the 28th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC '13). ACM, New York, NY, USA, pages 1355-1362. DOI=10.1145/2480362.2480617
  6. Nicoletta Fornara and Charalampos Tampitsikas. Using OWL Artificial Institutions for dynamically creating Open Spaces of Interaction. Proceedings of the AT 2012 First International Conference on Agreement Technologies, October 15 - 16, 2012 in Dubrovnik, Croatia, pages 281-295, Vol-918 urn:nbn:de:0074-918-8, CEUR Workshop Proceedings, http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-918/, ISSN 1613-0073.
  7. Estefanía Argente, Olivier Boissier, Carlos Carrascosa, Nicoletta Fornara, Peter McBurney, Pablo Noriega, Alessandro Ricci, Jordi Sabater-Mir, Michael Ignaz Schumacher, Charalampos Tampitsikas, Kuldar Taveter, Giuseppe Vizzari, George Vouros. Environment and Agreement Technologies (Position paper). Proceedings of the AT 2012 First International Conference on Agreement Technologies, October 15 - 16, 2012 in Dubrovnik, Croatia, pages 260-261, Vol-918 urn:nbn:de:0074-918-8, CEUR Workshop Proceedings, http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-918/, ISSN 1613-0073.
  8. Daniel Okouya, Nicoletta Fornara, and Marco Colombetti. An Infrastructure for Open Interaction Systems (Position paper). Proceedings of the AT 2012 First International Conference on Agreement Technologies, October 15 - 16, 2012 in Dubrovnik, Croatia, pages 442-443, Vol-918 urn:nbn:de:0074-918-8, CEUR Workshop Proceedings, http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-918/, ISSN 1613-0073.
  9. Nicoletta Fornara, Daniel Okouya, and Marco Colombetti. Using OWL 2 DL for expressing ACL Content and Semantics. Massimo Cossentino, Michael Kaisers, Karl Tuyls, Gerhard Weiss editors, Multi-Agent Systems 9th European Workshop, EUMAS 2011, Maastricht, The Netherlands, November 14-15, 2011. Revised Selected Papers, LNAI 7541, pp. 97-113, Springer, Heidelberg, 2012. The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com DOI:10.1007/978-3-642-34799-3_7
  10. Visara Urovi, Alex Carmine Olivieri, Stefano Bromuri, Nicoletta Fornara and Michael Ignaz Schumacker. An Agent Coordination Framework for IHE based Cross-Community Health Record Exchange. Proceedings of the VII Workshop on Agents Applied in Health Care, A2HC 2012, co-located with AAMAS 2012, 4th June 2012 Valencia, Spain, 2012, pages 29-39.
  11. Nicoletta Fornara and Marco Colombetti. Specifying and Enforcing Norms in Artificial Institutions: Retrospective Review. In Chiaki Sakama, Sebastian Sardina, Wamberto Vasconcelos, and Michael Winikoff, editors, International Workshop on Declarative Agent Languages and Technologies (DALT 2011), volume LNAI 7169, pp. 117-119 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2012.
  12. Nicoletta Fornara, Marco Colombetti, and Daniel Okouya. A Framework of Open Interactions based on Web Services and Semantic Web Technologies. Proceedings of the 9th European Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems EUMAS 2011, Maastricht, NL, 14th-15th November 2011.
  13. Nicoletta Fornara and Marco Colombetti. Ontology and Time Evolution of Obligations and Prohibitions using Semantic Web Technology. In M. Baldoni, J. Bentahar, and M. v. R. J. Lloyd, editors, Declarative Agent Languages and Technologies VII 7th International Workshop, DALT 2009, Budapest, Hungary, May 11, 2009. Revised Selected and Invited Papers, LNCS 5948/2010, pages 101-118, Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, 2010. The original publication is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-11355-0_7. (Submitted and accepted for presentation also at EUMAS 2009 7th European Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems Ayia Napa, Cyprus December 17-18, 2009). Ontology and Java program described in the paper.
  14. Nicoletta Fornara. Open Interaction System Specification and Monitoring Using Semantic Web Technology. In Proceedings of the MALLOW (Multi-Agent Logics, Languages, and Organisations Federated Workshops) Workshop on Coordination, Organization, Institutions and Norms in Agent systems in On-line Communities (COIN@MALLOW09). Work in Progress, Torino, Italy, 7th-12th September, 2009.
  15. Nicoletta Fornara and Marco Colombetti. Specifying and Enforcing Norms in Artificial Institutions. In M. Baldoni, T. Son, B. van Riemsdijk, M. Winikoff editors, Declarative Agent Languages and Technologies VI: 6th International Workshop, DALT 2008 Estoril, Portugal, May 2008 Revised Selected and Invited Papers, LNCS volume 5397, pages 1-17. Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2009, ISBN 978-3-540-93919-1, DOI:10.1007/978-3-540-93920-7
    Version 1: In A. Omicini, B. Dunin-Keplicz, and J. Padget, editors, Proceedings of the 4th European Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems (EUMAS 06), Lisbon, Portugal, 14th-15th December 2006.
    Version 2: In G. Boella, L. van der Torre, and H. Verhagen, editors, Normative Multi-agent Systems, number 07122 in Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings. Internationales Begegnungs- und Forschungszentrum fuer Informatik (IBFI), Schloss Dagstuhl, Germany, 2007. on-line paper.
  16. Nicoletta Fornara and Marco Colombetti. Specifying and Enforcing Norms in Artificial Institutions (Short paper) Proc. of 7th Int.Conf. on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2008), Padgham, Parkes, Muller and Parsons (eds.), May, 12-16., 2008, Estoril, Portugal, pages. 1481-1484, International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, ISBN:978-0-9817381-2-X.
  17. Francesco Viganò, Nicoletta Fornara, and Marco Colombetti. An Event Driven Approach to Norms in Artificial Institutions.. In O. Boissier, J. Padget, V. Dignum, G. Lindemann, E. Matson, S. Ossowski, J. Simao Sichman, J. Vázquez-Salceda editors, Coordination, Organizations, Institutions, and Norms in Multi-Agent Systems: AAMAS 2005 International Workshops on Agents, Norms and Institutions for Regulated Multi-Agent Systems, ANIREM 2005, and Organizations in Multi-Agent Systems, OOOP 2005, Utrecht, The Netherlands, July 25-26, 2005, Revised Selected Papers. LNCS Volume 3913, 2006, pages 142-154. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/11775331_10
  18. Nicoletta Fornara, Francesco Viganò, and Marco Colombetti. Agent Communication and Institutional Reality. In R. M. van Eijk, M. P. Huget, and F. Dignum, editors, Agent Communication: International Workshop on Agent Communication, AC 2004, New York, NY, USA, July 19, 2004, Revised Selected and Invited Papers, volume 3396 of LNAI, pages 1-17. Springer Verlag, 2005.
  19. Francesco Viganò, Nicoletta Fornara, and Marco Colombetti. An Operational Approach to Norms in Artificial Institutions. In F. Dignum, V. Dignum, S. Koenig, S. Kraus, M.P. Singh, and M. Wooldridge editors, Proceedings of the Fourth International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems AAMAS 2005, pages 1289-1290 (poster), 25-29 July, Utrecht, The Netherlands, 2005.
  20. Marco Colombetti, Nicoletta Fornara, Mario Verdicchio. A Social Approach to Communication in Multiagent Systems. In J. A. Leite, A. Omicini, L. Sterling, P. Torroni, (Eds.): Declarative Agent Languages and Technologies, First International Workshop, DALT 2003, Melbourne, Australia, July 15, 2003, Revised Selected and Invited Papers. LNCS 2990, page 191-220, Springer 2004.
  21. Nicoletta Fornara, Francesco Viganò, and Marco Colombetti. A Communicative Act Library in the context of Artificial Institutions.. In C. Ghidini, P. Giorgini, and W. van der Hoek, editors, Proceedings of the 2nd European Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems (EUMAS 04), pages 223-235, Barcelona, Spain, 2004.
  22. Nicoletta Fornara and Marco Colombetti. Defining Interaction Protocols using a Commitment-based Agent Communication Language. Proceedings of the Second International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents & Multiagent Systems, AAMAS 2003, July 14-18, 2003, Melbourne, Australia, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 520-527, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/860575.860659.
  23. Marco Colombetti, Nicoletta Fornara and Mario Verdicchio. The Role of Institutions in Multiagent Systems. Ottavo Convegno Associazione Italiana per l'Intelligenza Artificiale AI*IA 2002, 10-13 Settembre 2002 Siena, Italia (AI*IA 2002).
  24. Nicoletta Fornara and Marco Colombetti. Operational Specification of a Commitment-Based Agent Communication Language. In Proceedings of the First International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents & MultiAgent Systems: part 2 (AAMAS '02) July 15-19, 2002 Bologna, Italy, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 536-542, http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/544862.544868.
  25. Nicoletta Fornara and Luca Maria Gambardella. An Autonomous Bidding Agent for Simultaneous Auctions. Cooperative Information Agents V, LNCS, 2001, Volume 2182/2001, 130-141. http://doi.acm.org/10.1007/3-540-44799-7_14

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