Figure 1
Fig 1. That's me.

I am currently an assistant professor at Aalborg University.

Between 2008 and 2010 I had a postdoctoral position at the University of Toronto where I was working with Craig Boutilier on topics of utility elicitation, decision making under uncertainty and optimization; in the fall of 2010, I was at the University of Regina for short postdoctoral stint. I hold a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland (obtained in 2007). Prior to that, I obtained a laurea in Computer Engineering from Politecnico di Milano.

My interests are within the following areas: recommender systems, constraint and planning systems, personal agents, preferences and user modeling, intelligent interfaces, machine learning, adaptive systems. You can download my full CV (updated summer 2011) or look at my research page.

current research interests

I am currently investigating preference reasoning and elicitation for automatic tools like personal agents or recommender systems. In our opinion, preference-elicitation should be open-ended allowing a diversity of modalites to acquire user models and target recommendations. Users should be allowed to state preferences in a way that is natural and convenient to them. At the same time, AI systems need to optimize their actions reasoning with a partial model of the user preferences or utility function. These topics are elaborated in my research statement.

More in my research page.

selected publications:

  • Paolo Viappiani, Craig Boutilier. Optimal Bayesian Recommendation Sets and Myopically Optimal Choice Query Sets.NIPS 2010. [PDF]
  • Craig Boutilier, Kevin Regan, Paolo Viappiani. Simultaneous Elicitation of Preference Features and Utility. AAAI 2010. [PDF]
  • Paolo Viappiani, Craig Boutilier. Regret-based Optimal Recommendation Sets in Conversational Recommender Systems. ACM Recommender Systems 2009 [PDF].
  • Craig Boutilier, Kevin Regan, Paolo Viappiani. Online feature elicitation in interactive optimization. ICML 2009: 10 [PDF]
  • Paolo Viappiani, Pearl Pu, Boi Faltings: Preference-based search with adaptive recommendations. AI Communications 21(2-3): 155-175 (2008) [PDF}
  • P. Viappiani, B. Faltings and P. Pu. Preference-based Search using Example-Critiquing with Suggestions. Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR), 27, 2006, pp. 465-503. [PDF]
Check all papers at the publications page.