DISI Dipartimento di Informatica e Scienze dell'Informazione

Short curriculum of Maura Cerioli

Born 26 February 1964, in Genova, where she also resides. She is an Italian citizen, married.
Laurea (M.Sc. more or less) in Mathematics (1987) at the University of Genova and Dottorato di Ricerca (Ph.D.) in Informatica (IV ciclo, 1992), in a joint program of the universities of Pisa, Genova and Udine, defending a thesis on Relationship between Logical Frameworks.
Professional Position
Maura Cerioli is ricercatore (senior researcher) at DISI (Dept of Computer Science of Science Faculty of Genova University) since November 1992.
Research Interests
Maura Cerioli is a researcher in theoretical computer science and her research is centered around the mathematical foundation of specification languages, methods and methodologies supporting their use in practice.

Her initial area of interest is the study of formalisms able to describe the data type for functional and imperative languages, with a particular interest for partiality (non-termination, uncomplete specifications, dependent types and such) and non-strictness (error dealing and don't care conditions).

Her main achievements in that area are the introduction and systematic study of formalisms supporting different features, culminating in the of partial first-order logic, that has been chosen as a foundation for the algebraic specification language Casl, within the COmmon Framework Initiative.
She has also been invited to be an editor of the second edition of the annotated bibliography on algebraic specifications.

From the studies in this area, she found a number of similar results in different contextes, often proved with closely matching proofs. This lead her to investigate the independence of specifications and results from the logical formalisms in which they are formulated, with a particular interest for the possibility of translating (theoretical) results and (theoretical) tools from one frame into another one.
Such studies are developed in the theory of institutions and her main results in this field are mostly connected with reuse of logical systems (and tools), with foundations of multiparadigm specification languages and implementation relation connecting different languages (ideally a specification and a programming language).

Maura Cerioli is currently acting as cohordinator of the FLIRTS (Formalism Logic Institution Relating, Translating and Structuring) forum, collecting all the active researchers in the filed of institutions and connected theories.

Elaborating on her systematic studies on partiality, Maura Cerioli has been actively involved in the COmmon Framework Initiavive for the development of a common specification language from the very beginning of the Casl language design. In particular, she had a central role in the decisions on the treatment of (and the corresponding constructs for) partiality and subsorting in Casl. Furthermore, she is one of the authors of the formal semantics of the language and is currently involved both in the investigations on methodologies supported by Casl and in the extensions of the language oriented to reactive systems. In particular, she is part of the interest group studying the relationships of Casl with UML, leading toward an integration of the algebraic specification language and the object-oriented visual modelling.

She is also responsible for the algebraic specification group within the project Sistemi Formali per la Specifica, l'Analisi, la Verifica, la Sintesi e la Trasformazione di Sistemi Software.

A complete summary of Cerioli's publications is available here.

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Maura Cerioli cerioli@disi.unige.it
22 September, 1999