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1 December 2022 at 16:00 CEST - Online

Human centered, interactive Artificial Intelligence



Human centered, interactive Artificial Intelligence


Since its first definition in 1956, Artificial Intelligence was cultivated by researchers and companies with various degrees of success. Now one historical variant of it, is pervasive with respect to most if not all possible domains of application. Certainly, the context of use of AI is not the same as before: machines are significantly improved and there are billions of humans and machines interacting on the Web. This radical change of paradigm requires a profound reflection about the future of AI seen as a prosthesis of human societies in multi-agent interactions among human and artificial Agents, not just as a set of technologies offering turn-key solutions. If humans are not only considered - as it was often the case - the users but also the producers of Information, then the interactive scenario of a Social Artificial Intelligence becomes much more realistic, reassuring and promising.

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Stefano A. CERRI (Parma, 1947) was a full Professor of Informatics (1985 Milano, I; 1999 Montpellier, F).
He graduated in Physics in Pisa (1971); worked as tenured staff member at the Universities of Pisa,
Amsterdam, Milano and Montpellier; as visiting professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussels, VUB-AI Lab and
ESSI-Nice-Sophia Antipolis (currently Polytech UNSA). Since September 2015 he is Emeritus Professor at
the University of Montpellier. He has been consulting for DKTS (Digital Knowledge Technologies Services), an Italian pioneering, leading SME, since 1985  (


His main scientific contributions, since his thesis, concern the intersection between Informatics and Human Learning, combining Computation, Cognition and Communication. He started with research on the Human visual system (electrophysiology and psychophysics: Pisa and Amsterdam), then Artificial Intelligence and Human Learning (Amsterdam, Milano, Montpellier). He authored about 160 papers in international journals, peer reviewed conference proceedings, chapters of books; edited 9 books; was invited speaker at conferences, Universities and Industries (45); participated to more than 25 European R&D Projects (from ESPRIT 1983-85 where he was evaluator of the Advanced Information Processing projects to the 6th FP where he was awarded the ELEGI Integrated Project with 22 other partners) 


Between 2005 and 2010 he was Deputy Director of the Montpellier Laboratory of Informatics, Robotics, and Microelectronics: LIRMM: , 400 researchers: a French cross-faculty research entity of the University of Montpellier and the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS): the Lab obtained the best evaluation score at the end of the mandate (A+) being therefore recognized as one of the top laboratories in France in the domain. 


Stefano Cerri developed a unified formal model for human and artificial Agents mutually delivering various kinds of services. Currently, his main commitment is about Web Science and related studies concerning models, infrastructures and applications supporting connected communities of human Agents jointly working, playing, learning and contributing to politics.

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