Silvana Castano
Full Professor, ISLab Chair

office: Via Comelico 39, 20135 Milano
tel: +390250316319 fax: +390250316229
email: castano@di.unimi.it
personal page: http://islab.di.unimi.it/castano

Short description: Silvana Castano is full professor of database and information systems at the University of Milano, where she currently chairs the Information systems & knowledge management (ISLab) group of the Dipartimento di Informatica. She received the Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from Politecnico di Milano. Her main research interests are in the area of databases and information systems and ontologies and Semantic Web, with current focus on knowledge discovery and sharing in peer-based systems, ontology matching and evolution, semantic knowledge coordination, emergent semantics in open networked systems, data integration, and semantic interoperability. She has published her research results in more than 100 papers in the major journals and in the refereed proceedings of the major conferences of the field. On these topics, she has been working in several national and international research projects, acting as local coordinator of the UNIMI unit in the european projects FP7 EQANIE EURO-INF SPREAD, FP6 BOEMIE (Bootstrapping Ontology Evolution with Multimedia Information Extraction), FP6 INTEROP-NoE (Interoperability Research for Networked Enterprises Applications and Software) and the national projects PRIN ESTEEM on semantic communities, D2I on data integration, FIRB WEB-MINDS on advanced middleware for networked services. She is founding member of INTEROP-VLab.it, the italian pole of the International Virtual Laboratory for Enterprise Interoperability stemming from the INTEROP project.
Silvana Castano has been serving as PC member for several important database, information systems, and Semantic Web conferences, regularly she is PC member of ER, CAiSE, DEXA, RCIS. She is member of the Steering Committee of the International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER). She is PC co-chair of the ER 2009 conference and PC-chair of SEBD 2009. She is workshop co-chair of ER 2012. She was President-Elected of GRIN - Gruppo di Informatica, the Italian association of University Professors in Informatics in the period 2008-2014.