"The pursuit of science seems to me to require particular courage.
It is concerned with knowledge, achieved through doubt. Making knowledge about everything available for everybody, science strives to make sceptics of them all."

Bertolt Brecht, Life of Galileo.

"Non credo che la pratica della scienza possa andar disgiunta dal coraggio.
Essa tratta il sapere, che è un prodotto del dubbio; e col procacciare sapere a tutti su ogni cosa, tende a destare il dubbio in tutti."

Bertolt Brecht, Vita di Galileo.





Alessio Micheli
Universita` di Pisa - Dipartimento di Informatica
Largo B. Pontecorvo 3, 56127 Pisa, ITALY
Phone: +39-050-2212798 - Fax: +39-050-2212726
Room 358 / DN





Research Interests

  • Machine Learning, Artificial and Computational Intelligence, Soft Computing
  • Learning in Structured Domains, Relational Learning, Relational Data Mining
  • Supervised and Unsupervised Neural Networks, Recurrent and Recursive Neural Networks
  • Deep Learning, Deep Recurrent Networks, Deep Reservoir Computing, DeepESN
  • Processing of Sequences and Structured Information (trees and graphs) in Machine Learning:
    Recursive Models, Reservoir Computing, Hidden Markov Models, Kernel-based methods for Non-vectorial Data
  • Applications to Cheminformatics, QSPR/QSAR Analysis, and Toxicity predictions
  • Applications to Bioinformatics and Health/biomedical Informatics
  • Learning in Robotics and Wireless/Intelligent Sensor Networks
  • Human Activity Recognition for Ambient Assisted Living

  • Pioneering since the 90’s the development of new models for learning structured and graph data
    (see also Methodologies and Models in CIML for Recursive and Contextual Neural Networks topic)
    providing also the first model of Neural Network for Graphs in the class of deep spatial convolution approaches [2005-2009]
    (see IEEE TNN 2009 and the references therein)

  • Leading since 2008 the CIML group for basic and applied research on Machine Learning for complex data.


Editorial and Program Committees

Editorial Committes 2013-2020:

PC Conferences 2013-2020:
  • IJCAI (International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence)
  • ECAI (European Conference on Artificial Intelligence)
  • IEEE SCCI CIDM (IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence and Data Mining)
  • IEEE SCCI DL (IEEE Symposium on Deep Learning)
  • IEEE IJCNN (International Joint Conference on Neural Networks)
  • ESANN (European Symposium on Artificial Neural Networks, Computational Intelligence and Machine Learning)
  • IEEE INISTA (IEEE International Symposium on INnovations in Intelligent SysTems and Applications)
  • ICANN (International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks)
  • ICPRAM (International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods)
  • IEEE ETFA (Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, Track 10 PC)
  • NC2 (Workshop on New Challenges in Neural Computation and Machine Learning)
  • MOD (International Workshop on Machine Learning, Optimization and Big Data)
  • IML (International Conference on Internet of Things and Machine Learning)
  • AI*IA (Conference of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence)
  • WIRN (Italian Workshop on Neural Networks)

  • Also involved as reviewer for NeurIPS 2019 (best reviewers list) & 2020, AAAI 2020, ICML 2021

Organizer of the



  • Sono disponibili Proposte di Tesi sul Machine Learning: contattare all'indirizzo, tag: [Richiesta-Tesi]


Current Projects
  • EU H2020 TEACHING : A computing toolkit for building efficient autonomous applications leveraging humanistic intelligence [2020-2022]
  • EU H2020 TAILOR: Foundations of Trustworthy AI - Integrating Reasoning, Learning and Optimization [2020-2023]
  • BrAID : Brugada syndrome and Artificial Intelligence applications to Diagnosis (Bando Ricerca e Salute 2018 - Regione Toscana) [2020-2023] (Unit leader)

Recent Projects
  • EU FP7 RUBICON: Robotics UBIquitous COgnitive Network (WP leader)
  • EU FP7 DOREMI: Decrease of cOgnitive decline, malnutRition and sedEntariness by elderly empowerment in lifestyle Management and social Inclusion (WP leader)

Past Projects
  • International Project: "Adaptive Processing of Data Structures" (Australian Research Council)
  • National Project: "Design of biologically active molecules by neural network techniques applied to QSAR studies and by investigation of ligand-macromolecule interactions".
    ("Progettazione di molecole biologicamente attive mediante studi QSAR con tecniche neurali e studi di interazione ligando-macromolecola") ( Cofin 99 - MURST and University of Pisa)
  • National Projects PRIN - MIUR: Cofin 1999, Cofin 2000, Cofin 2001, Cofin 2002, Cofin 2003, Cofin 2005.