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Fulbright Lectureship in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Bologna

Europe and Eurasia


Award Details
Grant Activity

The incoming scholar may be involved in a very articulated offer of teaching activities at different levels, including the PhD and Master ones: a commitment of overall at least 60 hours for (over at least 20 weeks) can be assumed to be established and possibly increased up to 100 hours overall if agreed with the lectureship holder.

These lessons can also be delivered and potentially inserted in some of  the following Master level courses and PhD degrees, as well as graduate Executive Master initiatives.

Master level courses (the average class size is in the range 20-50):

Infrastructures for Cloud Computing and Big Data M, held by Prof. Antonio Corradi, within the di Master’s degree course  in Computer  Engineering (Bologna Campus);

  • Technologies and systems for data base and big data management held by Prof. Marco Patella and Prof. Paolo Ciaccia, within  Master’s degree course in Computer Engineering  (Bologna Campus);
  • Data Mining M, held by Prof. Claudio Sartori, within the Master’s degree course in Computer Engineering  ( (Bologna Campus);
  • Big Data, within the Master’s degree course in Computer Science and Engineering  (Cesena Campus).

PhD level degrees (class size of around 20 people):

  • Computer Science and Engineering (director Prof. Paolo Ciaccia): a course on big data themes has natural collocation herein. In addition, some students in this PhD have a scholarships specifically devoted  to Big Data research.
  • Data Science and Computation (director Prof. Marco Roccetti): born with the collaboration of the Milan Polytechnic and the Golinelli Foundation, that will develop studies and research both in the context of the basics of the discipline and in all its different application aspects as demonstrated by the collaborations and synergies of the eight different University Departments participating in the initiative.
  • Structural and Environmental Health Monitoring and Management: this multidisciplinary degree is aimed to combine together methodological and technological skills that were previously provided in three different PhD programs ("Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering", "Computer Science and Engineering ", " Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technologies").

The teaching activities might be of interest within some of the courses of the Executive Master in Data Science directed by Claudio Sartori (Bologna Business School – BBS, Bologna).

Other activities:

The incoming scholar, being involved in research activities of her/his interest, will also be naturally exposed to the day-by-day life of DISI research groups that includes: tutoring activities of MSc and PhD students for their project and thesis works; participation to period group seminars; preparation of tutorial and talks on specific topics of interest/expertise that might be also part of faculty training on specific data analysis methods and tools; and development of the curriculum of faculty members also though joint organization activities at international level (e.g., involvement in the design of international proposals and initiatives, conference organization, etc.).

Moreover, the Master’s degree in Computer Engineering  is currently in an advanced stage of the study toward the implementation of a double-title international curricula, in collaboration with the University of Stockholm and the University of Bielefeld, and the presence of a chair on Big Data would further strengthen this internationalization project by expanding offerings in English in a direction of great interest.

Moreover, we believe there is much room for joint design initiatives at different levels, from European design (H2020) to USA (MAE), collaborating both as a department (DISI) and as a national laboratory (CINI Laboratories - National Interuniversity Consortium for the Computer technology).

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.
Grant Length
Three to six months
Grant Dates

September 2019 or January 2020.


University of Bologna, School of Engineering, School of Science, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Flex Option
Discipline Type
Please see Specializations below
Computer Science

The DISI department (Computer Science and Engineering  Dep.) includes different research labs that work on Big Data; in the following, we report a list of topics of interest  followed by a brief description of the main labs that expressed such interest in the Fulbright Lectureship initiative.

Topics Related to Big Data in the DISI department:

  • Support for intelligent management of Big Data for storage, access, monitoring, and complex analysis,
  • Real-time analysis, possibly with approximate techniques, with speed and/or green-computing/small footprint computing objectives, and assigned quality targets,
  • General frameworks for the implementation of mining algorithms in the Big Data field with the "agnostic platform" approach, i.e., independent of deployment technology used,
  • Development of algorithms for highly parallel architectures,
  • Business intelligence and data warehousing (BI & DW) techniques for manipulating and displaying Big Data,
  • Seamless integration of complex media streams analysis on Big Data platforms,
  • Cloud computing support for elastic provisioning of cluster computing resources for Big Data/Stream processing
  • Geographic data storage and query optimization frameworks with geodata-aware load balancing and indexing techniques,
  • Support Mobile Cloud Computing (MCC) where Big Data makers and consumers are mobile and/or Internet of Things (IoT) devices that want to offload storage/processing load on the cloud,
  • Within the Open Citation project, funded by the Sloan Foundation, creating and analyzing open quotation networks using the technologies of Semantic Web and Semantic Publishing,
  • In the context of textual mining on Big Data textures, DISI SmartData research group is committed to developing models for automatic search and classification of texts through Transfer Learning from large textual corpus to specific tasks and using word embedding techniques,
  • With funding from the Elsevier publishing house, characterization of quotes available in extensive collections of open and proprietary bibliographic data,
  • In collaboration with the Department of Italian studies, the representation of complex document models for the analysis and automatic processing of concepts relevant to classical and author philology on large amounts of historical documents.
Special Features

The Fulbright lecturer can actively collaborate with peer members of the main DISI research groups, but also of other departments on one or more of topics of his/her interest. As a computer science and engineering department, DISI is open and recognizes the importance of inter- and multi-disciplinary research and teaching initiatives. Accordingly, we will facilitate and catalyze intense interactions between the lecturer and the local and university community in a broad sense. Along that direction, we also plan to involve the scholar in activities within the CLUSTER Association of the Emilia Romagna region on Innovation in Services, as well as in joint innovative entrepreneurship and Open Living Lab initiatives together with other university departments and companies in the territory.

DISI has a long tradition in hosting visiting professors, even for long sabbatical periods. Hence, the Fulbright Lecturer will certainly experience an international-friendly environment and will receive the typical hosting pack provided to our international hosts, including: an office space with access to computer network and IT resource (including a PC if needed), access to the university canteens (e.g., at the Engineering college in the Bologna Campus, but others are available in Bologna), as well as facilitated access to the Engineering college.

In addition: 

Access to the University Library Organization: The University of Bologna has a wide network of facilities, library and documentary services providing support for studies, teaching, research, professional and cultural activities.

Access to the University Museum Network: A coordinated network of 13 museums (including the Palazzo Poggi Museum) that protects and promotes the University’s historical and artistic assets.

Access to the Collegio Superiore: The Collegio Superiore provides supplementary, highly qualifying training courses with a strong interdisciplinary focus for students admitted on a merit basis. This excellent training is enriched by meetings and seminars held by Italian and international academics, as well as by exchanges with other European schools of excellence. The Fulbright Lecturer will be certainly invited to attend Collegio Superiore initiative, as well as to give a seminar in this center of excellence.

Access to the Institute of Advanced Studies: The Institute selects PhD students, PhD graduates, and high-profile academics from all over the world who are invited to Bologna by the University professors. It promotes the exchange of ideas and knowledge at an international level, constitutes a meeting point for Italian and international academics. The Fulbright Lecturer will benefit from this high-profile international environment and related cross-fertilization initiatives with the possibility to cooperate with international academics coming from all over the world.

Number of Grants
Core (Open to all levels of scholars, including early career)
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Application Deadline
Program Staff
Michelle Bolourchi
Outreach and Recruitment Analyst

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