In2Data: Intelligent Integration and Access to Data


At In2Data, we investigate foundational, methodological, experimental, and application oriented aspects of access to structured and semi-structured data and information by leveraging its semantics. We combine techniques developed in the area of ontologies in knowledge representation, with industrial technologies for the efficient management of large amounts of data. This allows us to develop novel technologies and tools that enable both domain experts (e.g., engineers and managers) and IT specialists to deal with the increasing complexity of data and information. We investigate also novel techniques for assessing the efficiency and effectiveness of data management technologies.


The group and its activities are relevant for:

  1. research, since the group focuses on a challenging and well-established area that plays a key role across several disciplines, including knowledge representation, databases, and semantic web.
  2. teaching, since the group covers key competencies for students in the important area of data management.
  3. third mission, since data access and integration are key challenges both for large and medium-sized organizations, and for public administrations.


  • Logic-based knowledge representation
  • Ontology-based data access, integration, and exchange
  • NoSQL and big data management
  • Streaming data
  • Benchmarks for ontology-based systems

Key technologies

  • Logic-based ontology languages
  • Relational databases
  • Semantic web technologies
  • NoSQL database technologies

Key technologies

  • Logic-based ontology languages
  • Relational databases
  • Semantic web technologies
  • NoSQL database technologies


  • Tools for ontology-based data access
  • Data integration technology
  • Data preparation and cleaning
  • Tools for benchmarking
  • Domain specific tools for information access


Diego Calvanese ( ,   web site)

Diego Calvanese is a full professor at the Faculty of Computer Science of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on knowledge bases and databases, ontologies, theory of computing, and formal languages. He received a PhD from Sapienza University of Rome in 1996. His research interests include formalisms for knowledge representation and reasoning, ontology-based data access and integration, description logics, Semantic Web, graph data management, data-aware process verification, and service modeling and synthesis. He has been actively involved in several national and international research projects in the above areas (including FP6-7603 TONES, FP7-257593 ACSI, FP7-318338 Optique). He is the author of more than 300 refereed publications, including ones in the most prestigious international journals and conferences in Databases and Artificial Intelligence, with almost 25000 citations and an h-index of 65, according to Google Scholar. He is one of the editors of the Description Logic Handbook. He has been nominated Fellow of the European Association for Artificial Intelligence (EurAI, formerly ECCAI) in 2015. Find out more about him checking out his website.

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