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Marcello Balduccini

Assistant Research Professor

Computer Science

Dr. Balduccini's fundamental research interests are focused on knowledge representation & reasoning, including ontologies, agent architectures, commonsense, natural language understanding, and constraint satisfaction. Application domains of interest include decision-making/decision-support systems, cyber-security and cyber-physical systems, cognitive robotics, intelligent unmanned vehicles, behavior modeling, and model-based user interfaces. He is affiliated with the AJ Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment and the Isaac L. Auerbach Cybersecurity Institute. Prior to joining Drexel, Dr. Balduccini served as principal research scientist at Kodak Research Labs, Eastman Kodak Company for six years. Dr. Balduccini has authored or co-authored more than 50 refereed technical publications, including three book chapters, and has edited two volumes.


  • PhD in Computer Science, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
  • Laurea in Computer Science, Universit√† degli Studi di Milano, Italy

Research/Teaching Interests

Knowledge representation, logic programming, constraint programming, planning, diagnosis, agent architectures, cognitive robotics, natural language processing, information retrieval, question answering, malware detection and mitigation, cyber-physical systems

Select Publications

  • Marcello Balduccini, Duc N. Nguyen, and William C. Regli. An ASP-Based Architecture for Autonomous UAVs in Dynamic Environments: Progress Report. In Sebastien Konieczny and Hans Tompits, editors, Proceedings of the 15th International Workshop on Non-Monotonic Reasoning (NMR 2014), 2014.
  • Marcello Balduccini. ASP with non-Herbrand Partial Functions: a Language and System for Practical Use. Journal of Theory and Practice of Logic Programming (TPLP), 2013.
  • Marcello Balduccini and Michael Gelfond. Diagnostic reasoning with A-Prolog. Journal of Theory and Practice of Logic Programming (TPLP), 3(4–5):425–461, Jul 2003.
  • Marcello Balduccini and Sara Girotto. Logic Programming, Knowledge Representation, and Nonmonotonic Reasoning: Essays Dedicated to Michael Gelfond on the Occasion of His 65th Birthday, Chapter "ASP as a Cognitive Modeling Tool: Short-Term Memory and Long-Term Memory", pages 377-397. Number 6565 in Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNCS). Springer Verlag, Berlin, 2011.
  • Marcello Balduccini, Chitta Baral, and Yuliya Lierler. Handbook of Knowledge Representation, Chapter 20: "Knowledge Representation and Question Answering". Foundations of Artificial Intelligence. Elsevier, Dec 2007.

Grant Awards

  • 2014–2015: Drexel internal competitive grant (PI, $50,000), Robustness Testing of Smart Grids.
  • 2013–2014: Cyber Security Research Alliance (co-PI, $60,000), Roots of Trust in Electric Energy Generation and Distribution.
  • 2013–2014: DARPA ICAS BAA 13-13 (sub-contractor, PI, $230,000), FUSION: Federated Understanding of Security Information Over Networks.

Awards & Recognition

  • U.S. Patent 8,161,063 Multimedia Object Retrieval From Natural Language Queries
  • U.S. Patent 8,370,376 Multimedia Object Retrieval From Natural Language Queries (continuation)
  • U.S. Patent 8,576,430 Job Schedule Generation Using Historical Decision Database
  • U.S. Patent Pending: Job Schedule Generation
  • U.S. Patent Pending: Activation of Media Product Aggregation Using Order History
  • U.S. Patent Pending: Aggregation of Media Product Production and Distribution
  • U.S. Patent Pending: Production Capacity Management in Media Product Aggregation Systems
  • U.S. Patent Pending: Aggregation of Customer Requirements
  • U.S. Patent Pending: Adjusting a Customer Catalog for Ordering Visual Media Products 

Professional Activities & Associations

  • Member of the NIST Cyber-Physical Systems Public Working Group
  • Member of the Texas Action Group
  • Area editor for KR and Non-Monotonic Reasoning, ALP Newsletter.
  • Chair/co-chair: Architectures for Intelligent Theory-based Agents (2008 AAAI Spring Symposium Series), ICLP09 Doctoral Consortium, ICLP10 Doctoral Consortium, Answer Set Programming and Other Computing Paradigms workshop 2010 (ASPOCP10) and 2011 (ASPOCP11), LPNMR13 Workshop Chair
  • Member of the Program Committee of: LPNMR'05 Systems and Application Session, PREFS 2006, ASP07, DPPS@NMR08, ICLP08 (publicity), SEA'09, LOG-IC09, DP@NMR10, CILC2010, KR-10 DC, LPNMR-11, Commonsense-11, IJCAI'11 (Senior PC), ICLP11, Log-IC 2011, SEA'11, INAP11, PADL'12, KR-2012, NMR 2012, PPDP 2012, ICLP12, ASPOCP12, RR2013, NLPAR2013, LNMR2013, ASPOCP13, KR&Robotics13, GTTV13, KR 2014, AAAI14, ICLP14, RR 2014, NMR14, ECAI14, ASPOCP14, AAAI15
  • Reviewer for TPLP, AIJ, ACM TIST, ACM TOCL, ACM TOPLAS, JAAMAS, JLC, Fundamenta Informaticae, Science of Computer Programming, JANCL journals
  • Reviewer for various conferences and workshops, including: AAAI, ICLP, JELIA, LPNMR, PADL
  • Member of the GULP board of experts for best Ph.D. dissertation award (2009 and 2012)