The University of Padua is one of the oldest universities in Europe, and one of the biggest in Italy. The University has 8 schools and 32 departments in almost all the disciplines and the research areas. There are more than: 2,100 research staff; 2,100 technical and administrative staff; 60,000 students; 11,700 graduate every year; and, 1,500 PhD students.

The Department of Information Engineering (DEI), established in 1987, is one of the biggest departments of the University, with about 100 research staff among full, associate, and assistant professors; 35 technical and administrative staff; about 130 PhD and Post-doc students; and, more than 2,000 graduate students. The research carried out at DEI ranges from microelectronics, to optics, telecommunications, and to computer science. Within this last discipline, the research is carried out on parallel architectures, advanced computing paradigms and algorithms, robotics, software engineering, computer music, and information management. DEI has been the first department in Italy to be ISO 9001:2008 certified for quality.

The Information Management Systems group (IMS), established in 1987, carries out research on many aspects of information processing, with a strong focus and a long history on information retrieval, hypertexts, multilingual information access, digital libraries, and experimental evaluation. The IMS group has participated and is participating in several EU projects: PROMISE (Contract n. 258191, NoE), an FP7 network of excellence on the experimental evaluation of multilingual and multimodal information access systems, where the IMS group acts as project coordinator; ELIAS (ESF RNP project) which aims at developing an evaluation methodology for multilingual information access system directed at user-oriented interactive evaluation; CULTURA (Contract n. 269973, STREP) which aims at building innovative adaptive services and interactive environment to offer genuine user empowerment and unprecedented levels of engagement with digital cultural heritage collections and communities; EuropeanaConnect (Contract n. ECP-2008-DILI-528001, Best Practice Network) which aimed at developing and testing services for the European Digital Library; Europeana v1.047 (Contract n. ECP-2008-DILI-558001, Thematic Network) which aied at releasing the first running prototype of the European Digital Library; TELplus (Contract n. ECP-2006-DILI-510003, Targeted Project) which aimed extending and enhancing The European Library; TrebleCLEF (Contract n. 215231, Coordination Action) which aimed at promoting the experimental evaluation in the MLIA field and organizes the CLEF Initiative(Conference and Labs of the Evaluation Forum); SAPIR (Contract n. IST-045128, STREP) which aimed at developing a P2P large-scale architecture for searching and retrieving complex multi-media and audio-visual documents; DELOS (Contract n. G038-507618, NoE) was an FP6 network of excellence on digital libraries.



Leader of WP7 Validation and testing and WP8 Competitive Evaluation and Monitoring of the RTD work. Providing the Scientific Coordinator.


Nicola Ferro

Dr. Nicola Ferro is assistant professor in computer science with a focus on digital libraries and their architectures, multilingual information access and search engines and their evaluation. He is chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Digital Libraries (IEEE TCDL) He is chair of the Steering Committee of CLEF, the European initiative for the experimental evaluation of search engines, which involves around 200 research groups at international level. He has coordinated othe PROMISE FP7 network of excellence on the evaluation of multimedia and multilingual information access systems. He has participated in several national and international projects (CULTURA FP7 STREP, TrebleCLEF FP7 CSA, EuropeanaConnect eContentPlus, TELplus eContentPlus SAPIR FP6 STREP, DELOS FP6 NoE).

He has published more than 100 papers on digital library architectures, interoperability, and services; multilingual information access and its experimental evaluation; the management of the scientific data produced during evaluation campaigns. He has been program co-chair of CLEF 2010 (Int. Conf. on Multilingual and Multimodal Information Access Evaluation), IRCDL 2012 and 2013 (Italian Research Conference on Digital Libraries), SEBD 2012 (Italian Symposium on Database Systems), and program chair of the PROMISE Winter School 2013 on information retrieval and databases. He is PC member of major conferences (SIGIR, ECIR, CIKM, TPDL, JCDL, WI) and reviewer for major journals (ACM CSUR, ACM TALIP, IEEE TKDE, IPM, JASIST, IR, IS, IJoDL).

Professor Maristella Agosti

Professor Maristella Agosti is full professor in computer science, with a main focus on databases, digital libraries and information retrieval, at the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Padua, Italy where she has started in 1987 the Information Management Systems (IMS) research group that addresses information retrieval, digital libraries, and database management topics. She is National Correspondent Member of the Galilean Academy, Class of Mathematical and Natural Sciences – She has worked in ICT research for more than 35 years, edited 18 books and published over 200 articles in journals and conference proceedings. She has been and is involved in a number of research projects, funded by EU, MIUR, CNR and other funding bodies.

She is or has been principal investigator or senior researcher of several European Commission research projects including CULTURA, PROMISE, EuropeanaConnect, TrebleCLEF, TELplus, SAPIR, DELOS, and IDOMENEUS. Maristella Agosti was Chair for the mandate from 2009 to 2012 of the Steering Committee of the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL). She is a member of the Editorial board of the International Journal on Digital Libraries (Springer-Verlag). She has been a member for many years of the Editorial boards of Information Processing and Management and Information Retrieval journals. She is member of the Board of the Italian association for digital humanities and digital culture (AIUCD). She has been member of the evaluation team of experts for the Industrial and Information Engineering area of the Italian Research Assessment Exercise (VQR 2004-2010) performed by the National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes (ANVUR) from December 2011 to July 2013.

She has designed and launched in 1990 the European Summer School in Information Retrieval (ESSIR). She has designed and launched in 2005, together with Costantino Thanos and other Italian experts, the Italian Research Conference on Digital Library Systems (IRCDL) that has been organised yearly and which is attended by the Italian research community of digital libraries and information retrieval. She is and has been a member of programme committees of relevant conferences and events, among those of ACM SIGIR, CIKM, ECDL, TPDL, ACM/IEEE JCDL, ICADL, CoLIS, ECIR. EDBT. Partial list of publications in DBLP: Google Scholar Citations:

Gianmaria Silvello

Dr. Gianmaria Silvello took the master degree in Computer Engineering, University of Padua in 2006 and the Ph.D. in Information Engineering from the Doctorate School in Information Engineering of University of Padua in 2011. Since 2011, he is post-doc researcher at DEI of UNIPD and member of the IMS research group. Since 2006 he has been working on the design and development of a digital archive system called SIAR (Regional Archival Information System) in cooperation with the Italian Veneto Region and the Archival Supervising Office for the Italian Veneto Region of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage.

Since 2010 he has been working on the field of Information Retrieval Evaluation within the PROMISE European network of excellence. Furthermore, he has participated and participates in several national and international projects among which PROMISE, CULTURA, SAPIR, and DELOS. His main interests are Digital Libraries and Archives and Information Retrieval Evaluation.