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Dr Fabrizio Costa

Lecturer in Data Analytics


Telephone: 01392 724602

Extension: (Streatham) 4602

Fabrizio received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Firenze, Italy (2002). Before joining Exeter University as a Lecturer in Data Analytics (2017), he worked as a Research Assistent at the Universita' degli Studi di Firenze, Italy, at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium and the at Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, Germany.


Reserach interests:

Machine Learning (ML), i.e. the study of data driven algorithm design.

In particular I have been interested in: 1) generalizing the type of information that ML algorithms can process and 2) extending the type of problems that ML can address.

1) The study of input generalization for ML algorithms has lead to the development of efficient and flexible graph kernels and feature generators for graphs (see the EDeN library) with applications in relational learning and chemo- and bioinformatics domains.

2) The study of generalizing ML tasks has lead to the notion of data driven design or Constructive Machine Learning (CML) (see the CML workshops). The objective of CML is the design of algorithms that can build novel objects endowed with desired properties or with a combination of multiple properties. Such algorithms have a wide spectrum of applications, ranging from de novo drug design (chemistry), protein design, metabolic path design, RNA polymer design (biology), automatic software generation (computer science), autonomous music generation (art), automatic video game character or level construction (gaming).


Academic profiles:

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