Maristella Agosti is professor 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 which she leads. She is member of the Galilean Academy, Class of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. Advisor of the First and Second Level Degrees in Computer Engineering of the Department (October 2014-present)
Her research interests include information retrieval, user engagement, databases, digital cultural heritage, and data engineering.
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). She is a member of the Editorial board of the International Journal on Digital Libraries (Springer-Verlag). 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) (2011-2013).
She has widely published on information retrieval, hypertext information retrieval, annotations of digital content, user engagement, accessing digital cultural heritage collections, data engineering, digital libraries and archives, and their evaluation. She is the 2016 winner of the Tony Kent Strix Award.