**Associate
Professor**

**Department of Information Engineering**

**University
of Padova (Italy) **

Via Gradenigo, 6/B

35131 – Padova

ITALY

**pini****_AT_dei.unipd.it**

(*please** replace* _AT_* with *@)

**Biographic Notes**

- June 2015:
**Associate Professor**, Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova - 2012 - 2015:
**Assistant Professor**, Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova - 2007 - 2012:
**PostDoc****Position**, Department of Mathematics, University of Padova - 2004 - 2006:
**PhD in Computational Mathematics**, University of Padova - 1999 - 2003:
**Degree in Mathematics**, University of Padova,**110/110 cum Laude** - 1980:
Born in Mantova (Italy)
- More details:
**Curriculum Vitae**(August 2015)

**Research**** Interests
**

- Artificial Intelligence
- Computational Social Choice
- Preference Reasoning
- Preference Aggregation in Multi-Agent Systems
- Reasoning with Uncertainty
- Stable Matching Problems
- Reputation Systems
- Recommendation Systems
- More
details:
**Intelligent Preference Reasoning for Multi-Agent Decision Making**(Colloquia DEI, University of Padova, October 2012)

**My two
research groups**:
**Preference
Reasoning and Aggregation**
and **Intelligent Advise**

**I’m**** supervising**
**Pietro De Caro in the FSE Italian project “Sistemi intelligenti di
supporto alle decisioni”**

**Phd**** Thesis**

Department
of Pure and Applied Mathematics. University of Padova,
Italy, March 2007.

My
supervisor: Prof. **Francesca Rossi. **

**Teaching**** **

**Preference Reasoning in Computational Social Choice per Dottorato in Informatica (AA. 2012/ 2013)****Informatica Teorica (AA. 2012/ 2013)****Computational Social Choice per Dottorato in Informatica (AA. 2011/ 2012)****Informatica per Biologia (AA. 2010/2011)****Informatica per Biologia Molecolare (AA. 2010/2011)****Informatica per Biotecnologie (AA. 2010/2011)****Informatica per Scienze e Tecnologie per l’Ambiente (STAM) (AA. 2007/2008)**

**Publications**

**2013**

M. S. Pini, F.
Rossi, K. B. Venable, T. Walsh.

Stability, Optimality and Manipulation in Matching Problems with Weighted Preferences.

Algorithms 6(4): 782-804, 2013.

A. Josang, G. Guo, M. S. Pini, F.
Santini, Y. Xu.

Combining
Recommender and Reputation Systems to Produce Better Online Advice.

Proceedings of the 10th
International Conference on Modeling
Decisions for Artificial
Intelligence (MDAI 2013),

Barcelona, Spain, Springer LNAI, full paper, 2013.

M. Gelain, M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K.
B. Venable, T. Walsh.

Local Search Approaches in Stable Matching Problems.

Algorithms 6(4): 591-617, 2013.

M.Donini, M. S. Pini.

Voting for
classifier selection.

2nd Italian Workshop on Machine Learning and Data Mining,
Turin, Italy, 2013

N. Mattei, M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K. B. Venable.

Bribery
in Voting with CP-net.

In Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence -
Special Issue for ISAIM 2012, Springer, 2013.

M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K. B. Venable.

Bribery in voting with soft constraints.

Proceedings of AAAI 2013, full paper, Bellevue, Washington, USA.

A. Maran, N. Maudet, M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K. B. Venable.

A
Framework for Aggregating Influenced CP-nets and its
Resistance to Bribery.

Proceedings of AAAI 2013, full paper, Bellevue, Washington, USA.

T. Perek, P. Faliszewski, M. S. Pini, F. Rossi.

The complexity of losing voters.

Proceedings of AAMAS 2013, full paper, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA.

M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K. B. Venable.

Resistance
to bribery when aggregating soft constraints: complexity resuts.

Proceedings of AAMAS 2013, Extended abstract, Saint Paul,
Minnesota, USA.

**2012**

J. Lang, M. S. Pini, F.
Rossi, D. Salvagnin, K. B. Venable, and T. Walsh.

Winner Determination in Voting Trees with Incomplete Preferences
and Weighted Votes.

In Autonomous Agents and
Multi-Agent Systems, 25(1): 130-157, Springer, 2012.

M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K. B.
Venable, and T. Walsh.

Stability and optimality
in matching problems with weighted preferences.

Agents and Artificial Intelligence 2011, Revised Selected Papers,

Communications in Computer and Information Science, CCIS
271, Springer, 2012.

N. Mattei, M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K. B. Venable.

`Bribery in Voting Over Combinatorial Domains Is Easy. `

`Proceedings of International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence and Mathematics (ISAIM 2012), `

`Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, January 2012.`

N. Mattei, M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K. B. Venable.

`Bribery in Voting Over Combinatorial Domains Is Easy. `

`Proceedings of the 11th International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS 2012), `

short paper, to appear.

N. Maudet, M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K. B. Venable.

`Influence and aggregation of preferences over combinatorial domains. `

`Proceedings of the 11th International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS 2012), `

short paper, to appear.

**2011**

M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K. B. Venable, and T. Walsh.

Incompleteness
and Incomparability in Preference Aggregation: Complexity Results.

In Artificial Intelligence - Special Issue on
Representing, Processing, and Learning Preferences: Theoretical and Practical
Challenges,

175(7-8): 1272-1289, Elsevier, 2011
(Impact Factor: 3.036)

G. Dalla Pozza,
M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K. B. Venable.

Multi-agent soft constraint aggregation via sequential voting.

Proceedings of the 22th International Joint Conference of Artificial
Intelligence (IJCAI 2011),

full paper,
Barcelona, Spain, 2011.

M. S. Pini, F.
Rossi, K. B. Venable, T. Walsh.

Weights in stable marriage
problems increase manipulation opportunities.

Proceedings of the 13th Conference on Theoretical Aspects of Rationality
and Knowledge (TARK 2011),

ACM digital library, Groningen, Netherlands, 2011, **Best Poster Award **

S. Bistarelli, M. S. Pini,
F. Rossi, and K. B. Venable.

Uncertainty in
bipolar preference problems.

In
Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence,
Taylor & Francis, 23(4), 2011.

M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K. B.
Venable, and T. Walsh.

Manipulation
complexity and gender neutrality in stable marriage procedures.

In Autonomous Agents and
Multi-Agent Systems, 22(1): 183-199, Springer 2011.

M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K. B. Venable, and T. Walsh.

Stability in matching
problems with weighted preferences.

In Proceedings of the
3rd International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence (ICAART
2011),

SciTePress, regular paper,
2011.

M. Gelain, M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K.
B. Venable, and T. Walsh.

A local
search approach to solve incomplete fuzzy CSPs.

In Proceedings of
the 3rd International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence (ICAART
2011),

SciTePress, poster, 2011.

M. Gelain, M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K. B. Venable, and T. Walsh.

Male optimal and
unique stable marriages with partially ordered preferences.

In Proceedings of the International Workshop on
Collaborative Agents - REsearch and development (CARE
2009/2010),

Springer LNAI 6066, 2011.

M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K. B. Venable, and T. Walsh.

Possible and necessary
winners in voting trees: majority graphs vs. profiles.

In Proceedings of
the 10th International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent
Systems (AAMAS 2011),

full paper, IFAAMAS
Press, Taipei, Taiwan.

M. Gelain,M. S. Pini,
F. Rossi, K. B. Venable, and T. Walsh.

Procedural
fairness in stable marriage problems.

In Proceedings of
the 10th International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent
Systems (AAMAS 2011),

extended abstract, IFAAMAS
Press, Taipei, Taiwan.

M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K. B. Venable, and T. Walsh.

Weights in
Stable Marriage Problems Increase Manipulation Opportunities.

In Proceedings of
the IJCAI Workshop on Social Choice and Artificial Intelligence (WSCAI 2011),

Barcelona, Spain,
July 2011.

N. Maudet,
M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K. B. Venable.

Influencing and
aggregating agents' preferences over combinatorial domains.

In Proceedings of
the IJCAI Workshop on Social Choice and Artificial Intelligence (WSCAI 2011),

Barcelona, Spain,
July 2011.

**2010**

M. Gelain, M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K.
B. Venable, and T. Walsh.

In Artificial
Intelligence, 174(3-4), pp. 270-294, Elsevier,
2010. (Impact Factor: 3.036)

M. Gelain, M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K.
B. Venable, and N. Wilson.

Interval-valued
Soft Constraint Problems.

In
Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence
- Special Issue for ISAIM 2008, Springer, 2010.

M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, and K.
B. Venable.

Soft
Constraint Problems With Uncontrollable Variables.

In Journal of Experimental and
Theoretical Artificial Intelligence,

Taylor & Francis, 22(4): 269-310 2010.

S. Bistarelli, M. S. Pini,
F. Rossi, and K. B. Venable.

From soft constraints
to bipolar preferences: modelling framework and
solving issues.

In
Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial
Intelligence, 22(2), pp. 135-158, Taylor & Francis, 2010.

M. Gelain, M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K.
B. Venable, T. Walsh.

Male
optimality and uniqueness in stable marriage problems with partial orders,

Technical
Report, 2010.

M. Gelain, M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K.
B. Venable, and T. Walsh.

Male optimality and
uniqueness in stable matching problems with partial orders (Extended Abstract).

In Proceedings of
the 9th International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent
Systems (AAMAS 2010),

IFAAMAS Press, pp.
1387-1388, Toronto, Canada, 2010.

M. Gelain, M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K.
B. Venable, and T. Walsh.

Local search algorithms on the
stable marriage problem: experimental studies.

Accepted at the
19th European Conference of Artificial Intelligence (ECAI 2010), short paper,
IOS Press, Lisbon, Portugal, 2010.

M. Gelain, M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K.
B. Venable, and T. Walsh.

Local search
for stable marriage problems with ties and incomplete lists.

Accepted at the
11th Pacific Rim International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (PRICAI
2010),

regular paper, Springer
LNCS, Daegu, Korea, 2010.

M. Gelain, M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K.
B. Venable, and T. Walsh.

Local
search for stable marriage problems with ties and incomplete lists.

In Proceedings of
the ECAI'10 Multidisciplinary Workshop on Advances in Preference Handling
(MPREF 2010),

Lisbon, Portugal,
August 2010.

M. Gelain, M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K.
B. Venable, and T. Walsh.

Local
search for stable marriage problems.

In Proceedings of
the Third International Workshop on Computational Social Choice (COMSOC 2010),

Dusseldorf,
Germany, September 2010.

M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K. B. Venable, and T. Walsh.

Stable marriage problems
with quantitative preferences.

In Proceedings of
the Third International Workshop on Computational Social Choice (COMSOC 2010),

Dusseldorf,
Germany, September 2010.

M. Gelain, M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K.
B. Venable, and T. Walsh.

A local
search approach to solve incomplete fuzzy and weighted CSPs.

In Proceedings of
the CP'10 Workshop on Preferences and Soft Constraints (SOFT 2010),

St Andrews,
Scotland, September 2010.

**2009**

U. Endriss, M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K.
B. Venable.

Preference
Aggregation over Restricted Ballot Languages: Sincerity and Strategy-Proofness.

In Proceedings of
the 21th International Joint Conference of Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2009),

Pasadena (USA),
AAAI Press, 2009.

M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K. B. Venable, R. Dechter.

Robust
solutions in unstable optimization problems.

In
Recent Advances in Constraints, Springer LNAI, Springer Verlag
Berlin Heidelbergh, 2009.

M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K. B.
Venable and T. Walsh.

Manipulation and
gender neutrality in stable marriage procedures.

In Proceedings of the 8th International Joint
Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS 2009),

ACM Press, Budapest, Hungary, May 2009.

M. Gelain, M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K. B. Venable, and T. Walsh.

Male optimal and unique
stable marriages with partially ordered preferences.

In Proceedings of the International Workshop on
Collaborative Agents -- REsearch and Development
(CARE 2009),

Melbourne, Australia, December 2009.

**2008 **

Mirco Gelain, M. S. Pini,
F. Rossi, K. B. Venable and T. Walsh.

In Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Principles and Practice of Constraint
Programming (CP 2008),

Springer, Sydney, Australia, September 2008.

M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K. B. Venable and T. Walsh.

In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on
Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning,

AAAI Press, Sydney, Australia, September 2008.

M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K. B.
Venable and T. Walsh.

Aggregating
partially ordered preferences.

In Journal of Logic and
Computation, Oxford University Press, April 2008.

M. Gelain, M. S. Pini, F.
Rossi, K. Brent Venable, N. Wilson.

Imprecise
Soft Constraint Problems.

In Proc. AAAI-08
Multidisciplinary Workshop on Advances in Preference Handling,

Chicago, Illinois, July 13-14, 2008.

M. Gelain, M. S. Pini, F.
Rossi, K. Brent Venable, T. Walsh.

In Proc. AAAI-08
Multidisciplinary Workshop on Advances in Preference Handling,

Chicago, Illinois, July 13-14, 2008.

M. S. Pini, F.
Rossi, K. Brent Venable, R. Dechter.

Robust
solutions in unstable optimization problems.

In Proc. CSCLP-08,
Annual ERCIM Workshop on Constraint Solving and Constraint Logic Programming,

Rome, Italy, June, 18 - 20,
2008.

M. Gavanelli, M. S. Pini.

FCP-Nets: extending
constrained CP-nets with objective functions.

In Proc. CSCLP-08,
Annual ERCIM Workshop on Constraint Solving and Constraint Logic Programming,

Rome, Italy, June, 18 - 20,
2008.

**2007**

M. Gelain, M. S. Pini, F. Rossi and K. B. Venable.

Dealing with
incomplete preferences in soft constraint problems.

In Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on
Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming (CP 2007),

pp. 286-300, Springer LNCS 4741, Springer Verlag Berlin Heidelbergh, 2007.

M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K. B.
Venable and T. Walsh.

Determining winners in
weighted and unweighted sequential majority voting.

In Proceedings of the Dagstuhl
Seminar on Computational Issues in Social Choice, Dagstuhl,
Germany, 2007.

M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K. B.
Venable and T. Walsh.

Determining winners in
weighted sequential majority voting: incomplete profiles vs. majority graphs.

In Proceedings of the CLIMA-VIII 2007 Workshop on
Computational Logic and Multi-agent Systems, Porto, Portugal, 2007.

S. Bistarelli, M. S. Pini, F. Rossi and K.
B. Venable.

Uncertainty
in bipolar preference problems.

In Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on
Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming (CP 2007),

pp. 782-789, Springer LNCS 4741, Springer Verlag Berlin Heidelbergh, 2007.

M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K. B.
Venable and T. Walsh.

Sequential
majority voting with incomplete preferences.

In Proceedings of the AAAI 2007 Workshop on Preference
Handling for Artificial Intelligence (PREF 2007),

held in
conjunction of the 22nd Conference on Artificial Intelligence, AAAI'07,
Vancouver, Canada, July 2007.

M. Gelain, M. S. Pini, F. Rossi and K. B. Venable.

Soft
Constraint Problems with Incompleteness.

Annual ERCIM Workshop on Constraint Solving and
Constraint Logic Programming (CSCLP 2007),

Rocquencourt, Yvelines France, June
2007.

M. S. Pini. Problemi
con preferenze ed incertezza.

Note
del SEMINARIO DOTTORATO della Scuola di Dottorato di Ricerca in Scienze
Matematiche dell'Universita' di Padova.

University of Padova, June 2007.

S. Bistarelli, M. S. Pini, F. Rossi and K.
B. Venable.

Bipolar preference
problems: framework, properties and solving techniques.

Recent Advances in Constraints. Selected papers from 2006 CSCLP Workshop,

Springer LNAI 4651, pp. 78-92, Springer Verlag Berlin Heidelbergh, 2007.

J. Lang, M. S. Pini, F.
Rossi, K. B. Venable and T. Walsh.

Winner
determination in sequential majority voting.

In Proceedings of the 20th International Joint
Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2007),

AAAI Press, pp. 1372-1377, Hyderabad, India, January
2007.

M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K. B.
Venable and T. Walsh.

Incompleteness and incomparability in preference aggregation.

In Proceedings of the 20th International Joint
Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2007),

AAAI Press, pp. 1464-1469, Hyderabad, India, January
2007.

**2006**

M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K. B.
Venable and T. Walsh.

Strategic voting when aggregating partially ordered preferences.

In Proceedings of the 5th International Joint
Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS 2006),

ACM Press, pp.
685-687, Hakodate, Japan, May 2006.

S. Bistarelli, M. S. Pini, F. Rossi and K.
B. Venable.

In Proceedings of the 17th European Conference on
Artificial Intelligence (ECAI 2006),

IOS
Press, vol. 141, ISBN 1-58603-642-4, pp. 705-706, Riva del Garda, Italy, August 2006.

M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K. B.
Venable and T. Walsh.

Computing possible and
necessary winners from incomplete partially-ordered
preferences.

In Proceedings of the 17th European Conference on
Artificial Intelligence (ECAI 2006), **Best poster Award**,

IOS
Press, vol. 141, ISBN 1-58603-642-4, pp. 767-768, Riva del Garda, Italy, August 2006.

S. Bistarelli, M. S. Pini, F. Rossi and K.
B. Venable.

Modelling and solving bipolar
preference problems.

In Proceedings of 11th Annual ERCIM Workshop on
Constraint Solving and Constraint Logic Programming (CSCLP 2006),

Lisbon, Portugal, June 2006.

M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K. B.
Venable and T. Walsh.

Incompleteness
and incomparability in preference aggregation.

In Proceedings of the Multidisciplinary Workshop on
Advances in Preference Handling (PREF 2006),

held in
conjunction of the 17th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence,
ECAI'06, Riva del Garda, Italy, August 2006.

J. Lang, M. S. Pini, F.
Rossi, K. B. Venable and T. Walsh.

Winner
determination in sequential majority voting with incomplete preferences.

In Proceedings of the Multidisciplinary Workshop on
Advances in Preference Handling (PREF 2006),

held in
conjunction of the 17th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence,
ECAI'06, Riva del Garda, Italy, August 2006.

M. S. Pini and F. Rossi.

Reasoning on bipolar
preference problems.

In Proceedings of the CP 2006 Doctoral Programme (DOCTCP 2006),

Nantes, France, September 2006.

M. S. Pini, F. Rossi and K.
B. Venable.

Uncertainty
in bipolar preference problems.

In Proceedings of the 8th International Workshop on
Preferences and Soft Constraints (SOFT 2006),

held in
conjunction with the 12th International Conference on Principles and Practice
of Constraint Programming, CP'06,

Nantes, France, September 2006.

M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K. B.
Venable and T. Walsh.

Incompleteness and
incomparability in preference aggregation: complexity results.

In Proceedings of the 8th International Workshop on
Preferences and Soft Constraints (SOFT 2006),

held in
conjunction with the 12th International Conference on Principles and Practice of
Constraint Programming, CP'06,

Nantes, France, September 2006.

M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K. B.
Venable and T. Walsh.

In Proceedings of DIMACS/LAMSADE Workshop on Voting
Theory and Preference Modelling,

Paris, France, October 2006.

S. Bistarelli, M. S. Pini, F. Rossi and K.
B. Venable.

Modelling and solving bipolar
preference problems.

Preprint n.05-2006, Department of Pure and Applied
Mathematics,

University of Padova, Italy,
2006.

**2005 **

M. S. Pini, F. Rossi, K. B.
Venable and T. Walsh.

Aggregating partially
ordered preferences: possibility and impossibility results.

In Proceedings of 10th Conference on Theoretical
Aspects of Rationality and Knowledge (TARK X),

ACM Digital Library, National University of Singapore,
pp. 193-206, Singapore, June 2005.

M. S. Pini, F. Rossi and K.
B. Venable.

Possibility theory for reasoning about uncertain soft constraints.

In Proceedings of the 8th European Conference on
Symbolic and Quantitative Approaches to Reasoning with Uncertainty (ECSQARU
2005),

Springer-Verlag LNAI 3571,
pp. 800-811, Barcelona, Spain, July 2005.

M. S. Pini, F. Rossi and K.
B. Venable.

Uncertainty
in soft constraints problems.

Doctoral Paper in Proceedings of 11th International
Conference of Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming (CP 2005),

Springer-Verlag LNCS 3709,
p. 865, Sitges, Spain, October 2005.

M. S. Pini, F. Rossi and K.
B. Venable.

Uncertainty in soft constraints problems.

In Proceedings of International Conference on
Intelligent Agents, Web Technology and Internet Commerce (IAWTIC 2005),

IEEE Computer
Society, ISBN 0-7695-2504-0-01, pp. 583-589, Wien, Austria, November 2005.

M. S. Pini, F. Rossi and K.
B. Venable.

Uncertainty
in soft constraints problems.

In Proceedings of the 10th Annual Workshop of ERCIM/CoLogNet on Constraint Solving and Constraint Logic
Programming (CSCLP 2005),

Uppsala, Sweden, June 2005.

A. Lodi, M. S.
Pini and F. Rossi.

Gomory
cuts in a hybrid constraint programming approach.

In Proceedings of the 10th Annual Workshop of ERCIM/CoLogNet on Constraint Solving and Constraint Logic
Programming (CSCLP 2005),

Uppsala, Sweden, June 2005.

M. S. Pini, F. Rossi and K.
B. Venable.

Possibilistic and probabilistic
uncertainty in soft constraints problems.

In Proceedings of the Multidisciplinary Workshop on
Advances in Preference Handling (PREF 2005)

held in
conjunction of the 19th International Joint Conference on Artificial
Intelligence, IJCAI'05, Edinburgh, Scotland, July 2005.

S. Bistarelli, M. S. Pini, F. Rossi and K.
B. Venable.

Positive
and negative preferences.

In Proceedings of the 7th International Workshop on
Preferences and Soft Constraints (SOFT 2005),

held in
conjunction with the 11th International Conference on Principles and Practice
of Constraint Programming,

CP'05, Sitges, Spain,
October 2005.