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I am an Assistant Professor in Hybrid Intelligence at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Knowledge In AI group).

My research focuses on creating systems that generate complex narratives through a combination of machine learning, semantic technologies, open data and cognitive theories, mostly applied in e-Science and robotics scenarios.

Hybrid Intelligence

Knowledge Representation

Machine Learning



Ethical AI



My publications can be found on Google Scholar. Here is a selection.

Tiddi, I. and Schlobach, S. (2022). Knowledge Graphs as tools for Explainable Machine Learning: A Survey, Artificial Intelligence, 302, p.103627.

Tiddi, I., Bastianelli, E., Daga, E., d’Aquin, M. , and Motta, E. (2019) Robot-City Interaction: mapping the research landscape, International Journal of Social Robotics, Springer Netherlands.

Tiddi, I. (2018). Explaining Data Patterns Using Knowledge from the Web of Data, Studies on the Semantic Web, Volume 34, 1-238, IOS Press.

Tiddi, I., Bastianelli, E., Bardaro, G., d’Aquin, M. , and Motta, E. (2017) An ontology-based approach to improve the accessibility of ROS-based robotic systems , The 9th International Conference on Knowledge Capture (K-CAP2017), Austin, Texas, United States

Tiddi, I., d’Aquin, M. and Motta, E. (2015) An Ontology Design Pattern to Define Explanations, The 8th International Conference on Knowledge Capture (K-CAP2015), Palisades (NY), United States.

Tiddi, I., d’Aquin, M. and Motta, E. (2014) Dedalo: looking for Clusters’ Explanations in a Labyrinth of Linked Data, 11th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2014), Crete, Greece.


Hybrid Intelligence
2020-2030, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, NL

Augmenting Human Intellect with Explainable, Collaborative, Responsible, Adaptive AI.

2020-2024, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, NL

Meaning and Understanding in Human-centric AI.

Cooperation Databank
2018-2020, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, NL

Enhancing Human Cooperation meta-analyses with semantic technologies.

2017-2018, The Open University, UK

Enabling robots in smart cities through robotics competitions.

2016-2017, The Open University, UK

Management of smart city data with semantic technologies.

2012-2016, The Open University, UK

My PhD work on using the Web of Data to explain data mining patterns.

Other stuff I do

I will be Program Chair of the Hybrid Human-AI Conference (HHAI2023) in Munich, Germany .

Since 2021, I am Editor-in-Chief of the CEUR Workshop series (CEUR-WS)

I have been part of conference Organising Committees for a while, i.e. HHAI2022 (Local Chair), ESWC2022 and ESWC2021 (Doctoral Consortium chair), CIKM2020 (Workshop chair), Semantics2021 and Semantics2020 (Poster/Demo chair), K-CAP2017 (Publicity Chair).

I was part of the Knowledge Capture (K-CAP) Steering Committee between 2017 and 2022.

I helped the organisation of the Semantic Web Summer School in 2015 and 2016 (best school ever btw).

I organised several workshops, including the Application of Semantic Technologies in Robotics workshops (see here and here), the Re-Coding Black Mirror workshop series in Web- and privacy-related conferences, and the Linked Data for Knowledge Discovery workshops at ECML2014 and ECML2015. .

The furthest point I have ever driven my own car was Mongolia. It did not go very well :)



VU Amsterdam

Assistant Professor in Hybrid Intelligence, Knowledge in AI group (former KRR).
  • 2018-2021

    VU Amsterdam

    Research Associate in the Knowledge Representation and Reasoning group and the Amsterdam Cooperation Lab, collaborating with Dr. Daniel Balliet, Dr. Annette ten Teije and Prof. Frank van Harmelen.
  • 2012-2018

    Open university, UK

    Ph.D. and early post-doc in the Intelligent System and Data Science group, under the supervision of Prof. Mathieu d'Aquin and Prof. Enrico Motta.
  • 2010-2012

    La Sorbonne Nouvelle, FR

    Master in Computational Linguistics/Natural Language Processing.
  • 2006-2009

    Rome La Sapienza, IT

    Bachelor in Linguistics and Translation studies for German and Russian languages.
  • Get in touch

    i dot tiddi at vu dot nl