Emanuele Della Valle is a Assistant Professor of Software Project Management at the Department of Electronics and Information of the Politecnico di Milano since July 2008. He is coordinator of the smart cities activites of the Italian node of EIT ICT Labs since 2011. He started CEFRIEL ’s Semantic Web Activities in 2001 and he coordinated the Semantic Web group until June 2008. He is author of the first book in Italian about Semantic Web. He was Aggregated Professor of Knowledge Engineerig at Università dell’Insubria from 2006 and 2010.
He tries to perform research that is justified and guided by business needs. His major interest is in translating research results into business opportunities. In more than a decade of research, his research interests covered Semantic Web, Web Services, Service Oriented Architectures, Search Engines and, more recently on Stream Management Systems and Rank-aware Databases. He is author of tens of scientific papers and his h-index is 15.
From 2008 to 2011, he led the activity about stream reasoning and smart cities in the LarKC FP7 project. In 2011, the results of these researches allowed him to win the Semantic Web Challenge with Bottari and the AI mashup Challenge with Traffic LarKC.
In the same period, he participated to the activities of the Search Computing ERC project. In particular, he led the Business Models and Technology Watch and proposed how to combine the stream reasoning idea with the search computing one.
Between 2008 and 2009, he was Project and Scientific Manager of the European project Service-Finder which aimed at realizing a Search Engine for Web Service exploiting Semantic and Web 2.0 technologies.
Between 2006 and 2008, he worked on a business opportunity for starting up a company centered on Squiggle (CEFRIEL’s Semantic Search Engine). The business idea of Squiggle was evaluated among the best 10 submitted to Obiettivo ICT in 2006, it received the second prize at StartCup Milano Lombardia in 2008 and it was nominated for Premio Nazionale Innovazione 2008.
In the same period, he was Technical Manager of the European Project SEEMP that aimed at prototyping a semantic interoperability middleware for e-employment services. Between 2006 and 2008, he also participated to the research activities of the research projects NeP4B (Networked Peers for Business) and TripCom (where he lead an healthcare use case).
Between 2004 and 2006, he was deputy Technical and Scientific Manager of the European Project COCOON where he focused on Semantic Web Service Discovery. This was evaluated the most complete solution presented at Phase-II of Semantic Web Service Challenge and received the IBM Faculty Award in 2006.
His industrial projects are focused on bring innovation in enterprises and public bodies. His consultancy activities include feasibility studies for Web portals, search engines and document management systems; support in developing portals and search engines that combines Semantic Technologies and Web 2.0; and support in information systems integration using SOA, Web 2.0 and Semantic Technologies.