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Michela Milano is full professor at DISI, the Department Computer Science and Engineering of the University of Bologna. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1998 with a thesis on Constraint Programming. 

Her research interests cover the area of hybrid optimization, a multi-disciplinary field at the cross-road of computer science and applied mathematics, optimization and machine learning and  computational sustainability.

She is Editor in Chief of the Constraint Journal, Associate Editor of ACM Computing Surveys, Area Editor of Constraint Programming Letters and Area Editor of INFORMS Journal on Computing. She has been Associate Editor for INFORMS Journal on Computing and member of the Editorial Board of the Constraint Journal, She has been guest editor for a number of special issues in international journals.

She is elected member of Board of the European Association of Artificial Intelligence (EurAI) , executive councillor of the Associaton for the Advancements of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), and has been member of the Executive committee of the Association of Constraint Programming (ACP) and the Italian association of Artificial Intelligence (AI*IA).

She is author of 150+ papers on peer reviewed international conferences and journals, editor of four books on hybrid optimizan and guest editor of a three special issues. She is one of the founders of the Constraint Programming and Operations Reseach community, organizer of the first International CPAIOR workshop in Ferrara in 1999 and program chair of CPAIOR 2005 (Prague, Czech Republique) and CPAIOR 2010 (Bologna, Italy). She has been program chair of CP2012 (Quebec City, Canada) and CompSust 2012 (Copenhagen, Denmark).

Michela Milano has a strong track record of fund raising activities collecting more than 2.5M euros in the last five years. She is the recipient of the Google Faculty Research Award on DeepOpt: Embedding deep networks in Combinatorial Optimization. She has been the coordinator of the EU FP7 project e-POLICY - Engineering the POlicy making LIfe CYcle (2011-2014), aimed at integrating optimization and decision support techniques with social simulation and game theory to help policy makers in their decision process. The project also exploits opinion mining and visual analitics techniques. She is partner of the H2020 project OPRECOMP - Open Transprecision Computing (2017-2020), the  EU-FP7 project  COLOMBO - Cooperative Self-Organizing System for low Carbon Mobility at low penetration rates (2012 -2015), of the EU-FP7-Smartcity project DAREED - Decision Support Advidor for innovative business and user engagement for smart energy efficient districts, and of the H2020 FET Proactive - OPRECOMP (2017-2020) Open Transprecision Computing. She has been Italian coordinator for an exchange programme Italy Quebec: Algorithms and systems for the operational planning in industry and services (2007-2009) and partner in a number of Italian projects funded by MIUR and MISE. Michela Milano has a long track record of collaborations with industries and she is among the founders of MindIT.