Governing Board



Cristina Amoretti (University of Genoa) – President

Antonio Lieto (University of Turin) – Vice-president

Giulia Andrighetto (ISTC-CNR, Rome) – Administrator

Francesco Bianchini (University of Bologna) – Treasurer

Filippo Domaneschi (University of Genoa)

Marco Viola (University of Turin)

Vincenzo Crupi (University of Turin)

Francesco Gagliardi (Italian Association of Cognitive Sciences, Rome)

Francesco Ferretti (Roma Tre University)

Stefania Pighin (University of Trento)

Alessio Plebe (University of Messina)

Stefania Moretti (University of Genoa)




Cristina Amoretti


University of Genoa


I’m currently researcher in Philosophy of science at the University of Genoa (Italy) where I am also the Vice-Director of  the Research Center PhilHeaD – Philosophy of Health and Disease. Previously, I’ve been a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Genoa, and at the ICT, CNR, Rome, a Visiting Scholar at the University of Malta, and a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College, London (UK), Ruhr-Universitaet, Bochum (Germany), and Technischen Universität München (Germany). Between 2010-2014 I’ve been a member of the Steering Committee of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy (SIFA), and between 2012-2014 Vice-President. At present I’m the president of the Italian Association for Cognitive Sciences (AISC) and a member of the Steering Committee of the Italian Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science (SILFS). My main areas of specialization are philosophy of science, especially philosophy of medicine and psychiatry, philosophy of mind and cognitive science, and feminist epistemologies. Previously, I studied the social and intersubjective dimension of mind and knowledge, externalist theories of mind (content and vehicle externalism; semantic and phenomenal externalism), and the consequences of externalism for philosophical scepticism. At present, I’m focusing on the general concepts of health and disease, the definition of mental disorder and the nosology of DSM, and the relation between cognitive science and psychiatry.

Antonio Lieto


University of Turin


Antonio Lieto is a researcher in Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Turin (Italy) and a research associate at the ICAR-CNR  Institute in Palermo (Italy).  Previously, (2016-2017) he was Research Associate and Scientific Consultant at the MEPhI (National Research Nuclear University, Moscow, Russia) and Adjunct Professor and Post-doc researcher (2012-2018) at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Turin. He received his Ph.D. in 2012 by the University of Salerno. He has been a Visiting Researcher at the University of Haifa (Israel), Carnegie Mellon University (USA) and Lund University (Sweden). His research focus is on Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, Persuasive Technologies and Cognitive Architectures for Robotics. On these topics he has published more than 70 papers in international conferences, journals and books. Since 2015 he is a member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Cognitive Robotics. He is currently Vice-President of the Italian Association of Cognitive Sciences (AISC, 2017-2022), Deputy Editor in Chief of JETAI (Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence, Taylor & Francis) and Associate Editor for Cognitive Systems Research (Elsevier). He regularly serves in the PC of the main AI and Cognitive Science conferences (IJCAI, ECAI, AAAI, COGSCI). In 2018 he was the recipient of the “BICA Outstanding Research Award” by the BICA Society (Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architecture Society) and in 2020 has been appointed “ACM Distinguished Speaker” by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
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Giulia Andrighetto


Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC), National Research Council (CNR)


Giulia Andrighetto received her PhD in Philosophy from Sapienza University of Rome, in 2007. She is a researcher at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC), CNR, and co-director of the Laboratory of Agent-Based Social Simulation (LABSS) ( She is interested in explaining the dynamics of social norms, how to promote their obedience and what strategies to foster social change. She combines laboratory and simulation experiments to test theoretical predictions and build empirically-grounded models of social norms. She is the author of more than 80 publications in international journals and peer-reviewed conference proceedings (Social Forces, Social Psychology Quarterly, Synthese, Complexity, JASSS, among others). She is currently the PI of the 5 years Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation grant Norm Change (2017-2022), aimed to investigate how harmful social norms can be changed (
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Francesco Bianchini


University of Bologna (Alma Mater)


Francesco Bianchini is a senior assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy and Communication Studies at the University of Bologna. His research fields are philosophy of science, artificial intelligence and cognitive science, with special regard to epistemological topics related to mind studies, neuroscience and robotics. His research has also been concerned with human language, concepts and cognitive models in simulative contexts, especially the biologically inspired ones. He is also interested in specific forms of inductive reasoning, as well as in the study of analogy and models in scientific explanation.

Filippo Domaneschi

University of Genoa


Filippo Domaneschi is researcher at the University of Genoa (Italy) where he Director of the project EXPRESS – Experimenting on Presuppositions financed by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research. He has studied at the University of Genoa (Italy) and at the University College London (UK). He has been Post-doc Researcher at the Department of Linguistics – University of Konstanz (Germany) and Visiting Lecturer at the Malmö University (Sweden). His research in Psycholinguistics focuses mainly on experimental semantics and pragmatics and his research interests concern polar questions, presuppositions, implicatures, figurative language, context dependence and the neurolinguistic components involved in pragmatic processing.
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Francesco Gagliardi

Italian Association for Cognitive Sciences (Rome)


Francesco Gagliardi holds a M.Sc. (2002) cum laude in Cybernetics, a M.Sc. in Software Technologies (2003), a Ph.D. (2008) in Computer Science and a Ph.D. (2013) in Philosophy of Science. He has had industrial experience since 2003, and has served as technical functionary for the Italian State since 2006; currently he is chief technical functionary for Defense Industries Agency. He has developed research activities at University of Naples “Federico II”, University of Rome “La Sapienza” and National Council of Research in Naples. He was member of scientific and program committees of several conferences and is referee for international journals and conferences. He received several scientific awards and grants. He is member of steering committee of Italian Association for Cognitive Sciences since 2011. His main research interests concern artificial intelligence, cognitive modelling, machine learning, diagnostic reasoning and their epistemological and philosophical aspects.

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Marco Viola

University of Turin


• Philosopher of science (cognitive neuroscience, emotion, social epistemology)
• Earned PhD @IUSS Pavia in September2017
• Has been research fellow (Moscow, 2018), assistant researcher (Turin, 2018-2019), research consultant (Siena, 2019)
• (Co-)authored 10+ papers in peer reviewed journals & 1 book
• Co-edited 3 journal special issues & 2 books
• (Co-)winner of AISC Best Paper 2016 & 2018 & of Sante de Sanctis Onlus prize 2018 for book
• Active member of AISC since 2014, co-organized 2019 MidTerm (Lucca)
• Co-organizer of NeuralMechanismsOnline webinar series
• IT officer @European Society for Philosophy and Psychology
• Editorial coordinator of the book series Le Scienze @Rosenberg&Sellier
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Vincenzo Crupi

University of Turin


Vincenzo Crupi is Associate Professor of Philosophy of Science and Director of the Center for Logic, Language, and Cognition at the University of Turin. He’s been doing research in several places in Italy and abroad, including London, Venice, Marseille, and Munich. He has major interests in reasoning through an interdisciplinary approach, combining the philosophical analysis of the principles of rational inference with the empirical investigation of human judgment and decision making.
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Francesco Ferretti

Roma Tre University


I am Full Professor in Philosophy of Language at the Department of Philosophy, Communication and Performing Arts (Roma Tre University), for which I am currently Deputy Director. Since 2014, I am program coordinator for bachelor’s and master’s degree in Communication Sciences and I established the master’s degree program in Cognitive Sciences of Communication and Action. I am the director of the CosmicLab (, which is devoted to the investigation of the cognitive and neural underpinnings of communication and social interaction. My research interests concern the cognitive and evolutionary foundations of language, with a specific focus on the narrative dimension. On these topics, I have published several peer-reviewed papers in International journals.
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Stefania Pighin

University of Trento


I am currently an Assistant Professor (rtdA) at the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC) of the University of Trento. I graduated in Psychology at the University of Trieste and completed my PhD in Cognitive Science and Education at the University of Trento. I worked as a Research Fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique of the University of Toulouse (France) and at the University IUAV of Venice. My research interests include fundamental and applied aspects of judgment and decision making, probabilistic reasoning, counterfactual thinking and mental simulation.

Alessio Plebe

University of Messina


Alessio Plebe earned a degree in Electronic Engineering in 1981 from the University of Rome, and obtained a PhD degree in Philosophy of Language at the University of Palermo in 2004. He is currently Associate Professor (SSD M-FIL02) at the Department of Cognitive Science of the University of Messina. His main research field is neural computation, its epistemology, and its explanatory power for several cognitive functions. In the field of vision process, he developed realistic neural models of complex pattern responses in visual area V2, and models of object recognition. In the field of language process, he developed several models of phenomena during early language acquisition, like shape bias, vocabulary sprut, and the difficulty to learn adjectives compared to nouns. He investigated with neural models the acquisition of color terms, and the related debate of language relativism. He developed the first neurocomputational model of moral behaviour.
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Stefania Moretti

University of Genoa


Stefania moretti holds a bachelor’s degree (2011) cum laude in Philosophy and Communication with a thesis in Philosophy of Science (University of Naples “L’Orientale”) and a master’s degree (2014) cum laude in Philosophical Methodologies with an experimental thesis in Cognitive Psychology (University of Genoa). She got a Ph.D. (2019) in Social Sciences with an experimental thesis in Psychology, Anthropology and Cognitive Sciences (University of Genoa). Her primary research interest is in the area of Cognitive Psychology, with particular regard to categorization processing modes, embodied social cognition, experimental methods and implicit techniques. She has been member of scientific and organizing committees of several AISC conferences for which she has been responsible for maintaining the website for three years now.
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