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Mario Verdicchio


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Personal profile


I am a Lecturer in Digital Art in the School of Media, Culture and Society at the University of the West of Scotland, Ayr campus.

I studied Computer Engineering and obtained a PhD in Information Engineering in 2004 at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. I worked as a Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Bergamo, Italy before moving to Scotland in 2017.

In 2013 I founded the international conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics and X ( This yearly event has taken place in several countries, including Italy, Portugal, and Scotland.

Current research activities

My current research activity revolves around the following themes: Computer Art, the impact of Information Technology on human creativity, the conceptualization of Artificial Intelligence, and Philosophy of Technology.

Area of academic expertise - outline

My PhD was about Artificial Intelligence, specifically about autonomous agents. Many of my subsequent research activities have stemmed from this topic. In particular, I have published conference papers, journal papers and book chapters on Autonomous Technology and Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence.

During my lectureship at the University of Bergamo, Italy I taught in a number of different schools, including Communication Studies. This activity stimulated a new research endeavour of mine about the relation between technology and humanities and, more in general, between technology and society. I have published a book on Digital Humanities and conference and journal papers on Science, Technology and Society.

My work as a visual artist and my activity as a computer scientist have found a stimulating common ground in the context of Computer Art. My interests in this field have become more concrete with the creation of the xCoAx international conference series. I have co-edited all the proceedings and the journal special issues connected to this event and also published a number of conference papers and book chapters on the topic of Computer Art.


Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

I was involved in two European Framework Programme 7 projects, PrimeLife (2008-2011) and PoSecCo (2011-2013), and have acquired expertise in Digital Identity and Computer Security.

My PhD thesis dealt with autonomous agents from a formal perspective, which gave me expertise in Logic.

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artificial intelligence Social Sciences
Computer science Engineering & Materials Science
Time and motion study Engineering & Materials Science
Printing Engineering & Materials Science
Software engineering Engineering & Materials Science
fraud Social Sciences
Artificial intelligence Engineering & Materials Science
Robotics Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2013 2018

AI, agency and responsibility: the VW fraud case and beyond

Johnson, D. & Verdicchio, M. 11 Jan 2018 In : AI & Society. p. 1-9 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
artificial intelligence

What do bridges and software tell us about the philosophy of engineering?

Schiaffonati, V. & Verdicchio, M. 7 Feb 2018 Philosophy of Engineering, East and West. Mitcham, C., Li, B., Newberry, B. & Zhang, B. (eds.). 1 ed. Springer International Publishing AG, p. 137-148 12 p. (Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science; vol. 330)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Engineering research
Human engineering
Software engineering

AI Anxiety

Johnson, D. & Verdicchio, M. 1 Sep 2017 In : Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. 68, 9, p. 2267-2270 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Open Access
artificial intelligence
Artificial intelligence
technical development

An analysis of machine ethics from the perspective of autonomy

Verdicchio, M. 27 Oct 2017 Philosophy and Computing: Essays in Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind, Logic, and Ethics. Powers, T. (ed.). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing AG, p. 179-191 13 p. (Philosophical Studies; vol. 128)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Computer science


Ribas, L., Rangel, A., Verdicchio, M. & Carvalhais, M. 22 Dec 2017 In : CITAR: Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts. 9, 3, p. 1-2 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access

Activities 2013 2018

  • 6 Participation in conference
  • 4 Editorial activity
  • 4 Invited talk
  • 3 Oral presentation

The Sixth International Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics and X

Verdicchio, M. (Organiser), Luísa Ribas (Organiser), Miguel Carvalhais (Organiser), André Rangel (Organiser), Jason Reizner (Organiser)
11 Jul 201813 Jul 2018

Activity: Participation in conference

QGIS workshop

Verdicchio, M. (Speaker)
1 Aug 20182 Aug 2018

Activity: Invited talk

Perceptual 3D Vision with “Video Byōbu”

Verdicchio, M. (Speaker)
7 Apr 20188 Apr 2018

Activity: Oral presentation