Research Interests and Scientific Activity

Mariagrazia Fugini’s research interests are in Security and in Information Systems as follows:

  1. Data Security and Privacy
  2. Information Systems Development
  3. Public Administration Information Systems
  4. Risk Mitigation in Work Environments
  5. Safety of Cyber-Physical Systems
  6. Green Information Systems
  7. AI and Healthcare:  Interactions with AI systems

In particular, some themes are:

1. Data Security

  • access control to data;
  • acquisition and specification of security policies and requirements;
  • design for security;
  • security in advanced systems: web-based information systems, cloud computing, workflows, e-commerce, e-services, power grids.

Ph.D. Thesis on security management in databases  (in cooperation with University of Maryland, College Park). Cooperation with research teams and companies.

2. Information Systems Development

  • specification of distributed, web based applications;
  • design tools development;
  • re-engineering of information systems;
  • distributed cooperative workflows, business processes and e-services;
  • information systems for Public Administrations;
  • portals for services to citizens and companies, E-Government.

Main EU and National Projects:

  • ITHACA – Integrated Toolkit for Highly Advanced Commercial Applications, 1989- 1993
  • F3 – From Formal to Fuzzy, 1992-1994
  • WIDE (Workflow Interactive Development Environment) 1990-1992
  • DEAFIN (Project for harmonization of information systems in European Public Administrations) 1998-2000
  • WS-Diamond (Diagnosis and Monitoring of Self-Healing Web Service Applications) 2005-2008
  • S-cube (Service Network of Excellence – currently active) 2008-2012
  • TOISE (Trusted Computing for European Embedded devices), 2011- 2013

Cooperation with BarcelonaTech (UPC), UNIMI-Bicocca, UNIMI, Center for Information Technology Renato Archer – CTI, Brazil, University of Seville, University of Toulouse.

International reviewer of PhD Thesis and Master Students exchange – Anna University,  Chennai, India; Stockholm University,Sweden; University of Toulouse, France and other.

3. Public Administration Information Systems

Research on services for PAs in support to employment, healthcare, social care for frail people. She co-developed the SINTESI and BLL systems.

Main EU and National Projects:

  • SEEMP (Single European Employment MarketPlace 2005-2009
  • Various Projects of the Italian Ministry of Research and of CNR
  • Borsa Lavoro Lombardia, SINTESI, Borsa Nazionale del Lavoro, 2002 -2007
  • Attiv@bili (2014-2016)
  • Big Data Analytics (2016-2018)

4. Risk Mitigation in Work Environments
Development of software platforms for risk management out of data from mobile sensors. Risk mitigation strategies, analysis of business convenience of ensuring assets. Techniques for personal protection. Development of prototypes for risk analysis (with probabilistic techniques) and emergency management (with deterministic techniques).
Cooperation with Frederick University Nicosia, Cyprus, UNIMI-Bicocca, Fondazione Politecnico di Milano and companies in the “Smart Cities” Tender (Lineacom, Microdevice, MailUp).

5. Co-Engineering Security and Safety of Cyber-Physical Systems

Methodologies and tools for facing security threats and safety hazards that generate risks in smart environment s(e.g., work areas). Methods to capture and model risk events using inference and knowledge representation techniques in a “World of Things”.

Cooperation with Department of Energy Politecnico di Milano, King Saud University, Dept. of Computer Science, Università degli Studi di Milano (SESAR Group), Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,Khalifa University, Abu Dabi.

6. Green Information Systems

Main EU and National Projects:

  • GAMES (2010-2012)
  • ECO2Clouds (2012-2014)

Research Activity Summary

Co-author of “Database Security”, Addison Wesley, 1995, “Sicurezza dei Sistemi Informatici”, Apogeo 2001, “Sistemi Informativi Basati su Web”, F.Angeli 2006, “Impianti Informatici”, McGraw-Hill”, 2007 and of various publications on information system design and management, data security, service-based applications, business process management and risk management in work environments. PC members of various Conferences and Journals in Security and Information Systems. Program Chair of WETICE 2017.

7. AI and Healthcare:  Interactions with AI systems

Research on AI systems for healthcare, in particular, medical interaction with explainable AI.