Corrado Mencar is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Informatics at the University of Bari (Italy). He received his MS degree in Informatics in 2000 and a PhD in Informatics in 2005, both at the University of Bari. After receiving his master’s degree, he worked as a software analyst and designer for some Italian software firms. In 2005, he joined the University of Bari as an assistant professor, researching computational intelligence and related fields. His current research interests include fuzzy logic and fuzzy systems, granular computing, computational web intelligence, intelligent data analysis and genetic algorithms. The most important achievements in his research are related to the interpretability of fuzzy systems, that is, techniques for endowing fuzzy systems with empirically acquired knowledge that can be communicated to users in a way that is easy to read and understand.
He has been involved with several research projects and has written more than 60 peer-reviewed international papers. He also acts as a reviewer for several international journals, is member of the program committees of several conferences, and is an associate editor for the International Journal on Artificial Intelligence. Mencar has taught several undergraduate and graduate courses on topics related to his research, as well as courses on programming fundamentals, computer architectures and operating systems. He supervises of a number of PhD students and is the scientific supervisor of the department library.
In addition to his research interests, he is passionate about complex dynamical systems, including biological, social and natural systems. He is an avid reader of books in the field, and is a fan of Richard Dawkins, Douglas Hofstadter and Fritjof Capra.