It is my pleasure to present another issue of Intelligenza Artificiale with several stimulating papers. This issue of the journal includes a paper authored by Daniele Calandriello, winner of the Lesmo Award, together with colleagues, followed by a special issue on Artificial Intelligence for Society and Economy. I am very grateful to the guest editor Salvatore Ruggeri for having put together a stimulating issue which includes five papers on the topic.
Our community is becoming more mature but this has some implications: also individual members become more mature. So, however incredible it may sound, the main founder and first President of AI*IA is about to retire. We all know what Luigia Carlucci Aiello has achieved in her career, and how much she has contributed to the prestige of the Italian AI community. Just in case, for a brief outline of Gigina’s career and the development of AI in Italy one may look at the Foreword of a volume dedicated to her on an important occasion a few years ago . To that let me only add that in recent times her key international role has been recognized at IJCAI 2009 where she was awarded the “Donald Walker Distinguished Service Award” and in 2014 when she received the ECCAI Distinguished Service Award “for extraordinary contributions and outstanding service to the Artificial Intelligence Community”. Of course it is my privilege to recall also that Gigina sits in the scientific advisory board of Intelligenza Artificiale, the International Journal of AI*IA.
We wish that her advice, her always positive influence and her contributions to AI and to our community will not be interrupted by this administrative event (how could it be?). But for a moment let us stop and say thank you Gigina for all you have done!
O. Stock and M. Schaerf (Eds.), Foreword to Reasoning, Action and Interaction in AI Theories and Systems. Essays Dedicated to Luigia Carlucci Aiello, LNAI Festschrift Volume 4155 of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series, Springer, Berlin, 2006, pp. V–XI