About the Workshop

Ethics and the Digital Transformation process

Awareness in Data Management and Information Systems

Digital transformation comes with ethical concerns about how flexible information systems can be used and misused, posing new challenges for researchers and practitioners across the whole spectrum of Information Systems Engineering.

Similarly, ethics-related aspects are becoming prominent in the data management community, where traditional processes for searching, querying, or analyzing data hardly pay any specific attention to the social problems their outcomes could bring about. These demands are broadly reflected into codes of ethics and in legally binding regulations.

The 2nd International Workshop on “Processing Information Ethically” (PIE) will acknowledge the need for the design of responsible Information System with a Data Management perspective. PIE 2020 will encourage papers on the conceptual and technological approaches for dealing with ethical issues of data management and of all the activities of the whole information lifecycle, including source selection, knowledge extraction, data integration and analysis.


Topics and Themes

We encourage multidisciplinary submissions on, but not limited to:

  • provenance and privacy
  • algorithmic fairness
  • nondiscriminatory knowledge extraction
  • responsible data management
  • fair source selection
  • algorithmic transparency
  • ranking transparency
  • query explanation
  • eXplainable AI
  • bias in machine learning
  • results interpretability
  • ethical result personalization
  • privacy in data analysis
  • ethical information diffusion
  • diversity-aware influence propagation
  • automated fact-checking
  • comparative ethics benchmarks
  • socially-aware metadata

Regular Papers

Present original work

Short Papers

Present results already published,
or visionary discussion on new directions of research

Important Dates

Paper Submissions

20 December 2019 30 December 2019

Notification of Acceptance

24 January 2020 31 January 2020

Camera Ready

31 January 2020 04 February 2020


Riccardo Torlone

Roma Tre University


Letizia Tanca

Politecnico di Milano


Donatella Firmani

Roma Tre University


Elena Nieddu

Roma Tre University


Program Chairs

  • Donatella Firmani, Roma Tre University
  • Letizia Tanca, Politecnico di Milano

Program Committee

  • Francesco Amigoni, Politecnico di Milano
  • Elena Baralis, Politecnico di Torino
  • H. V. Jagadish, University of Michigan
  • Matteo Lissandrini, Aalborg University
  • Ioana Manolescu, INRIA
  • Davide Martinenghi, Politecnico di Milano
  • Tova Milo, Tel Aviv University
  • Paolo Papotti, Eurecom
  • Evaggelia Pitoura, University of Ioannina
  • Elisa Quintarelli, Università di Verona
  • Guglielmo Tamburrini, Universita' di Napoli Federico II
  • Tommaso Teofili, Roma Tre University
  • Ernest Teniente, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
  • Yannis Velegrakis, Utrecht University
time title speaker | authors
13:00--13:05 Welcome
13:05--13:40 Exploiting Latent Information in Databases via Database Embedding: Technology, Applications, Ethics Oded Shmueli
13:40--13:55 "Futility of a Right to Explanation" Jarek Gryz and Nima Shahbazi
13:55--14:10 "Knowledge Graph Embeddings: Are Relation-Learning Models Learning Relations?" Andrea Rossi and Antonio Matinata
14:10--14:25 Coffe Break
14:25--14:40 "Ontology-based explanation of classifiers" Federico Croce, Gianluca Cima, Maurizio Lenzerini and Tiziana Catarci
14:40--14:55 "Coverage-based Rewriting for Data Preparation" Chiara Accinelli, Barbara Catania and Simone Minisi
14:55--15:10 "Promoting Data Provenance Tracking in the Archaeological Interpretation Process" Sara Migliorini, Alberto Belussi and Elisa Quintarelli
15:10--15:15 Farewell