Her research area is artificial intelligence and computational logic, as she works in automated reasoning, including theorem proving, model building, decision procedures for satisfiability, reasoning for the analysis, verification, and synthesis of systems, strategy analysis, distributed deduction, and rewriting. Her research was funded by the NSF in the US, by the EU Commission and the Italian Ministry for Education and Research in Italy. She gave over one hundred and twenty talks or lectures, authored over seventy peer-reviewed papers, and edited two books and three journal issues.
Maria Paola was Visiting Research Scholar at the Computer Science Laboratory of SRI International, where she spent a sabbatical year, the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences of the University of Cambridge, and Microsoft Research Redmond. She was Visiting Professor at the University of Manchester and the Technische Universität Dresden. She visited several research sites, including LORIA Nancy, Universität Koblenz-Landau, MPI Saarbrücken, Tel Aviv University, King's College, EPFL, ETHZ, Chalmers University of Technology, and Université Paris XI Orsay, in Europe; the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Oregon, Argonne National Laboratory, Stanford University, Iowa State University, the University of Colorado at Denver, the University of Idaho, and CUNY Graduate College, in America; the Chinese Academy of Sciences, East China Normal University, Tsinghua University, and National Taiwan University, in Asia.
She was invited speaker at PPDP (Principles and Practice of Declarative Programming), FroCoS (Frontiers of Combining Systems), and TABLEAUX (Automated Reasoning by Analytic Tableaux and Related Methods), among other events. She serves regularly on the Program Committee of CADE (Conference on Automated Deduction), IJCAR (International Joint Conference on Automated Reasoning), and several other conferences including TABLEAUX, CSL (Computer Science Logic), PPDP, and LICS (Logic in Computer Science). She served as Program Chair of CADE-24 in 2013. She was elected thrice to the Board of Trustees of CADE Inc., and twice President of the Board. As President of CADE Inc. she chaired the committee that assigns the Herbrand Award, one of the most prestigious in Computer Science, and she instituted the CADE Best Paper Award and the CADE Skolem Award for papers that pass the test of time. She also served on the board of Directors of the Association for Automated Reasoning.
Maria Paola was a postdoc at INRIA Lorraine and at the Argonne National Laboratory; she received a PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, with a thesis on Distributed Automated Deduction; she received a Dottorato di Ricerca, with a thesis entitled On Completion Theorem Proving, and a Laurea, both from the Università degli Studi di Milano.
Maria Paola Bonacina