André Vellino


André Vellino
Cross-Appointed Professor

1989 – Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Toronto
1979 – M.Sc., Logic and Scientific Method, London School of Economics, University of London
1978 – B.Sc., Chemistry and Philosophy of Science, Kings College, University of London

Room: 55 Laurier Avenue East, Room 11107
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Vellino, André


Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses.

Throughout my research, I have been passionate about how to get machines to reason about information, starting with my Ph.D. thesis ("The Complexity of Automated Reasoning"). My work in logic programming at Bell Northern Research focused on using logic as a knowledge representation language and on an automated method -- constraint logic programming -- for reasoning about numeric relations on real intervals.

My interest in reasoning about information broadened to email content-analysis at Entrust. I developed systems for drawing inferences about the likely meanings of emails using evidence from terminology and automated classifiers. That technology enables organizations to prevent e-mail extrusion and ensure legislative compliance.

Prior to my appointment at the University of Ottawa, my research at NRC's Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) focused on recommender systems for digital libraries, using information about the behaviour of end-users and the patterns of article citations. My more recent interest in the process of harmonizing heterogeneous scientific research datasets is about drawing inferences about commonalities among disparate metadata schemas.

I am also interested in the philosophical and cognitive science aspects of Artificial Intelligence as they pertain to the structural differences between human and machine reasoning.

Ongoing Research

  • Information Extraction in Scientific Data
  • Metadata Harmonization in Climate Datasets
  • Email Classification

Courses taught

  • ISI6343 Digital Asset Management Technologies
  • ISI6100 Data Curation
  • ISI5160 Information Ethics
  • ISI5161 Information and the Law
  • ISI5541 Comportement humain et stratégies d’utilisation et de récupération de l’information
  • ISI6528 Conception et gestion de base de données

Selected publications

Vellino, A. and Alberts, I. (2016) Classifying Emails of “Business Value” (forthcoming in the Records Management Journal)

Bebbington, S. and Vellino A. (2015) Can Playing Minecraft Improve Teens’ Information Literacy? Journal of Information Literacy, 2015, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 6-26 doi: 10.11645/9.2.2029

Vellino, A. (2015) Recommending Research Articles Using Citation Data. Library Hi Tech 33(4) p. 597-609 doi:10.1108/LHT-06-2015-0063 (nominated for “Emerald Literati Award”)

Vellino, A. (2015) Harmonizing the Metadata Among Diverse Climate Change Datasets, International Journal of Digital Curation 10(1) 268-279 doi:10.2218/ijdc.v10i1.367

Zhu, X., Turney, P., Lemire, D., & Vellino, A. (2014). Measuring academic influence: Not all citations are equal. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), 66(2), p.408-427 doi:10.1002/asi.23179

Vellino, A and Lemire, D (2011) Extracting, Transforming and Archiving Scientific Data , in L. Candela, Y. Ioannidis, P. Manghi (Eds.) Proceedings of the Fourth Workshop on Very Large Digital Libraries (VLDL 2011)

van Emden, M. and Vellino, A. (2010) "From chinese room to human window." International Computer Games Association Journal, vol. 33 issue 3:127-139, 2010.

Rutledge-Taylor, Matthew F. Vellino, Andre West, Robert L., (2008) "A holographic associative memory recommender system," 2008. ICDIM 2008. Third International Conference on Digital Information Management, vol., no., pp.87-92, 13-16 Nov. 2008

Vellino, A. and Zeber, D. (2007) "A Hybrid, Multi-dimensional Recommender for Journal Articles in a Scientific Digital Library" WI-IATW '07: Proceedings of the 2007 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conferences on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology - Workshops, pages 111–114, 2007.

Covington, M., Nute, D. and Vellino, A. (1996) Prolog Programming in Depth (second edition, Prentice-Hall, 1996).

Vellino, A. (1993) "The Relative Complexity of SL-Resolution and Analytic Tableau" in Studia Logica 52, vol. 2, pp:323-337, Kluewer 1993.

Vellino, A. and Older W. (1992) "Constraint Arithmetic on Real Intervals" in Constraint Logic Programming, Selected Research (ed. F. Benhamou and A. Colmerauer) MIT Press, 1992.

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