Massimo is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Padua, Research Scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) in the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and Chief Technology Officer of Atomium Culture, the Permanent Platform for European Excellence. In July, 2004, he was awarded the TR35 prize by MIT Technology Review (the best 35 researchers in the world under the age of 35).
He’s the creator of world-impact technologies including the world standard for web privacy P3P (Platform for Privacy Preferences), the world standard for semi-structured data handling XML-Query (XQuery), the world standard for web knowledge Web Ontology Language (OWL), the proposed privacy selection world standard APPEL, the world first semantic web system Metalog, the world first social search engine and meta mappings system Volunia, the world first formal study on SEP (search engine persuasion), now known as SEO, the world first hyper technique for search engine Hyperinformation, and the Google's forerunner and world first hyper search engine HyperSearch.
HyperSearch created by Massimo and presented in 1997 at the Sixth International WWW Conference in Santa Clara, California, was the first search engine where the results were based not only on single page ranks, but on the relationship between single pages and the rest of the Web. Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin cited Massimo’s HyperSearch when they introduced their PageRank algorithm in the original paper in 1998 and later in their patent.
He’s the Editor-in-chief of the Open Journal of Web Technologies (OJWT). He’s the co-founder and Executive Committee member of the European Commission Network of Excellence on Web Reasoning, REWERSE. He got the Gini Foundation Award for innovative research, the IBM Young Scientist Award, the Lifetime Membership Award of the Oxford Society for "his lifetime achievements, and the efforts for the development of an XML Query standard" and the Masi Award.
He successfully attacked a variety of open research problems, like: the last open problem (which had remained unsolved for 10 years) in the field of basic modularity for rewriting systems (Journal of Symbolic Computation, vol.22), the open problem of existential termination in logic programs and the open problem of constrained evolution of neural networks. He has a Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics and Computer Science, with a thesis that won an EATCS (European Association for Theoretical Computer Science) as best Ph.D. thesis award of the year for the invention of local analysis in programming languages and has produced 70 research publications, cited in over 4,000 papers.