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Agostino Marengo

Feb 2014


University of Bari Economics Department

Via C. Rosalba, 45 70124 BARI

Phone 080 504 92 11 Fax 080 504 92 41 Skype: agomare

e-mail: URL:

Biographical notes

Born in Bari the 12th of March 1968 Living in Bari - Italy Nationality: Italian

Activity and Qualifications

President and Owner at OSEL Consulting Srl ( - Spin Off

Company of the University of Bari “ALDO MORO”. The Company is one of the most

important italian player on e-learning, online learning, instructional design.

Assistant Professor at University of Bari, Faculty of Economics, Scientific Field INF/01

Informatics since January 2005.

Researcher in Informatics, Information Systems, Saas, e-learning and Instructional


Informatics, e-learning Expert and Instructional Designer at University of Bari, Informatics Services Department, since 1994.

Master of Science in “Online Training and Education OET” by the Luigi Bocconi

University in Milan.

Winner of the scholarship for the PhD in “Artificial Intelligence in e- learning” by

the Sunderland University in Sunderland – Newcastle (UK).

Engineer professional law list – matr. 6847.

Degree: Mechanical Engineering at the Polytechnic of Bari with a graduation thesis on:

E-learning applications in mechanical engineering. Chairman: Prof. Eng. Michele


Professional Activity

Since 2005 Agostino Marengo is, the coordinator of OSEL (Open Source e- learning, research project, in which the research plan is to create

professionalism on two main e-learning fields: 1. Instructional Design and Instructional Management.

2. Evaluation and Management of LMS (Learning Management Systems) and CMS (Content Management Systems) with a special view to Open Source e-learning platforms. The OSEL research project became a University Spin Off Company on 2009. Agostino Marengo is the CEO and the Chief of Instructional Design Team of OSEL

Consulting LTD.

Scientific and research activity

The research activity of Agostino Marengo takes place, in 1994, above all in the field of

didactical methodologies implemented by the use ICT technologies, in particular the

development of e-learning web-based platforms LMSs and CMSs to facilitate the introduction of distance learning technologies in traditional courses, availing of the didactical methodologies that such technologies imply and emphasize (active learning, constructivism and socio-constructivism), with the purpose to improve the effectiveness of the intervention of traditional didactic activity in presence, and coming in this way to the best known blended formula.

A research activity, which has the purpose of verify, through the competence acquired and consolidated with the participation to Master courses at the Bocconi University in Milan and at the CO.IN.FO. in Turin, the use of methodologies and instruments technologically advanced, in such a way to complete and improve the action of the conventional didactic activity, and addressed to the production and experimentation of formative programme and hypermedia and hypertext software applications, of didactical aspect.


Recently the goal of his research plan is to build a System Prototype of a Machine Learning on which running the management of different kinds of Reusable Learning Objects to evaluate: 1. The fixing of the relationships between “semantic web scheme” and “ontology model”;

2. The building of specific ontologies for the RLO (Reusable Learning Objects) and building the repository for a “pilot teaching topic”; 3. The integration of the defined ontologies with the Semantic Web inside the LMS using RDF/OWL language and the creation of the Intelligent Software Agent;

The goal of the research is setting up an e-learning course (preferably in System Dynamics) structure, implemented on a Learning Management System (web based and Open Source), on which evaluate Semantic Web applications using the Intelligent Software Agent, built during the research development, to plan and build a learning path.

In such innovative research areas, Agostino Marengo has been the author of some research papers published on international high rated journals and conferences. His first

paper was published in AICA International Conference on 1996.

International Activities

The research and academic activity has given the opportunity to be invited as Co- Chair and Reviewer for some International Conferences:

1.Programme Chair and Chief of Committee of the 8th ECEL European

Conference on e-learning, Bari 29-30 October 2009.

2.ConferenceChairandCo-memberofCommitteeofthe4th International Conference

GIGP 2007: International Conference of Graduate Programmes. Split

(Croatia) 15-17 october 2007.

3.InvitedLectureduringthe3rdInternationalConferenceGIGP2005: International

Conference of Graduate Programmes. Irkutsk (Russia) 3-5 october 2005.

4.ConferenceChairandCo-memberofCommitteeoftheWorld Congress on Engineering

and Computer Science - WCECS 2007 - San Francisco (USA) on October 2007.

5.ConferenceChairandCo-memberofCommitteeofthe5th International Conference on

Education which is held in Honolulu (USA) on January 2007.

6.ComponentoftheProgrammeCommitteefor3rdInternational Conference GIGP 2005:

International Conference of Graduate Programmes. Held in Irkutsk (Russia)


7.InvitedLectureduringthe3rdInternationalConferenceGIGP2005: International

Conference of Graduate Programmes. Irkutsk (Russia) dal 3 all’8 October


8.Reviewer on the 3rd ECEL - European Conference on e-Learning, since 2004.

9.Reviewer on IEEE Education Society FIE – Frontiers in Education

International Conference, since 2004.

10.Reviewer on the Informing Sceince + IT Education Conference, since 2006.

11.Reviewer on the JIITO - Journal of Information, Information Technology and

Organization. Since 2006.

12.Reviewer on the 29th International Conference “Information Technology

Interfaces” ITI 2007, since 2007.

13.Track Committee Member of The 24th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied

Computing. Since Year 2007.

Since May 2008, he's member of e-learning Committee at University of Bari.

International Cooperation

The research activity has given the opportunity of activate some international collaboration with:

1.January 2013: Coordinator at OSEL Consulting on Tempus IV Project - Tempus

IV Project. - Cardiff University leadingPROJECT REFERENCE N°: 158979-TEMPUS-1-2009-1-UK-TEMPUS-SMGR - Project Name: Leadership in Higher Education Management.

2.October 2012: Coordinator at l’University of Bari “Aldo Moro” on Tempus IV

Project – American University of Beirut leadingPROJECT REFERENCE N°: 2012-3168/001-001 - Project Name: IDEAL: Innovation and Development of Academic-Industry Partnerships through Efficient Research Administration in Lebanon.

3.October 2012: Coordinator at OSEL Consulting on Tempus IV Project. - Cardiff

University leading PROJECT REFERENCE N°: 530485-TEMPUS-1-2012-1-UK-TEMPUS-JPGR titled “Building Capacity for University Management in the ENPI South region (BUCUM)”.

4.July 2012: Fellow at Staffordshire University on Tempus IV Project. - PROJECT

REFERENCE N°: 511070-TEMPUS-1-2010-1-UK-TEMPUS- JPCR - Project Name: Higher Education Management.


5.Tempus IV European Project. Coordinator of the Italian Unit at University of Bari for the Tempus IV Project. Cardiff University leading PROJECT REFERENCE N°: 158979-TEMPUS-1-2009-1-UK-TEMPUS- SMGR Project Name: Leadership in Higher Education Management

6.Senior Research Fellowships Program of the Internet Interdisciplinary

Institute (IN3) at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) a research

activity on “A semantic web based approach for dynamic e-learning -

Learning Insight System - LIS Project” – June - September 2009.

7.Tempus Project JEP 24009-2003 European Project with University of Sunderland,

University of Bari, University of Irkutsk (Ukraine), University of Donetsk (Russia). Tempus Project Coordinator: Prof. Alfredo Moscardini, Tempus Project Technical Director for University of Bari: Prof. Eng. Agostino Marengo.

8.Luleå University of Technology di Luleå in Svezia, coordinated by Prof. Thomas

Olofsson: To support institutions and teachers in:

• Setting up and maintain Web servers to run calculation scripts.

• Assist teachers in make web learning tools consisting of WebPages and scripts. • Set up and maintain Learning Management Systems.

• Inform institutions and teachers in new useful e-learning tools.

• On consult basis assist teachers in making web learning tools. Advantage with

a collaboration across Europe.

• Two different universities with specific culture, learning methodology and


• Two different ways to approach the problem (webmathematica and matlab)

• We will collaborate to mix and exchange our experiences on web learning tools. 9.

Prof. Alfredo Moscardini University of Sunderland (UK) for the study of the

implications of Artificial Intelligence into e-learning systems and methodologies. 10.Prof. Robert Chi, Associate Professor at California State

University of Long Beach, for the research on CRM open-source software,

understanding how they improve business performances and how to implement them in different kinds of marketing oriented companies. 11.Prof. Michaela Driver, assistant

professor in Management, East Tennesee State University, providing some solutions for basic courses and concentrating more on the technology and elementary web tools, we are really interested in further developing the interaction between students and teachers. We are thinking of a course mailing-list and a free e-space where students/teachers can share news and comments on the course material and, above all, we are thinking to project a didactic- methodological path on a prototype. This prototype will be easily used from teachers and technicians involved on e-learning project development. MORE: Ordinary member of IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronic

Engineers. Ordinary Member of Society of Artificial Intelligence in Education -


Scientific Publications And Manuscripts

.:::: International Journal ::::.

1. Journal Of Information Technology Education

A. Marengo, V. Marengo

”Measuring The Economic Benefits Of E-Learning: A Proposal For A New Index For Academic Environments”

JITE 2005 Vol. 4 – pages 329-346. ISBN: 1539-3585.

2. Interdisciplinary Journal Of Knowledge And Learning

Objects ( A. Marengo & Altri

“The Osel Taxonomy for the classification of the Learning Objects”

IJKLO 2006. ISBN: 1552-2210.

3. Journal on Interactive Learning Environment

Nicola Capuano, Matteo Gaeta, Agostino Marengo, Sergio Miranda, Francesco Orciuoli and Pierluigi Ritrovato “LIA: an Intelligent Advisor for e-learning”

JILE 2008. ISBN: 1049-4820.

4. IEEE Computer Society Transactions (CSIE 2009)


Agostino Marengo & Alessandro Pagano

“OSEL 2.0 Project – A framework for an Open Source, flexible and integrated Learning Environment on web 2.0”. ISBN: 978-0-7695-3507-4

5. Open Source solutions in Education - J. Burton Browning Ed.

Agostino Marengo and Alessandro Pagano

“Open Source Software impact on Educational Business Models. Case of Study: development of an I(ntelligent) E-Learning Framework. Why Central IT Must Embrace Open Source”. Year 2010.

Pp. 21-46. ISBN: 1-932886-26-5 978-1-932886-26-9

6. Evaluation of Student Performance in adaptive e-learning

processes with active tutorship - A. Marengo, A. Pagano, A. Barbone – International Journal of Technology Diffusion (IJTD) 2013 – IGI Global - ISSN: 1947-9301


7. An assessment of customer’s preferences and improve brand

awareness implementation of Social CRM in an Automotive company - A. Marengo, A. Pagano, A. Barbone – International Journal of Technology Diffusion (IJTD) 2013 – IGI Global - ISSN: 1947-9301

8. Data mining methods to assess student behavior in adaptive

e-learning processes - A. Marengo, A. Pagano, A. Barbone – e-Learning Best Practices in Management, Design and

Development of e-Courses: Standards of Excellence and Creativity - IEEE Digital Xplore Digital Library - IEEE Computer Society Order Number E5036. BMS Part Number CFP13BAH-ART. ISBN 978-0-7695-5036-7.

.:::: Books ::::.


(2011). INFORMATICA DI BASE. MILANO: The McGraw-Hill Companies, ISBN: 978-88-386-6747-3

.:::: Book Chapters ::::.

10.“Assess customers preferences and improve brand awareness

Implementation of Social CRM in an Automotive company”

– A. Marengo, A. Pagano, A. Barbone (2013) - Proceedings of 6th International Conference of Education, Research and

Innvation (ICERI) – 18th-20th November 2013, Seville, Spain – pp. 1740-1750 – ISBN: 978-84-616-3847-5

11. “Active turorship in adaptive e-learning process using

data-mining tools” – A. Marengo, A. Pagano, A. Barbone (2013) - Proceedings of 6th International Conference of Education, Research and Innvation (ICERI) – 18th-20th November 2013, Seville, Spain – pp. 1733-1739 – ISBN: 978-84-616-3847-5

12.Adaptive Learning: an Open Source LMS plugin for Student

Modeling MARENGO A, PAGANO A, BARBONE A (2013). In: European Arab cooperation in higher education forum (EACHEF 2013)

13.Adaptive Learning and Student Modelling in Moodle.

MARENGO A, PAGANO A, BARBONE A (2012). In: ICALT 2012 - International conference on Advanced Learning

Technologies and Technology-enhanced Learning – IEEE Computer Society - IEEE Technical Committee on Learning Technology. ISBN: 978-1-4673-1629-3, Cavtat / Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 25-28, 2012.


14.Developing professional technical skills and soft skills:

effectiveness of a blended e-learning course. MARENGO A, PLANTAMURA V L, PAGANO A, IMPEDOVO M (2012). In: ICELW Conference on e-learning in workplace 2012.

15.Analysis of Web Intelligent Agent LIS as support for

e-learning courses. MARENGO A, MARENGO V, PAGANO A (2010). In: HICE 2010 - Hawaii International Conference on Education. Honolulu - USA, 7-10 Gennaio 2010, la piattaforma per alunni di scuola

dell’infanzia e primaria. MARENGO A, ROSSINI P (2010). In: Atti del Convegno Moodlemoot 2010. BARI:Wip Edizioni, ISBN: 978-88-8459-162-3

17.From folksonomy to usability through tag cloud. MARENGO


ORGANIZATIONS. Proceedings of International Conference on Information Technology and Innovation Trends in

Organizations. ISBN: 9788861051249


KNOWLEDGE, OPEN LEARNING. MARENGO A, PAGANO A (2010). In: Atti del Convegno Moodlemoot 2010. BARI:Wip Edizioni, ISBN: 978-88-8459-162-3

19.“Open Source Software impact on Educational Business

Models Case of Study: development of an I(ntelligent) E-Learning Framework”. Agostino Marengo & Alessandro Pagano – Open-Source and Freeware Solutions in Education: in Theory and in Practice” (Informingscience editor - (waiting for ISBN)

20.EDULEARN 2009 - International Conference on Education

and New Learning Technologies - Barcelona 7-9 July 2009 A. Marengo - A. Pagano

“The OSEL 2.0 Project: A framework for an Open Source, Flexible and Integrated Learning Environment on Web 2.0”. ISBN: 978-84-612-9801-3.

21.CISIS 2009 – International Conference on Complex,

Intelligent and Software Intensive Systems

N. Capuano, S. Miranda, A. Gaeta, F. Orciuoli, A. Marengo “Creation and Delivery of Complex Learning Experiences: the ELeGI Approach”. ISBN: 9780769535753.


22.Informing Science and Information Technology Education

Joint Conference. Varna (Bulgaria) June 22-25, 2008. A. Marengo & Altri

“An open source LMS, vision and development”. ISBN: 1535-07-03.

23.HICE 2007 – Hawaii International Conference on Education -

Honolulu (USA) 6-9 Gennaio 2007: A. Marengo & Altri

”Administrative estimation of a blended course in Higher Education: the application of “e-learning Yield Index”. ISBN: 1541-5880.

24.ITI 2007 – Information Technology Interfaces - Cavtat (Croazia) 25-28 Giugno 2007

A. Marengo & Altri

“Integrating systems to enhance learning environments in Academia-Case study at University of Bari”. ISBN: 9789-53-7138-09-7.

25.E-learn 2007 – World Conference on e-learning in Corporate,

Government, Healthcare and Higher Education – Quebec City (Canada) 15-19 ottobre 2007

A. Marengo & Altri

“A new methodology for the classification of SCORM-compliant Learning Objects”. ISBN: 88-901620-3-1.

26.ITI 2006 – Information Technology Interfaces - Cavtat

(Croazia) 19-22 Giugno 2006 A. Marengo & Altri

“Ontological support for the creation of Learning Object”. ISBN: 1330-1012.

27.Evoluzione della tecnologia informatica: dal BIT ad


CAP. XV: Internet e reti di computer. Edizioni Adriatica 2001.


Progettazione e stesura del CAP. XV: Internet Edizioni Adriatica 1997. ISBN: ………….

.:::: Conferenze Internazionali ::::.

29.HICE 2010 - Hawaii International Conference on Education


A. Marengo, V. Marengo, A. Pagano

“Analysis of Web Intelligent Agent LIS as support for e-learning courses”

30.The International Conference on Technology,

Communication and Education (i-TCE2008). Kuwait 7-9 April 2008.

A. Marengo & Altri

“A new vision of Open Source based e-learning Portal” 31.Conferenza Internazionale E-Learning e Multimedialità:

conoscenze senza frontiere. Polo didattico di Agrigento, 20 e 21 Settembre 2007.

A. Marengo & Altri

“Flessibilità e modularità di piattaforme e-learning: ricerca prototipale.”

32.IADIS 2006 – Murcia (Spagna) 5-8 Ottobre 2006 A. Marengo & Altri

“The analysis of the algorithm w3c for the accessibility of the contrast among colours”

33.ED-Media 2006 – Honolulu (USA) 6-9 Gennaio 2006: A. Marengo & Altri

”Methodological analysis on “” users feedback for the assessment of Open Source Learning Management System”. 34.ITI 2005 – Information Technology Interfaces - Cavtat

(Croazia) 20 – 23 Giugno 2005 A. Marengo & Altri

”Open Source Learning Management Systems, a comparison experience”

35.ICCE 2004 – International Conference on Computers in Education (Melbourne AUSTRALIA) 30 Novembre – 3 Dicembre 2004

A. Marengo & Altri

”Learning and Teaching in courses supported by Open Sources LMS: a comparison on outcomes”

36.e-Society 2004 – IADIS International Conference (Avila SPAIN) 16-19 Luglio 2004

A. Marengo & Altri

”Usability models on institutional portals: a case study at the university of Bari”

37.ECEL 2003 - 2nd European Conference on e-Learning

(Glasgow UK) 6-7 Novembre 2003: A. Marengo

”Changing factors in innovative teaching methodologies on italian campus based environment, a case study”. Paper Invitato dalla Caledonian Business School di Glasgow

38.ED-Media 2003 – Honolulu (USA) 23-29 Giugno 2003: A. Marengo & Altri


39.CCCT 2003 – Orlando (USA) 30 Giugno-3 Luglio 2003: A. Marengo & Altri

”The experimental and comparative analysis of the Nuke-based CMS platforms usability”.

40.ICTE 2002 – Badajoz (Spain) 13-16 Novembre 2002: A. Marengo & P.Decuzzi

”A Web-Based Virtual Laboratory of Mechanical Engineering: the Case of Gear Design”.

41.ICTE 2002 – Badajoz (Spain) 13-16 Novembre 2002: A. Marengo & Altri

”E-learning in higher education: an experience at University of Bari”.

42.MICT 1999 – Copenhagen Settembre 1999: A. Marengo & Altri

”Analysis of the E-Commerce in Puglia”.

.:::: Conferenze Nazionali ::::.

43.AICA 2004 Benevento, 28-30 settembre 2004: A. Marengo & Altri

”Sperimentazione della Smart card in ambito universitario: un caso di studio”.

44.AICA 2000 Taormina, 27-30 settembre 2000: A. Marengo & Altri

”Il PDMS sul web”.

45.AICA 1998 Napoli, 18-20 novembre 1998: A. Marengo & Altri

”Interfaccia visuale uomo processore: Il progetto PDMS”. 46.AICA 1996 Roma, 25-27 settembre 1996:

A. Marengo & Altri

”Internetwork: una soluzione per una moderna rete di comunicazione aziendale”.