Current members of the board that will continue for two more years:
Dr. Nils Bulling is an assistant professor at Delft University of Technology and a member of the Interactive Intelligence Group at TU Delft, led by Prof. Dr. Catholijn Jonker.
He completed his habilitation in Computer Science in January 2015 and received his PhD summa cum laude in October 2010, both at Clausthal University of Technology, under supervision of Prof. Dr. Jürgen Dix.
His PhD thesis was awarded the international E.W. Beth dissertation prize for an outstanding contribution in the fields of logic, language, and information.
His general research focus is on formal methods and verification, intelligent complex systems (multi-agent systems), logic, game theory and artificial intelligence.
In the last years hi has given lectures related to theoretical foundations of computer science, artificial intelligence, multi-agent systems and verification of systems at a national as well as international level.
He regularly serves on program committees of the main conferences and workshops in the area of multi-agent systems and artificial intelligence. He is senior program committee member of AAMAS 2016, steering committee member of LAMAS (Logical Aspects of Multi-Agent Systems) and he is involved in the organization of international events.
He was PC co-chair and co-organizer of international workshops (CLIMA XV, LAMAS 2014) and a Dagstuhl seminar (2014). Also, he was the PC chair of the 12th European Conference on Multi-Agent Systems (EUMAS 2014) and the chair of the doctoral consortium of the 13th German Conference on Multi-Agent System Technologies (MATES 2015).
He regularly referees papers and articles for journals, workshops, and conferences, and has published about 50 peer-reviewed papers at international events. He also co-authored two book chapters on the specification and verification of multi-agent systems and on strategic reasoning in multi-player games.
Since 2004, Jürgen Dix is Full Professor at the Department of Computer Science at Clausthal University of Technology (Dipl.-Math. in 1986 (University of Heidelberg), Dr. rer.-nat. in 1992 (TU Karlsruhe), Univ.-Doz. (Habilitation) in 1996 (TU Vienna)).
He represents the area of formal methods in Artificial Intelligence/logics in multiagent systems and is also member of the Institute of Information Systems at TU Vienna (Austria).
From 2004-2008, he served as Head of Department, and from 2008-2011 as well as from 2014 on (until 2017) he acted as Dean of the faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering. From 2011-2014 he was Vice-Dean.
He is working since 1989 in several areas of Computational Logic (nonmonotonic reasoning, logic programming, deductive databases, knowledge representation) and, since 1998, also in Multi-Agent Reasoning.
He has published more than 240 papers and gave more than 70 invited talks/tutorials. He has co-authored two monographs (MIT Press and Cambridge University Press), co-edited 21 books (Springer LNCS, LNAI, MASA) and 16 special issues of various journals.
He was coordinating node for CompuLog, CoLogNet, AgentLink I, II, III and for WASP, a European network on answer set programming and is member of the American Association of Artificial Intelligence, and the Association of Computing Machinery.
Among the key achievements of his work are the foundations of logic-based heterogenous agent systems and contributions to computational logic (deductive databases). Lately he is interested in logics of strategic abilities and their model checking problem.
Prof. Dix has led a range of successful projects (more than 1 Mio e) and organised more than 40 international conferences and workshops (6 Dagstuhl Seminars since 2008).
Since 1990 he was on the programme committees of more than 200 international events and on the steering committees of ProMAS, NMR, LAMAS, EMAS and CLIMA. He acts as Associate Editor (AMAI) and is on the Editorial Boards of 8 international journals.
He has supervised nine PhD’s and two habilitations, and acted as external examiner for another nine PhD’s/Habilitations (UK, Italy, Germany, Spain, Argentina, The Netherlands, Austria).
Dr. S.Modgil is a senior lecturer in the Agents and Intelligent Systems Group, in the Department of Informatics, King’s College London (having joined the department as a lecturer in 2010).
He has made a number of significant contributions to both agent related research and service to the field. His primary area of research is in argumentation based reasoning and dialogue, and his key contributions are as follows.
He developed Extended Argumentation Frameworks, which were the first to extend Dung’s seminal theory of argumentation to accommodate argumentation about preferences 1. With T.J.M. Bench-Capon, he founded the area of metalevel argumentation, and together with H.Prakken, he developed ASPIC+; one of the most prominent models of structured argumentation.
He was also instrumental in developing an international standard for representing argumentation knowledge. Other research interests include his work on electronic contracts for agent based systems and reasoning about agent norms.
Dr. Modgil regularly reviews for preeminent journals (e.g., J. Artificial Intelligence) and participates in PCs of major conferences in generic AI, agents and argumentation (e.g. most recently, he was senior PC member of IJCAI 2015 and area chair of KR 2016).
He has also participated extensively in community wide initiatives. He served as joint scientific coordinator of the EC ASPIC (Argumentation service platform with integrated components) project (2004–2008), and co-chaired the Working Group on Argumentation for the COST (European COoperation in the field of Scientific and Technical research) action on Agreement Technologies (2008–2012). He proposed and organises a series of international workshops on the Theory and Applications of Formal Argumentation (TAFA11, 13 & 15), affiliated with IJCAI, and was scientific and local chair of the 15th European Agent Systems Summer School, and 2013 Advanced Course on AI Summer School (http://www.inf.kcl.ac.uk/events/easss13 and /acai13), both of which were held at King’s College in 2013.
Finally, he regularly contributes to the teaching of doctoral and postdoctoral researchers working in agent-related research, having given tutorials at European Agent Summer Schools (EASSS’08, EASSS’09 and EASSS’14), and for a Marie Curie Training Network (www.essence-network.com/essence-events/autumnschool).
Emiliano Lorini is CNRS researcher at the Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse (IRIT), LILaC team (Logique, Interaction, Langue, et Calcul).
He has been awarded the CNRS bronze medal in 2014.
He is also member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST), a Laboratory of Excellence (LabEx) at the Université de Toulouse Capitole.
He has a background in artificial intelligence (AI), logic and game theory.
His main interest is in the formal analysis, with the aid of logic and game theory, of the reasoning and decision-making processes of both human agents and artificial agents as well as of several aspects of social interaction such as the concepts of trust, reputation, power and social influence.
He edited 1 book and 4 special issues and he authored more than 120 articles in first-class journals and conferences in the areas of logic and AI such as AI journal, JAIR, Journal of Logic and Computation, Studia Logica, AAMAS, IJCAI, TARK, KR, JELIA and ECAI.
He is regular member of the PC of first-class conferences in the area of logic, artificial intelligence and multi-agent systems such as AAMAS, IJCAI, ECAI, KR, LOFT and JELIA.
He has been PC chair of EUMAS 2013, ECSI 2014 and LAMAS 2015.
Full Professor in Informatics at the University of Porto since 2000. Current Director of LIACC – Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science Lab at The University of Porto. Chair of the Doctoral Program in Informatics Engineering at the University of Porto since 2005. “Agregação” title in 1991 at the University of Porto.
In 1987 he created the Distributed Artificial Intelligence & Robotics Group at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto and was co-founder of LIACC- Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science Group at the University of Porto. Guest Academic at IBM IEC in La Hulpe, Belgium (84-85): Research and teaching Knowledge Based Systems, benchmarking the new IBM Prolog.
He was awarded the Gulbenkian Prize for Science and Technology in 1983-84.
PhD on Knowledge Engineering and Logic Programming applications at New University of Lisbon (1984). R&D Engineer at Brown, Boveri, C. (now ABB) Electronic Laboratories in Switzerland (72-74). Degree in Electrotechnical Engineering (Electronic Systems) Universities of Coimbra and Porto in Portugal in 1972.
He successfully supervised 20 PhD students and more than 60 Master students.
H index= 27; number of citations=3035; i10_index=84 in Google Scholar citations (Oct 2015).
He published more than 150 papers, mainly in the field of software agents and multi-agent system applications as well as intelligent robotics. He co-authored a book by Springer in 20014: António J.M.Castro, Ana Paula Rocha, Eugenio Oliveira. “A New Approach for Disruption Management in Airline Operations Control”,series “Studies in Computational Intelligence” V.562 (300 pp.), Springer Verlag, ISBN: 978-3-662-43372-0, 2014
With his former PhD student, L.P.Reis, he co-authored a paper (168 citations) on strategies for team coordination that lead to several RoboCup awards at different leagues, (e.g. FCPortugal, 1st place in the simulation league at the world championship in 2000, Melbourne).
With his group, he launched ANTE (Agreement Negotiation in Normative and Trust-enabled Environments) a new platform to facilitate Virtual Organizations formation and monitoring. He co-authored 4 chapters of the book “Agreement Technologies”, ed. Sascha Ossowski, Springer 2013, in which the technological and scientific principles behind ANTE are described.
Appointed as General Chair for the next EPIA (Portuguese Meeting in Artificial Intelligence) in 2017.
He was one of the area chairs at ECAI 94, ECAI 96 and ECAI 2008. Vice Chair at IEEE WI/IAT (Intelligent Agents Technology), Lyon, France, 2011. Co-founder of APPIA, Portuguese AI Association.
Eugénio main influence has been in collaborating, promoting or supporting activities leading to AI-based (including MAS) applications: MASDIMA a MAS for Air traffic plan-disruption Management, ANTE platform for B2B partners selection, FCPortugal RoboSoccer teams and older ones like ORBI and ARCA – an Expert System for Cardiac Arrhythmia Diagnosis, that were important breakthroughs at the time of their development.
Dr Nir Oren obtained his PhD from the University of Aberdeen in 2007. Between 2007 and 2010, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at King's College London before returning to Aberdeen as a lecturer in 2010. Dr Oren was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2013.
Dr Oren's research interests revolve around argumentation, normative reasoning and computational trust within multi-agent systems. He has published approximately 140 papers in a variety of workshops, conferences, journals and book chapters, and has edited 4 proceedings volumes. He has approximately 1000 citations to his work.
Dr Oren is an active member of the community. He is a co-founder of the TAFA (theory and application of formal argumentation) series of workshops (which ran in 2011,2013 and 2015); co-organised the 2014 edition of the International Conference on Computational Models of Argument (COMMA-14); co-organised the 2014 edition of workshop on Coordination, Organisations, Institutions and Norms at AAMAS, and organised the 2008 Symposium on Behaviour Regulation in Multi-agent Systems (BRMAS-08).
He serves on a variety of program committees including those for AAAI, IJCAI, AAMAS and ECAI, as well as conferences such as COMMA and workshops such as COIN, TRUST, NMR, EUMAS and ArgMAS. He has served as a reviewer for journals such as AIJ, JAAMAS, EAAI, KER and AI Communications. Dr Oren is a co-founder of the International competition on Computational Models of Argumentation, and a committee member of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB).
Dr Oren has given invited talks in a wide variety of venues. He was an invited speaker at the 2014 Summer School on Argumentation, as well as the 2013 Advanced Courses in Artificial Intelligence summer school. Apart from being a keynote speaker at CARE@AAMAS-14, Nir has given seminars across the UK and Europe.
Dr Nardine Osman is a researcher at the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA).
She has obtained her PhD (2008) and MSc (2003) in Informatics from the University of Edinburgh, UK, and her Bachelor of Engineering (2001) in Computer and Communications Engineering from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
In the last several years, Nardine has participated in a number of European projects (such as PRAISE, ACE, LiquidPub, and OpenKnowledge), and a number of large national projects in Spain (Agreement Technologies) and the UK (Advanced Knowledge Technologies).
During her career, Nardine has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles in major international journals and conferences, with a total of around 200 citations.
One of her published algorithms on trust is copyrighted (as the software cannot be patented in Europe), and has been used in projects in the industry.
Nardine's expertise lies in various fields of artificial intelligence in general, and multiagent systems in particular, such as formal methods, multiagent interactions, norms, formal verification (and model checking), agreement technologies (such as argumentation and trust and reputation), BDI logics, and logic programming.
Presentation: Amal El Fallah Seghrouchni is Full Professor at the University of Pierre and Marie Curie where she heads the Multi-Agent System team at LIP6 (http://www-desir.lip6.fr/SMA).
Degrees: She obtained her « HDR (Habilitation to advise Research) » from the University Paris 13 (Title: Agents’ Coordination: models, algorithms and protocols) - January 2000; and her PhD in computer Science from the University Pierre and Marie Curie - Paris 6 (Title: Distributed architecture of a knowledge base for the analysis and the validation of concurrent programs modeled by means of Petri Nets) - December 1991.
Research topics: Her research is focused on Multi-Agent Systems. She is interested in the design, analysis and verification of cognitive MAS. Her main research topics include the multi-agent coordination models (negotiation, distributed planning, protocols of interaction) and programming of MAS. These research topics find a large number of applications in the fields of design of complex systems, simulation (air missions, coordination of UAVs, fault tolerance, etc.) and ambient intelligence. This applicative range is supported by a large number of industrial collaborations (e.g. Thales Research and Technology and the ONERA - French Lab of Aerospace). She has (co-)advised 21 Ph.D students and currently advising 5 others. Some of these theses were or are done in “cotutelle” with other European labs. She has been also involved in thesis committees including at Italy, Netherland, Melbourne, Bucharest, Japan, etc.
International collaborations: In Europe, she collaborated with Delft and Utrecht universities (C. Jonker, B. van Riemsdijk and K. V. Hindriks, M. Dastani and J-J Meyer). She also collaborated with Clausthal University (J. Dix) and the University Politehnica of Bucarest (A. Florea, A. Olaru), with Italy (A. Ricci and V. Mascardi). Outside Europe, she developed a strong collaboration with the team of Prof. Honiden at NII (Tokyo, Japan); and with Brazil (both the Universities of PUC - Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo) with R. Bordini, J. F. Hübner, C. Lucena and J. Sichman. These collaborations took place in the context of contracts (European projects), Ph.D co-advising, organization of international events, thesis committees, etc.
Activities related to research: She was a node of the network of excellence AgentLink with an active participation to the Technical forum group dedicated to Programming multi-agent systems. She co-organized a series of ProMAS workshops (http://www.cs.uu.nl/ProMAS/, since 2003) which produces 5 volumes LNAISpringer and 2 books (international references in ProMAS domain). ProMAS merged with 2 others namely AOSE and DALT and gave birth to EMAS workshop since 2014 ; She has been involved in the organization of the international seminars such as Dagstuhl seminar at 2008 (number 08361) entitled “Programming Multi-Agent Systems”; the 1st, 2nd and 3rd International Workshop on LAnguages, methodologies and Development tools for multi-agent systems (LADS'007 at Durham, LADS’009 at Turin and LADS’010 at Lyon) and a series of international workshop MASTS (Multi-Agent Systems and Semantics) since 2009.
Main responsibilities related to AAMAS: She has been local chair@ AAMAS 2014 (Paris), Co-chair of the “Innovative Applications” Track @ AAMAS 2015; Area-Chair @ AAMAS2009; Senior PC (2002 - 2008) of AAMAS.
She is General chair of the 10th International Symposium on Intelligent Distributed Computing - IDC'2016 (7-9 October Paris); and has been PC co-chair @ IDC'2015; Vice co-chair of the international conference IEEE/ACM WI-IAT (Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology) for the two editions 2005 and 2006. She has also been involved in France in various activities related to research, expertise and animation.
Publication: She has published 15 papers in international journals, 11 chapters in English, 120 International conferences; (co-)edited 16 books or post-proceedings. Other publications in national journal or French books have been done (http://www-poleia.lip6.fr/~elfallah/Publications.html).
Dr Kuldar Taveter (male, DipEng, MSc, PhD; born in 1965) is a Full Professor and Head of the Chair of Software Engineering at the Department of Informatics of Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia.
Jointly with Professor Leon Sterling from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, he has developed a new discipline called agent-oriented modelling (AOM), which is described in their monograph by MIT Press (The Art of Agent-Oriented Modeling, MIT Press, 2009). Agent-oriented modelling differs from other agent-oriented software engineering methodologies in that it is geared towards designing distributed socio-technical systems consisting of man-made as well as of human agents. Such systems can also be viewed as mixed-initiative systems.
In 2008-2012 Kuldar participated actively in the COST Action IC0801 “Agreement Technologies”.
He recently led the TTU team in the FP7 project “Modelling crisis management for improved action and preparedness” (CRISMA, 2012-2015), where a multi-agent system with the elements of serious gaming was designed and used for simulating the handling of human and material resources in crisis management.
Kuldar currently co-leads the TTU team in the Horizon 2020 project “Observation capacity mapping in the context of Atmospheric and Climate change monitoring” (GAIA-CLIM, 2015-2018), which makes use of the AOM methodology co-developed by him.
In 2005-2008 he was a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia, where he was working in agent-oriented software engineering for agent-based simulation and prototyping projects in aviation.
In 1997-2005 Kuldar was employed as a Research Scientist and Project Leader at the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT), which acts as a mediator between academy and industry. His main research areas at VTT were agent-based business process automation and ontologies.
In 2011 he spent 8 months as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of South Carolina, USA, doing research work in agent-based crowdsourcing systems.
He has about 55 publications and 452 citations by Google Scholar.
Dr. George Vouros is full Professor at the Department of Digital Systems, ICT School, University of Piraeus; head of the Artificial Intelligence Group (http://ai-‐ group.ds.unipi.gr) and member of the Data Science Lab (www.datastories.org).
Born in 1964, he holds BSc in Mathemetics and Ph.D. in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence), both from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.
His research interests include Data Science (ontology based data access and integration from disparate sources, scalable alignment, modularization and reasoning with large ontologies) and Multiagent Systems (collaborative agent architectures, collaborative information sharing and searching, multiagent organizations and their adaption, reinforcement learning in multiagent systems for learning social conventions), whereas he teaches Semantic Web, Multiagent Systems and Artificial Intelligence at under-‐ and post-‐graduate level.
He is or was principal investigator / senior researcher for a number of EU-‐ funded and National research projects (GSRT/AMINESS, FP7/Grid4All, FP7/SEMAGROW, FP7/NOMAD, COST/Agreement Technologies the most recent ones).
He recently coordinated the successful datACRON proposal on Big Data (ICT-‐16), where he also serves as project PI and project coordinator.
He has served as co-‐chair of Agreement Technologies, ESAW, EUMAS, IAT/WI, SETN, COIN conferences and workshops and he serves as member of steering committee of COIN and SETN, PC member for numerous conferences, including ECAI, AAMAS, RULEML, WWW, Web Intelligence, ICTAI.
He serves as reviewer in well-‐respected journals for data and knowledge engineering, semantic web and multiagent systems.
He has delivered invited lectures and seminars in Greece and abroad on the topic of computing semantic agreements and multi agent systems.
He has co-‐edited post-‐proceedings and special issues in topics of his research interests and have published more than 150 refereed articles in scientific journals and conferences.
He served as chair of the Hellenic Artificial Intelligence Society (EETN) from 2006-‐2010 (two consecutive periods) and he continuous to serve as chair from January, 2015. Details on his publications, work and academic activities are provided at http://ai-‐group.ds.unipi.gr/georgev/.