Professor Derek Sleeman

Professor Derek Sleeman
PhD FBCS FRSE Fellow European AI Societies

Emeritus Professor


Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen Computing Science Department
Meston Building
The University
Scotland UK


   University of Leeds (1965-1982)

  • Computing Assistant; Lecturer (Computing Science); Associate Director, Computer Based Learning Project.

 Visiting Positions/Sabbaticals

  • University of Texas (1972-73); Rutgers (1979); Carnegie-Mellon University (1980-81 & 1991); Edinburgh (1991)

 Stanford University (1982-86)

  • Senior Research Associate; Heuristic Programming Project; Associate Professor (AI & Education).

 University of Aberdeen

  • Professor of Computing Science (1986 – 2008); Head of Department, 1986-92, 1996-9; Emeritus Professor (2008 - )

 Academic Coordinator of the EC's Network of Excellence in Machine Learning & Knowledge Acquisition  (1992-95)

External Memberships and Affiliations

 Organizing of Conferences & Workshops


  • Program & Steering Committees for EKAW series of meetings (including the 2010 Lisbon Meeting)
  • Program & Steering Committees for KCAP series of meetings (including the 2011 Banff Meeting
  • Conference Chair, K CAP 2007: Whistler, Canada October 2007
  • Co-organizer of AAAI Spring Symposium  on "Semantic Web & Knowledge Engineering"  (SWKE), Stanford, March 2008 (details)



Research Overview


  • Knowledge Acquisition, Knowledge-Base Refinement, Machine Discovery, Ontological Engineering
  • Semantic Web & Knowledge Engineering
  • Intelligent Data Analysis (IDA) of Medical Datasets


  • Professor John Kinsella (Critical Care Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Glasgow)
  • Dr Laura Moss (NHS, Glasgow &  School of Medicine, University of Glasgow)
  • Dr Wamberto Vasconcelos (Department of Computing Science, University of Aberdeen)
  • Dr David Corsar (Department of Computing Science, University of Aberdeen)

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Research Funding and Grants

EPSRC AKT (Advanced Knowledge Technologies) Inter Disciplinary Research Collaboration. 2000-2007.  £7.6M to consortium; £1.3M to Aberdeen.     This IRC comprised of groups from Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Open University, Sheffield & Southampton.

IPAS (Integrated Products & Services)  2005-2008  Funded by the DTI & Rolls-Royce. The Consortium involved Rolls-Royce, groups from the Universities of Aberdeen, Cambridge, Sheffield & Southampton, and several specialized companies. Total grant £2.35M (£223K Aberdeen).



Teaching Responsibilities

  • Undergrad projects
  • MSc Projects


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  • Towards a Distributed Data-Sharing Economy

    Cauvin, S. R., Kollingbaum, M. J., Sleeman, D., Vasconcelos, W. W.

    Coordination, Organizations, Institutions, and Norms in Agent Systems XII. [5] Springer Verlag pp. 3-21, 19 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Applying Rule Extraction & Rule Refinement techniques to (Blackbox) Classifiers

    Cepukenas, J., Lin, C., Sleeman, D.

    K-CAP 2015 Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Knowledge Capture. [27] ACM.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Towards a framework for ontology mapping based on description logic reasoning

    Reul, Q., Pan, J. Z., Sleeman, D.

    Contributions to Journals: Conference Articles

  • Argumentation-Logic for Explaining Anomalous Patient Responses to Treatments

    Grando, M. A., Moss, L., Glasspool, D., Sleeman, D., Sim, M., Gilhooly, C., Kinsella, J.

    AIME 2011 Conference Proceedings. Berlin: Springer.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Predicting Adverse Events: Detecting Myocardial Damage in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Patients

    Sleeman, D., Moss, L. E., Sim, M., Kinsella, J.

    KCAP 2011 Conference Proceedings. New York: ACM Press pp. 73-79, 7 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • A comparison between clinical decisions made about lung cancer patients and those inherent in the corresponding Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) guideline

    Sleeman, D., Moss, L. E., Gyftodimos, E., Nicolson, M., Devereux, G.

    Health Informatics Journal, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 260-273

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Reasoning by Analogy in the Generation of Domain Acceptable Ontology Renements

    Moss, L. E., Sleeman, D., Sim, M.

    EKAW 2010 Proceedings 17th International Conference. Springer, pp. 534-543, 10 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Ontology-driven hypothesis generation to explain anomalous patient responses to treatment

    Moss, L., Sleeman, D., Sim, M., Booth, M., Daniel, M., Donaldson, L., Gilhooly, C., Hughes, M., Kinsella, J.

    Knowledge-Based Systems, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 309-315

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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