Professor George M. Coghill
B.Sc.(Eng), M.Sc.(Med. Sci.), Ph.D., LTCL, FRSA
I have recently retired and have returned to being. a student. I am currently studying for an MTh at Edinburgh Theological Seminary in Science and Theology/ Philosophical Theology.
In addition to my academic interests my avocation is singing, for which I obtained a diploma from Trinity College London in 2014. I have given a number of recitals, and aim to give some more.
After completing a degree in Engineering Science at the University of Aberdeen I moved into Clinical Physics, working for Greater Glasgow Health Board. During my time there I completed an M.Sc. by research in an area of Artificial Intelligence. This led me to pursue an academic career, to which end I undertook a PhD in the Intelligent Systems Laboratory at Heriot-Watt University on the topic of Qualitative Reasoning.My first academic appointment was in the University of Wales, Aberystwyth - now Aberystwyth University (1997 – 2002), where I extended my research interests to include Scientific Discovery. After that I returned to Aberdeen as a SL in Computing Science. I was promoted to Reader in 2009, and to a Chair in 2011.At Aberdeen I have undertaken a number of roles. I was Head of Computing Science (2010-2014); Director of Research and a Deputy Head of the School of Natural and Computing Sciences (2015 – 2018). I have served on a several committees in the institution including the Academic Standards Committee (Post-graduate), the Quality Assurance Committee, and the Research Policy Committee. I have also done a few stints on the Senate.
My main research as a full time academic was in the area of Model-based Systems and Qualitative reasoning, and I have been fortunate to be involved in a number of interdisciplinary projects with friends and colleagues across a wide spectrum of disciplines.
Current Research Interests:
Science and Theology/ Philosophical Theology
Model-based Systems and Qualitative Reasoning
Informational Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Information
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Are contrastive explanations useful?Contributions to Conferences: Papers
Monitoring tourists’ specialisation and implementing adaptive governance is necessary to avoid failure of the wildlife tourism commonsTourism Management, vol. 81, 104160Contributions to Journals: Articles
Inferring structure and parameters of dynamic system models simultaneously using swarm intelligence approachesMemetic Computing, vol. 12, pp. 267-282Contributions to Journals: Articles
Swarm Inspired Approaches for K-prototypes clusteringAdvances in Computational Intelligence Systems. Ju, Z., Yang, L., Yang, C., Gegov, A., Zhou, D. (eds.). Cham: Springer pp. 201-209, 9 pages.Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
A Physarum-Inspired Competition Algorithm for Solving Discrete Multi-Objective Optimization ProblemsGECCO 2019 Companion - Proceedings of the 2019 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference Companion. López-Ibáñez, M., Auger, A., Stützle, T. (eds.). New York, USA: ACM pp. 195-196, 2 pages.Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
Inferring Structure and Parameters of Dynamic Systems using Latin Hypercube Sampling Multi Dimensional Uniformity-Particle Swarm OptimizationGECCO 2019 Companion - Proceedings of the 2019 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference Companion. López-Ibáñez, M., Auger, A., Stützle, T. (eds.). New York, USA: ACM pp. 101-102, 2 pages.Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
A Hexagonal Cell Automaton Model to Imitate Physarum Polycephalum Competitive BehaviourALIFE 2019. Fellermann, H., Bacardit, J., Goñi-Moreno, ?., Füchslin, R. M. (eds.). The MIT Press pp. 203-210, 8 pages.Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
Quantifying wildlife watchers’ preferences to investigate the overlap between recreational and conservation value of natural areasJournal of Applied Ecology, vol. 56, no. 2, pp. 387-397Contributions to Journals: Articles
Towards making NLG a voice for interpretable Machine LearningProceedings of The 11th International Natural Language Generation Conference. Krahmer, E., Gatt, A., Goudbeek, M. (eds.). [W18-6522] Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) pp. 177-182, 6 pages.Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
Physarum Inspired Connectivity and Restoration for Wireless Sensor and Actor NetworksAdvances in Computational Intelligence Systems. Lotfi, A., Bouchachia, H., Gegov, A., Langensiepen, C., McGinnity, M. (eds.). Springer pp. 327-338, 12 pages.Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings