Professor Wamberto Vasconcelos

Professor Wamberto Vasconcelos
MSc., PhD.

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Biography

My background is in Computing Science and Artificial Intelligence. My research interest lies in the intersection of knowledge representation & reasoning (KRR) and software engineering, especifically in supporting software engineering through the use of logics and theorem proving.

My research over the years shifted from stand-alone (logic) programs, to distributed computing and sofware agents and autonomous agents. More recent work addresses normative aspects of distributed software, that is, how norms (such as "who bids must pay"; "only bidders with a letter of credit may bid", and so on) can help the design, implementation and evaluation of large ecosystems of autonomous and self-interested software agents.

I have worked closely with various segments of industry, government and third sector, in collaborative research and as a consultant. Exploring and solving real-life problems is very rewarding.


Qualifications

PhD, Artificial Intelligence University of Edinburgh 1995
MSc, Computing Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1987
Research

Research Areas

Specialisms

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Software Engineering
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Systems Engineering

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International


Research Overview

Computational logic, software engineering, distributed computing and systems, multi-agent systems


Collaborations

  • Informatics, University of Edinburgh (Prof. Dave Robertson)
  • AGH University, Cracow, Poland (Dr. Bartlomiej Sniezynski)
  • King's College, London, UK (Prof. Michael Luck and Dr. Simon Miles)
  • University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil (Dr. Flavio Soares Correa da Silva)
  • University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand (Prof. Stephen Cranefield)

Research Funding and Grants

  • Scrutable Autonomous Systems (SASSY). EPSRC. 2012-2015. Principal Investigator. Amount: GBP 1.1M
  • ALIVE Research Project. The European Commission (FP7). 2008-2010. Principal Investigator. Amount: GBP 350,000
  • International Technology Alliance (ITA). The Department of Defence (USA) and Ministry of Defence (UK). 2006-2011. Co-Investigator. Amount GBP 2,900,000.
  • Conference Grant. The Royal Society. May 2007. Amount: GBP 500.
  • International Exchange Programme. The Royal Society of Edinburgh. Jan–Feb 2005. Amount: GBP 1,500
Teaching

Courses


Teaching Responsibilities

  • Course organiser and lecturer for the module Foundations of Artificial Intelligence (CS5060)
  • Course organiser and lecturer for the module Software Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (CS551K)
Publications

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  • Coping with exceptions in agent-based workflow enactments

    Sik-Chun Lam, J., Guerin, F., Vasconcelos, W., Norman, T. J.

    Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 5485, pp. 154-170

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Flexible Resource Assignment in Sensor Networks: A Hybrid Reasoning Approach

    Mel, G. d., Sensoy, M., Vasconcelos, W., Preece, A.

    Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on the Semantic Sensor Web. pp. 1-15, 15 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Selection of Resources For Missions Using Semantic-Aware Cooperative Agents

    Sensoy, M., Vasconcelos, W., Mel, G. d., Norman, T.

    Proceedings of the International Workshop on Agent-based Technologies and applications for enterprise interoperability (ATOP'09). pp. 73-84, 12 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • An Ontology-Centric Approach to Sensor-Mission Assignment

    Gomez, M., Preece, A. D., Johnson, M. P., De Mel, G. R., Vasconcelos, W. W. M. P. D., Gibson, C., Bar-Noy, A., Borowiecki, K., Porta, T. F. L., Pizzocaro, D., Rowaihy, H., Pearson, G., Pham, T.

    Managing Knowledge in a World of Networks. Gangemi, A., Euzenat, J. (eds.). Springer pp. 347-363, 17 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Organisational change through influence

    McCallum, M., Vasconcelos, W. W., Norman, T. J.

    Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 157-189

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • An Ontology-Centric Approach to Sensor-Mission Assignment

    Gomez, M., Preece, A. D., Johnson, P., De Mel, G. R., Vasconcelos, W. W., Gibson, C., Bar-Noy, A., Borowiecki, K., La Porta, T., Pizzocaro, D., Rowaihy, H., Pearson, G., Pham, T.

    Knowledge Engineering. Gangemi, A., Euzenat, J. (eds.). Berlin, Germany: Springer-Verlag pp. 347-363, 17 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • A distributed architecture for norm management in multi-agent systems

    Garcia-Camino, A., Rodriguez-Aguilar, J. A., Vasconcelos, W. W. M. P. D.

    Coordination, Organizations, Institutions, and Norms in Agent Systems III. Sichman, J. S., Padget, J., Ossowski, S., Noriega, P. (eds.). Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, pp. 275-286, 12 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Component-based standardisation of agent communication

    Guerin, F., Vasconcelos, W. W. M. P. D.

    Declarative Agent Languages and Technologies V. Baldoni, M., Son, T. C., van Riemsdijk, M. B., Winikoff, M. (eds.). Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, pp. 227-244, 18 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • A Fine-Grained Approach to Resolving Unsatisfiable Ontologies

    Lam, S. C., Sleeman, D., Pan, J. Z., Vasconcelos, W. W. M. P. D.

    Journal on Data Semantics X. Spaccapietra, S. (ed.). Springer pp. 62-95, 34 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • AISB 2008 Convention: Communication, Interaction and Social Intelligence, 1st-4th April 2008, University of Aberdeen

    Guerin, F., Vasconcelos, W. W. M. P. D.

    Contributions to Conferences: Papers

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