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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  • 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

  • Implementation of normative practical reasoning with durative actions

    Shams, Z., De Vos, M., Padget, J., Vasconcelos, W.

    Coordination, Organizations, Institutions, and Normes in Agent Systems XI - COIN 2015 International Workshops COIN@AAMAS, Revised Selected Papers. Springer Verlag pp. 335-353, 19 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Reasoning with group norms in software agent organisations

    Aldewereld, H., Dignum, V., Vasconcelos, W.

    Coordination, Organizations, Institutions, and Normes in Agent Systems XI - COIN 2015 International Workshops COIN@AAMAS, Revised Selected Papers. Springer Verlag pp. 1-21, 21 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Extending NormLab to Spur Research on Norm Synthesis (Demonstration)

    Morales, J., Mendizabal, I., Sanchez-Pinasch, D., Rodriguez-Aguilar, J. A., Lopez-Sanchez, M., Woolridge, M., Vasconcelos, W.

    AAMAS '15 Proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems. Bordini, E., Weiss, Y. (eds.). Richland, SC: International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems pp. 1931-1932, 2 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Synthesising Liberal Normative Systems

    Morales, J., Lopez-Sanchez, M., Rodriguez-Aguilar, J. A., Woolridge, M., Vasconcelos, W. W.

    AAMAS '15 Proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems. Richland: International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems pp. 433-441, 9 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

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