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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  • Modelling and monitoring interdependent expectations

    Cranefield, S., Winikoff, M., Vasconcelos, W.

    Coordination, Organizations, Institutions, and Norms in Agent System VII - COIN 2011 International Workshop, COIN@WI-IAT 2011, Revised Selected Papers. pp. 149-166, 18 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Intent-based resource deployment in wireless sensor networks

    De Mel, G., Pham, T., Sullivan, P., Grueneberg, K., Vasconcelos, W., Norman, T.

    Ground/Air Multisensor Interoperability, Integration, and Networking for Persistent ISR III. [83890U] .

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • A distributed architecture for norm-aware agent societies: A retrospective

    García-Camino, A., Rodríguez-Aguilar, J. A., Sierra, C., Vasconcelos, W. W.

    Declarative Agent Languages and Technologies IX - 9th International Workshop, DALT 2011, Revised Selected and Invited Papers. pp. 102-110, 9 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Web service composition via organisation-based (re)planning

    Corsar, D., Chorley, A., Vasconcelos, W. W.

    Declarative Agent Languages and Technologies IX - 9th International Workshop, DALT 2011, Revised Selected and Invited Papers. Berlin: Springer pp. 128-148, 21 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Distributed norm management for multi-agent systems

    Vasconcelos, W. W., García-Camino, A., Gaertner, D., Rodríguez-Aguilar, J. A., Noriega, P.

    Expert Systems with Applications, vol. 39, no. 5, pp. 5990-5999

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Semantic matchmaking of assets to missions

    Sensoy, M., Vasconcelos, W., De Mel, G., Norman, T. J.

    Agent-Based Technologies and Applications for Enterprise Interoperability - International Workshops, ATOP 2010, Revised Selected Papers. Springer Verlag pp. 35-54, 20 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Towards scrutable autonomous systems

    Masthoff, J., Oren, N., van Deemter, K., Vasconcelos, W. W.

    Contributions to Conferences: Papers

  • Temporal accommodation of legal argumentation

    Riveret, R., Rotolo, A., Contissa, G., Sartor, G., Vasconcelos, W.

    13th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law, ICAIL 2011 - Proceedings of the Conference. pp. 71-80, 10 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Semantically Enriched Data for Effective Sensor Data Fusion

    De Mel, G. R., Pham, T., Damarla, T., Vasconcelos, W. W., Norman, T. J.

    SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing (DSS 2011). SPIE. 10 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

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