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)
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  • Preference Elicitation in Assumption-Based Argumentation

    Mahesar, Q. a., Oren, N., Vasconcelos, W. W.

    PRIMA 2020. Uchiya, T., Bai, Q., Marsá Maestre, I. (eds.). Springer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH pp. 199-214, 16 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Intrinsic indicators for numerical data quality

    Marev, M. S., Compatangelo, E., Vasconcelos, W. W.

    IoTBDS 2020 - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Internet of Things, Big Data and Security. Wills, G., Kacsuk, P., Chang, V. (eds.). SciTePress pp. 341-348, 8 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Accountability for Practical Reasoning Agents

    Cranefield, S., Oren, N., Vasconcelos, W. W.

    Agreement Technologies. Lujak, M. (ed.). Cham: Springer pp. 33-48, 16 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Policies to Regulate Distributed Data Exchange

    Cauvin, S. R., Oren, N., Vasconcelos, W. W.

    Agreement Technologies. Lujak, M. (ed.). Cham: Springer pp. 146-161, 16 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Computing Argument Preferences and Explanations in Abstract Argumentation

    Mahesar, Q., Oren, N., Vasconcelos, W. W.

    PRIMA. Miller, T., Oren, N., Sakurai, Y., Noda, I., Savarimuthu, B. T. R., Son, T. C. (eds.). Springer pp. 387-402, 15 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Detection and resolution of normative conflicts in multi-agent systems: A literature survey JAAMAS Track

    Santos, J. S., Zahn, J. O., Silvestre, E. A., Vasconcelos, W. W., Silva, V. T.

    17th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS 2018. International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (IFAAMAS) pp. 1306-1309, 4 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • 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

  • LS2C - A platform for norm controlled social computers

    da Silva, F. S. C., Robertson, D. S., Vasconcelos, W. W.

    Agents and Artificial Intelligence. Duval, B., van den Herik, J., Loiseau, S., Filipe, J. (eds.). Springer-Verlag pp. 284-297, 14 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • LS2C - A platform to design, implement and execute Social computations

    Da Silva, F. S. C., Robertson, D. S., Vasconcelos, W. W.

    ICAART 2015 - Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence. SciTePress pp. 196-203, 8 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Minimality and simplicity in the on-line automated synthesis of normative systems

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

    AAMAS '14 Proceedings of the 2014 international conference on Autonomous agents and multi-agent systems. Bazzan, A., Huhns, M., Lomuscio, A., Scerri, P. (eds.). International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (IFAAMAS) pp. 109-116, 8 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • NormLab: A framework to support research on norm synthesis

    Morales, J., Mendizabal, I., Sánchez-Pinsach, D., Lopez-Sanchez, M., Wooldridge, M., Vasconcelos, W.

    AAMAS '14 Proceedings of the 2014 international conference on Autonomous agents and multi-agent systems. Bazzan, A., Huhns, M., Lomuscio, A., Scerri, P. (eds.). International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (IFAAMAS) pp. 1697-1698, 2 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • We Ought To; They Do; Blame the Management!: A conceptualisation of group norms

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

    Coordination, Organizations, Institutions, and Norms in Agent Systems IX. Balke, T., Dignum, F., van Riemsdijk, M. B., Chopra, A. K. (eds.). Springer pp. 195-210, 16 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Adaptive Visualization of Plans

    Tintarev, N., Kutlak, R., Masthoff, J., van Deemter, K., Oren, N., Vasconcelos, W. W.

    UMAP.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Scrutable plan enactment via argumentation and natural language generation

    Caminada, M., Kutlak, R., Oren, N., Vasconcelos, W. W.

    Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2014), May 5-9, 2014, Paris, France. International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, pp. 1625-1626, 2 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Scrutable plan enactment via argumentation and natural lanquaqe generation

    Caminada, M., Kutlak, R., Oren, N., Vasconcelos, W. W.

    13th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems. International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (IFAAMAS) pp. 1625-1626, 2 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Experimental interaction science

    Da Silva, F. S. C., Robertson, D. S., Vasconcelos, W.

    Social Coordination. Verhagen, H., Noriega, P., Balke, T., de Vos, M. (eds.). Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour pp. 14-18, 5 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Automated synthesis of normative systems

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

    Contributions to Conferences: Papers

  • IRON: A machine for the automated synthesis of normative systems

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

    Contributions to Conferences: Papers

  • Norm-based behavior modification in model-based reflex agents

    Freire, E., Campos, G., Cortés, M., Vasconcelos, W.

    Proceedings - 2013 Brazilian Conference on Intelligent Systems, BRACIS 2013. Ramirez Pozo, A. T., de Arruda Camargo, H., Furtado, V., Pinheiro, V. (eds.). [6726423] IEEE Computer Society pp. 38-43, 6 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Preferences, paths, power, goals and norms

    Oren, N., Van Riemsdijk, B., Vasconcelos, W.

    Contributions to Conferences: Papers

  • Real-time information querying over peer-to-peer networks using timestamps

    Gibson, M., Vasconcelos, W.

    Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence. ICAART pp. 282-287, 6 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • SAsSy – Scrutable Autonomous Systems

    Tintarev, N., Kutlak, R., Oren, N., van Deemter, K., Green, M. J., Masthoff, J., Vasconcelos, W. W.

    Proceedings of The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (AISB) 2013. AISB.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Adaptive negotiation in managing wireless sensor networks

    Le, T. P., Norman, T. J., Vasconcelos, W.

    Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems - 13th International Conference, PRIMA 2010, Revised Selected Papers. pp. 121-136, 16 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • 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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