Professor Wamberto Vasconcelos

Professor Wamberto Vasconcelos
MSc., PhD.

Personal Chair


Contact Details

work +44 (0)1224 272283
fax +44 (0)1224 273422
The University of Aberdeen University of Aberdeen
Department of Computing Science
Meston Building, Room 232
Old Aberdeen
Aberdeen AB24 3UE
United Kingdom
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Research Interests

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


  • Informatics, University of Edinburgh (Prof. Dave Robertson)
  • AGH University, Cracow, Poland (Dr. Bartlomiej Sniezynski)
  • Carnegie-Melon, USA (Prof. Katia Sycara and Dr. Felipe Meneguzzi)
  • 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 (Dr. Stephen Cranefield and Dr. Michael Winikoff)

Research 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 Responsibilities

  • Course organiser and lecturer for the module Peer-to-Peer and Agent-Based Computing (CS4027)
  • Course organiser and lecturer for the module Computer Programming and Principles (CS1022)


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Contributions to Journals


  • Santos, J., Zahn, J., Silvestre, E., Silva, VT. & Vasconcelos, WWMPD. (2017). 'Detection and resolution of normative conflicts in multi-agent systems: a literature survey'. Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, vol 31, no. 6, pp. 1236-1282.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1007/s10458-017-9362-z
    [Online] AURA: detection_resolution_normative_final_different_format.pdf
  • Shams, Z., Vos, MD., Padget, J. & Vasconcelos, WW. (2017). 'Practical reasoning with norms for autonomous software agents'. Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, vol 65, pp. 388-399.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.engappai.2017.07.021
  • Padget, JA. & Vasconcelos, WW. (2017). 'Fine-grained access control via policy-carrying data'. ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, vol 18, no. 3, 31.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1145/3133324
  • Aldewereld, H., Dignum, V. & Vasconcelos, WW. (2016). 'Group Norms for Multi-Agent Organisations'. ACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems, vol 11, no. 2, 15, pp. 1-31.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1145/2882967
    [Online] AURA: TAAS_14_0094.R2.pdf
  • Meneguzzi, F., Rodrigues, O., Oren, N., Vasconcelos, WW. & Luck, M. (2015). 'BDI reasoning with normative considerations'. Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, vol 43, pp. 127-146.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.engappai.2015.04.011
    [Online] AURA: nubdi_elsevier.pdf
  • Morales, J., Lopez-Sanchez, M., Rodriguez-Aguilar, JA., Vasconcelos, W. & Wooldridge, M. (2015). 'Online Automated Synthesis of Compact Normative Systems'. ACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems, vol 10, no. 1, 2.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1145/2720024
    [Online] AURA: TAAS_2013_NormSynthesis.pdf
  • Padget, J. & Vasconcelos, WW. (2015). 'Policy-Carrying Data: A Step Towards Transparent Data'. Procedia Computer Science, vol 52, pp. 59-66.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.procs.2015.05.020
    [Online] AURA: 1_s2.0_S1877050915008200_main.pdf
  • Gibson, M. & Vasconcelos, WW. (2015). 'Effects of Knowledge Base Quality on Peer-to-peer Information Propagation'. Procedia Computer Science, vol 52, pp. 350-357.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.procs.2015.05.106
    [Online] AURA: 1_s2.0_S1877050915009060_main.pdf
  • Vasconcelos, WW., García-Camino, A., Gaertner, D., Rodríguez-Aguilar, JA. & Noriega, P. (2012). 'Distributed norm management for multi-agent systems'. Expert Systems with Applications, vol 39, no. 5, pp. 5990-5999.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.eswa.2011.11.108
  • Sensoy, M., Norman, TJ., Vasconcelos, WW. & Sycara, K. (2012). 'OWL-POLAR: A Framework for Semantic Policy Representation and Reasoning'. Web semantics: science, services and agents on the World Wide Web, vol 12-13, no. -, pp. 148–160.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.websem.2011.11.005
    [Online] AURA: A_Framework_for_Semantic_Policy_Representation_and_Reasoning...
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