Category Archives: Senior Staff

Senior Staff

Michael Rovatsos

Michael Rovatsos (University of Edinburgh) - Project Coordinator

Michael Rovatsos is a Lecturer in the School of Informatics and leader of the Agents Research Group. He received his PhD in Informatics from the Technical University of Munich in 2004, and his track record includes over 50 papers in the area of multi-agent systems with over 400 citations, and involvement in the programme committees of over 50 scientific events. His research is in multi-agent systems with a particular focus on automating methods for reasoning about interaction among intelligent agents. Recent work has focused on scaling up knowledge-based methods for conflict resolution in complex multi-agent planning domains, where he has developed methods for argumentation-based methods for reaching agreement among planning agents, methods for automated norm synthesis, and strategic multi-agent planning methods. In all of these contributions, the resulting methods have massively improved scalability compared to competing approaches. He has been involved in several externally funded knowledge transfer and consultancy projects and has collaborated with several internationally leading AI groups (Melbourne, Harvard, Aachen, Prague, Barcelona).

Fausto Giunchiglia

Fausto Giunchiglia (University of Trento)

Fausto Giunchiglia is a professor of Computer Science at the Faculty for Information Engineering and Computer Science, University of Trento (Italy). He is a member of the ERC panel for the ERC Advanced Grants (2008-2013). He is member of the ECCAI Fellows Selection Committee (04-05), member of the IJCAI Board of Trustees (01-11), President of IJCAI (05-07), president of KR, Inc. (02-04), member of the Advisory Board of KR, Inc., and member of the Steering Committee of the CONTEXT conference. He has published around fifty journal papers; more than two hundred publications overall; more than thirty invited talks in international events; program or conference chair of around ten international events, among them: IJCAI 2005, Mobiquitous 2004, Context 2003, AOSE 2002, Coopis 2001, KR&R 2000, FLOC 1999; program committee member of many conferences and workshops; editor or editorial board member of around ten journals, among them: Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multi-agent Systems, Journal of applied non Classical Logics, Journal of Software Tools for Technology Transfer, Journal of Artificial Intelligence. His main research field is in Semantics, covering a wide range of topics, including knowledge representation, knowledge management, and knowledge diversity. Within this general field, his main focus is on diversity.

Marco Schorlemmer

Marco Schorlemmer (IIIA-CSIC, Barcelona)

Marco Schorlemmer is a Tenured Scientist at IIIA-CSIC. He conducted his pre-doctoral research at IIIA-CSIC in Spain, and at SRI International and Indiana University in the USA, obtaining a PhD in Informatics from the Technical University of Catalonia. He further conducted his post-doctoral research at the University of Edinburgh in the UK.
Marco Schorlemmer’s research interests lie in tackling challenging engineering problems faced by software and knowledge engineers today by means of rigorous mathematical techniques from theoretical computer science. He has published over sixty papers in specialised journals and international workshop and conference proceedings in the fields of formal specification and automated theorem proving, diagrammatic representation and reasoning, distributed knowledge coordination, semantic interoperability of ontologies, multiagent systems, and computational creativity.
Marco Schorlemmer has also served on the programme committees of over twenty international workshops and conferences, among them the International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS), the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC), the International World Wide Web Conference (WWW), and the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI).

Luc Steels

Luc Steels (Free University of Brussels)

Luc Steels studied linguistics at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). His main research field is Artificial Intelligence covering a wide range of intelligent abilities, including vision, robotic behavior, conceptual representations and language. In 1983 he became a professor of computer science at the University of Brussels (VUB). He has been co-founder and chairman (from 1990 until 1995) of the VUB Computer Science Department (Faculty of Sciences).
He founded the Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris in 1996 and became its first director. Currently he is ICREA research professor at the Institute for Evolutionary Biology (CSIC,UPF). Steels has participated in dozens of large-scale European projects and more than 30 PhD theses have been granted under his direction. He has produced over 200 articles and edited 15 books directly related to his research. During the past decade he has focused on theories for the origins and evolution of language using computer simulations and robotic experiments to discover and test them.


Robert Van Rooij (ILLC, University of Amsterdam)

Robert Van Rooij is a professor of Logic and Cognition at the ILLC (Faculty of Science, the University of Amsterdam). He used to work mostly on the formal semantics and pragmatics of natural language (e.g. conversational implicatures) and philosophy of language. More recently, he worked also on topics in philosophical logic (e.g. vagueness, truth, conditionals) and metaphysics (e.g. universalia). From 2005 until 2010 Robert worked on his NWO funded VIDI research project in Amsterdam called `The Economics of Language. Language Use and the Evolution of Linguistic Convention'. Before that, he was a KNAW-fellow working on the project `Games, Relevance, and Meaning'. He did his PhD in Stuttgart (1997).

Carlos Ruiz

Carlos Ruiz (Taiger, Madrid)

Carlos Ruiz is R&D director at Taiger, defining and developing the research areas of the company according to the business goals and company’s products. He coordinates the different research actions at Taiger and leads the preparation of proposals to develop the research strategy according to the technological lines of the company.
Throughout the past 10 years, Carlos joined different public organizations and companies in which he was involved in several private, European and National R&D projects, developing new technology and creating business opportunities through demos and prototypes.
He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, with a dissertation about semi-supervised clustering over classical data and data streams, by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and is a MSc in Computer Science Engineering by the same university. For the last years he has published articles in books, journals, and proceedings covering areas such artificial intelligence, semantic web, data mining, computers for people with special needs, and human-computer interaction.

Remi Van Trijp

Remi Van Trijp (SONY CSL, Paris)

Remi Van Trijp is a researcher at Sony CSL Paris. His research is dedicated to the origins and evolution of language. In his work, he tries to piece together new information of this puzzle by combining techniques from computational linguistics and artificial intelligence that allow him to 'bring back alive' language systems that have disappeared or that have unrecognizably changed over time, and that allow him to investigate how a new language can develop from scratch. Within this broad research context, he spends his time on four concrete research topics: The Evolution of German Case, The Origins of Case Systems, Fluid Construction Grammar, and Robust Language Processing and Learning.

Fiona McNeill

Fiona McNeill (Heriot-Watt University)

Fiona McNeill is a lecturer in Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University. Her main research interest is in dynamic, failure-driven interpretation of mismatched data: how relevant disparities between data sources (which may only be partially known) become apparent during data use, and how techniques can be used to diagnose and patch such mismatches. This is especially pertinent to emergency response scenarios, where dynamic, efficient data sharing is of prime importance, and to interactions involving large data sources, where focus is essential to scalability.

Neil Cade (Selex ES, Luton)

Neil Cade is a Lead Systems Specialist working at the Selex ES, undertaking applied research on the autonomous exploitation of distributed networks of sensors. Selex ES is a company that has a strong history of providing electronic systems for airborne defence applications. In the past, this was very much the realm of designing and building military aircraft, the sensor systems on them for keeping them in the air and the sensors on the ground to monitor and control where they are going. Neil graduated in Physics from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand before gaining a PhD in Theoretical Physics from what is now QMUL in London. He joined a predecessor of Selex ES in 1984 and has a wide research experience in such diverse realms as II-VI semiconductor physics, Bio-chemical sensors and UAV control systems; all of them underpinned by mathematics.

Francesco Saverio Nucci (Ingegneria Informatica SpA, Milano)

Francesco Saverio Nucci is Applications Research Director in Ingegneria Informatica SpA. During his working activity he acquired more than 20 years of experience in management of research and technology-based innovation. He is author of over 40 referred international publications in Digital Media, Technology Innovation and Multimedia Business. He has been visiting professor at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.

Tom McCutcheon (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, UK)

Tom McCutcheon works as a Fellow within the Information Management at DSTL. He is part of a high-level structure responsible for the shaping future MOD ICT strategic engagement. He provides technical direction of a range of high profile research programmes mostly carried out as interdisciplinary, often international, collaborations. These programmes are focussed on emerging government needs in the areas of defence, critical infrastructure protection and counterterrorism. His personal research is moving from the study of dependable sociotechnical systems to complexity focussed aspects of dynamic coalitions and virtual organisations. He is a registered EU Expert and is retained by the EPSRC / ESRC as a registered reviewer. He was awarded a visiting chair by Newcastle University in 2006.

Kerry Jardine (Scottish Resilience Division, UK)

Kerry Jardine is Information Resource Manager for the Scottish Resilience Division. Scotland’s Resilience Division is part of the Scottish Government. It supports the frontline agencies that deliver emergency planning and response across Scotland, providing learning and development to enhance the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for effective multi-agency emergency planning, response and recovery.