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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

Find out about some of the previous events held by Durham Energy Institute:

Energy research at the University of Otago, and reasoning about expectations in multi-agent systems

16th December 2014, 13:00 to 14:00, E245, Engineering & Computing Sciences, Prof Stephen Cranefield

In this talk Professor Cranefield will briefly introduce the University of Otago and the Matariki Network of Universities, which Durham and Otago are both members of, before discussing some of the wide range of energy-related research being done at Otago.

In the second half of the talk Professor Cranefield will present his research on modelling and reasoning about expectations and norms in multi-agent systems. Just as people base their practical reasoning on the expectations they have of others' actions, and that others have of them, software agents may exist in a social or organisational context, and need mechanisms for acquiring and reasoning about expectations. Professor Cranefield will discuss his work in this area on formally representing expectations and monitoring for their fulfilment and violation, applying these techniques in virtual worlds to help agents have better social awareness in virtual worlds, and learning social norms based on observation of others' actions.

Stephen Cranefield is a Professor in the Department of Information Science, University of Otago. After studying mathematics and computer science at the University of Otago he completed a PhD in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh, before returning to New Zealand to work at Otago. He is currently on sabbatical in the UK as a Visiting Professor at King's College, London.

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