Samson Abramsky awarded Honorary Doctorate by Middlesex University

Professor Samson Abramsky FRS was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Middlesex University. Samson is the Christopher Strachey Professor of Computing at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford. He has local connections. Samson grew up in Golders Green and went to school in Hendon. His PhD supervisor was Richard Bornat, and Samson was the PhD supervisor of Rajagopal Nagarajan. Both Richard and Raja are professors in the department. From Left to Right: Vice Chancellor Tim Blackman, Professor Samson Abramsky, Professor Raja Nagarajan, and Pro Chancellor Lorna Cocking.

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Quality awards for two papers!

  • Second Best full paper at the 11th International Conference on Intelligent Environments: “Assessing Real World Imagery in Virtual Environments for People with Cognitive Disabilities” by Alexandra Covaci, Dean Kramer, Juan Carlos Augusto (Middlesex University), Silvia Rus, and Andreas Braun (Fraunhofer)
  • Best Short Paper at the 11th International Conference on Intelligent Environments: “Developing Navigational Services for People with Down’s Syndrome” by Dean Kramer, Alexandra Covaci, Juan Carlos Augusto (Middlesex University)

Three papers were selected in each category based on the scores assigned by the reviewers, then the public voted for the best of these three.

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Research Fellow position in Modelling Tools

A 36-month fellowship position is available to work on the XMF/XModeler toolset. The post is  in collaboration with the Department of Information Systems and Enterprise Modelling at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany.

More information can be found here: http://www.mdx.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/207145/SCT92.pdf

Please contact Prof. Tony Clark if you wish to discuss the post in further detail.

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Professor Juan Augusto named senior member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence

Professor Juan Carlos Augusto has been elected senior member of AAAI. As mentioned on the nomination page, “Senior Member status is designed to recognize AAAI members who have achieved significant accomplishments within the field of artificial intelligence“, http://www.aaai.org/Awards/senior.php.

Juan is the Head of the research group on Intelligent Environments; additional details are available on his web page at http://www.jcaugusto.com/

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New Journal: “Reliable Intelligent Environments”

A new journal proposed by Juan Carlos Augusto and titled “Reliable Intelligent Environments” has officially been accepted by Springer. More details to appear soon.

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New EPSRC-funded project: “Infinite-domain Constraint Satisfaction Problems”

Barnaby Martin has been awarded an EPSRC First Grant worth £125k for “Infinite-domain Constraint Satisfaction Problems”. He will shortly be advertising for a year’s postdoctoral amanuensis.

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New EU-funded project NEAL: Neuromorphic Embodied Agents that Learn

The Neuromorphic Embodied Agents that Learn project (NEAL) is part of the The Human Brain Project funded by the EU. This project builds on our earlier Cell Assembly Robot (CABot) work and extends it. NEAL will translate the Java based fatiguing leaky integrate and fire neural model and system to PyNN, which in turn will be translated to the SpiNNaker and HICANN neuromorphic hardware. Additional details are available at http://www.cwa.mdx.ac.uk/NEAL/NEAL.html. The project members are:

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Post-doc position available on POSEIDON Project

This position relates to EU-funded project on PersOnalized Smart Environments to increase Inclusion of people with DOwn’s SyNdrome (POSEIDON) which is hosted by the Research Group on Development of Intelligent Environments within the School of Science and Technology at Middlesex University (London).

The candidate will undertake a range of research tasks as a key member of the POSEIDON project research team. The POSEIDON project is a multi-disciplinary project which focuses on the creation of an intelligent environment to support inclusion of people with Down’s Syndrome. One of the important contributions from our team is in helping to create a mixed reality environment to support education and training of people with Down’s syndrome at home, at school and at work. Our contribution in this area will require expertise in areas like Human-Computer Interaction, Virtual Reality, or Mixed Reality. The post will be located in the School of Science and Technology at Middlesex University’s Hendon campus in London, and will be a member of the Research Group on Development of Intelligent Environments.

We are looking for enthusiastic professionals with experience in and a passion for research. Especially of interest for this post will be those with experience in Intelligent Environments, and more specifically in areas like Human-Computer Interaction, Virtual Reality, and Mixed Reality.

We expect candidates to have been involved in research activities including a track record of high quality publications. Also desirable is to be able to provide evidence to have contributed to obtaining research funds.

For informal enquiries please write to: Dr. Juan Carlos Augusto (j.augusto@mdx.ac.uk) Head of the Research Group on Development of Intelligent Environments

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New EPSRC grant

Franco Raimondi has been awarded an EPSRC grant in collaboration with Natasha Alechina (School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham) for the Verification of Resource-Bounded Multi-Agents Systems (VRBMAS). More details about the project can be found at the project’s web site: http://www.vrbmas.org.


The project team. From feft to right: Hoang Nga Nguyen, Franco Raimondi, Natasha Alechina, Brian Logan.

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Congratulations to Dr Pratap Chillakanti

Pratap Chillakanti has successfully defended his PhD thesis titled “Secure Collaboration in Onboarding”. His supervisory team included Dr Geetha Abeysinghe, Ms Elli Georgiadou, Prof C V Ramamoorthy (external supervisor from UC Berkeley) and the late Prof Colin Tully. The external examiner was  Prof Keith Phalp, from Bournemouth University and the internal examiner was Dr Nawaz Khan.

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