Prof. Jaap van den Herik
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Fellow of the European AI community (EurAI)
Biography: Jaap van den Herik studied mathematics (with
honours) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and received his PhD
degree at Delft University of Technology in 1983. In 1984 he was
visiting professor at the McGill School of Computer Science in
Montreal. Thereafter, he was subsequently affiliated with Maastricht
University (1987- 2008), Tilburg University (2008-2016) as a full
professor of Computer Science and with Leiden University as part
time professor of Computer Science and Law (since 1988).
He is the founding director of IKAT (Institute of Knowledge and
Agent Technology) and TiCC (Tilburg center for Cognition and
Communication) and was supervisor of 82 PhD researchers.
At Leiden University, Van den Herik was affiliated with the
department of Computer Science (now LIACS) between 1984 and 1988. He
became professor of Computer Science and Law in 1988, at the Center
for Law in the Information Society (eLaw). Furthermore, he has been
part of the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS)
since 2014, where he founded the Leiden Centre of Data Science
(LCDS) together with Joost Kok and Jacqueline Meulman.
Van den Herik’s research interests include artificial intelligence,
intelligent legal systems, big data and social innovation. In 2012,
he received an ERC Advanced Grant together with Jos Vermaseren (PI,
Nikhef) and Aske Plaat, for the research proposal “Solving High
Energy Physics Equations using Monte Carlo Gaming Techniques.” Van
den Herik received a Humies Award in 2014, for his work on chess
programming together with Omid E. David, Moshe Koppel, and Nathan S.
Van den Herik has been active in many organizations and advisory
boards, such as the Belgian Netherlands Association of AI (honorary
member), JURIX (honorary chair), the CSVN (honorary member), the
ICGA, ToKeN, Catch, the consortium BiG Grid, and Legal Delta.
Furthermore, he is a fellow of the European AI community (EurAI),
and member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities.
Prof. John MacIntyre
University of Sunderland, UK
Biography: John is the Dean of the Faculty of Applied
Sciences, and Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Sunderland.
He has worked at the University of Sunderland since 1992, having
graduated from the University with a First Class Honours Degree in
Combined Science (Computer Science and Physiology). He then went on
to complete a PhD in applied artificial intelligence, focussing on
the use of neural networks in predictive maintenance, which was
awarded in 1996. During the 1990s John established a research centre
– the Centre for Adaptive Systems – at the University, which became
recognised by the UK government as a Centre of Excellence for
applied research in adaptive computing and artificial intelligence.
The Centre undertook many projects working with and for external
organisations in industry, science and academia, and for three years
ran the Smart Software for Decision Makers programme on behalf of
the Department of Trade and Industry. He has successfully supervised
PhDs in fields ranging from neural networks, hybrid systems, and
bioinformatics through to lean manufacturing, predictive
maintenance, and business and maintenance strategies. He went on to
become Associate Dean, and then Dean, of the School of Computing,
Engineering and Technology, covering Computer Science and
Engineering; in 2008 he became the Dean of the Faculty of Applied
Science, and in 2010 Pro Vice Chancellor of the University.
Prof. Michel Aldanondo
Universite de Toulouse, France
Biography: Michel Aldanondo
is a Professor and former Director of the Industrial Engineering
Laboratory, IMT-Albi, University of Toulouse. He graduated from ENS
Paris-Saclay and got his PhD from INSA-LAAS CNRS Toulouse.
Professor Aldanondo teaches design, quality and operation management
courses, mainly at the graduate level. His research is concentrated
on the development of interactive knowledge based design tools
especially configuration tools thanks to constraint based
approaches. He has directed 15 PhD students and more than 80
master’s students. He has published more than 120 articles in
journals and conference proceedings.
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