Simon Wells

Biography

Research interests: Simon is a computer scientist with interests in Artificial Intelligence who works at the nexus of Argumentative Dialogue, Behaviour Change, and Interaction Design. His research is concerned with formal models of reasoning and communication that are based upon argumentation. He has developed theoretical and applied intelligent computational systems that support argumentation between heterogeneous groups of people and machines, and which have been deployed in pure science, educational, social and policy domains.

Career history: Simon began his career at the University of Dundee where he researched a thesis on inter-agent communication using argumentation whilst employed on the EPSRC-funded Information Exchange Project. After his doctoral research Simon stayed in the School of Computing at Dundee until 2011. During this time he lectured across the undergraduate Computer Science curriculum whilst helping establish the nascent Argumentation Research Group. In 2011, Simon joined the Open Microscopy Environment (OME) project and worked on joint research between OME and the Ninewells Hospital Health Informatics Centre. In 2012 Simon joined the School of Computing at the University of Aberdeen where he was on employed on a large EU-funded IP project called SUPERHUB. On SUPERHUB he researched the roles of persuasive technology and behaviour change mechanisms in sustainable transport systems. In 2014 Simon joined the school of computing at Edinburgh Napier as a lecturer.

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Trusting Intelligent Machines: Deepening Trust Within Socio-Technical Systems

Journal Article
Andras, P., Esterle, L., Guckert, M., Anh Han, T., Lewis, P. R., Milanovic, K., …Wells, S. (2018)
Trusting Intelligent Machines: Deepening Trust Within Socio-Technical Systems. IEEE technology & society magazine, 37(4), 76-83. https://doi.org/10.1109/MTS.2018.2876107
Intelligent machines have reached capabilities that go beyond a level that a human being can fully comprehend without sufficiently detailed understanding of the underlying mec...

Monkeypuzzle: Towards Next Generation, Free & Open-Source, Argument Analysis Tools

Presentation / Conference
Douglas, J. & Wells, S. (2017, June)
Monkeypuzzle: Towards Next Generation, Free & Open-Source, Argument Analysis Tools. Paper presented at The 17th International Workshop on Computation Models of Natural Argument (CMNA17), London, U.K
We introduce a new, free, open-source, web-based argument analysis tool called Monkeypuzzle. This is designed to provide both a foundation for creating and visualising reprodu...

Information Diffusion in Multi-Agent Communities

Conference Proceeding
Farrenkopf, T., Guckert, M., Urquhart, N., & Wells, S. (in press)
Information Diffusion in Multi-Agent Communities. In Conference Proceedings
Understanding the course of events when newly launched products penetrate a market, and how those products supersede existing dominant products, is crucial. Besides potential ...

Automatically Detecting Fallacies in System Safety Arguments

Conference Proceeding
Yuan, T., Manandhar, S., Kelly, T., & Wells, S. (2016)
Automatically Detecting Fallacies in System Safety Arguments. In Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems, 47-59. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-46218-9_4
Safety cases play a significant role in the development of safety-critical systems. The key components in a safety case are safety arguments, that are designated to demonstrat...

Ontology Based Business Simulations

Journal Article
Farrenkopf, T., Guckert, M., Urquhart, N., & Wells, S. (2016)
Ontology Based Business Simulations. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 19(4), https://doi.org/10.18564/jasss.3266
Within business games there is a need to provide realistic feedback for decisions made, if such business games are to continue to remain relevant in increasingly complex busin...

Using argumentation within sustainable transport communication

Book
Wells, S. & Pangbourne, K. (2016)
Using argumentation within sustainable transport communication. In Argumentation and Reasoned Action Volume 1, 781-801. College Publications. ISBN 1848902115
In this paper we present the preliminary results of a survey of persuasive communication within the sustainable transport domain. This survey is underpinned by a reconstructi...

Combinatorial Dialogue Games in Strategic Argumentation

Book Chapter
Wells, S. (2016)
Combinatorial Dialogue Games in Strategic Argumentation. In Argumentation and Reasoned Action Volume 2, (1045-1063). College Publications
We introduce combinatorial dialogue games, an approach to strategizing within argumentative dialogue games where the moves played are interpreted as moves within an edge addit...

Large-scale Argument Visualization (LSAV)

Conference Proceeding
Khartabil, D., Wells, S., & Kennedy, J. (2016)
Large-scale Argument Visualization (LSAV). In Eurographics Conference on Visualization (EuroVis), Posters Track (2016)
Arguments are structures of premises and conclusions that underpin rational reasoning processes. Within complex knowledge domains, especially if they are contentious, argument...

Demo paper: AGADE - Scalability of ontology based agent simulations

Conference Proceeding
Farrenkopf, T., Guckert, M., Urquhart, N. B., & Wells, S. (2016)
Demo paper: AGADE - Scalability of ontology based agent simulations. In Advances in Practical Applications of Scalable Multi-agent Systems. The PAAMS Collection, 256-259. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-39324-7_25
Simulations of real world scenarios often require considerably large numbers of agents. With increasing level of detail and resolution in the underlying models machine limitat...

Introducing ALIAS

Presentation / Conference
Wells, S. & LaGreca, R. (2015, October)
Introducing ALIAS. Paper presented at 15th International Workshop on Computation Models of Natural Argument, Bertinoro, Italy
ALIAS is a Python library for constructing, manipulating, storing, visualising, and converting argumentation structues. It is available with full source code under a copyleft ...

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