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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Towards an applied gamification model for tracking, managing, & encouraging sustainable travel behaviours.

Presentation / Conference
Wells, S., Kotkanen, H., Schlafli, M., Gabrielli, S., Masthoff, J., Jylha, A., & Forbes, P. (2014, May)
Towards an applied gamification model for tracking, managing, & encouraging sustainable travel behaviours. Paper presented at First Urban Sustainable, CollaboratIve, and Adaptive MObility (USCIAMO) Workshop, Nice, France
In this paper we introduce a gamification model for encouraging sustainable multi-modal urban travel in modern European cities. Our aim is to provide a mechanism that encourag...

Argument Mining: Was Ist Das?

Conference Proceeding
Wells, S. (2014)
Argument Mining: Was Ist Das?
Argument Mining has become an increasingly popular term over the last few years but it is unclear to what exactly the term refers. It definitely refers to an area of endeavour...

Using Code Generation to Build a Platform for Developing and Testing Dialogue Games.

Conference Proceeding
Yuan, T., Manandhar, S., & Wells, S. (2014)
Using Code Generation to Build a Platform for Developing and Testing Dialogue Games
Despite increasing research into their use as a vehicle for Human- Computer Dialogue and Inter-Agent Communication, Dialogue Games have not seen good uptake in industry. One o...

Towards using Segmentation-based Techniques to Personalize Mobility Behavior Interventions

Conference Proceeding
Forbes, P. J., Gabrielli, S., Maimone, R., Masthoff, J., Wells, S., & Jylha, A. (2014)
Towards using Segmentation-based Techniques to Personalize Mobility Behavior Interventions
This paper describes our initial work towards a segmentation-based approach to personalized digital behavior change interventions in the domain of sustainable, multi-modal urb...

Design challenges in motivating change for sustainable urban mobility.

Journal Article
Gabrielli, S., Forbes, P., Jylha, A., Wells, S., Sirén, M., Hemminki, S., …Jacucci, G. (2014)
Design challenges in motivating change for sustainable urban mobility. Computers in human behavior, 41, 416-423. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2014.05.026
In recent years, the design and deployment of persuasive interventions for inducing sustainable urban mobility behaviors has become a very active research field, leveraging on...

Supporting argumentation schemes in argumentative dialogue games.

Journal Article
Wells, S. (2014)
Supporting argumentation schemes in argumentative dialogue games. Studies in Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric, 36, 171-191. https://doi.org/10.2478/slgr-2014-0009
This paper reports preliminary work into the exploitation of argu- mentation schemes within dialogue games. We identify a property of dialogue games that we call “scheme aware...

Towards using segmentation-based techniques to personalize mobility behaviour Interventions

Journal Article
Forbes, P., Gabrielli, S., Maimone, R., Masthoff, J., Wells, S., & Jylha, A. (2014)
Towards using segmentation-based techniques to personalize mobility behaviour Interventions. EAI Endorsed Transactions on Ambient Systems, 14(4), https://doi.org/10.4108/amsys.1.4.e4
This paper describes our initial work towards a segmentation-based approach to personalized digital behavior change interventions in the domain of sustainable, multi-modal urb...

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...

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...

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...

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