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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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 ...

Towards an Applied Gamification Model for Tracking, Managing, & Encouraging Sustainable Travel Behaviours

Journal Article
Wells, S., Kotkanen, H., Schlafli, M., Gabrielli, S., Masthoff, J., Jylhä, A., & Forbes, P. (2014)
Towards an Applied Gamification Model for Tracking, Managing, & Encouraging Sustainable Travel Behaviours. EAI Endorsed Transactions on Ambient Systems, 1(4), e2. https://doi.org/10.4108/amsys.1.4.e2
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...

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...

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 ...

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...

Automatically Detecting Fallacies in System Safety Arguments

Presentation / Conference
Wells, S., Yuan, T., Manandhar, S., & Kelly, T. (2015, October)
Automatically Detecting Fallacies in System Safety Arguments. Paper presented at 15th International Workshop on Computational Models of Natural Argument(CMNA15
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...

Combinatorial Dialogue Games in Strategic Argumentation

Presentation / Conference
Wells, S. (2015, June)
Combinatorial Dialogue Games in Strategic Argumentation. Paper presented at 1st European Conference on Argumentation: Argumentation and Reasoned Action (ECA15
This paper introduces combinatorial dialogue, a formal approach to strategising within argumentative dialogue games where the moves played within a dialogue game are interpret...

Using Argumentation Within Sustainable Transport Communication

Presentation / Conference
Wells, S. & Pangbourne, K. (2015, June)
Using Argumentation Within Sustainable Transport Communication. Paper presented at 1st European Conference on Argumentation: Argumentation and Reasoned Action (ECA15), Lisbon, Portugal
See attached file.

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...

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