Simon Wells
Simon Wells

Dr Simon Wells

Lecturer

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.

Research Areas

Events

Esteem

Conference Organising Activity

  • 23rd Workshop on Computational Models of Natural Argument
  • 22nd Workshop on Computational Models of Natural Argument
  • 21st Workshop on Computational Models of Natural Argument
  • 20th Workshop on Computational Models of Natural Argument
  • 19th Workshop on Computational Models of Natural Argument

 

Editorial Activity

  • Proceedings of the 23rd Workshop on Computational Models of Natural Argument
  • Proceedings of the 22nd Workshop on Computational Models of Natural Argument
  • Proceedings of the 21st Workshop on Computational Models of Natural Argument
  • Proceedings of the 20th Workshop on Computational Models of Natural Argument
  • Proceedings of the 19th Workshop on Computational Models of Natural Argument

 

Grant Reviewer

  • Polish National Science Centre PRELUDIUM Funding Scheme
  • SICSA Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchanges (PECE)
  • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) Programme - Transitions and Behaviour
  • SICSA DIstinguished Visitor Scheme
  • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) Programme - Human Capital: Professional Games for Professional Skills
  • Polish National Science Centre PRELUDIUM Funding Scheme

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • West of Scotland Herring Hunt (WOSHH) Website Launch Community Outreach Event at Gairloch Museum

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • External Ph.D Examiner: King's College London (Jack Mumford)
  • External Ph.D Examiner: King's College London (Federico Castagna)
  • External Ph.D Examiner: University of York (Fatima Alkhawaldeh)

 

Reviewing

  • Joint International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC-COLING)
  • 2023 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
  • International Conference on the Applications of Evolutionary Computation (EvoApps)
  • Workshop on Computational Models of Natural Argument (CMNA)
  • Journal of Argument & Computation
  • Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2023)
  • Journal of Computers In Human Behaviour
  • 29th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING)
  • Synthese Journal
  • 9th International Conference on Computational Models of Argument (COMMA)
  • Workshop on Computational Models of Natural Argument (CMNA)
  • Journal of Argument & Computation
  • 2nd Conference of the Asia-Pacific Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 12th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing
  • Journal of Computers In Human Behaviour
  • International Conference on the Applications of Evolutionary Computation (EvoApps)
  • EACL Association for Computational Linguistics European Chapter
  • Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia
  • Synthese Journal
  • Workshop on Computational Models of Natural Argument (CMNA)
  • 1stConference of the Asia-Pacific Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 11th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing
  • International Conference on the Applications of Evolutionary Computation (EvoApps)
  • Journal of Computers In Human Behaviour
  • IEEE Technology and Society Magazine
  • Journal of Argument & Computation
  • 8th International Conference on Computational Models of Argument (COMMA)
  • Journal of Computers In Human Behaviour
  • Transportation Journal
  • International Conference on the Applications of Evolutionary Computation (EvoApps)
  • Journal of Argument & Computation
  • Workshop on Computational Models of Natural Argument (CMNA)
  • Journal Of Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Journal Of Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Journal of Logics and their Applications
  • Journal of Computers In Human Behaviour
  • Workshop on Computational Models of Natural Argument (CMNA)
  • International Workshop on Theory and Applications of Formal Argument (TAFA)
  • International Conference on the Applications of Evolutionary Computation (EvoApps)
  • ACM SIGCHI Designing Interactive Systems (DIS)
  • Workshop on Computational Models of Natural Argument (CMNA)
  • Journal of Computers In Human Behaviour
  • International Workshop on Theory and Applications of Formal Argument (TAFA)
  • EAI Endorsed Journal Of Ambient Systems
  • Journal of Logique et Analyze
  • International Workshop on Theory and Applications of Formal Argument (TAFA)
  • Workshop on Computational Models of Natural Argument (CMNA)
  • International Workshop on Non-Monotonic Reasoning
  • Workshop on Computational Models of Natural Argument (CMNA)
  • International Workshop on Theory and Applications of Formal Argument (TAFA)
  • Knowledge Engineering Review
  • International Workshop on Non-Monotonic Reasoning
  • Workshop on User Modelling for Motivation (UM4Motivation)
  • Dialectics, Dialogue and Argumentation. an Examination of Douglas Walton's Theories of Reasoning (Tributes)
  • Workshop on Computational Models of Natural Argument (CMNA)
  • Journal of Argument & Computation
  • Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science & Engineering Article on Agent Technology

 

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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...

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...

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...

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 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), 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...

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...

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...

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • SUstainable and PERsuasive Human Users moBility in future cities (SUPERHUB)
  • Nuffield Undergraduate Research Bursary (URB/38468)
  • International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) Placement UK/10/317/01
  • EPSRC (GR/S03/706/01): The Information Exchange

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