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Program Co-Chairs

Luc Steels
ICREA, Institute of Evolutionary Biology (UPF-CSIC) Barcelona

Brief Bio
Luc Steels is currently an ICREA research fellow at the Institute for Evolutionary Biology (UPF-CSIC) in Barcelona. He studied computer science at MIT (US) and returned to Europe in 1983 as a professor of Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the University of Brussels (VUB). He founded the VUB AI Lab at the same time. Over the past three decades, this laboratory has been at the forefront of AI research. In the eighties it focused on the domains of knowledge representation and expert systems. In the nineties the focus shifted to the application of complex systems to AI (particularly neural network s and genetic algorithms) as well as behavior-based robotics. In 1996 Steels founded the Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris. This laboratory is particularly active in three domains: (i) technologies for addressing issues in sustainability, (ii) AI based music creation, and (iii) constructional language processing. Steels is currently an ICREA fellow in Barcelona where he pursues his interests in modeling language evolution, more concretely, how autonomous robotic agents could develop their own language and ontologies in situated embodied interactions. 

Luc Steels gives about a dozen talks per year in various fora, ranging from public talks for a wide audience to workshop and conference contributions. He has also produced a series for educational television, as well as written and edited a dozen books on various topics in AI. Google Scholar lists 300 publications in journals and conferences with a Google Scholar H-index of 66. His work is also regularly featured in the media, such as in broadcasts of the BBC (Horizon) and Discovery Channel (US). 

Apart from his scientific activities, Luc Steels explores also the arts. He co-authored a play about the Russian mathematician Sonya Kowalevskaya which premiered at the French Avignon Theatre Festival in 2005 and at the French National Theatre (Chaillot) in 2006. He has also participated in exhibitions at the Musee d'art Moderne in Paris, the Venice Biennale, the Aachener Kunstverein, the Whitney Biennale, and other venues. Together with the neuroscientist Oscar Vilarroya, he created an opera about a humanoid robot Casparo which premiered at IJCAI 2011 in Barcelona, and was then performed in Brussels, Paris, Leuven (Belgium) and Tokyo. His second opera Fausto premiered at the Monnaie Brussels opera house in september 2017.
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Ana Rocha

Brief Bio
Ana Paula Rocha is an Auxiliary Professor at the Department of Computing Engineering, University of Porto. She participated in European as well as national funded projects involving advanced features of intelligent agents for applications. She is member of DAIAS (Distributed Artificial Intelligence and Agent-based Simulation) group at LIACC (Laboratory of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science) since 1990. She is also member of APPIA (Portuguese Association for Artificial Intelligence). Her main current research topics of interest include Agent-based frameworks for B2B electronic com merce, Multi-Agent Learning, Negotiation, Argumentation and Trust. She participated in the organization of workshops related to Artificial Intelligence and Multi Agent Systems, as well as in the Program Committee of several conferences in these areas. ... More >>


Isabel Alexandre, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL) and Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal
Vicki Allan, Utah State University, United States
Eduardo Alonso, City University London, United Kingdom
Reyhan Aydogan, Ozyegin University, Turkey
Farshad Badie, Aalborg University, Denmark
Irene Barba Rodriguez, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
Suzanne Barber, The University of Texas, United States
Nabil Belacel, National Research Council of Canada, Canada
Salem Benferhat, CRIL, France
Carlos Bobed, everis / NTT Data & University of Zaragoza, Spain
Vicente Botti, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain
Djamel Bouchaffra, Centre de Développement des Technologies Avancées (CDTA), Algeria
Djamel Bouchaffra, CDTA, Algeria
Lars Braubach, Universitat Hamburg, Germany
Joerg Bremer, University of Oldenburg, Germany
Ramon Brena, Tecnologico De Monterrey, Mexico
Daniela Briola, Università Degli Studi Di Milano Bicocca, Italy
Giacomo Cabri, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy
Wen-Chung Chang, National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan
Marco Chiarandini, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Flavio Correa Da Silva, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Dragan Doder, Université Paul Sabatier, France
Francisco Domínguez Mayo, University of Seville, Spain
Ruggero Donida Labati, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Fabrício Enembreck, Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná, Brazil
Fabrizio Falchi, ISTI-CNR, Italy
Agostino Forestiero, ICAR-CNR, Italy
Claude Frasson, University of Montreal, Canada
Katsuhide Fujita, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan
Naoki Fukuta, , Japan
Leonardo Garrido, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey, Mexico
Benoit Gaudou, University Toulouse 1 Capitole, France
José González Enríquez, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
Madhu Goyal, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
David Green, Monash University, Australia
James Harland, RMIT University, Australia
Hisashi Hayashi, Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology, Japan
Samedi Heng, Université de Liège, Belgium
Hanno Hildmann, TNO, Netherlands
Koen Hindriks, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
Wei-Chiang Hong, Jiangsu Normal University, China
Ales Horak, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Hiroyuki Iida, JAIST, Japan
Takayuki Ito, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
Agnieszka Jastrzebska, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
Norihiro Kamide, Teikyo University, Japan
Fernando Koch, Samsung Research Institute, Brazil
Mare Koit, University of Tartu, Estonia
Ah-Lian Kor, Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom
Igor Kotenko, St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SPIIRAS), Russian Federation
Pavel Kral, University of West Bohemia, Czech Republic
Uirá Kulesza, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Brazil
Divesh Lala, Kyoto University, Japan
Renato Levy, Intelligent Automation, Inc, United States
Churn-Jung Liau, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
António Lopes, ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal
Henrique Lopes Cardoso, Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Portugal
José Machado, Centro ALGORITMI, University of Minho, Portugal
Lorenzo Magnani, University of Pavia, Italy
Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann, NTU, Singapore and MIRALab, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Jose Antonio Iglesias Martinez, University of Madrid, Spain
Philippe Mathieu, University of Lille, France
Toshihiro Matsui, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
Paola Mello, Università di Bologna, Italy
Raul Monroy, Tec de Monterrey in Mexico, Mexico
Manuela Montangero, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy
Ariel Monteserin, ISISTAN Research Institute (CONICET- UNICEN), Argentina
José Moreira, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
Maxime Morge, Université de Lille, France
Andrea Morichetta, Unicam, Italy
Gildas Morvan, Université d'Artois, France
Bernard Moulin, Université Laval, Canada
Haralambos Mouratidis, University of Brighton, United Kingdom
Ahmed Mousatafa, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
Viorel Negru, West University of Timisoara, Romania
Juan Carlos Nieves, Umeå universitet, Sweden
Houssem Eddine Nouri, SOIE-COSMOS, École Nationale des Sciences de l'Informatique, Université de la Manouba, Tunisia
Paulo Novais, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
Andreas Oberweis, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
Michel Occello, Université Grenoble Alpes, France
Akihiko Ohsuga, The University of Electro-Communications (UEC), Japan
Andrei Olaru, University "Politehnica" of Bucharest, Romania
Sancho Oliveira, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Portugal
Joanna Isabelle Olszewska, University of West Scotland, United Kingdom
Andrew Parkes, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
Manuel G. Penedo, Investigation Center CITIC, University of A Coruña, Spain
Marcin Pietron, University of Science and Technology in Cracow, Poland
Agostino Poggi, University of Parma, Italy
Enrico Pontelli, New Mexico State University, United States
Filipe Portela, Centro ALGORITMI, University of Minho, Portugal
Barbara Re, University of Camerino, Italy
Luís Reis, University of Porto, Portugal
Lluís Ribas-Xirgo, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
Fátima Rodrigues, Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP/IPP), Portugal
Lorenza Saitta, Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale "Amedeo Avogadro", Italy
Francesco Santini, Università di Perugia, Italy
Manuel Santos, Centro ALGORITMI, University of Minho, Portugal
Fabio Sartori, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Valeria Seidita, University of Palermo, Italy
Manik Sharma, DAV University Jalandhar, India
Jaime Sichman, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Giovanni Sileno, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ricardo Silveira, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil
Guillermo Simari, Universidad Nacional del Sur in Bahia Blanca, Argentina
Gerardo Simari, Institute for Computer Science and Engineering, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina
Adam Slowik, Koszalin University of Technology, Poland
Chris Snijders, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Ioanna Stamatopoulou, The University of Sheffield International Faculty, CITY College, Greece
Bernd Steinbach, Freiberg University of Mining and Technology, Germany
Thomas Stützle, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Yasuhiro Suzuki, Graduate School of Information Science, Nagoya University, Japan
Karim Tabia, CRIL (Centre de Recherche en Informatique de Lens - CNRS UMR 8188) Lab, France
Ryszard Tadeusiewicz, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
Nick Taylor, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom
Patrícia Tedesco, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco/FADE, Brazil
Satoshi Tojo, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
Michele Tomaiuolo, University of Parma, Italy
José Torres, Universidade Fernando Pessoa, Portugal
Jørgen Villadsen, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Yves Wautelet, KU Leuven, Belgium
Mark Winands, Maastricht University, Netherlands
Bozena Wozna-Szczesniak, Jan Dlugosz University in Czestochowa, Poland
Kristina Yordanova, University of Rostock, Germany
Franco Zambonelli, DISMI, Universitá di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy
John Zeleznikow, Victoria University, Australia