Zohreh Shams
Research Associate
Computer Laboratory
University of Cambridge

I am a research associate working with Dr Mateja Jamnik on the Accessible Reasoning with Diagrams project. This project aims at devising an accessible diagrammatic logic for modelling and reasoning in diverse domains. It draws on both computer science and cognitive science, to address a long-held assumption that using diagrams makes modelling and reasoning accessible. Modelling and implementing a diagrammatic reasoner will be dealt with in Cambridge, while the cognitive and empirical evaluation of the reasoner will be conducted by Dr Gem Stapleton and Dr Yuri Sato, University of Brighton.

I am also a visiting researcher in Intelligent Systems Group of Department of Computer Science, University of Bath. I recently finished my PhD in Artificial Intelligence in the same group, supervised by Dr Marina De Vos and Dr Julian Padget. My research during my PhD focused on practical reasoning and normative reasoning in multi-agent systems using Argumentation Theory. Argumentation techniques were in particular exploited not only to support an autonomous agent in deciding what to do, but also to explain why such a decision is made.

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