Dr Zohreh Shams
Research Associate, Computer Laboratory
Junior Research Fellow, Wolfson College
University of Cambridge


I am a research associate working with Dr Mateja Jamnik on the Accessible Reasoning with Diagrams project. The project draws on both computer science and cognitive science, to address a long-held assumption that using diagrams makes modelling and reasoning accessible. In doing so we are devising and implementing an accessible diagrammatic reasoner for modelling and reasoning in diverse domains. The cognitive and empirical evaluation of the reasoner will be conducted by Dr Gem Stapleton and Dr Yuri Sato, University of Brighton.

Prior to this, I did my PhD in Artificial Intelligence in Intelligent Systems Group of Department of Computer Science, University of Bath. 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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