Dr Alice Toniolo – University of Aberdeen & Dr Marianthi Leon – Robert Gordon University
Argumentation schemes for supporting collaborative reasoning and deliberation dialogue; an application for analysing collaboration for the built environment
The ability to process large amounts of data and forecast possible trends is fundamental in intelligence analysis, as well as in other analytic contexts such as web-commerce, social media, or criminal investigation. Current solutions for high-end analytics focus primarily on data aggregation and visualisation. The first part of this talk focusses on how to support users in the process of making sense of the information extracted, or received from different sources in the context of intelligence analysis. An agent-based tool called CISpaces (Collaborative Intelligence Spaces) is presented to help analysts in acquiring, evaluating and interpreting information in collaboration with others. Agents assist analysts in reasoning with different types of evidence exploiting argumentation schemes to structure and share analyses, crowd-sourcing to collect information and provenance to establish the credibility of hypotheses.
The second part of the presentation is focused on efﬁcient monitoring of decision steps by employing a computational model of argumentation applicable to Architecture Engineering and Construction industry collaborative design processes. The presented approach provides a method to rigorously trace the resolution of conﬂicts by extracting these to acceptable arguments that led to a decision, and may eventually assist multidisciplinary teams of engineers and designers in analysing complex collaborative decisions within a pre-Building Information Modelling context.
Dr Alice Toniolo is a Research Fellow in the Agent, Reasoning and Knowledge group in the Computing Science Department at the University of Aberdeen, UK. Her research is associated with the Collaborative Intelligence Analysis project within the International Technology Alliance in Network and Information Sciences. She is investigating how argumentation schemes can facilitate the intelligence analysis process in elaborating information for identifying plausible explanation for a situation. She was awarded her PhD in Computing Science by the University of Aberdeen, jointly funded by dot.rural RCUK Digital Economy Research, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, and the International Technology Alliance. Alice has investigated how argumentation models of deliberative dialogue based upon argumentation schemes can enhance agent collaborative planning. Prior to her PhD, she obtained her MSc and BSc in Computer Engineering from the University of Padova, Italy.
Dr Marianthi Leon is a Lecturer and a Research Fellow in Aberdeen Business School and Scott Sutherland School accordingly, at RGU, UK. Her research is focused on managing multidisciplinary collaborations and on 3D scanning and built environment visualisations for supporting stakeholders’ cooperation. Marianthi was awarded her PhD from Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and the Built Environment, which was funded by IDEAS Research Institute. Her PhD investigated and analysed multidisciplinary teams’ collaboration, especially with the application of computer mediation and Tangible User Interfaces specifically. She developed a Protocol/framework for supporting concept and project initiation stages, which she has been applying and optimising it through an ongoing research (PhD and onwards). Prior to her PhD, Marianthi obtained her MSc in Adaptive Architecture and Computation from UCL and she is a Chartered Architect, from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
School of Computing Science & Digital Media, Robert Gordon University, Sir Ian Wood Building, Garthdee, Aberdeen, Conference Room N242, 12:30 – 14:00.