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Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine

London, UK

Imperial is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for teaching and research, and embodies and delivers world class scholarship, education and research in science, engineering and medicine, with particular regard to their application in industry, commerce and healthcare. The Intelligent and Interactive Systems (IIS) group is part of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (DEEE) which has approximately 680 students of which approximately 105 are PG research students. The IIS group focuses its research interest on the field of Agent Technology and its applications. Applications which are given particular attention are that of embodied agents, real-time affective interactions, affective ware and context-aware systems, in particular relating to user context and its role in service/interaction personalisation and adaptation. The group has been heavily involved in the analysis and design of enabling technologies to support real-time socially intelligent agents with affective behaviour, synthesis and control. The research group led by Professor Mamdani has considerable research experience contributing in both depth and breadth in designing, developing and deploying agent technology, Multi-Agent systems, personalised agents and artificial intelligent solutions in new service provision. Specific experiences that will help in contributing to the success of the HUMAINE NoE are: KIMSAC (ACTS 030), FACTS (ACTS 300171), MAPPA (ESPRIT EP28831), SAFIRA (IST-1999-11683) SoNG (IST 10192-1999), NexTV(IST-2000-28298), ISIS (IST 2001-37253) and MUFFINS(IST-2001-37248). Participation in these projects brought IIS expertise in the following: :Design of character representation and scripting languages for the integration of multimedia with software agents, Human agent interaction, User modelling and information personalization., Multimedia access through personal persistent agents for agent visual personalisation and animation to achieve affective computing., Design and implementation of embodied agent for real-time affective interactions, Design and implementation of wireless, non-invasive affectiveware for sensing and measuring user physiological changes, Integrating multi-agent systems with an MPEG-4 end-to-end system, Context-awareness, Business Models investigation.

Professor Mamdani has been working in the areas of pattern recognition and artificial intelligence (AI) for nearly 30 years. From 1984-1995 he was Professor of Electronic Engineering at Queen Mary and Westfield College (London). In 1996 he took up the chair of Telecommunication Strategy and Services at Imperial (London). The research focus of the chair has been on future communication services enabled by intelligence implemented as software agents. The research is aimed at: (a) investigating the enabling technologies needed to implement new services; (b) the social and technoeconomic implications of these services; and, (c) the various new standardised means of implementing the underlying technologies. As part of this focus, he has devoted effort to the creation of standards needed for implementing software agents. He is a technical advisor to a non-profit organisation called FIPA which aims to creating such standards.

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