The University of Southampton
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V.Yazdanpanah@soton.ac.uk

Dr Vahid Yazdanpanah 

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https://vahid.yazdanpanah.net/

I am a postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Agents, Interaction and Complexity (AIC) research group in the Department of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Twente.

I received my PhD from the University of Twente on the application of multiagent techniques for implementing circular economy practices (2015 - 2019) and did my Master in Artificial Intelligence at Utrecht University (2013 - 2015). I also hold a Master degree in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Greenwich in a joint program with Saxion UAS (2011 - 2012).

A list of my publications is available at ORCID, DBLP, and Google Scholar.

Research

Research interests

My focus is on intelligent agent technologies, decision support concepts, and formal methods for multiagent systems. In particular, modeling the behavior of multiagent systems and logical frameworks to represent and reason about decision processes in multiagent settings. The following points characterize my general research interests:

  • Agent-based computing
  • Logics for multiagent systems
  • Strategic decision making and game theoretic approaches
  • Temporal representation and reasoning
  • Virtual organizations/institutions
  • Group responsibility and related socio-technical concepts

Research Projects

  • Co-Investigator at ARGOS (AI-assisted Resilience Governance Systems)
  • Research Fellow at AutoTrust (Human Centered Internet of Vehicles)
  • Research Fellow at TAS Hub (UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub)
  • Research Collaborator at CCAIS (Citizen-Centric AI Systems)
  • PhD Researcher at SHAREBOX (Innovative Technologies for Circular Economy)

Academic Visit

From July to October 2019, I was an academic visitor at Imperial College London, visiting Prof. Nick Jennings.

Professional Services

Program Committee Member:

  • The 31th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-2022)
  • The 36th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-2022)
  • The 30th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-2021)
  • The 35th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-2021)
  • The 20th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS-2021)
  • The 34th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-2020)
  • The 24th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI-2020)

Reviewer:

  • Journal of Artificial Intelligence (Elsevier)
  • Communications of the ACM
  • Annals of Operations Research (Springer)
  • International Journal of Production Economics (Elsevier)
  • EUMAS - European Conference on Multiagent Systems
  • MATES - German Conference on Multiagent Systems
  • BNAIC - Benelux Conference on Artificial Intelligence

Awards

  • Special Mention at the Blue Sky Ideas track of AAMAS 2021 (20th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems) for "Responsibility Research for Trustworthy Autonomous Systems" (joint work with Enrico Gerding, Sebastian Stein, Mehdi Dastani, Catholijn Jonker and Tim Norman).

  • Best Abstract at the 2021 Rabb Symposium on Embedding AI in Society for "Responsibility Ascription in Trustworthy Autonomous Systems" (joint work with Enrico Gerding, Sebastian Stein, Mehdi Dastani, Catholijn Jonker, Tim Norman and Gopal Ramchurn).

  • Best paper award of PRIMA 2016 (19th International Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems) for “Distant Group Responsibility in Multi-Agent Systems” (joint work with Mehdi Dastani).

Teaching

At the University of Twente, I was involved in the design, delivery, and evaluation of the following MSc. courses:

  • Multiagent Systems (2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21)
  • Sustainable Business Development (2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20)
  • Bioresource Supply Chain Management (2018/19, 2019/20)

Publications

Yazan, Devrim Murat, Yazdanpanah, Vahid and Fraccascia, Luca (2020) Learning strategic cooperative behavior in industrial symbiosis: a game-theoretic approach integrated with agent-based simulation. Business Strategy and the Environment, 29 (5), 2078-2091. (doi:10.1002/bse.2488).

Fraccascia, Luca, Yazdanpanah, Vahid, Van Capelleveen, Guido and Yazan, Devrim Murat (2019) A framework for industrial symbiosis systems for agent-based simulation. Becker, Jorg and Novikov, Dmitriy (eds.) In 2019 IEEE 21st Conference on Business Informatics (CBI). vol. 1, IEEE. pp. 419-428 . (doi:10.1109/CBI.2019.00055).

Yazdanpanah, Vahid, Dastani, Mehdi, Jamroga, Wojciech, Alechina, Natasha and Logan, Brian (2019) Strategic responsibility under imperfect information. Agmon, N., Taylor, M.E., Elkind, E. and Veloso, M. (eds.) In AAMAS '19: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems. vol. 2, International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (IFAAMAS). pp. 592-600 . (doi:10.5555/3306127.3331745).

Yazdanpanah, Vahid, Yazan, Devrim Murat and Zijm, W. Henk M. (2019) FISOF: A formal industrial symbiosis opportunity filtering method. Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, 81, 247-259. (doi:10.1016/j.engappai.2019.01.005).

Yazdanpanah, Vahid, Yazan, Devrim Murat and Zijm, Henk (2018) Industrial symbiotic networks as coordinated games. In 17th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS 2018. vol. 3, International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (IFAAMAS). pp. 2145-2147 .

Dastani, Mehdi, Sardina, Sebastian and Yazdanpanah, Vahid (2017) Norm enforcement as supervisory control. Bazzan, Ana, Villata, Serena, An, Bo, Leite, Joao and van der Torre, Leendert (eds.) In PRIMA 2017: Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems - 20th International Conference, Proceedings. vol. 10621 LNAI, Springer. pp. 330-348 . (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-69131-2_20).

Yazdanpanah, Vahid and Dastani, Mehdi (2016) Quantified group responsibility in multi-agent systems. In Proceedings of the 17th Workshop "From Objects to Agents" co-located with 18th European Agent Systems Summer School (EASSS 2016), Catania, Italy, July 29-30, 2016. vol. 1664, pp. 44-49 .

Yazdanpanah, Vahid and Dastani, Mehdi (2016) Quantified degrees of group responsibility. Dignum, Virginia, Noriega, Pablo, Sensoy, Murat and Sichman, Jaime Simão (eds.) In Coordination, Organizations, Institutions, and Normes in Agent Systems XI - COIN 2015 International Workshops COIN@AAMAS, Revised Selected Papers. vol. 9628, Springer. pp. 418-436 . (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-42691-4_23).

Yazdanpanah, Vahid, Yazan, Devrim Murat and Zijm, W. Henk M. (2017) Normative industrial symbiotic networks: a position paper. Carrascosa, Carlos, Julian Inglada, Vicente, Criado Pacheco, Natalia and Osman, Nardine (eds.) In Multi-Agent Systems and Agreement Technologies. EUMAS 2016, AT 2016. vol. 10207, Springer. pp. 314-321 . (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-59294-7_26).

Yazdanpanah, Vahid and Dastani, Mehdi (2016) Distant group responsibility in multi-agent systems. Baldoni, Matteo, Hirayama, Katsutoshi, Torroni, Paolo, Son, Tran Cao and Chopra, Amit K. (eds.) In PRIMA 2016: Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems. vol. 9862 LNCS, Springer. pp. 261-278 . (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-44832-9_16).

Fraccascia, Luca, Yazdanpanah, Vahid, van Capelleveen, Guido and Yazan, Devrim Murat (2020) Energy-based industrial symbiosis: a literature review for circular energy transition. Environment, Development and Sustainability. (doi:10.1007/s10668-020-00840-9).

Yazdanpanah, Vahid, Dastani, Mehdi, Fatima, Shaheen, Jennings, Nicholas R., Yazan, Devrim Murat and Zijm, W. Henk M. (2020) Task coordination in multiagent systems. Nineteenth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, Auckland, New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand. 09 - 13 May 2020. pp. 2056-2058 . (doi:10.5555/3398761.3399073).

Yazdanpanah, Vahid, Mehryar, Sara, Jennings, Nicholas R., Surminski, Swenja, Siegert, Martin J. and van Hillegersberg, Jos (2020) Multiagent climate change research. Nineteenth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, Auckland, New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand. 09 - 13 May 2020. pp. 1726-1731 . (doi:10.5555/3398761.3398962).

Yazdanpanah, Vahid and Dastani, Mehdi (2018) Quantified degrees of group responsibility: extended abstract. 27th Benelux Artificial Intelligence Conference, Belgium. 05 - 06 Nov 2015. 2 pp .

Yazdanpanah, Vahid, Yazan, Devrim Murat and Zijm, W. Henk M. (2020) A multiagent framework for coordinating industrial symbiotic networks. 21st Workshop "From Objects to Agents" (WOA 2020), online virtual conference. 14 - 16 Sep 2020. 8 pp .

Yazdanpanah, Vahid, Yazan, Devrim Murat, Hillegersberg, Jos van and Dastani, Mehdi (2019) An introduction to engineering multiagent industrial symbiosis systems: potentials and challenges. Bordini, Rafael H., Dennis, Louise A. and Lespérance, Yves (eds.) In Pre-proceedings of the 7th International Workshop on Engineering Multi-Agent Systems (EMAS 2019). Springer. 10 pp .

Yazdanpanah, Vahid, Yazan, Devrim Murat and Zijm, W. Henk M. (2020) Coordinating multiagent industrial symbiosis 26pp.

Yazdanpanah, Vahid, Yazan, Devrim Murat and Zijm, W. Henk M. (2020) Dynamics and allocation of transaction cost in multiagent industrial symbiosis

Yazdanpanah, Vahid, Dastani, Mehdi, Fatima, Shaheen, Jennings, Nicholas R., Yazan, Devrim Murat and Zijm, W. Henk M. (2021) Multiagent task coordination as task allocation plus task responsibility. In Multi-Agent Systems and Agreement Technologies. EUMAS 2020, AT 2020. vol. 12520, Springer. pp. 571-588 . (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-66412-1_37).

Yazdanpanah, Vahid, Gerding, Enrico H., Stein, Sebastian, Dastani, Mehdi, Jonker, Catholijn M., Norman, Timothy J. and Ramchurn, Sarvapali D. (2021) Responsibility ascription in trustworthy autonomous systems. Embedding AI in Society, North Carolina State University, Raleigh (online), United States. 18 - 19 Feb 2021. 5 pp . (In Press)

Yazdanpanah, Vahid, Gerding, Enrico, Stein, Sebastian, Dastani, Mehdi, Jonker, Catholijn M. and Norman, Timothy (2021) Responsibility Research for Trustworthy Autonomous Systems. 20th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, London (Virtual), Virtual, United Kingdom. 03 - 07 May 2021. pp. 57-62 . (doi:10.48448/w5y9-qk13).

Gomer, Richard, Stein, Sebastian, Gerding, Enrico, schraefel, m.c., Maple, Carsten and Yazdanpanah, Vahid (2020) AutoTrust in 2020 and beyond: The landscape, stakeholders and possible futures of the Internet of Vehicles The Autotrust Platform

Yazdanpanah, Vahid, Gerding, Enrico H., Stein, Sebastian, Cirstea, Corina, schraefel, m.c., Norman, Timothy J. and Jennings, Nicholas R. (2021) Collective responsibility in multiagent settings. ACM Collective Intelligence Conference 2021 (CI-2021), Virtual, Copenhagen, Denmark. 29 - 30 Jun 2021. 4 pp . (In Press)

Yazdanpanah, Vahid, Stein, Sebastian, Gerding, Enrico H. and schraefel, m.c. (2021) Multiagent strategic reasoning in the IoV: A logic-based approach. ACM Collective Intelligence Conference 2021 (CI-2021), Virtual, Copenhagen, Denmark. 29 - 30 Jun 2021. 4 pp . (In Press)

Yazdanpanah, Vahid and Dastani, Mehdi (2021) Formal methods for responsibility reasoning in multiagent systems. Third International Workshop on Formal Methods in Artificial Intelligence (FMAI 2021), Virtual, London, United Kingdom. 15 - 16 Apr 2021. 1 pp .

Yazdanpanah, Vahid, Yazan, Devrim Murat and Zijm, W. Henk M. (2020) Transaction cost allocation in industrial symbiosis: a multiagent systems approach. Cao, Lu, Kosters, Walter and Lijffijt, Jefrey (eds.) In Proceedings of the 32nd Benelux Conference on Artificial Intelligence (BNAIC-2020). Benelux Association for Artificial Intelligence (BNVKI). pp. 324-338 .

Yazdanpanah, Vahid, Stein, Sebastian, Gerding, Enrico and Jennings, Nicholas R. (2021) Applying strategic reasoning for accountability ascription in multiagent teams. The IJCAI-21 Workshop on Artificial Intelligence Safety (AISafety 2021), Virtual. 21 - 22 Aug 2021. 9 pp .

Yazdanpanah, Vahid, Gerding, Enrico and Stein, Sebastian (2021) Formal Methods to Verify and Ensure Self-Coordination Abilities in the Internet of Vehicles. In Computational Logistics: 12th International Conference, ICCL 2021, Enschede, The Netherlands, September 27–29, 2021, Proceedings. Springer.. (In Press)

Edmonds, Bruce and Yazdanpanah, Vahid (2021) Open, Contingent, Adaptive and Reactive Resilience: Using ABM and other tools to facilitate our collective survival in an uncertain world. 16th annual Social Simulation Conference, Virtual, Kraków, Poland. 20 - 24 Sep 2021. (In Press)

Yazdanpanah, Vahid, Stein, Sebastian, Gerding, Enrico and Jennings, Nicholas R. (2021) Task-oriented accountability in autonomous systems. The UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Programme: All Hands Meeting, Virtual, Southampton, United Kingdom. 14 - 16 Sep 2021.

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