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Dr Amit Chopra

Senior Lecturer

Amit Chopra

InfoLab21

LA1 4WA

Lancaster

Tel: +44 1524 510427

Research overview

I am interested in developing software abstractions, tools, and infrastructures to support the governance of sociotechnical systems of autonomous parties. To this end, I am developing abstractions for norms, accountability, and protocols, and applying them toward the design of sociotechnical systems. My philosophical stance is summed up as interaction-oriented software engineering or IOSE and has applications in areas as broad and diverse as ethical AI, Internet of Things, security, and blockchains.

Professional Role

I am an Associate Editor for ACM Transactions on Internet Technology (TOIT).  I am a Sponsorship Chair for the 12th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2013).  I served on the Senior Program Committee for AAMAS 2011.  I have organized workshops on agent communication, social computing, and norms in multiagent systems.  I edited a special issue of the ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology. I will host a Dagstuhl seminar on Normative Multiagent Systems.

Career Details

Academic

  • Ph.D. Computer Science, North Carolina State University, 2008
  • M.S. Computer Science, North Carolina State University, 2003
  • B.E. Computer Engineering, University of Pune, India, 1999

Professional

  • Lecturer in Software Engineering (Oct 2012 onwards) Lancaster University, UK
  • Postdoctoral Fellow (Jan 2009-Sep 2012) University of Trento
  • Graduate Research Assistant (Jan 2003-Dec 2005 and January 2007-May 2008) Department of Computer Science, North Carolina State University
  • Software Intern (Jan 2006-Dec 2006) WebSphere Technology Institute, IBM, Research Triangle Park, NC
  • Member of Technical Sta (Jul 1999-Jun 2001) Persistent Systems, Pune, India

Profile

I am interested in understanding and modeling interaction among autonomous social actors, such as organizations and people.  I have developed significant insights and results, which I am currently applying to the software engineering of sociotechnical systems. My work has been funded by European grants and is well-recognized by my peers. My current focus is on further developing the concepts, principles, methodologies, specifications, and platforms for sociotechnical systems for broader impact.

Research Grants

  • PI, Five-year EPSRC grant for £677k, ongoing since September 2017, part of £1.6m grant with Imperial College London
  • PI, Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship, Euros 200,371, July 2012-June 2014. Requirements Engineering for Business Protocols.
  • PI, Marie Curie Fellowship, Trentino Cofund,  Euros 98,990, May 2010-Apr 2012. Business-level modeling and middleware for services: Reasoning about goals, compliance, interoperability, and adaptability.
  • Published

    Stellar: A Programming Model for Developing Protocol-Compliant Agents

    Günay, A. & Chopra, A. K., 14/07/2019, Engineering Multi-Agent Systems - 6th International Workshop, EMAS 2018, Revised Selected Papers: 6th International Workshop, EMAS 2018, Stockholm, Sweden, July 14-15, 2018, Revised Selected Papers. Mascardi, V., Weyns, D. & Ricci, A. (eds.). Springer, p. 117-136 20 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 11375).

    Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings - With ISBN/ISSNConference contribution/Paper

  • Published

    Supple: Multiagent Communication Protocols with Causal Types

    Günay, A., Chopra, A. K. & Singh, M. P., 13/05/2019, AAMAS '19 Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems. Richland, SC: IFAAMAS, p. 781-789 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings - With ISBN/ISSNConference contribution/Paper

  • Published

    Crowd-Informed Goal Models

    Kanchev, G. M., Murukannaiah, P. K. & Chopra, A. K., 21/08/2018, 2018 5th International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence for Requirements Engineering (AIRE). IEEE, p. 47-53 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings - With ISBN/ISSNConference contribution/Paper

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