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Dr Amit Chopra

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Amit Chopra




Tel: +44 1524 510427

Research overview

My interests lie broadly in the software engineering of sociotechnical systems, social computing, and multiagent systems. Specific themes of interest include interaction protocols, commitments and other kinds of norms among actors, trust, and argumentation. My work is potentially a foundation for social computing and social informatics.

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


  • 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


  • 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


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

  • Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship, Euros 200,371, July 2012-June 2014. Requirements Engineering for Business Protocols.
  • 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.

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