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Loizos Michael, Ph.D.

Loizos Michael is an Associate Professor at Open University of Cyprus, where he founded and directs the Computational Cognition Lab, while also serving as the academic head of the
cross-institutional M.Sc. Program in Cognitive Systems. He is a founding member of the
RISE Research Center of Excellence
, within which he leads the research pillar on Artificial Intelligence and Communications. His research focuses on the development of computational models for cognitive processes associated with individual or collective intelligence, integrating computational learning theory, knowledge representation, and commonsense reasoning.

He received a B.Sc. in Computer Science with a minor degree in Mathematics from University of Cyprus, graduating top of the class of 2002, and receiving the Republic of Cyprus Presidential Award. He continued his education at Harvard University, where he received an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) in 2008, under the supervision of Leslie Valiant. Before joining Open University of Cyprus in 2009, he held a visiting faculty appointment at University of Cyprus. He was a keynote speaker at ISD 2017 and AmI 2018, and he has served, among others, as the PC chair of the 15th European Conference on Logics in Artificial Intelligence in 2016, and as the organizer of a workshop series on Cognitive Knowledge Acquisition since 2015.

Research Areas

Artificial Intelligence and Explainable AI. Cognitive Systems / Personal Assistants. Nature and Biology-Inspired Computation. Machine-Mediated Human Interaction. Computational Machine Learning Theory. Learning-Based User Personalization. Knowledge Engineering and Reasoning. Knowledge-Based Story Comprehension. Smart City / Smart Building Applications.

News and Links

Presented the AAAI 2018 Tutorial on Integrating Learning into Reasoning, given in February 2018 in New Orleans, LA, U.S.A.

New Distance Learning M.Sc. Program in Cognitive Systems: Human-Computer Symbiosis.

Organized the IJCAI 2017 Workshop on Cognitive Knowledge Acquisition and Applications (Cognitum 2017), held in August 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.

PC Chair of the 15th European Conference on Logics in Artificial Intelligence (JELIA 2016), held in November 2016 in Larnaca, Cyprus.

Presented the IJCAI 2016 and ECAI 2016 Tutorials on Argument and Cognition, given, respectively, in July 2016 in New York CIty, NY, U.S.A., and in August 2016 in The Hague, Holland.

Organized the IJCAI 2016 Workshop on Cognitive Knowledge Acquisition and Applications (Cognitum 2016), held in July 2016 in New York City, NY, U.S.A.

Organized the ESCoP 2015 Symposium on Bridging Cognitive Psychology and Artificial Intelligence, held in September 2015 in Paphos, Cyprus.

Organized the IJCAI 2015 Workshop on Cognitive Knowledge Acquisition and Applications (Cognitum 2015), held in July 2015 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The STAR System for narrative comprehension is available for online use. See the paper "STAR: A System of Argumentation for Story Comprehension and Beyond" for more information.

Presented the IJCAI 2013 Tutorial on Endowing Machines with WebSense, given in August 2013 in Beijing, China. See the paper "Machines with WebSense" for an overview.

Published Work

Selected publications in reverse chronological order. Made available for research purposes only.

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