Professor Liz Sonenberg

  • Room: Level: 06 Room: 6.03
  • Building: Raymond Priestley Building.
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Intelligent agent technologies
  • Multi-agent systems-collaboration and teamwork, Automated negotiation and decision support, Context-aware computing. (Computational modelling of Human problem solving)
  • Technologies for personalisation

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I am a professor in the Department of Computing and Information Systems and also hold the part-time role of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Collaboration and Infrastructure) in Chancellery, with responsibility for policy frameworks regarding the University's interdisciplinary research institutes, and for planning of university-wide research infrastructure.

The integrating theme of my research is the conceptualisation and construction of more adaptive, distributed, and intelligent information systems. Much of the work focuses on agent technology, which views a distributed system in terms of interacting autonomous software entities. Using the agent metaphor can allow system developers to adopt a level of abstraction in design that is useful for modelling complex tasks and environments, and in building software systems that are robust in the face of change and unexpected events. An important aspect of the research is the requirement of the human-machine interface and consequent implications for the development of computational mechanisms to support decision-making in complex settings.  My current research focus is on the design of software tools that support human-automation teams (ie teams comprised of software agents, robots and humans), in coordinating and collaborating in complex changing environments.

Recent publications

  1. Singh R, Sonenberg E, Miller T. Communication and Shared Mental Models for Teams Performing Interdependent Tasks. AUTONOMOUS AGENTS AND MULTIAGENT SYSTEMS. Springer Verlag. 2016, Vol. 10002. Editors: Osman N, Sierra C.
  2. Butchibabu A, Sparano-Huiban C, Sonenberg E, Shah J. Implicit Coordination Strategies for Effective Team Communication. HUMAN FACTORS. Human Factors Society. 2016, Vol. 58, Issue 4.
  3. Miller T, Felli P, Muise C, Pearce A, Sonenberg E. Knowing Whether in proper epistemic knowledge bases. 30th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). 2016.
  4. Goschnick SB, Sterling L, Sonenberg E. Modelling Human Activity in People-Oriented Programming with Metamodels. International Journal of People-Oriented Programming. IGI Global. 2016, Vol. 4, Issue 2.
  5. Muise C, Felli P, Miller T, Pearce A, Sonenberg E. Planning for a single agent in a multi-agent environment using FOND. 25th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI). 2016, Vol. 2016-January.
  6. Sonenberg E, Miller T, Pearce A, Felli P, Muise CJ, Dignum F. Social planning for social HRI. 2nd Workshop on Cognitive Architectures for Social Human-Robot Interaction (CogArch4sHRI). 2016, Vol. abs/1602.06483. Editors: Baxter P, Trafton G, Lemaignan S.
  7. Smith M, Dignum F, Sonenberg E. The Construction of Impossibility: A Logic-Based Analysis of Conjuring Tricks. FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY. Frontiers Research Foundation. 2016, Vol. 7.
  8. Muise C, Dignum F, Felli P, Miller T, Pearce A, Sonenberg E. Towards team formation via automated planning. International Workshop on Coordination, Organisation, Institutions and Norms in Multi-Agent Systems (COIN@IJCAI). Springer Verlag. 2016, Vol. 9628.
  9. Pfau J, Sonenberg E, Kashima Y. A Two-level Computational Architecture for Modeling Human Joint Action. 13th international Conference on Cognitive Modeling. University of Groningen. 2015. Editors: Taatgen N, Van Vught M, Borst J, Melhorn K.
  10. Felli P, Miller T, Muise C, Pearce A, Sonenberg E. Computing social behaviours using agent models. IJCAI International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence. 2015, Vol. 2015-January.
  11. Keogh K, Sonenberg E. Designing for Planned Emergence in Multi-agent Systems. 10th Conference Coordination, Organizations, Institutions and Norms in Agent Systems (COIN). Springer Verlag. 2015, Vol. 9372. Editors: Ghose A, Oren N, Telang P, Thangarajah J.
  12. Muise C, Miller T, Felli P, Pearce A, Sonenberg E. Efficient reasoning with consistent proper epistemic knowledge bases. Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS. 2015, Vol. 3.
  13. Muise C, Belle V, Felli P, McIlraith S, Miller T, Pearce A, Sonenberg E. Planning over multi-agent epistemic states: A classical planning approach. Proceedings of the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence. 2015, Vol. 5.
  14. Singh R, Miller T, Sonenberg E. A Preliminary Analysis of Interdependence in Multiagent Systems. 17th International Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems (PRIMA). Springer Verlag. 2014, Vol. 8861. Editors: Dam HK, Pitt J, Xu Y, Governatori G, Ito T.
  15. Felli P, Miller T, Muise C, Pearce A, Sonenberg E. Artificial Social Reasoning: Computational Mechanisms for Reasoning about Others. 6th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR). Springer Verlag. 2014, Vol. 8755. Editors: Beetz M, Johnston B, Williams MA.

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