I was born in Cardiff and spent the first 24 years of my life in Wales. I obtained my BSc and PhD in computer science from Swansea, after which I spent five post-doctoral years in Canada (at Concordia University, Montréal) and France (at the University of Savoie, Chambéry). Returning to the UK in 1994, I spent 13 years at the University of Aberdeen in Computing Science. In December 2007 I returned to my home city, as Professor of Intelligent Systems and leader of the Informatics group in the School of Computer Science at Cardiff University.
My research focuses on techniques for information provisioning and decision-support in complex environments. These require a fusion of aspects of agent technology (particularly communication, resource identification, and coalition formation), knowledge technology (particularly ontologies, reasoning, and information quality), and distributed computing technology (particularly Web-based and service-oriented approaches). My recent research has examined relationships between these areas and the growing openness and ubiquity of sensor networks.
I'm currently UK Academic Technical Area Lead for the 10-year joint US/UK International Technology Alliance in Network and Information Sciences, involving a consortium of leading US and UK academic, industry and government partners, led by IBM.
Previous projects include Qurator, Conoise-G, and the Advanced Knowledge Technologies Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration. I was also invoved with the first phase of the National Centre for e-Social Science, as a co-Investigator on the Fearlus-G pilot project and PolicyGrid Research Node. In the more distant past, I used to worry about verification and validation of AI software. I'm the author of over 160 publications.
I serve on the editorial boards of IEEE Intelligent Systems and the Knowledge Engineering Review.
Last updated: 02 September 2015 by Alun Preece