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Professor Stephen Cranefield BSc(Hons)(Otago), PhD(Edin)


Position: Professor
Room: 9.17, Commerce
Phone: 479 8083
Email: stephen.cranefield@otago.ac.nz
Supervising: Manjula Devananda, Salma Bakr, Suravi Patnaik

I studied Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Otago, graduating with a BSc(Hons) in Mathematics, and then gained a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, studying in the Department of Artificial Intelligence (now merged into the School of Informatics). After a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Computer Science at Otago, I had a short-term position in the Computer Science department at Massey University, and then joined Otago's Information Science department in 1994.

Related papers: INFO323, INFO407, INFO408


In 2012 I was one of 14 finalists from across the University of Otago for the Supervisor of the Year Awards that are judged by a panel of postgraduate students. I won the award for “Research Supervisor of the Year: Commerce”.

Two of my PhD students submitted their PhD theses in 2012 and I am looking to take on some more. Please contact me if you are interested in working on a PhD with me.

Note that International PhD students in New Zealand pay the same fees as local students, and the University of Otago offers scholarships to pay fees and living costs.

I am on the editorial boards of the journals Knowledge Engineering Review and Multiagent and Grid Systems, and have served on the programme and/or organising committees for many international conferences and workshops. Recent journal, conference and workshop involvement includes the following:

Journal reviewing
  • IEEE Internet Computing (2013)
  • ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (2012, 2013)
  • Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (2007, 2008, 2011, 2012)
  • Applied Artificial Intelligence (2011)
  • Advances in Artificial Intelligence (2010)
  • Web Intelligence and Agent Systems (2009, 2010)
Conference and workshop organisation
  • Programme Co-Chair Australasian Web Conference, 2014
  • Programme Co-Chair, Australasian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 2013
  • Publicity Chair, International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS), 2012
  • Workshops co-chair, 14th International Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems, 2011
  • Co-Chair, Workshop on Coordination, Organizations, Institutions and Norms (COIN) at the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS), 2011
Senior Programme Committees
  • International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS), 2008 (short-listed for Best SPC Member award), 2009, 2012 and 2013
  • Australasian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 2007-2010
  • International Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems, 2011-2012
Programme Committees
  • International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS), 2002, 2004-2007, 2010, and for the Demo Track in 2013 and 2014.
  • IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT), 2003 and 2005-2009
  • Australasian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 2011-2012
  • European Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems, 2012
  • Workshops on Coordination, Organization, Institutions and Norms in agent systems (COIN) at the AAMAS conferences 2006-2010, the MALLOW'07 federated workshops event, and at WI-IAT 2011.

My research interests include multi-agent systems (particularly institutions and norms for open societies of agents, and tool support for agent communication languages, interaction protocols and ontologies), the Semantic Web, and software technologies for next generation telecommunications network service provision.

My full publications list is available via Bibsonomy.

Recent publications

Michael Winikoff and Stephen Cranefield. On the testability of BDI agent systems. Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR), accepted for publication, 2014.

M.A. Angrosh, Stephen Cranefield and Nigel Stanger. Context Identification of Sentences in Research Articles: Towards Developing Intelligent Tools for the Research Community, Natural Language Engineering, 19(4):481–585, 2013. URL: http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S1351324912000277. Download PDF (Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2012)

Searchable publications list

My publications in the University of Otago database can be viewed below by date:

When I am not spending time with my wife, Janine, and son, Nicholas, I can be found performing as Principal Clarinet in the Southern Sinfonia, Dunedin's part-time professional orchestra.