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Michael Winikoff

AmusA(AMEB), BSc-Hons(Melbourne), PhD(Melbourne)

Position
Professor
Room
8.04, Commerce Building
Phone
+64 3 479 8386
Email
michael.winikoff@otago.ac.nz
Co-supervising
Manjula Devananda
Papers
2017 S2: COMP101, COMP111, INFO407
Research group
Autonomous Systems

About

I joined the Department of Information Science in September 2009, and was Head of Department from February 2011 to December 2016. Earlier in 2009 (since September 2008) I worked at the university's Higher Education Development Centre, and before that was Associate Professor at RMIT University's School of Computer Science and IT.

I am on sabbatical for the first part of 2017. Professor Holger Regenbrecht has taken over as Head of Department. 

I tweet at: @profwinikoff

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Teaching

In 2017 I am on sabbatical for most of the year, so will not be coordinating any papers (although I will be doing some teaching once I'm back)

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Research

The overall aim of my research is to find better ways of creating software. I am interested in (agent oriented) software engineering, programming languages, and logic and formal methods.

Over the past decade and a half I have focussed on software that is conceptualised in terms of "intelligent agents" which are able to exhibit robust and flexible behaviour. My work has included:

  • Concepts for designing agent software including the crucial role that is played by goals and how (and why) they should be explicitly represented in agent systems.
  • Design methodologies for agent-based systems, in particular the Prometheus methodology.
  • Techniques for designing and implementing flexible and robust interactions between agents, including both goal-based techniques and techniques based on commitment machines.
  • Techniques for debugging and for software maintenance of agent systems.
  • Agent-oriented programming languages.
  • Applying social expectations to monitoring interactions (which can be software-software, software-humans, or computer-mediated human-human interaction).

My Erdös number is 3. See also my google scholar entry and my DBLP page.

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Leadership

I was Head of Department (February 2011 - December 2016) of the department of Information Science.

I represent the division of commerce on the university's Information Technology Advisory Committee (ITAC), am on the Academic Leadership Advisory Group, and on the Academic Advisory Group for the Support Services Review.

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Software

I have written a range of software including W-Prolog, Lygon, auml.pl, SmartGuide, and a range of palm pilot software including Karel the robot.

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Music

"I would teach children music, physics and philosophy; but more importantly music, for in the patterns of music and the arts are the keys to learning." (Plato)

I am a keen musician: I play piano, sing in choirs, sometimes conduct choirs, and have been known to compose on occasion.

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Publications

Note: The list below is automatically generated from the publication database of the University of Otago.
A more complete list can be found on a separate page.

Winikoff, M. (2017). BDI agent testability revisited. Autonomous Agent & Multi-Agent Systems. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10458-016-9356-2

Abushark, Y., Miller, T., Thangarajah, J., Winikoff, M., & Harland, J. (2016). Requirements specification via activity diagrams for agent-based systems. Autonomous Agent & Multi-Agent Systems. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10458-016-9327-7

Dam, H. K., Egyed, A., Winikoff, M., Reder, A., & Lopez-Herrejon, R. E. (2016). Consistent merging of model versions. Journal of Systems & Software, 112, 137-155. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2015.06.044

Günay, A., Winikoff, M., & Yolum, P. (2015). Dynamically generated commitment protocols in open systems. Autonomous Agent & Multi-Agent Systems, 29(2), 192-229. doi: 10.1007/s10458-014-9251-7

Abushark, Y., Thangarajah, J., Miller, T., Harland, J., & Winikoff, M. (2015). Early detection of design faults in relative to requirement specifications in agent-based models. In R. H. Bordini, E. Elkind, G. Weiss & P. Yolum (Eds.), Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS). (pp. 1071-1079). Richland, SC: International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems.

Edited Book - Research

Cossentino, M., El Fallah Seghrouchni, A., & Winikoff, M. (Eds.). (2013). Engineering multi-agent systems: Lecture notes in computer science (Vol. 8245). Heidelberg, Germany: Springer, 391p. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-45343-4

Sakama, C., Sardina, S., Vasconcelos, W., & Winikoff, M. (Eds.). (2012). Declarative agent languages and technologies IX: Lecture notes in artificial intelligence (Vol. 7169). Berlin, Germany: Springer, 153p. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-29113-5

Baldoni, M., Son, T. C., van Riemsdijk, M. B., & Winikoff, M. (Eds.). (2009). Declarative agent languages and technologies VI: Lecture notes in artificial intelligence (Vol. 5397). Berlin, Germany: Springer, 250p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Padgham, L., Thangarajah, J., & Winikoff, M. (2014). Prometheus research directions. In O. Shehory & A. Sturm (Eds.), Agent-oriented software engineering: Reflections on architectures, methodologies, languages and frameworks. (pp. 155-171). Berlin, Germany: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-54432-3_8

Winikoff, M., & Padgham, L. (2013). Agent oriented software engineering. In G. Weiss (Ed.), Multiagent Systems. (2nd ed.) (pp. 695-757). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Winikoff, M. (2010). Assurance of agent systems: What role should formal verification play? In M. Dastani, K. V. Hindriks & J.-J. C. Meyer (Eds.), Specification and verification of multi-agent systems. (pp. 353-383). New York: Springer Science+Business Media. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4419-6984-2

Poutakidis, D., Winikoff, M., Padgham, L., & Zhang, Z. (2009). Debugging and testing of multi-agent systems using design artefacts. In R. H. Bordini, M. Dastani, J. Dix & A. El Fallah Seghrouchni (Eds.), Multi-agent programming: Language, tools and applications. (pp. 215-258). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.

Padgham, L., Winikoff, M., DeLoach, S., & Cossentino, M. (2009). A unified graphical notation for AOSE. In M. Luck & J. J. Gomez-Sanz (Eds.), Agent-oriented software engineering IX: Lecture notes in computer science (Vol. 5386). (pp. 116-130). Berlin, Germany: Springer.

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Journal - Research Article

Winikoff, M. (2017). BDI agent testability revisited. Autonomous Agent & Multi-Agent Systems. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10458-016-9356-2

Dam, H. K., Egyed, A., Winikoff, M., Reder, A., & Lopez-Herrejon, R. E. (2016). Consistent merging of model versions. Journal of Systems & Software, 112, 137-155. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2015.06.044

Abushark, Y., Miller, T., Thangarajah, J., Winikoff, M., & Harland, J. (2016). Requirements specification via activity diagrams for agent-based systems. Autonomous Agent & Multi-Agent Systems. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10458-016-9327-7

Günay, A., Winikoff, M., & Yolum, P. (2015). Dynamically generated commitment protocols in open systems. Autonomous Agent & Multi-Agent Systems, 29(2), 192-229. doi: 10.1007/s10458-014-9251-7

Winikoff, M., & Cranefield, S. (2014). On the testability of BDI agent systems. Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, 51, 71-131. doi: 10.1613/jair.4458

Dam, H. K., & Winikoff, M. (2013). Towards a next-generation AOSE methodology. Science of Computer Programming, 78, 684-694. doi: 10.1016/j.scico.2011.12.005

Cheong, C., & Winikoff, M. (2013). A comparison of two agent interaction design approaches. Multiagent & Grid Systems, 9(1), 1-44. doi: 10.3233/MGS-130200

Loke, S.-K., Tordoff, J., Winikoff, M., McDonald, J., Vlugter, P., & Duffull, S. (2011). SimPharm: How pharmacy students made meaning of a clinical case differently in paper- and simulation-based workshops. British Journal of Educational Technology, 42(5), 865-874. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2010.01113.x

Dam, H. K., & Winikoff, M. (2011). An agent-oriented approach to change propagation in software maintenance. Autonomous Agent & Multi-Agent Systems, 23(3), 384-452. doi: 10.1007/s10458-010-9163-0

Cranefield, S., & Winikoff, M. (2011). Verifying social expectations by model checking truncated paths. Journal of Logic & Computation, 21(6), 1217-1256. doi: 10.1093/logcom/exq055

Winikoff, M. (2009). Future directions for agent-based software engineering. International Journal of Agent-Oriented Software Engineering, 3(4), 402-410.

Winikoff, M. (2007). Defining syntax and providing tool support for Agent UML using a textual notation. International Journal of Agent-Oriented Software Engineering, 1(2), 123-144.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Abushark, Y., Thangarajah, J., Miller, T., Harland, J., & Winikoff, M. (2015). Early detection of design faults in relative to requirement specifications in agent-based models. In R. H. Bordini, E. Elkind, G. Weiss & P. Yolum (Eds.), Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS). (pp. 1071-1079). Richland, SC: International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems.

Winikoff, M. (2014). Novice programmers’ faults & failures in GOAL programs: Empirical observations and lessons. In A. Lomuscio, P. Scerri, A. Bazzan & M. Huhns (Eds.), Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS). (pp. 301-308). Richland, SC: International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems.

Dastani, M., van Riemsdijk, M. B., & Winikoff, M. (2011). Rich goal types in agent programming. In K. Tumer, P. Yolum, L. Sonenberg & P. Stone (Eds.), Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS) (Vol. III). (pp. 405-412). Retrieved from http://www.aamas2011.tw/Download.html

Dam, H. K., & Winikoff, M. (2010). Supporting change propagation in UML models. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance (ISCM). (pp. 1-10). IEEE.

van Riemsdijk, M. B., Dastani, M., & Winikoff, M. (2008). Goals in agent systems: A unifying framework. In L. Padgham, D. Parkes, J. Müller & S. Parsons (Eds.), Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems. (pp. 713-720). International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems. Retrieved from http://www.ifaamas.org/Proceedings/aamas08/proceedings

Hoa Dam, K., & Winikoff, M. (2008). Cost-based BDI plan selection for change propagation. In L. Padgham, D. Parkes, J. Müller & S. Parsons (Eds.), Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems. (pp. 217-224). International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems. Retrieved from http://www.ifaamas.org/Proceedings/aamas08/proceedings

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Conference Contribution - Edited volume of conference proceedings

Conitzer, V., Winikoff, M., van der Hoek, W., & Padgham, L. (Eds.). (2012). Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS). Richland, SC: International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems. 592p.

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