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Tony Bastin Roy Savarimuthu

B.E (Hons)(BITS, Pilani, India), M.E (Software Systems)(BITS, Pilani, India), PhD (Otago, NZ)

Position
Associate Professor
Room
7.18, Commerce Building
Phone
+64 3 479 5143
Email
tony.savarimuthu@otago.ac.nz
Web page
http://waitaki.otago.ac.nz/~tonyr
Supervising
Priyanka Patel, Mostafa Alwash, Pankaj Sharma
Co-supervising
Mehdi Farhangian, Muhammad Yasir, Saurabh Malgaonkar
Papers
2017 S2: COMP101, BSNS112, COMP111, INFO407, INFO204
2018 S1: INFO250
Research group
Autonomous Systems

About

Dr Tony Savarimuthu lectures in various Software Engineering courses offered by the Department (INFO 323 and SENG 301). Recently he is also involved in lecturing and coordinating BSNS 106. Tony has a background of working as a Software Engineer and a Lecturer in India. His research interests are in the area of multi-agent systems (particularly normative multi-agent systems). His PhD thesis investigated mechanisms for norm emergence and norm identification in artificial agent societies. His thesis was placed in the Dean’s exceptional thesis list for Otago’s School of Business in 2011.

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Education

Doctor of Philosophy  (Information Science)              
                         2003 - 2011, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Master of Engineering (Software Systems)                
                        2000 - 2002, BITS, Pilani, Rajasthan, India

Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), Chemical                
                        1996 - 2000, BITS, Pilani, Rajasthan, India

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Experience

Senior Lecturer  (Feb'13 - till date)
                        Department of Information Science, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Lecturer  (Mar'06  - Jan'13)
                        Department of Information Science, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Teaching Fellow (Feb'04  - Feb' 06)
                        Department of Information Science, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Teaching Assistant  (Dec'03  - Feb'04)
                        Department of Information Science, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Software Engineer (Jul'02 - Aug'03)
                        Coralgrid Software Ltd (now a part of Triple Point Technology, Inc.), Chennai, India

Assistant Lecturer (part time, Jul'02 - Aug'03)
                        Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Off Campus centre at Chennai, India

 Teaching Assistant (Jul'00 - Jun'02 )
                        Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India

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Research

Research interests

  • Multi-agent Systems (particularly normative multi-agent systems)
  • Mobile computing
  • Workflow Management Systems
  • Technology-enhanced collaborative learning
  • Software engineering
  • Distributed information systems

Past Projects

  • Principal researcher in the ORG grant titled “An experimental framework to facilitate investigations into adaptive wireless networks”, 2007
  • A named researcher in the School of Business grant titled “Interactive and Collaborative Learning in a Distributed Environment”, 2007
  • A named researcher in the CALT grant on Innovation in Teaching, titled “Promoting active learning in lecture rooms in large courses”, 2005

Completed students

PhD

Amala Arul Sharmila Savarimuthu (2006 - 2011), Title: Mechanisms for self-organization of groups in agent societies, Supervisors: Dr. Maryam Purvis, Prof. Martin Purvis, Mr. Tony Savarimuthu

Masters

Jack Kanimea, (MCom, 2008-2009), Title: Integrating Single Sign On and enabling secure interactions in a composite Web Service,  Supervisors: Mr. Tony Savarimuthu and Dr. Maryam Purvis, Status: Completed in 2009.

Tarik Al-ani (MAppSc, 2010-2011), Title: Android In-Vehicle Infotainment System (AIVI), Supervisors: Mr. Tony Savarimuthu and Dr. Maryam Purvis, Status: Completed in 2011.

Honours/Postgraduate diploma (Dissertations cosupervised with Dr. Maryam Purvis)

Jinhong Xie (Title: An RFID-based Location-aware Web Application to Enhance User Experience in an Aquarium, completed in 2010)

Danica Milic (Title: Dynamic ridesharing and social networking application development on Android mobile phone platform, completed in 2008)

Alya Alaali (Title: Mechanisms associated with spread of opinions in human population on a social network, completed in 2007)

Anh Le Thu (Title: Current Problems and Tools Support for Testing Distributed Systems, completed in 2006)

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Research Topics for PhD/Master Students

A list of potential research topics is provided on a separate page.

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Publications

More details about my publications can be found on my personal page.

Meldrum, S., Savarimuthu, B. T. R., Licorish, S., Tahir, A., Bosu, M., & Jayakaran, P. (2017). Is knee pain information on YouTube videos perceived to be helpful? An analysis of user comments and implications for dissemination on social media. Digital Health, 3. doi: 10.1177/2055207617698908

Keller, T., & Savarimuthu, B. T. R. (2017). Facilitating enhanced decision support using a social norms approach. Journal of Electronic Commerce in Organisations, 15(2), 1. doi: 10.4018/JECO.2017040101

Sharma, P., Savarimuthu, B. T. R., Stanger, N., Licorish, S. A., & Rainer, A. (2017). Investigating developers' email discussions during decision-making in Python language evolution. Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE). (pp. 286-291). New York, NY: ACM. doi: 10.1145/3084226.3084271

Su'a, T., Licorish, S. A., Savarimuthu, B. T. R., & Langlotz, T. (2017). QuickReview: A novel data-driven mobile user interface for reporting problematic app features. Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI). (pp. 517-522). New York, NY: ACM. doi: 10.1145/3025171.3025178

Meldrum, S., Licorish, S. A., & Savarimuthu, B. T. R. (2017). Crowdsourced knowledge on stack overflow: A systematic mapping study. Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE). (pp. 180-185). New York, NY: ACM. doi: 10.1145/3084226.3084267

Edited Book - Research

Purvis, M., & Savarimuthu, B. T. R. (Eds.). (2009). Computer-mediated social networking: Lecture notes in artificial intelligence (Vol. 5322). Berlin, Germany: Springer, 201p. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-02276-0

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Chapter in Book - Research

Yasir, M., Purvis, M., Purvis, M., & Savarimuthu, B. T. R. (2015). Improving energy outcomes in dynamically formed micro-grid coalitions. In A. Ghose, N. Oren, P. Telang & J. Thangarajah (Eds.), Coordination, organizations, institutions and norms in agent systems X (COIN): Lecture notes in artificial intelligence (Vol. 9372). (pp. 251-267). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-25420-3_16

Frantz, C., Purvis, M., Savarimuthu, B. T. R., & Nowostawski, M. (2015). Modelling the impact of role specialisation on cooperative behaviour in historic trader scenarios. In A. Ghose, N. Oren, P. Telang & J. Thangarajah (Eds.), Coordination, organizations, institutions and norms in agent systems X (COIN): Lecture notes in artificial intelligence (Vol. 9372). (pp. 53-71). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-25420-3_16

Farhangian, M., Purvis, M., Purvis, M., & Savarimuthu, B. T. R. (2015). The effects of temperament and team formation mechanism on collaborative learning of knowledge and skill in short-term projects. In F. Koch, C. Guttmann & D. Busquets (Eds.), Advances in social computing and multiagent systems: Communications in computer and information science (Vol. 541). (pp. 48-65). Cham, The Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-24804-2_4

Frantz, C., Purvis, M. K., Nowostawski, M., & Savarimuthu, B. T. R. (2015). Analysing the apprenticeship system in the Maghribi Traders Coalition. In F. Grimaldo & E. Norling (Eds.), Multi-agent-based simulation XV (MABS): Lecture notes in artificial intelligence (Vol. 9002). (pp. 180-196). Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-14627-0_13

Farhangian, M., Purvis, M., Purvis, M., & Savarimuthu, B. T. R. (2015). Agent-based modeling of resource allocation in software projects based on personality and skill. In F. Koch, C. Guttmann & D. Busquets (Eds.), Advances in social computing and multiagent systems: Communications in computer and information science (Vol. 541). (pp. 130-146). Cham, The Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-24804-2_9

Savarimuthu, B. T. R., & Dam, H. K. (2014). Towards mining norms in open source software repositories. In L. Cao, Y. Zeng, A. L. Symeonidis, V. Gorodetsky, J. P. Müller & P. S. Yu (Eds.), Agents and data mining interaction: Lecture notes in artificial intelligence (Vol. 8316). (pp. 26-39). Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-55192-5_3

Frantz, C., Purvis, M. K., Nowostawski, M., & Savarimuthu, B. T. R. (2014). Modelling institutions using dynamic deontics. In T. Balke, F. Dignum, M. Birna van Riemsdijk & A. K. Chopra (Eds.), Coordination, organizations, institutions, and norms in agent systems IX (COIN): Lecture notes in artificial intelligence (Vol. 8386). (pp. 211-233). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-07314-9_12

Yasir, M., Purvis, M., Purvis, M., & Savarimuthu, B. T. R. (2014). An intelligent learning mechanism for trading strategies for local energy distribution. In S. Ceppi, E. David, V. Podobnik, V. Robu, O. Shehory, S. Stein & I. A. Vetsikas (Eds.), Agent-mediated electronic commerce: Designing trading strategies and mechanisms for electronic markets (LNBIP 187). (pp. 159-170). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-13218-1_12

Farhangian, M., Purvis, M. K., Purvis, M., & Savarimuthu, B. T. R. (2014). Modelling the effects of personality and temperament in small teams. In T. Balke, F. Dignum, M. Birna van Riemsdijk & A. K. Chopra (Eds.), Coordination, organizations, institutions, and norms in agent systems IX (COIN): Lecture notes in artificial intelligence (Vol. 8386). (pp. 25-41). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-07314-9_2

Yasir, M., Purvis, M. K., Purvis, M., & Savarimuthu, B. T. R. (2014). Intelligent battery strategies for local energy distribution. In T. Balke, F. Dignum, M. Birna van Riemsdijk & A. K. Chopra (Eds.), Coordination, organizations, institutions, and norms in agent systems IX (COIN): Lecture notes in artificial intelligence (Vol. 8386). (pp. 63-80). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-07314-9_4

Ghose, A., & Savarimuthu, T. B. R. (2013). Norms as objectives: Revisiting compliance management in multi-agent systems. In H. Aldewereld & J. S. Sichman (Eds.), Coordination, organizations, institutions, and norms in agent systems VIII (COIN): Lecture notes in artificial intelligence (Vol. 7756). (pp. 105-122). Berlin, Germany: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-37756-3_7

Balke, T., Cranefield, S., Di Tosto, G., Mahmoud, S., Paolucci, M., Savarimuthu, B. T. R., & Verhagen, H. (2013). Simulation and NorMAS. In G. Andrighetto, G. Governatori, P. Noriega & L. W. N. van der Torre (Eds.), Normative multi-agent systems. (pp. 171-189). Dagstuhl, Germany: Schloss Dagstuhl. doi: 10.4230/DFU.Vol4.12111.171

Andrighetto, G., Cranefield, S., Conte, R., Purvis, M., Purvis, M., Savarimuthu, B. T. R., & Villatoro, D. (2013). (Social) norms and agent-based simulation. In S. Ossowski (Ed.), Agreement technologies: Law, governance and technology series (Vol. 8). (pp. 181-189). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-5583-3_11

Singh, M. P., Arrott, M., Balke, T., Chopra, A., Christiaanse, R., Cranefield, S., … Savarimuthu, B. T. R., … Villata, S. (2013). The uses of norm. In G. Andrighetto, G. Governatori, P. Noriega & L. W. N. van der Torre (Eds.), Normative multi-agent systems. (pp. 191-229). Dagstuhl, Germany: Schloss Dagstuhl. doi: 10.4230/DFU.Vol4.12111.191

Savarimuthu, B. T. R., Purvis, M., & Verhagen, H. (2012). An agent-based simulation of employing social norms in energy conservation in households. In S. Cranefield & I. Song (Eds.), Agent based simulation for a sustainable society and multi-agent smart computing: Lecture notes in artificial intelligence (Vol. 7580). (pp. 16-31). Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-35612-4_2

Savarimuthu, S., Purvis, M., Savarimuthu, B. T. R., & Purvis, M. (2012). Gossip-based self-organising open agent societies. In N. Desai, A. Liu & M. Winikoff (Eds.), Principles and practice of multi-agent systems: Lecture notes in artificial intelligence (Vol. 7057). (pp. 105-120). Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-25920-3_8

Savarimuthu, B. T. R., Cranefield, S., Purvis, M. A., & Purvis, M. K. (2011). Identifying conditional norms in multi-agent societies. In M. de Vos, N. Fornara, J. V. Pitt & G. Vouros (Eds.), Coordination, organizations, institutions, and norms in agent systems VI (COIN): Lecture notes in artificial intelligence (Vol. 6541). (pp. 285-302). Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-21268-0

Savarimuthu, S., Purvis, M., Purvis, M., & Savarimuthu, B. T. R. (2011). Mechanisms for the self-organization of peer groups in agent societies. In T. Bosse, A. Geller & C. M. Jonker (Eds.), Multi-agent-based simulation XI: Lecture notes in artificial intelligence (Vol. 6532). (pp. 93-107). Berlin, Germany: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-18345-4_7

Savarimuthu, B. T. R., Cranefield, S., Purvis, M., & Purvis, M. (2010). A data mining approach to identify obligation norms in agent societies. In L. Cao, A. L. C. Bazzan, V. Gorodetsky, P. A. Mitkas, G. Weiss & P. S. Yu (Eds.), Agents and data mining interaction: Lecture notes in computer science (Vol. 5980). (pp. 43-58). Berlin, Germany: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-15420-1_5

Savarimuthu, B. T. R., Cranefield, S., Purvis, M. A., & Purvis, M. K. (2010). Internal agent architecture for norm identification. In J. Padget, A. Artikis, W. Vasconcelos, K. Stathis, V. Torres da Silva, E. Matson & A. Polleres (Eds.), Coordination, organizations, institutions and norms in agent systems V: Lecture notes in artificial intelligence (Vol. 6069). (pp. 241-256). Berlin, Germany: Springer.

Purvis, M., Ebadi, T., & Savarimuthu, B. T. R. (2009). An agent-based library management system using RFID technology. In D. Król & N. Thanh Nguyen (Eds.), Intelligence integration in distributed knowledge management. (pp. 171-181). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.

Savarimuthu, B. T. R., Purvis, M., & Cranefield, S. (2009). Norm emergence in multi-agent societies. In D. Król & N. Thanh Nguyen (Eds.), Intelligence integration in distributed knowledge management. (pp. 195-206). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.

Savarimuthu, B. T. R., Purvis, M., Purvis, M., & Cranefield, S. (2009). Social norm emergence in virtual agent societies. In M. Baldoni, T. C. Son, M. B. van Riemsdijk & M. Winikoff (Eds.), Declarative agent languages and technologies VI: Lecture notes in artificial intelligence (Vol. 5397). (pp. 18-28). Berlin, Germany: Springer.

Savarimuthu, B. T. R., Cranefield, S., Purvis, M., & Purvis, M. (2008). Role model based mechanism for norm emergence in artificial agent societies. In J. S. Sichman, J. Padget, S. Ossowski & P. Noriega (Eds.), Coordination, organizations, institutions, and norms in agent systems III: Lecture notes in artificial intelligence (Vol. 4870). (pp. 203-217). Berlin, Germany: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-540-79003-7_15

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