Professor of Computer Science Juan Carlos Augusto has been named a senior member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) – a major acknowledgement of his work in the field of AI.
Juan, who is also Head of the University's Research Group on the Development of Intelligent Environments, received the peer-nominated commendation in recognition of the contributions he has made since joining the society around 15 years ago.
During this time, Professor Augusto's work has centred on the use of software engineering and AI in the development of smart homes, as well as broader concepts such as ambient intelligence, ambient assisted living, intelligent and smart environments.
Focussing his research on how these different systems can be made more intelligent and reliable, Juan has been responsible for raising awareness of the importance artificial intelligence plays in their success.
Conversely, Juan's research also led him to notice the limitations of some traditional AI techniques when applied to these new areas and he has worked to develop new, more suitable methodologies.
In this sense, his output has acted as a bridge between two scientific communities – the established AI community and the new emerging ones.
Discussing his senior membership, Juan said: "It is comforting to see your work of two decades recognised and the way it was achieved was equally rewarding.
"Three already Senior AAAI members who are very well-known internationally wrote positive recommendations for my nomination so this provides great encouragement for the future. It also provides a positive indicator on the upward direction our academic unit is moving."
To find out more about Juan's work you can visit his website: www.jcaugusto.com.