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Professor Steven Schockaert

Professor Steven Schockaert

Professor

School of Computer Science and Informatics

Media commentator
Available for postgraduate supervision

I joined the School of Computer Science and Informatics in 2011 as a lecturer, where I am currently a professor. Previously I was a PhD student at Ghent university from 2004 to 2008 and a postdoctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders from 2008 to 2011. My research, in the area of Artificial Intelligence, focuses on reasoning with imperfect information, including various forms of commonsense reasoning. This involves the combination of techniques and ideas from the field of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning with methods from Machine Learning, with applications in Natural Languague Processing and Information Retrieval.

Honours and awards

  • ECCAI Artificial Intelligence Dissertation Award
  • IBM Belgium Prize for Computer Science
  • Best paper award at ILP 2017
  • Best paper award at GEOCROWD 2012
  • Best paper award runner-up at ECAI 2012
  • Quantum Leap Award at MediaEval 2010

Professional memberships

Speaking engagements

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

  • Schockaert, S.et al. 2007. Clustering web search results using fuzzy ants. International Journal of Intelligent Systems 22(5), pp. 455-474. (10.1002/int.20209)
  • Schockaert, S., De Cock, M. and Kerre, E. E. 2007. Qualitative temporal reasoning about vague events. Presented at: Twentieth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), Hyderbad, India, 6-12 January 2007 Presented at Veloso, M. M. ed.Proceedings of the Twentieth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI): Hyderbad, India, 6-12 January, 2007. AAAI Press pp. 569-574.

2006

  • Schockaert, S., De Cock, M. and Kerre, E. E. 2006. Imprecise temporal interval relations. Presented at: 6th International Workshop on Fuzzy Logic and Applications, Crema, Italy, 15-17 September 2005 Presented at Bloch, I., Petrosino, A. and Tettamanzi, A. G. B. eds.Fuzzy logic and applications: 6th international workshop, WILF 2005, Crema, Italy, September 15-17, 2005, revised selected papers. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence Vol. 3849. Springer pp. 108-113.
  • Schockaert, S.et al. 2006. Question answering with imperfect temporal information. Presented at: 7th International Conference on Flexible Query Answering Systems (FQAS 2006), Milan, Italy, 7-10 June 2006 Presented at Larsen, H. L. et al. eds.Flexible query answering systems: 7th international conference, FQAS 2006, Milan, Italy, June 7-10, 2006. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence Vol. 4027. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag pp. 647-658., (10.1007/11766254)
  • Schockaert, S., De Cock, M. and Kerre, E. E. 2006. An efficient characterization of fuzzy temporal interval relations. Presented at: 2006 IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems, Vancouver, CanadaProceedings of the IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (FUZZ-IEEE). IEEE pp. 1894-1901., (10.1109/FUZZY.2006.1681963)
  • Schockaert, S.et al. 2006. Fuzzy spatial relations between vague regions. Presented at: 3rd International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Systems, London, UK, September 2006Proceedings of the Third IEEE Conference on Intelligent Systems 2006. IEEE pp. 217-222., (10.1109/IS.2006.348421)

2005

  • Schockaert, S., De Cock, M. and Kerre, E. E. 2005. Fuzzy constraint based answer validation. Presented at: Third International Atlantic Web Intelligence Conference (AWIC 2005), Lodz, Poland, 6-9 June 2005 Presented at Szczepaniak, P. S., Kacprzyk, J. and Niewiadomski, A. eds.Advances in Web Intelligence: proceedings of Third International Atlantic Web Intelligence Conference, AWIC 2005, Lodz, Poland, June 6-9, 2005.. Lecture Notes in Computer Science Vol. 3528. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer Verlag pp. 394-400., (10.1007/b137066)
  • Schockaert, S., De Cock, M. and Kerre, E. E. 2005. Automatic acquisition of fuzzy footprints. Presented at: OTM 2005, Agia Napa, Cyprus, October 31 - November 4 2005 Presented at Tari, Z. ed.On the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems 2005: OTM 2005 Workshops. Lecture Notes in Computer Science Vol. 3762. Springer pp. 1077-1086.
  • Schockaert, S., De Cock, M. and Cornelis, C. 2005. Relatedness of fuzzy sets. Journal of Intelligent and Fuzzy Systems 16(4), pp. 297-303.

2004

  • Schockaert, S.et al. 2004. Fuzzy ant based clustering. Presented at: 4th International Workshop on Ant Colony Optimization and Swarm Intelligence (ANTS 2004), Brussels, Belgium, 5-8 September 2004 Presented at Dorigo, M. et al. eds.Ant colony optimization and swarm intelligence: 4th international workshop, ANTS 2004, Brussels, Belgium, September 5-8, 2004, proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science Vol. 3172. Springer pp. 342-349.
  • Schockaert, S.et al. 2004. Efficient clustering with fuzzy ants. Presented at: 6th International FLINS Conference, Blankenberge, Belgium, 1-2 September 2004 Presented at Ruan, D. et al. eds.Applied computational intelligence: proceedings of the 6th international FLINS conference. World Scientific Publishing pp. 195-200.

I am the module leader of "Artificial Intelligence", which is taught in the 3rd year of the BSc Computer Science programme.

Current research projects:

  • Formal lexically informed logics for searching the web, ERC Starting Grant, 2015-2020.

Previous research projects:

  • Fuzzy answer set programming 2.0 (with Dirk Vermeir and Martine De Cock), Research Foundation - Flanders, 2010-2014.
  • A synergistic approach to extraction, learning and reasoning for machine reading (with Jesse Davis, Marie-Francine Moens and Martine De Cock), Research Foundation - Flanders, 2011-2016.
  • Enriching, repairing and merging taxonomies by inducing qualitative spatial representations from the web, EPSRC First Grant, 2013-2014.
  • Approximating Markov logic theories in possibilistic logic (with Jesse Davis), Leverhulme Trust, 2014-2016.