Gerardo Simari, Ph.D.
After completing the Licentiate program in Computer Science at Universidad Nacional del Sur (Bahía Blanca, Argentina), Gerardo Simari began his research career in 2003, when he was awarded a prestigious fellowship by the Comisión de Investigaciones Científicas de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (Argentina) to fund his studies towards a Master’s degree in Computer Science under Simon Parsons (Brooklyn College, City University of New York) as a member of the Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Laboratory (LIDIA) at Universidad Nacional del Sur, in which he obtained novel theoretical and practical results in the area of architectures for autonomous intelligent agents. In 2005, he obtained a position as Research Assistant in the Laboratory for Computational Cultural Dynamics (LCCD) at University of Maryland College Park, co-directed by V.S. Subrahmanian and Dana Nau, where he carried out his doctoral studies under Subrahmanian (from 2005 to 2010). During his time in Maryland, he was a central participant in several projects funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, DARPA, Naval Research Laboratory, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Army Research Office, and the U.S. Air Force; the main topics of his work for these projects were probabilistic logic programming, with applications to stochastic reasoning about behaviors of groups of interest, and reasoning in the presence of large amounts of inconsistent data. He has published more than 30 papers in high quality international conferences, journals, and books, has served as reviewer for top-tier international conferences and journals, was awarded the Best Student Paper prize (shared with Matthias Broecheler) at the 2009 International Conference on Logic Programming (ICLP), and received an honorable mention for the International Journal of Approximate Reasoning's Young Researcher Award 2011, for ongoing research in Probabilistic Logic. He is currently a Senior Researcher in the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford (formerly known as the Oxford University Computing Laboratory) and a Fulford Junior Research Fellow of Somerville College, University of Oxford. Simari has worked closely with Thomas Lukasiewicz, Georg Gottlob, and other members of the department to successfully secure funding both from Google, Inc and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC, United Kingdom) to support his current research on scalable probabilistic reasoning in the Semantic Web and the Semantic Social Web.