Dr Simon Wells

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  • Gairloch Public Outreach Event

    On the 4th of August we headed to the Gairloch Museum to do a public outreach event to mark the launch of our website for the WOSHH/SCOSHH projects. The West of Scotland Herring Hunt (WOSHH) is a William Grant Foundation funded project that focusses upon Herring spawning behaviour on the West coast of Scotland.

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  • New Paper in Informal Logic

    My latest paper, co-written with my colleague David Godden of Michigan State University, is entitled “Burdens of Proposing ” and is collected into a special issue celebrating the work of Douglas Walton and his Contributions to Argumentation Theory.

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  • Co-Investigator on the West of Scotland Herring Hunt project

    The William Grant Foundation has funded our “West of Scotland Herring Hunt (WoSHH)” project to the tune of £154,550.45. I am a co-investigator on this project which will investigate both historical and contemporary Herring spawning on the West coast of Scotland with the goal of informing policy decisions leading to their future sustainability.

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  • New Paper at CMNA'21

    My latest paper, titled “Towards a Declarative Approach to Constructing Dialogue Games”, will be presented at the upcoming 21st International Workshop in Computational Models of Natural Argument (CMNA'21). The paper is joint work with Mark Snaith from RGU in which we sketch out a new programme of research into how dialogue games, expressed using a new sub-unit of the DGDL called “fragments”, can be re-used in new contexts.

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  • New Paper in Computer Graphics Forum

    My latest paper, titled “Design and Evaluation of Visualization Techniques to Facilitate Argument Exploration”, with my recently graduated Ph.D student, Dr Dana Khartabil, and colleagues from Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh University, and Ontario Tech University, has just been published in the Computer Graphics Forum.

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  • Talk on AI Research at Edinburgh Napier University for the SICSA-AI all hands meeting

    A brief overview of AI resarch activities at Edinburgh Napier University. This is not an exhaustive survey but is broadly indicative of the breadth and depth of AI related activities carried out at ENU, primarily within the School of Computing.

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  • Talk at the Twentieth Computational Models of Natural Argument Workshop

    I presented a talk to the delegates of the twentieth Computational Models of Natural Argument Workshop on the subject of “Datastores for Argumentation Data” in which he talked about SADFace & the ArgDB as a way to store and manipulate argumentative datasets.

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  • Demo at the 8th International Conference on Computational Models of Argument

    I presented work in a demo at COMMA 2020 on the subject of “The Open Argumentation PLatform (OAPl)” in which I talked the various pieces of software (some more mature, some more exploratory and prototypical) which form the inital tranch of contributions to a nascent Open Platform for Argumentation Software.

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  • Talk at the Third Trust In Intelligent Machines Workshop

    I presented a talk to the delegates of the third Trust in Intelligent Machines Workshop. The subject of my talk was on the various shaded of grey, or lack of clarity, in considering the issue of trust in the context of intelligent machines, communication, and dialogue when deception is an issue.

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  • ECA Paper on Partisan Political Argument in the online Brexit Campaign

    At the recent Third European Conference on Argumentation (ECA) I presented a paper entitled “A Paroxysm of Dissent: Partisan Political Advertising During the Brexit Campaign”. The paper is about the online advertisements used within the Brexit campaign prior to the 2016 referendum.

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