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Biography

My first degree is in English from Leeds University. I returned to higher education as a mature student some years later, gaining an MSc with Distinction in Software Development from the University of Huddersfield. I then went on to study for my Ph.D. at Huddersfield, with Prof. Lee McCluskey as my director of studies. My research was in Artificial Intelligence (AI) Planning and investigated a new object-centred approach to planning, and included the development of three different planning engines. During my time as a PhD student, I also worked as a part-time lecturer at the University. I was then employed as a Research Assistant, where part of my role was to help with the organisation and running of the Planning and Scheduling Special Interest Group Workshop. I finally became a full-time lecturer in the (then) Dept of Computing in 1999. I have taught a wide range of topics within Computing, including Java programming, software development methods, internet application development, AI, formal methods, software engineering, computing science and research methods at both undergraduate and M.Sc. level. My administrative duties have included being a Course leader, and I am currently an Admissions Tutor.

 

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Research Output

A General Approach to Exploit Model Predictive Control for Guiding Automated Planning Search in Hybrid Domains

Bhatti, F., Kitchin, D. & Vallati, M., 9 Jan 2020, Artificial Intelligence XXXVI: 39th SGAI International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, AI 2019, Cambridge, UK, December 17–19, 2019, Proceedings. Bramer, M. & Petridis, M. (eds.). 1st ed. Cham: Springer Nature Switzerland AG, p. 139-145 7 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 11927 LNAI).

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  • How to Plan Roadworks in Urban Regions? A Principled Approach Based on AI Planning

    Vallati, M., Chrpa, L. & Kitchin, D., 13 Aug 2019, Computational Science - ICCS 2019: 19th International Conference, Faro, Portugal, June 12-14, 2019 Proceedings, Part V. Rodriques, J. M. F., Cardoso, P. J. S., Monteiro, J., Lam, R., Krzhizhanovskaya, V. V., Lees, M. H., Dongarra, J. J. & Sloot, P. M. A. (eds.). 1st ed. Cham: Springer Verlag, Vol. LNCS11540. p. 453-460 8 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 11540 LNCS).

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  • Active Learning in Large Lectures

    Kitchin, D., Oct 2018, Higher Education Computer Science: A Manual of Practical Approaches. Carter, J., O'Grady, M. & Rosen, C. (eds.). Cham: Springer Verlag, p. 17-28 12 p.

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  • On the Configuration of Robust Static Parallel Portfolios for Efficient Plan Generation

    Vallati, M., Chrpa, L. & Kitchin, D., 12 Jun 2018, Computational Science – ICCS 2018: 18th International Conference, Wuxi, China, June 11–13, 2018, Proceedings, Part I. Shi, Y., Fu, H., Tian, Y., Krzhizanovskaya, V. V., Lees, M. H., Dongarra, J. & Sloot, P. M. A. (eds.). Springer Verlag, p. 15-27 13 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; vol. 10860).

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  • Activities

    • 2 Oral presentation

    ASCoL: Automated Acquisition of Domain Specific Static Constraints from Plan Traces

    Rabia Jilani (Speaker), Andrew Crampton (Speaker), Diane Kitchin (Speaker), Mauro Vallati (Speaker)
    15 Dec 2014

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Automated Knowledge Engineering Tools in Planning: State-of-the-Art and Future Challenges

    Rabia Jilani (Speaker), Andrew Crampton (Speaker), Diane Kitchin (Speaker), Mauro Vallati (Speaker)
    21 Jun 2014

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation