Dr Matthias Nickles

BSc, MSc, PhD

Contact Details

Lecturer Above The Bar
Information Technology
College of Engineering &
Informatics
NUI Galway

E: matthias.nickles@nuigalway.ie
 

Biography

Dr Matthias Nickles is a Lecturer Above the Bar (Assistant Professor) at National University of Ireland, Galway, with teaching and research in the Information Technology Discipline and the INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics. He commenced his current position after studying Computer Science with Psychology at Ludwig Maximilians University Munich (LMU), obtaining his PhD in Computer Science/Artificial Intelligence from Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany, in 2006 and working in research and teaching positions at TUM and University of Bath (United Kingdom). His main research interests are in Artificial Intelligence (AI), with a focus on Machine Learning (Statistical Relational Learning, optimization), SAT, Answer Set Programming, knowledge representation and probabilistic reasoning, semantic technologies, and intelligent agents. He has authored or co-authored more than 75 publications in his research areas and has been a member of more than 40 program committees and 11 organization committees of international workshops or conferences. He was appointed a W3C Invited Expert on Web uncertainty reasoning and has been active in several collaborative research projects in his research areas.

For further information, please visit http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Matthias_Nickles 

Research Interests

Artificial Intelligence, Logic, Machine Learning, Relational AI, Statistical-Relational Learning, Uncertainty Reasoning, Reinforcement Learning, Semantic Technologies, Intelligent Agents

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2018) The 5th Workshop on Probabilistic Logic Programming (PLP'18)
Matthias Nickles (2018) Differentiable SAT/ASP The 5th Workshop on Probabilistic Logic Programming (PLP'18) [Details]
(2018) 28th International Conference on Inductive Logic Programming (ILP 2018)
Matthias Nickles (2018) Sampling-Based SAT/ASP Multi-Model Optimization as a Framework for Probabilistic Inference . In: Fabrizio Riguzzi, Elena Bellodi, Riccardo Zese eds. 28th International Conference on Inductive Logic Programming (ILP 2018) [Details]
(2018) 12th International Conference on Scalable Uncertainty Management (SUM 2018)
Matthias Nickles (2018) Distribution-Aware Sampling of Answer Sets . In: Davide Ciucci, Gabriella Pasi, Barbara Vantaggi eds. 12th International Conference on Scalable Uncertainty Management (SUM 2018) [Details]
(2017) Database and Expert Systems Applications (DEXA 2017)
Emir Muñoz and Matthias Nickles (2017) Mining Cardinalities from Knowledge Bases . In: Benslimane D., Damiani E., Grosky W., Hameurlain A., Sheth A., Wagner R eds. Database and Expert Systems Applications (DEXA 2017) , pp.447-462 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2017) 25th Irish Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science (AICS 2017)
Chinmay Choudhary, Matthias Nickles, Colm O'Riordan (2017) Supervised and Unsupervised Approaches to the Ontology-Based Disambiguation of JSON Documents 25th Irish Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science (AICS 2017) [Details]
(2016) 15th European Conference on Logics in Artificial Intelligence (JELIA 2016)
Nickles, Matthias (2016) A Tool for Probabilistic Reasoning Based on Logic Programming and First-Order Theories Under Stable Model Semantics 15th European Conference on Logics in Artificial Intelligence (JELIA 2016) , pp.369-384 [Details]
(2015) 25th International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS 2015)
Nickles, Matthias and Rettinger, Achim (2015) Interactive Relational Reinforcement Learning of Concept Semantics (Extended Abstract) 25th International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS 2015) [Details]
(2015) 9th International Conference on Scalable Uncertainty Management (SUM 2015)
Nickles, Matthias and Mileo, Alessandra (2015) A System for Probabilistic Inductive Answer Set Programming 9th International Conference on Scalable Uncertainty Management (SUM 2015) , pp.99-105 [Details]
(2015) 2nd International Workshop on Probabilistic Logic Programming co-located with 31st International Conference on Logic Programming (ICLP 2015)
Nickles, Matthias and Mileo, Alessandra (2015) A Hybrid Approach to Inference in Probabilistic Non-Monotonic Logic Programming 2nd International Workshop on Probabilistic Logic Programming co-located with 31st International Conference on Logic Programming (ICLP 2015) , pp.57-68 [Details]
(2014) 15th International Workshop on Non-Monotonic Reasoning (NMR 2014)
Nickles, Matthias and Mileo, Alessandra (2014) Probabilistic inductive logic programming based on answer set programming 15th International Workshop on Non-Monotonic Reasoning (NMR 2014) [Details]
(2014) Workshops at the Twenty-Eighth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence
Rettinger, Achim and Hagemann, Alexander and Nickles, Matthias (2014) Learning an Optimal Sequence of Questions for the Disambiguation of Queries over Structured Data Workshops at the Twenty-Eighth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence [Details]
(2014) 8th International Conference on Web Reasoning and Rule Systems (RR 2014)
Nickles, Matthias and Mileo, Alessandra (2014) Web Stream Reasoning Using Probabilistic Answer Set Programming 8th International Conference on Web Reasoning and Rule Systems (RR 2014) , pp.197-205 [Details]
(2014) The 19th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (EKAW'14)
Nickles, Matthias (2014) Functional Logic Programming for Web Knowledge Representation, Sharing and Querying The 19th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (EKAW'14) [Details]
(2013) First International Workshop on Learning and Nonmonotonic Reasoning (LNMR 2013)
Mileo, Alessandra and Nickles, Matthias (2013) Probabilistic inductive answer set programming by model sampling and counting First International Workshop on Learning and Nonmonotonic Reasoning (LNMR 2013) [Details]
(2012) 13th European Conference on Logics in Artificial Intelligence (JELIA 2012)
Nickles, Matthias (2012) A System for the Use of Answer Set Programming in Reinforcement Learning 13th European Conference on Logics in Artificial Intelligence (JELIA 2012) , pp.488-491 [Details]
(2011) Learning Semantics Workshop at the 25th Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS 2011)
Nickles, Matthias and Rettinger, Achim (2011) Towards Interactive Relational Reinforcement Learning of Concepts Learning Semantics Workshop at the 25th Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS 2011) [Details]
(2011) 21st International Conference on Inductive Logic Programming (ILP 2011)
Nickles, Matthias (2011) Integrating Relational Reinforcement Rearning with Reasoning About Actions and Change 21st International Conference on Inductive Logic Programming (ILP 2011) , pp.255-269 [Details]
(2009) International Workshop on Rules and Rule Markup Languages for the Semantic Web
Nickles, Matthias and Sottara, Davide (2009) Approaches to uncertain or imprecise rules-a survey International Workshop on Rules and Rule Markup Languages for the Semantic Web , pp.323-336 [Details]
(2009) Proceedings of 1st ESWC Workshop on Inductive Reasoning and Machine Learning for the Semantic Web, IRMLeS09
Rettinger, Achim and Nickles, Matthias (2009) Infinite hidden semantic models for learning with OWL DL Proceedings of 1st ESWC Workshop on Inductive Reasoning and Machine Learning for the Semantic Web, IRMLeS09 [Details]
(2009) Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings
Nickles, Matthias and Rettinger, Achim (2009) Partially Observable Markov Decision Processes with Behavioral Norms Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings [Details]
(2009) Joint European Conference on Machine Learning and Knowledge Discovery in Databases (ECML PKDD 2009)
Rettinger, Achim and Nickles, Matthias and Tresp, Volker (2009) Statistical relational learning with formal ontologies Joint European Conference on Machine Learning and Knowledge Discovery in Databases (ECML PKDD 2009) , pp.286-301 [Details]
(2008) 7th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2008)
Rettinger, Achim and Nickles, Matthias and Tresp, Volker (2008) A statistical relational model for trust learning 7th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2008) , pp.763-770 [Details]
(2007) Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings
Nickles, Matthias (2007) Towards a logic of graded normativity and norm adherence Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings [Details]
(2007) International Workshop on Cooperative Information Agents
Rettinger, Achim and Nickles, Matthias and Tresp, Volker (2007) Learning initial trust among interacting agents International Workshop on Cooperative Information Agents , pp.313-327 [Details]
(2006) International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2006)
Nickles, Matthias (2006) Modeling Social Attitudes on the Web International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2006) , pp.529-543 [Details]
(2006) 17th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI 2006)
Gaudou, Benoit and Herzig, Andreas and Longin, Dominique and Nickles, Matthias (2006) A New Semantics for the FIPA Agent Communication Language Based on Social Attitudes 17th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI 2006) , pp.245-249 [Details]
(2006) URSW
Nickles, Matthias and Cobos, Ruth (2006) Social contexts and the probabilistic fusion and ranking of opinions: Towards a social semantics for the semantic web URSW , pp.51-60 [Details]
(2006) 17th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI 2006)
Fischer, Felix and Nickles, Matthias (2006) Computational Opinions 17th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI 2006) [Details]
(2005) EUMAS
Nickles, Matthias and Fischer, Felix A (2005) Communication Attitudes: A Formal Account of Ostensible Beliefs and Intentions EUMAS , pp.493-494 [Details]
(2005) International Workshop on Agent-Oriented Software Engineering
Gerhard Weiss, Felix Fischer, Matthias Nickles, Michael Rovatsos (2005) Operational modelling of agent autonomy: theoretical aspects and a formal language International Workshop on Agent-Oriented Software Engineering , pp.1-15 [Details]
(2005) 2005 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence (WI 2005)
Nickles, Matthias and Cobos, Ruth and Weiss, Gerhard and Froehner, Tina (2005) Multi-source knowledge bases and ontologies with multiple individual and social viewpoints 2005 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence (WI 2005) , pp.62-66 [Details]
(2005) 3rd International Workshop on Logic and Communication in Multi-Agent Systems (LCMAS 2005) @ IJCAI 2005
Nickles, Matthias and Fischer, Felix and Weiss, Gerhard (2005) A Framework for the Representation of Opinions and Ostensible Intentions (LCMAS 2005) 3rd International Workshop on Logic and Communication in Multi-Agent Systems (LCMAS 2005) @ IJCAI 2005 [Details]
(2004) ECAI 2004 Workshop on Agent-Mediated Knowledge Management (AMKM-04)
Froehner, Tina; Nickles, Matthias; Weiss, Gerhard (2004) Towards Modeling the Social Layer of Emergent Knowledge Using Open Ontologies ECAI 2004 Workshop on Agent-Mediated Knowledge Management (AMKM-04) [Details]
(2004) International Workshop on Agent Communication
Nickles, Matthias and Rovatsos, Michael and Weiss, Gerhard (2004) Formulating agent communication semantics and pragmatics as behavioral expectations International Workshop on Agent Communication , pp.153-172 [Details]
(2004) 3rd International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2004)
Nickles, Matthias; Rovatsos, Michael; Weiss, Gerhard (2004) Empirical-rational semantics of agent communication 3rd International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2004) , pp.94-101 [Details]
(2004) 4th International Workshop on Knowledge Markup and Semantic Annotation (SemAnnot)
Nickles, Matthias; Froehner, Tina; Weiss, Gerhard (2004) Social Annotation of Semantically Heterogeneous Knowledge 4th International Workshop on Knowledge Markup and Semantic Annotation (SemAnnot) [Details]
(2004) IKE
Froehner, Tina and Nickles, Matthias and Wei\ss (2004) Open Ontologies-The Need for Modeling Heterogeneous Knowledge IKE , pp.91-97 [Details]
(2003) ACIS 4th International Conference on Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Networking and Parallel/Distributed Computing (SNPD 2003)
Nickles, Matthias and Rovatsos, Michael and Brauer, Wilfried and Wei\ss (2003) Towards a Unified Model of Socialitiy in Multiagent Systems ACIS 4th International Conference on Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Networking and Parallel/Distributed Computing (SNPD 2003) , pp.177-187 [Details]
(2003) International Workshop on Cooperative Information Agents
Nickles, Matthias and Wei\ss (2003) A framework for the social description of resources in open environments International Workshop on Cooperative Information Agents , pp.206-221 [Details]
(2003) Workshop on Agent Communication Languages
Rovatsos, Michael and Nickles, Matthias and Weiss, Gerhard (2003) An empirical model of communication in multiagent systems Workshop on Agent Communication Languages , pp.18-36 [Details]
(2003) 2nd International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2003)
Rovatsos, Michael and Nickles, Matthias and Weiss, Gerhard (2003) Interaction is Meaning: A New Model for Communication in Open Systems 2nd International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2003) , pp.536-543 [Details]
(2003) Cooperative Information Agents VII
Nickles, M and Weiss, G (2003) A framework for the social description of resources in open environments. Procs. of the Seventh International Workshop on Cooperative Information Agents Cooperative Information Agents VII [Details]
(2003) International Workshop on Agents and P2P Computing
Nickles, Matthias and Wei\ss (2003) Agent-based social assessment of shared resources International Workshop on Agents and P2P Computing , pp.35-40 [Details]
(2003) 2nd International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2003)
Gerhard Weiss, Michael Rovatsos, and Matthias Nickles (2003) Capturing Agent Autonomy in Roles and XML 2nd International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2003) , pp.105-112 [Details]
(2003) Procs. of the 2nd International Workshop on Challenges in Open Agent Environments
Nickles, Matthias and Weiss, Gerhard (2003) Empirical Semantics of Agent Communication in Open Systems Procs. of the 2nd International Workshop on Challenges in Open Agent Environments [Details]
(2002) International Workshop on Engineering Societies in the Agents World
Nickles, Matthias and Rovatsos, Michael and Wei\ss (2002) A schema for specifying computational autonomy International Workshop on Engineering Societies in the Agents World , pp.82-95 [Details]
(2001) International Workshop on Agent-Oriented Software Engineering
Brauer, Wilfried and Nickles, Matthias and Rovatsos, Michael and Wei\ss (2001) Expectation-oriented analysis and design International Workshop on Agent-Oriented Software Engineering , pp.226-244 [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2018) 'Statistical Cardinality Bounds in Knowledge Bases'
Emir Munoz, Matthias Nickles (2018) 'Statistical Cardinality Bounds in Knowledge Bases'. Transactions of Large Scale Data and Knowledge Centered Systems (TLDKS) Springer, [Details]
(2014) 'Interactive relational reinforcement learning of concept semantics'
Nickles, Matthias and Rettinger, Achim (2014) 'Interactive relational reinforcement learning of concept semantics'. Machine learning, 94 (2):169-204 [Details]
(2011) 'Statistical relational learning of trust'
Rettinger, Achim and Nickles, Matthias and Tresp, Volker (2011) 'Statistical relational learning of trust'. Machine learning, 82 (2):191-209 [Details]
(2007) 'Social acquisition of ontologies from communication processes'
Nickles, Matthias (2007) 'Social acquisition of ontologies from communication processes'. Applied Ontology, 2 (3-4):373-397 [Details]
(2007) 'ISWC 2006 (Semantic Web Conference)'
Nickles, Matthias (2007) 'ISWC 2006 (Semantic Web Conference)'. KI, 21 (1) [Details]
(2007) 'The empirical semantics approach to communication structure learning and usage: individualistic vs. systemic views'
Nickles, Matthias and Rovatsos, Michael and Schmitt, Marco and Brauer, Wilfried and Fischer, Felix and Malsch, Thomas and Paetow, Kai and Weiss, Gerhard (2007) 'The empirical semantics approach to communication structure learning and usage: individualistic vs. systemic views'. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 10 (1) [Details]
(2007) 'Specifying the intertwining of cooperation and autonomy in agent-based systems'
Gerhard Weiß, Matthias Nickles, Michael Rovatsos, Felix Fischer (2007) 'Specifying the intertwining of cooperation and autonomy in agent-based systems'. Journal Of Network And Computer Applications, 30 (3):1196-1215 [Details]
(2006) 'Ontologies across disciplines'
Nickles, Matthias and Pease, Adam and Schalley, Andrea C and Zaefferer, Dietmar (2006) 'Ontologies across disciplines'. TRENDS IN LINGUISTICS STUDIES AND MONOGRAPHS, 176 [Details]
(2006) 'Communication attitudes: A formal approach to ostensible intentions, and individual and group opinions'
Nickles, Matthias and Fischer, Felix and Weiss, Gerhard (2006) 'Communication attitudes: A formal approach to ostensible intentions, and individual and group opinions'. Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science, 157 (4):95-115 [Details]
(2005) 'Expectation-oriented modeling'
Nickles, Matthias and Rovatsos, Michael and Weiss, Gerhard (2005) 'Expectation-oriented modeling'. Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, 18 (8):891-918 [Details]
(2005) 'Integration of Ontologies and Knowledge from Distributed Autonomous Sources'
Fr\"ohner, Tina and Nickles, Matthias and Wei\ss (2005) 'Integration of Ontologies and Knowledge from Distributed Autonomous Sources'. KI, 19 (1) [Details]
(2004) 'AAMAS 2004'
Nickles, Matthias (2004) 'AAMAS 2004'. KI, 18 (4) [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2009) 'Argumentation-vs. proposal-based negotiation: an empirical case study on the basis of game-theoretic solution concepts'
F\"orst, Angelika and Rettinger, Achim and Nickles, Matthias (2009) 'Argumentation-vs. proposal-based negotiation: an empirical case study on the basis of game-theoretic solution concepts' In: Springer Berlin Heidelberg. [Details]
(2009) 'A Comparative Study of Argumentation-and Proposal-Based Negotiation'
F\"orst, Angelika and Rettinger, Achim and Nickles, Matthias (2009) 'A Comparative Study of Argumentation-and Proposal-Based Negotiation' In: Springer Berlin Heidelberg. [Details]
(2008) 'An approach to description logic with support for propositional attitudes and belief fusion'
Nickles, Matthias and Cobos, Ruth (2008) 'An approach to description logic with support for propositional attitudes and belief fusion' In: Uncertainty Reasoning for the Semantic Web I. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer. [Details]
(2005) 'Communication Systems: A Unified Model of Socially Intelligent Systems'
Nickles, Matthias and Rovatsos, Michael and Brauer, Wilfried and Wei\ss (2005) 'Communication Systems: A Unified Model of Socially Intelligent Systems' In: Springer Berlin Heidelberg. [Details]
(2005) 'Multiagent Systems Without Agents--Mirror-Holons for the Compilation and Enactment of Communication Structures'
Nickles, Matthias and Weiss, Gerhard (2005) 'Multiagent Systems Without Agents--Mirror-Holons for the Compilation and Enactment of Communication Structures' In: Socionics. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer. [Details]
(2003) 'Ordnung aus Chaos - Prolegomena zu einer Luhmann'schen Modellierung deentropisierender Strukturbildung in Multiagentensystemen'
Nickles, Matthias and Lorentzen, Kai F (2003) 'Ordnung aus Chaos - Prolegomena zu einer Luhmann'schen Modellierung deentropisierender Strukturbildung in Multiagentensystemen' In: Luhmann modelliert. Ansätze zur Simulation von Kommunikationssystemen. Wiesbaden: Leske & Budrich. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
(2018) Special issue on Uncertainty Reasoning for the Web. International Journal of Approximate Reasoning, Volume 93.
Fernando Bobillo, Kenneth J. Laskey, Trevor Martin, Matthias Nickles (Ed.). (2018) Special issue on Uncertainty Reasoning for the Web. International Journal of Approximate Reasoning, Volume 93. New York: Elsevier. [Details]
(2013) Uncertainty Reasoning for the Semantic Web II: International Workshops URSW 2008-2010 Held at ISWC and UniDL 2010 Held at FLoC, Revised Selected Papers.
Bobillo, Fernando and Costa, Paulo CG and d'Amato, Claudia and Fanizzi, Nicola and Laskey, Kathryn B and Laskey, Kenneth J and Lukasiewicz, Thomas and Nickles, Matthias and Pool, Michael (Ed.). (2013) Uncertainty Reasoning for the Semantic Web II: International Workshops URSW 2008-2010 Held at ISWC and UniDL 2010 Held at FLoC, Revised Selected Papers. Berlin: Springer. [Details]
(2008) Uncertainty Reasoning for the Semantic Web I: ISWC International Workshop, URSW 2005-2007, Revised Selected and Invited Papers.
Costa, Paulo CG and d'Amato, Claudia and Fanizzi, Nicola and Laskey, Kathryn B and Laskey, Kenneth J and Nickles, Matthias and Pool, Michael (Ed.). (2008) Uncertainty Reasoning for the Semantic Web I: ISWC International Workshop, URSW 2005-2007, Revised Selected and Invited Papers. Berlin: Springer. [Details]
(2004) Computational Autonomy - Potential, Risks, and Solutions.
Matthias Nickles, Michael Rovatsos, Gerhard Weiss (Ed.). (2004) Computational Autonomy - Potential, Risks, and Solutions. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer. [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2016) PrASP Report.
Matthias Nickles (2016) PrASP Report. CoRR - Computing Research Repository - arXiv, Ithaca, New York. [Details]
(2004) Social Reification for the Semantic Web.
Nickles, Matthias and Fr\"ohner, Tina (2004) Social Reification for the Semantic Web. TUM, München. [Details]

ANET/COS

  Year Publication
(2014) Probabilistic Inductive Logic Programming Based on Answer Set Programming.
Nickles, Matthias; Mileo, Alessandra (2014) Probabilistic Inductive Logic Programming Based on Answer Set Programming. ANET/COS [Details]

Editorial

  Year Publication
(2018) Special issue on Uncertainty Reasoning for the Web, International Journal of Approximate Reasoning, Volume 93 (2018).
Bobillo, F,Laskey, KJ,Martin, T,Nickles, M (2018) Special issue on Uncertainty Reasoning for the Web, International Journal of Approximate Reasoning, Volume 93 (2018). Editorial [DOI] [Details]