I enjoy taking responsibility in activities that concern the broader computer science and academic community. This gives me a way to contribute to shaping not only my own research line but the community as a whole. Usually I have lots of ideas on how things could be made better or on directions in which the community could develop in the future. These activities give me a platform to realise these ideas.
- member Informatics Advisory Board of the Lorentz Center in Leiden, a center for scientific workshops in all disciplines. The board advises on acceptance of workshop proposals and the policy of the center.
- member Board of the Netherlands Institute for Research on ICT (4TU.NIRICT). Comprises all ICT research of the four universities of technology of the Netherlands. I joined in 2015.
- member steering committee of the International Workshop on Engineering Multi-Agent Systems (EMAS), 2012-now. Resulted from a merger of three workshops: DALT, ProMAS and AOSE. I have organised the DALT workshop from 2007-2009, and joined its steering committee in 2009.
- Elected member of the Board of directors of the International Foundation of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (IFAAMAS); 2012-2018. I was a member and later chair of the Education & Training subcommittee.
Reviewing & Assessment
- member of the editorial board of JAAMAS, the Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems.
- reviewer and panel member for several funding programmes of the Dutch Research Council NWO, and the Swedish Wallenberg Foundation.
- served often on the Senior Programme Committee of some of the most important conferences in AI, in particular the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi Agent Systems (AAMAS) and the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI).
- Programme Committee member for over 60 international conferences and workshops, including the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) conference, European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI), International Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems (PRIMA), Benelux Conference on Artificial Intelligence (BNAIC), International Workshop on Coordination, Organization, Institutions and Norms in Multi-Agent Systems (COIN), Computational Accountability and Responsibility in Multiagent Systems (CARe-MAS), Workshop on Computational Logic in Multi-Agent Systems (CLIMA), and IEEE International Conferences on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems (SASO).
Organization of Workshops & Conferences
I have organised over ten international workshops and conferences. I describe a selection of these below.
- co-chair of the 2nd International Workshop on Engineering Multi-Agent Systems (EMAS), 2014. Held in conjunction with AAMAS.
- co-chair of the International Workshop on Coordination, Organization, Institutions and Norms in Agent Systems (COIN), 2013. In conjunction with PRIMA.
- program co-chair 14th European Agent Systems Summer School (EASSS), 2012.
- co-chair of the International Workshop on Coordination, Organization, Institutions and Norms in Agent Systems (COIN), 2011. Held in conjunction with WI-IAT.
Chair AI-track at ICT.Open 2019
Together with a track committee consisting of Veronika Cheplygina (TU Eindhoven), Michel Klein (VU), Maartje de Graaf (UU), Maurice Peemen (Thermo Fisher Scientific), and Maaike Harbers (Hogeschool Rotterdam), I put together a programme for the AI track at ICT.Open 2019, the yearly conference of Dutch ICT researchers. There was a lot of interest for the track, which meant we could put together an almost two-day programme!
Besides providing a platform to showcase the wide range of research conducted in the Dutch AI community, we aimed to pay special attention to aspects concerning human-centered and responsible AI. This resulted in two sessions and an interactive panel on these topics.
Co-organizer Intimate Technology workshop, 2018
As part of a three-day conference on philosophy of human-technology relations, I organized together with Merijn Bruijnes, Dirk Heylen, Gijs Huisman, and Nicola Liberati a workshop on the topic of Intimate Technology on July 11th 2018 at the DesignLab at University of Twente.
In this workshop we brought together researchers and practitioners from a range of areas including philosophy, art, and computer science to discuss and exchange ideas on how to shape intimate technologies that can contribute to human flourishing. Specifically, the workshop focused on the effects on our vulnerability through the use of intimate digital technologies following three main relations between users and technologies: Intimacy with yourself through technology, intimacy with other human beings through technology, and intimacy towards technologies.
The presentations and discussions with the audience provided for a very inspiring and interesting exploration of the combination of intimacy and technology. It showed that a multidisciplinary perspective can give rise to truly original directions for shaping this field! For more information on the workshop, see the 4TU.Humans & Technology website.
General Co-Chair Benelux Conference on Artificial Intelligence, BNAIC 2013
In 2013 I was general co-chair of the 25th Benelux Conference on Artificial Intelligence (BNAIC), which we hosted at TU Delft. On the occasion of this 25th edition, we organised a special open celebration session in which we invited (and challenged 🙂 ) 10 AI professors from the Benelux to give a PechaKucha talk: 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each. This made for a very lively and exciting session, which was attended by over 400 people!