Derek Sleeman, PhD
Derek Sleeman, PhD, has been Professor of Computing Science at Aberdeen since 1986, is a Visiting Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Glasgow, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE) and of the European AI Societies. Earlier in his career he was a Lecturer in Computing at the University of Leeds and co-founded the Computer-Based Learning Unit there in 1969, and in 1982 he was appointed Senior Research Associate in the Knowledge Systems Laboratory at Stanford and then as Associate Professor of AI & Education there. Prof. Sleeman's research combines AI and Cognitive Science with a focus on Co-operative Knowledge Acquisition and Knowledge Refinement Systems, Reuse of Knowledge Sources, Capture of Expertize, and Ontology Management systems. Until recently, co-PI of the EPSRC-sponsored IRC in Advanced Knowledge Technologies. Prof. Sleeman collaborated in development of some of the earliest medical AI and CAI programs at both Leeds and Stanford. More recently he has collaborated with the departments of Anesthetics, ICU, General Practice, Oncology, and Respiratory Medicine at Aberdeen, with the Edinburgh Neuro ICU, and with the ICU at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. A particular emphasis of his present work is the capture of clinical expertise and ways to help the expert both detect and remove inherent inconsistencies. His team has developed computer programs that investigate unusual patient reactions to treatments and provide clinically-plausible explanations for these deviations. Prof. Sleeman co-organized and/or chaired scientific meetings including International, European, and National Conferences in Machine Learning and Knowledge Acquisition, and the AAAI Stanford Spring Symposium on the Symbiotic relationship between the Semantic Web & Knowledge Engineering. He has served on various Editorial boards including the Machine Learning Journal, and the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies.