People

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 STAFF
Director

Dr. Kristinn R. Thórisson has been researching artificial intelligence for over two decades, in academia and industry. His research centers on artificial general intelligence, realtime interaction, and complex cognitive systems. At MIT he pioneered new ideas in the area of communicative, multimodal intelligent agents. Recent projects have included a cognitive architecture for Honda Motor Corporation’s humanoid robot ASIMO, and the AERA cognitive architecture – the world’s first system that can learn complex skills by observation in circumstances that are largely underspecified. He has taught advanced AI courses at Columbia University, KTH and Reykjavik University, and consulted for NASA and British Telecom, among others. He is a member and co-founder of CADIA, Iceland’s first AI lab. Kris has authored numerous scientific papers and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Artificial General Intelligence and the LNCS Transactions on Computational Collective Intelligence. Kris is a two-time recipient of the Kurzweil Award for his work on artificial general intelligence.  MIT WebsiteReykjavik University Website.

Jackie_croppSenior Research Scientist / Principal Investigator

Dr. Jacky Mallett graduated from MIT in 2005. She has over 2 decades of industry experience, designing, building and troubleshooting Distributed Systems, with extensive experience in real-time critical systems, high performance computing, signal processing, and wide area networking. She returned to University and completed her Ph.D at the MIT Media Lab in 2005 with work on the problem of coordinating large groups of autonomous cameras in real time. She became interested in the banking system during the 2007 credit crisis, and is currently working on building simulations of Basel Regulated Banking frameworks, with the goal of integrating an Economic and Distributed Systems understanding of their behavior, and their influence on macro-economic stability.

Guðný B&W 150x200Research Scientist / Principal Programmer

 Guðný R. Jónsdóttir, M.Sc. in Computer Science from Reykjavik University in 2008, has been doing research on dialogue systems for over 5 years. She also has over 12 years of commercial software development and project management experience, including the design and implementation of client management solutions for some of the largest firms and institutions in Iceland, such as the Technological Institute of Iceland, IcelandAir, Reykjavík Child Protection Services and Icelandic Medicines Control Agency (IMCA). Before joining IIIM she spent several years at CADIA doing design and implementation of autonomous distributed systems.

Affiliate Researcher

Dr. Haris Dindo received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Palermo in 2007 with the doctoral dissertation entitled Cognitive Imitation in Robotic Systems. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science Engineering at the University of Palermo, Italy. His research is at the intersection of robotics and machine learning, an interdisciplinary research with contributions ranging from artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics to cognitive sciences, biology and neuroscience. He is currently focused on developing a novel computational and architectural framework for intentional and joint action embodied in a humanoid robotic platform. He is currently team leader and member of the scientific board of EU‐funded project HUMANOBS: Humanoids that Learn Socio‐Communicative Skills by Observation (FP7‐ICT‐231453).

Pei_WangAffiliate Researcher

Dr. Pei Wang is an Associate Professor at Temple University. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Cognitive Science from Indiana University, and his M.S. and B.S. in Computer Science, both from Peking University. His main research project is NARS (Non-Axiomatic Reasoning System), a general-purpose reasoning system. Dr. Wang is the Co-Chair of the Program Committee of the First Conference on Artificial General Intelligence, and the Chief Executive Editor of the Journal of Artificial General Intelligence.

PierreResearch Scientist/ Programmer

Pierre Zanchetta holds a MSc degree in Aerospace Engineering, majoring in data science and applied mathematics, from the ISAE Supaéro (Toulouse, France). Previous work experiences include research work in machine learning in startups in Reunion Island and Australia.

RagnhildurProject Manager

Ragnhildur Sigurðardóttir has a BA degree in economics from the University of Iceland and did master studies in film directing at California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. She has worked as a journalist as well as a reporter and a producer for both television and radio for Icelandic and foreign media.

Ágúst HlynurProgrammer /System Administrator

Ágúst Hlynur Hólmgeirsson, received his B.Sc. degree in computer science from Reykjavik University in 2007 and was the System Administrator for CADIA during his education. He is one of the founding members and the System Administrator of the Icelandic Society for Intelligence Research.

Research Intern

Stijn de Looijer has a bachelor’s degree in Applied Physics and is currently doing his master’s degree in Bio mechanical Design at Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands). Within his master’s he specialized in the track of Bio Robotics, which is focusing on the intersection between humans and robots. During his courses he learned about Dynamics, Human and Machine Control, and Vision.


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 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
kristinnManaging Director

Dr. Kristinn R. Thórisson (see top of page for bio)

HlynurChairman of the Board

Hlynur Halldórsson graduated from the Law School of the University of Iceland in 1994. In year 1999 he received L.LM. degree from Queen Mary & Westfield College at University of London in Computer and Communications Law. He worked as an attorney for Iceland’s largest shipping company, Eimskip for several years before he became an associate and later a partner at LM Logmenn. Hlynur has been a partner of Landslog since July 2010. Hlynur’s main areas of expertise are technology law, copyright law, competition law, maritime law and banking law.

HannesDr. Hannes H. Vilhjalmsson, Research Scientist, Center for Analysis and Design of Intelligent Agents. Associate Professor, School of Computer Science at Reykjavik University. Research focus on intelligent avatars and interactive virtual environments with emphasis on social interaction and collaboration. Co-founder, board-member and technical advisor of Alelo Inc. Former Research Scientist at the Center for Advanced Research on Technology for Education (CARTE) at USC Information Sciences Institute (ISI).

SigridurSigríður Ólafsdóttir is the Head of Inspection Unit at the Icelandic Medicines Agency. She received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University. Her expertise lies in biotechnology, drug development, research and leadership, and has professional experience as a CEO and research group leader in drug development companies and as an independent consultant. Her previous appointments include seats on the Board of Nordic Innovation, the Council of University of Iceland, Board of Technology Development Fund, and board memberships of various start-up biotech companies. She is currently a member of the University of Iceland & University Hospital IP committee and the board of the University of Iceland Science Park.

thorunn-sigfusdottir-thumbÞórunn Sigfúsdóttir has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry in the area of computer science and software development. She has worked closely with many startup businesses in their sprouting phase, from product design to prototype to product launch as Director of Software Development at Daedalus Technology Group, based in New York, bridging an R&D team with venture capital stakeholders. Þórunn is currently Director of Workforce Services at Trackwell Software overseeing the product strategy and business development of MRM solutions.


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 ADVISORY BOARD

Dr. Eythor Ivar Jonsson, DBA, CEO of Klak, Reykjavik, Iceland, directs one of he primary incubation outfits in Iceland. Before joining Klak he held an Associate Professor position at Copenhagen Business School. He is Chairman of the Board of over a dozen Danish companies.

Dr. Finnur Oddsson, CEO of Nyherji, Reykjavik, Iceland. Former Managing Director of Iceland Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Oddsson works with many of Iceland’s largest organizations, public and private, in various capacities. Prior to his current post he was Director of MBA Programs at Reykjavik University, and Director of Executive Education and Assistant Professors.

Dr. Gísli Hjálmtýsson is the Managing Partner of the venture capital company Thule Investments, and former IIIM Board Member. Dr. Hjálmtýsson has a Ph.D. in computer science from University of California, Santa Barbara and has been involved as Board Member, Chairman of the Board, and Director of numerous ventures including Borealis Data Center, Brú Venture Capital, Emerald Networks, Carbon Recycling International, Advania, Voice Commerce Group and Cadec Global. He has served as Dean of Computer Science at Reykjavik University (2001-2007) and was a researcher at AT&T Labs – Research in the US (1995-2000).

Dr. Stacy Marsella is Professor and Associate Dean of Research at Northeastern University, College of Computer and Information Science, United States. Before joining NU he was a Research Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southern California, Associate Director for Social Simulation Research at the Institute of Creative Technologies, and Co-Director of the USC Computational Emotion Group. He leads projects on virtual humans, social simulation, interactive drama, emotions and theory of mind.

Dr. Rosalind Picard, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Laboratory. She has served on dozens of international science committees and recently chaired the National Science Foundations Committee of Visitors for the Information and Intelligent Systems Division. She has also worked as a consultant for companies such as Apple, AT&T, BT, HP, iRobot, and Motorola.

Dr. Jörg Siekmann, Co-Founder & Scientific Director, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). Dr. Siekmann was a founding Chairman of the German AI Society, a Fellow of the German Computer Science Society (GI), Chairman of the Collaborative Research Centre on Resource-Bounded Cognitive Processes, among others.

Dr. John B. Vander Sande, co-founder of American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC), he is the Cecil and Ida Green Distinguished Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, emeritus, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), specializing in the analysis of the microstructure of materials. He was Associate Dean and Acting Dean of Engineering at MIT from 1992 to 1999 and was founding Executive Director of the Cambridge (England)-MIT Institute from 1999 to 2003. He was Acting Provost at Reykjavik University, Iceland in 2009-10. Dr. Vander Sande’s experience lies in extensive knowledge of materials, the power technologies industry and his long-time tenure as a professor and administrator at a leading research university.

Dr. Ipke Wachsmuth, Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF); Chair, Artificial Intelligence, University of Bielefeld. Dr. Wachsmuth has a strong multidisciplinary publications in several fields, including cognitive learning research, intelligent tutoring systems, virtual reality and multimodal interaction. He is former president of the German Cognitive Science Society and is co-director of the Collaborative Research Center “Alignment in Communication”.

Dr. Yngvi Bjornsson, Dean of School of Computer Science at Reykjavík University. Former Co-Director, Center for Analysis and Design of Intelligent Agents, Reykjavik University. Professor, School of Computer Science at Reykjavik University. Former research associate with the GAMES research group at University of Alberta, Canada. Main research interests are artificial intelligence (AI), specifically: informed search methods, learning of search-control, machine learning, and AI applied to computer games.


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 ALUMNI

Mary Felkin Affiliate, Researcher

Dr. J. Deon Garrett, PhD / Research Scientist

Juliane Hanel, Research Intern

Hrafn Th. Thórisson, Research Specialist

Anton Laukemper, Research Intern

Magnús Pálsson, Research Intern

Dr. Ildefons Magrans de Abril, PhD / Research Scientist

Laura Nesaule, Administrative Assistant

Dipl. Eng. Eric Nivel, Director of Industry Liaisons

Erik Parr, Specialist

Ólafur Guðmundsson, Affiliate Researcer

Claudio Pedica, Research Scientist

Hamid Pourvatan, Research Assistant

 

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