Research Interests

Dr. Emele's principal research field is multi-agent systems, with a focus on computational models of policies (or norms) and argumentation. He is interested in how systems may be designed and analysed for policy compliance, and how these techniques can be applied to support human decision making (e.g. in collaborative planning teams). His interests in computational models of argumentation include dialogue strategy and multi-criteria negotiation.

  • Artificial Intelligence & Multi-Agent Systems – Using AI and agent technologies to aid processes, businesses and decision making by humans or machines.
  • Argumentation – Using critical questions, theories and mechanisms to interrogate systems to assess robustness and resilience.
  • Policy Reasoning – Normative systems and reasoning about how people and organisations reason. This is useful in monitoring and predicting compliance, optimising impact, and defining requirements and penalties.
  • Machine learning and Data mining – How can we learn from patterns that we have noticed in systems (or in a data) and use such knowledge to aid decision making?
  • Digital Economy and Open Data – the way digital media and digital channels are changing the way we do things including ecommerce, transportation, planning future cities, crowdsourcing, and cloud computing.
  • Intelligent Transport Systems – Exploring/exploiting intelligent systems to support the provision of effective and innovative transport services and traffic management to enable user make more coordinated, smarter and safer use of transport networks and infrastructure.

Brief Biography

Dr. David Emele graduated from the University of Ibadan in 1997/98 session with a First Class (Hons) Bachelors degree in Computer Science. He became a Commonwealth scholar in 2003 when he bagged a Commonwealth scholarship to pursue a Masters in Science degree in Electronic Commerce Technology at the University of Aberdeen. He graduated with an "A" in his dissertation in 2004. He went on to pursue a doctorate degree at the University of Aberdeen and graduated in 2011 with a Ph.D. in Computing Science. He has worked in various capacities both in the industry and academia. In the industry, he has worked as a Programmer, Web/Database developer, Systems Engineer, Solutions Architect, Database Administrator (DBA), and rose very quickly to the position of Assistant Manager, Software Development in a multi-national company (at age 24). He was a key member of a team of pioneers that engineered and implemented several projects that are still thriving in the Nigerian economy (e.g., Online initiatives like JambOnline, WaecDirect, ATM and Card Technologies, and so on). In the academia, he has worked as an IT support officer, Research assistant (on a £2.9M project) and currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Aberdeen at the Digital Economy Hub (Dot.Rural Project).