Anthony G Cohn


·         My official University of Leeds Home Page

·         Brief Bio

·         Contact Details

·         Full CV (updated from time to time)

·         Publications since joining Leeds in 199-2011 (incomplete, some with  DOI/pdf links)

·         Publications on Google Scholar

·         Publications on DBLP

·         QSR publication list (mostly with pdf/ps downloads)

·         AI Research Theme

·         Research Areas/Projects

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Brief Biography

Tony Cohn holds a Personal Chair at the University of Leeds, where he is Professor of Automated Reasoning and served a term as Head of the School of Computing August 1999 – July 2004. He is presently Director of the Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Biological Systems and a member of the AI and BMH research themes. He is also an Honorary Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney.

He holds BSc and PhD degrees from the University of Essex where he studied under Pat Hayes. He spent 10 years at the University of Warwick before moving to Leeds in 1990 where he founded  a research group working on Knowledge Representation and Reasoning with a particular focus on qualitative spatial/spatio-temporal  reasoning, the best known being the well cited Region Connection Calculus (RCC). His current research interests range from theoretical work on spatial calculi and spatial ontologies, to cognitive vision, detection of archaeological residues using remote sensing techniques, modelling spatial information in the hippocampus, and integrating utility records and sensor data concerning the location of underground assets. He has received substantial funding from a variety of sources including EPSRC, the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), DARPA, the European Union and various industrial sources. Work from the Cogvis project won the British Computer Society Machine Intelligence prize in 2004. The VAULT system based on the MTU and VISTA projects provides the world’s first real time delivery of integrated utility records nationwide and won the Built Environment category of the IET Innovation Awards in 2012 (also Highly commended in the IT category) and the 2012 NJUG Awards in the "Avoiding Damage” category.

He has been Chairman/President of the UK AI Society SSAISB, the European Coordinating Committee on AI  (ECCAI)KR inc, the IJCAI Board of Trustees and is Editor-in-Chief of the AAAI Press,  Spatial Cognition and Computation,  and Artificial Intelligence. He is the recipient of the 2012 AAAI Distinguished Service Award for “extraordinary and sustained service to the artificial intelligence community”. He was elected a founding Fellow of ECCAI, and is also a Fellow of AAAI, AISB, the BCS, and the IET.   He was Programme Chair of the European AI Conference ECAI94,  KR’98 and COSIT-05,Workshop Chair of IJCAI 1995,  Conference Chair of KR 2000, IJCAI 2003. He was on the judging panel for the British Computer Society Distinguished Dissertation award. Recent invited/keynote talks include Social Robotics 2014, KR-14, a AAAI Spring Symposium 2014, UKCI-14,  STAMI-13,  ICAPS 2012, ICAART 2012, AIAI 2011, AI*IA-10, AILog-2010,  MIWAI-10, KSEM 2010,  FLAIRS-10 (spatio-temporal track), CVWW-2010, Commonsense-2009.  He has co-organised five Dagstuhls (05491, 07311, 10131, 10412, 14081), been on many programme committees for workshops and conferences, on the editorial board of DAKE, AI Communications (AICOM), the Applied Ontology Journal,  and was Review Co-Editor of the journal Artificial Intelligence and on the Policy Committee of Electronic Transactions on AI (ETAI); he is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Logic.  He is a member of the UK EPSRC Peer Review College and of the UK Computing Research Committee (UKCRC), and has been a Director of KR Inc. since 2000.  He was an area co-editor for the UK Government FORESIGHT Cognitive Systems project, and advised the FORESIGHT Intelligent Systems Infrastructure project. He has advised a number of overseas funding agencies, having been a member of two CNRS and three SFI programme review panels, a member of a DFG SFB review panel and an FCT panel, and chair of a programme review panel at NICTA. He has also been an expert reviewer at several EU project reviews. He is a member of the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 Sub Panel 11 (Computer Science and Informatics) of Panel B.

Current/Recent Research Areas/Projects

Qualitative Spatial Reasoning

Approximate reasoning with qualitative spatial constraints involving landmarks

ARC Discovery Project, 2012-2015.


Cognitive Vision/Robotics

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Relational Description of Video Scenes

Funded by the DARPA (Vigil), EPSRC (Lavid), and EU (Co-friend) projects.

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Cognito (Cognitive Workflow Caturing and Rendering with On-Body Sensor Networks)

EU FP7 project

RACE (Robustness by Autonomous Competence Enhancement)  EU FP7 project

STRANDS (Spatio-Temporal Representations and Activities for Cognitive Control in Long-Term Scenarios)  EU FP7 project


EPSRC National Facility for Innovative Robotic Systems.



Detecting underground features and objects

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Mapping the Underworld (MTU)


Assessing the Underworld (ATU)

Fusing outputs from a multi sensor device to map buried utility apparatus. EPSRC funded.  The earlier MTU-1 and VISTA projects addressed the problem of integrating utility records – with a live implementation now in Scotland (which won an IET Innovation Award in 2012 and a 2012 NJUG Avoiding Damage Award).

The Assessing the Underworld project moves on from detecting the position of  utilities to a more general assessment of the condition of utilities and the underground structure. Leeds is particularly involved in data integration and the construction of a Decision Support System.

DART (Detection of Archaeological Residues using remote sensing Techniques)

An AHRC/EPSRC Science and Cultural Heritage Project

New Technologies for Tunnelling and UNderground works (NeTTUN)

EU FP7 IP project.  Leeds is involved in the construction of a system for ground prediction ahead of a tunnel boring machine, and in working with the French train company SNCF to build a decision support system for tunnel maintenance.



Contact details:

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