Nirav Ajmeri
Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Artificial Intelligence
School of Computer Science
University of Bristol
Merchant Venturers Building, Woodland Road, Bristol, BS8 1UB



I am a Lecturer in Artificial Intelligence in the School of Computer Science at the University of Bristol (UoB). My research interests are in AI, socially intelligent agents, and multiagent systems with an emphasis on ethics, cybersecurity, and privacy.

I received a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Computer Science from North Carolina State University, and a B.E. in Computer Engineering from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Technology, Gujarat University. My doctoral dissertation was advised by Professor Munindar P. Singh.

Prior to joining Bristol, I was a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Computer Science at North Carolina State University, supported by NSA Science of Security Lablet. I was advised by Professor Munindar P. Singh and Professor Laurie Williams. I worked in the Multiagent Systems and Social AI Lab and with the Realsearch Group.

In Fall 2017, I worked as research intern with the CTO research team of HERE Technologies. At HERE, I built location and trajectory privacy-preserving data publishing, query answering, and learning systems. From 2007 to 2012, I worked as a researcher in the Software Engineering Lab at Tata Research Development and Design Centre (TRDDC), India. At TRDDC, I worked on agile requirements engineering, social software and semantic web, and knowledge extraction, representation, reuse and reasoning. My research focused on making available domain knowledge (tacit as well as explicit) visible and accessible, so as to make it amenable for reconfiguration and reuse.

Publications from the University of Bristol Publications from North Carolina State University
  • [C17] Nirav Ajmeri, Hui Guo, Pradeep K. Murukannaiah, and Munindar P. Singh. Elessar: Ethics in Norm-Aware Agents. Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS), Auckland, May 2020, pages 16--24. Acceptance ratio: 23%.
  • [C16] Pradeep K. Murukannaiah, Nirav Ajmeri, Catholijn Jonker, and Munindar P. Singh. New Foundations of Ethical Multiagent Systems. Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS), Blue Sky Idea Track, Auckland, May 2020, pages 1706--1710. Best Blue Sky Paper Award.
  • [J9] Özgur Kafalı, Nirav Ajmeri, and Munindar P. Singh. Desen: Specification of Sociotechnical Systems via Patterns of Regulation and Control. ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (TOSEM), vol 29, number 1, January 2020, pages 7:1--7:50.
  • [W4] Chung-Wei Hang, Nirav Ajmeri, Munindar P. Singh, and Simon Parsons. Argumentation, Evidence, and Schemes: Abstract. Proceedings of the 10th International Workshop on Argumentation in Multi-Agent Systems (ArgMAS), Saint-Paul, May 2013, page 37.
Publications from Tata Research Design and Development Centre
  • [W2] Nirav Ajmeri, Riddhima Sejpal and Smita Ghaisas. A Semantic and Collaborative platform for Agile Requirements Evolution. Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Managing Requirements Knowledge (MaRK), Sydney, September 2010, pages 32--40.
  • [W1] Manish Kumar, Nirav Ajmeri and Smita Ghaisas. Towards Knowledge assisted Agile Requirements Evolution. Proceedings of the 2nd International workshop on Recommendation Systems for Software Engineering (RSSE), Cape Town, May 2010, pages 16--20.
  • [Poster] Nirav Ajmeri, Manish Kumar, Preethu Rose and Smita Ghaisas. Domain Knowledge Assisted Agile Requirements Evolution (K-gileRE). Proceedings of the 3rd India Software Engineering Conference (ISEC), Mysore, February 2010 [Poster]
  • Conference and Workshop Chair. HotSoS 2023 (co-chair with Ryan Gabrys); COINE 2022 (co-chair with Andreasa Morris-Martin and Tony Savarimuthu)
  • Program Committee. UMAP 2023, 2022; AAAI 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020; AAMAS 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019; IJCAI 2023, 2022, 2020; HotSoS 2020; CrowdRE 2019, 2017; AIRE 2019, 2018; ACM COMPUTE 2012
  • Journal Reviewer. ACM TOIT; AIJ; JAIR; IEEE TSC; IST; ACM TIST; JAAMAS; IEEE TPDS; Managing Requirements Knowledge book
  • Conference External Reviewer. ICSE 2020; FSE 2019; ISSRE 2019; ESEM 2019; AIES 2019; The Web Conf 2019; LASER 2017; SOUPS 2016; NorMAS 2015; ISEC 2012
  • Proceedings Chair. HotSoS 2014
  • Student Volunteer. IJCAI 2016; ACM CCS 2012; AIMS Int. CoM 2006, 2007; ICOQM 2005, 2006
  • Webmaster. AIMS Int. CoM 2006, 2007; ICOQM 2005, 2006
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