Nirav Ajmeri
najmeri@ncsu.edu
Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Computer Science at NC State
2261, EB2, 890 Oval Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606

Biography

I am a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Computer Science at NC State University, supported by NSA Science of Security Lablet. I am advised by Professor Munindar P. Singh and Professor Laurie Williams. I work in the Multiagent Systems and Service-Oriented Computing Lab.

I received a Ph.D. and an MS 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. My dissertation research develops artificial intelligence and software engineering techniques to engineer socially intelligent agents that select ethically-appropriate and privacy-respecting actions for their human users.

Prior to joining NC State, I worked as a Researcher with the Requirements Engineering Group (Software Engineering Lab) led by Dr. Smita Ghaisas, at TCS Innovation Labs, Tata Research Development and Design Centre (TRDDC), India. At TRDDC, I worked on requirements engineering, social software and semantic web, and knowledge extraction, representation, reuse and reasoning. The research mainly focused on making available domain knowledge (tacit as well as explicit) visible and accessible, so as to make it amenable for reconfiguration and reuse.

Academics

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
PhD in Computer Science (Aug 2012 -- May 2019)
Dissertation title: Engineering Multiagent Systems for Ethics and Privacy-Aware Social Computing, defended December 2018
Advisor: Professor Munindar P. Singh

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
MS in Computer Science (Aug 2012 -- Dec 2018)
Creating and Maintaining Firewall Policies: An Approach Based on Argumentation and its Empirical Evaluation, based on PhD written prelim, defended November 2014

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Technology (SVIT), Gujarat University, India
BE in Computer Engineering (Sep 2003 -- Jun 2007)

Research Experience

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Postdoctoral Research Scholar (Feb 2019 -- present)

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Graduate Research Assistant (Aug 2012 -- Aug 2017; Jan 2018 -- Dec 2018)

HERE Technologies, Chicago, IL
Research Intern, CTO Research (Sep 2017 -- Dec 2017)

Tata Research Development and Design Centre, Pune, India
Researcher, Software Engineering Lab (Sep 2007 -- Jul 2012)

Publications
Publications from North Carolina State University
    2020
  • [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%. (video lecture)
  • [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. (video lecture)
    2013
  • [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
    2010
  • [W2] Nirav Ajmeri, Riddhima Sejpal and Smita Ghaisas. A Semantic and Collaborative platform for Agile Requirements Evolution. Proceedings of the Third 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]
Professional Activities
  • Program Committee. IJCAI 2020; AAAI 2020; AAMAS 2020, 2019; HotSoS 2020; CrowdRE 2019, 2017; AIRE 2019, 2018; ACM COMPUTE 2012
  • Reviewer. AIJ; JAIR; IEEE TSC; IST; ICSE 2020; FSE 2019; ISSRE 2019; ESEM 2019; AIES 2019; WWW 2019; AuSE; ACM TIST; JAAMAS; IEEE TPDS; LASER 2017; SOUPS 2016; NorMAS 2015; Managing Requirements Knowledge book; 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
Awards and Accolades
  • Best Blue Sky Paper Award, 19th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS), 2020 (For C17)
  • NCSU Sole Nominee for the Joint AAAI/ACM SIGAI Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2019
  • Computer Science Outstanding Dissertation Award, Department of Computer Science, NC State University, 2019
  • NSF Travel Grant to attend the 26th Requirements Engineering Conference (declined), 2018
  • Among 10 US doctoral students selected by the Office for Science and Technology of the French Embassy in the US to participate in the FADEx program on Artificial Intelligence, 2018
  • Best Paper Award, 15th International Conference on Privacy, Security and Trust, 2017 (For C11)
  • Computer Science Outstanding Research Award, Department of Computer Science, NC State University, 2017
  • NSF Travel Grant to attend the 16th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS), 2017
  • Outstanding Research Paper Award, TCS, 2012
  • Mentor, Best Student Intern Research Project, TCS, 2010, 2011
  • Beyond Performance Award—Patron of the Library, TCS, 2009
  • Departmental nominee for the Best Outgoing Student award, SVIT Vasad, Gujarat University, 2007
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