PhD subject : " Argumentation reasoning tools for online debate platform "
Since september 2014, I've been PhD student in the Centre de Recherche en Informatique de Lens (CRIL) belonging to the Faculté des Sciences - Université d'Artois.
My PhD is supervised by Élise Bonzon (LIPADE), Sébastien Konieczny (CRIL) and Nicolas Maudet (LIP6) and is funded by the project ANR AMANDE (Advanced Multilateral Argumentation for DEliberation).
This thesis is funded by the project ANR AMANDE (Advanced Multilateral Argumentation for DEliberation) that aims at providing formal tools for designing multiparty deliberation systems. An important application with great potential impact is related to debate systems that are emerging on the web ; see for instance Debatabase and Debategraph. The success of these platforms in their current form seems to suggest that they can become an important source of information, just as wikipedia is now. For instance, DebateGraph was used to produce maps for the British newspaper “The Independent” and talk shows on CNN, and is supported by the White House, the European Commission, and other institutions. These debate systems are still in their infancy though. For the moment they are mainly interfaces where people can give arguments pro or con a given issue without any particular processing and evaluation of those arguments.
Our goal will be to provide automatic reasoning/decision capabilities to these platforms. The first step consists in studying the existing ranking-based semantics defined for the Dung’s abstract argumentation framework where only the arguments and the attacks are taken into consideration. Then we want to confront these different existing semantics in the classical framework based on the properties already proposed in the literature and potentially propose new ones in order to characterize new families of semantics. And adapt (if possible) the selected semantics to the Social Argumentation Frameworks (SAF) where it is possible to vote on the attacks and/or arguments. Finally, we plan to study the possibility to do strategic choices in the SAF (Does it better to add an attack, a vote, ... to improve the status of an argument ?) or the possibility to add others relations between arguments (support,...).
For this, several lines of researchs :
The AMANDE (Advanced Multilateral Argumentation for DEliberation) project aims at providing formal tools for designing multiparty deliberation systems. The main objective is to define and study the properties of such systems, so that designers can ensure that users and possibly interacting agents are able to identify key arguments in a deliberation process, and to fairly defend their view. While the technological tools are now available to deploy such systems (see last paragraph), we believe there is now an urgent need to work on the theoretical foundations of such platforms.
The project is supported by the French National Research Agency (ANR) as ANR-13-BS02-004 and by the "Fondation de Recherche pour l'Aéronautique et l'Espace" (FRAE).
Teachings done in the Institute of Technology of Lens
Here, my Curriculum vitæ in PDF : [pdf]
Elise Bonzon, Jérôme Delobelle, Sébastien Konieczny, Nicolas Maudet - "Argumentation Ranking Semantics based
on Propagation" - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Computational Models of Argument (COMMA 2016) [pdf]
Jérôme Delobelle, Adrian Haret, Sébastien Konieczny, Jean-Guy Mailly, Julien Rossit, Stefan Woltran - "Merging of Abstract Argumentation Frameworks" - 15th International Conference on Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (KR 2016) [pdf]
Elise Bonzon, Jérôme Delobelle, Sébastien Konieczny, Nicolas Maudet - "A Comparative Study of Ranking-based Semantics for Abstract Argumentation" - Proceedings of the 30th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2016) [pdf]
Jérôme Delobelle, Sébastien Konieczny, Srdjan Vesic - "On the Aggregation of Argumentation Frameworks" - Proceedings of the 24rd International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2015) [pdf]
Salem Benferhat, Jérôme Delobelle, Karim Tabia - "Three-valued possibilistic networks: Semantics & inference" - IEEE International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI 2013) [pdf]
Elise Bonzon, Jérôme Delobelle, Sébastien Konieczny, Nicolas Maudet - "Etude Comparative de Sémantiques Graduées pour l’Argumentation Abstraite" - Dixième Journées d'Intelligence Artificielle Fondamentale (JIAF'16) [pdf]
Jérôme Delobelle, Sébastien Konieczny, Srdjan Vesic - "Agrégation de Systèmes d’Argumentation" - Neuvième Journées d'Intelligence Artificielle Fondamentale (JIAF'15) [pdf]
Master 2 : "Fusion de systèmes d'argumentation" with Sébastien Konieczny and Srdjan Vesic [pdf] (in french)
Master 1 : "Réseaux possibilistes tri-valués" with Salem Benferhat and Karim Tabia [pdf] (in french)