Short CV/Education and training

  • Prof. Ann Nowé received the M.S. degree from Universiteit Gent, Belgium, in 1987, where she studied mathematics with a minor in computer science, and the Ph.D. degree from Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB), Belgium, in collaboration with Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, U.K., in 1994.

  • Currently she is a full professor at the VUB and co-head of the AI/COMO Lab VUB. Her major area of interest is machine learning with applications to engineering domains such as telecommunication and mechatronics, but also bioinformatics.

  • With respect to learning in multi-agent systems she studies the coordination of agents using only limited communication, social agents learning fair policies and the relationship between Learning Automata and Evolutionary Game Theory.

  • She participated in many national as well as international projects. She was actively involved in several tutorials and workshops at major conferences (AAMAS, ECML, ICML). She is the Flemish project leader of the VLIR IUS project Strengthening research and postgraduate education in Computer Sciences which started in 2002.

  • She is a board member of the BNVKI (BeNeLux association for Artificial Intelligence) and board member of ECCAI (European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence).

Selected publications

  • Nowé A., Vrancx P., & De Hauwere, Y. – M. (2012). Game Theory and Multi-agent Reinforcement Learning. In M. Wiering & M. van Otterlo (Eds.), Reinforcement Learning: State of the Art , 441-470.

  • Coletta A., Molter C., Duqué R., Steenhoff, D., Taminau, J., de Schaetzen, V., Meganck, S., et al. (2012). InSilico DB genomic datasets hub: an efficient starting point for analysing genomewide studies in GenePattern, Integrative Genomics Viewer, and R/Bioconductor, Genome Biology, 13(11), R104.

  • De Hauwere, Y. – M., Vrancx, P., & Nowé, A. (2010). Generalized Learning Automata for Multi-agent Reinforcement Learning. Journal of AI Communications, vol.23, n. 4, 311-324.

  • De Hauwere, Y. – M., Vrancx, P., & Nowé, A. (2010). Learning Multi-Agent State Space Representations. In 9th International Conference on Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS 2010). Toronto, Canada. 715 ? 722.

  • Van Segbroeck, S., Jong, D. S., Nowé, A., Santos, F. C., & Lenaerts, T. (2010). Learning to coordinate in complex networks. Adaptive Behavoir, 18, 416?427.

  • Vrancx, P., Tuyls, K., Westra, R., & Nowé, A. (2008). Switching Dynamics of Multi-Agent Learning. In International joint conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS'08).

  • Staessens D., Colle D., Lievens I., Pickavet Mario, Demeeste P., Colitti Walter, Steenhaut Kris, Nowé A., (2008) Enabling High Availability over Multiple Optical Networks, IEEE Communications Magazine, vol.46, n. 6, 120 ? 126.

  • Van Segbroeck, S., Santos, F. C., Nowé, A., Pacheco, J. M., & Lenaerts, T. (2008). The evolution of prompt reaction to adverse ties. BMC Evol Biol, 8:287.

  • Vrancx, P., Verbeeck, K., & Nowé, A. (2008). Decentralized Learning in Markov Games, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics (Part B: Cybernetics), 38, 976-981.

  • Verbeeck, K., Nowé, A., Parent, J., & Tuyls, K. (2007). Exploring Selfish Reinforcement Learning in Stochastic Non-Zero Sum Games. The International Journal on Autonomous Agents and Multi-agent Systems, 14, 239?269.


Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Chairman of the BNVKI (BeNeLux association for Artificial Intelligence)

  • Board member of ECCAI (European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence)

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