Previously, I was at the University of Otago in the Department of Information Science. I joined that department in September 2009, and was Head of Department from February 2011 to December 2016. Earlier in 2009 (since September 2008) I worked at Otago’s Higher Education Development Centre, and before that was Associate Professor at RMIT University’s School of Computer Science and IT.
I tweet at @profwinikoff.
The overall aim of my research is to find better ways of creating software. I am interested in (agent oriented) software engineering, programming languages, and logic and formal methods.
Over the past two decades I have focussed on software that is conceptualised in terms of “intelligent agents” which are able to exhibit robust and flexible behaviour. I am perhaps best known for my work on design methodologies for agent-based systems, in particular the Prometheus methodology.
More recently I have been looking at societal consequences of autonomous systems, and the issues that affect trust in these systems.
You can find on this site a list of publications.
Leadership & Service
I am Vice President of the Computing Research and Education Association of Australasia (CORE), an Associate Editor for the Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, and was Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Agent-Oriented Software Engineering. I am also on the steering committee for the EMAS workshop series, and am on various (senior) programme committees. I was on the 2018 PBRF MIST panel.
I was general co-chair for AAMAS 2017, program co-chair for AAMAS 2012, and am on the IFAAMAS board of directors. I was head (“chairperson”) of the department of Information Science (February 2011 – December 2016).
When not working, I enjoy being with my wife, Julija, and children. I also enjoy playing board games, reading, and watching sci-fi. Finally, I am a keen musician: I play piano, sing in (and sometimes conduct) choirs, and also compose.