Amit Chopra

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I am a Lecturer in Software Engineering at Lancaster University in the UK. I am an associate editor for ACM Transactions on Internet Technology.

My interests lie broadly in the software engineering of sociotechnical systems, social computing, and multiagent systems. Specific themes of interest include interaction protocols, commitments and other kinds of norms among actors, trust, and argumentation. My work is potentially a foundation for social computing and social informatics.

My publications can be accessed from the publications link on the left but they may also be found on Google Scholar and DBLP

Recent Announcements

  • ACM TOIT CFP: Foundations of Social Computing Call for Papers for a Theme Section on Foundations of Social Computing in ACM Transactions on Internet Technology Important Dates Submissions: 31 October 2013 First decisions: 15 January 2014 Revisions: 28 February 2014 Final decisions: 30 April 2014 Final: 31 May 2014  Publication date: 31 October 2014Social computing broadly refers to computing-supported approaches that facilitate interactions among people and organizations.  Social computing has emerged as an exciting multidisciplinary area of research, driven by the wealth of easily available information and the success of online social networks and social media.  What is still lacking though is a deeper conceptual understanding of information in social computing, especially its pragmatic aspects, such as social meaning, ownership, flow, and use.  We invite ...
    Posted Apr 17, 2013, 12:51 PM by Amit Chopra
  • AAMAS 2013: Tutorial on Commitments in Software Engineering Date (tentative): May 7, 2013Presenters: Amit K. Chopra and Munindar P. SinghAs software engineering and, specifically, requirements engineering, heads toward the development of sociotechnical systems, it is only natural that we wish to understand social relationships precisely. Likewise, another emerging subarea, RE and Law, is intimately concerned with modeling norms as social relationships.  This tutorial will present dwell on an important modeling abstraction, namely, commitment among actors.  Over the past few years, the notion of commitments has become a leading way in which to model social relationships succinctly and formally.  This tutorial will cover the conceptual and formal aspects related to commitments and show the value of commitments in software engineering, especially requirements engineering.  Parts of this tutorial ...
    Posted Mar 4, 2013, 8:14 AM by Amit Chopra
  • PhD studentships in Computing and Communications at Lancaster University Six studentships are available. Deadline for application is March 1. Details may be found here: The call encourages prospective students to get in touch with researchers they would like to do their PhD with. I work in multiagent systems. If anyone finds their interests aligned with mine, please feel free to contact me. You can find more info about me here: Please forward the call to potentially interested parties.
    Posted Feb 11, 2013, 6:29 AM by Amit Chopra
  • Call for Papers: Special Issue on Agent Communication in ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology Key Dates:July 25, 2010 - Submissions October 15, 2010 - Decisions December 15, 2010 - Final versions Publication - Early 2011Details here:
    Posted Apr 23, 2010, 12:03 AM by Amit Chopra
  • New technical reports on modeling contracts Chopra, Amit K. and Singh, Munindar P. and Oren, Nir and Miles, Simon and Luck, Michael and Modgil, Sanjay and Desai, Nirmit (2009) Analyzing Contract Robustness through a Model of Commitments. Technical Report DISI-10-002, Ingegneria e Scienza dell'Informazione, University of Trento.
    Posted Feb 3, 2010, 2:04 AM by Amit Chopra
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