Prof. David M W Powers is Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Centre for Knowledge and Interaction Technology and has research interests in the area of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science. His specific research framework takes Language, Logic and Learning as the cornerstones for a broad Cognitive Science perspective on Artificial Intelligence and its practical applications. Prof. Powers is known as a pioneer in the area of Parallel Logic Programming, Natural Language Learning, Unsupervised Learning and Evaluation of Learning, and as Founding President of ACL SIGNLL initiated SIGNLL's CoNLL conference. His CV includes positions at Telecom Paris, University of Tilburg, University of Kaiserslautern, Macquarie University, as well as work with industry, and commercialization of research through several start up companies. Prof. Powers is also a Visiting Professor at the Beijing University of Technology, and serves on several program committees and editorial boards, being Editor-in-Chief of the Springer book series Cognitive Science and Technology and the journal Computational Cognitive Science.
2018 ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Digital Enhanced Living
2013-17 NecTAR: "Alveo Human Communication Science Virtual Laboratory" http://alveo.edu.au/
2011-14 ARC DP, "Enhanced Brain and Muscle Signal Separation verified by electrical scalp recording from paralysed awake humans"
2011-13 Beijing NSF Grant, "Facial Expression extraction using FACS and D-S Evidence
2011-13 Strathmore Who's Who Professional of the Year in Higher Education - Language Technology
2010-12 Chinese NSF Grant, "Multimodal Patterns of Student Learning Behaviour for virtual English pedagogy"
2010-11 ARC LIEF, "BIGASC - an audiovisual corpus of Australian English" http://austalk.edu.au/
2009-12 ARC Discovery Grant, "Heterodensity neuroimaging techniques for spatiotemporal identification and localization"
2008 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Flinders University
2008 Executive Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Flinders University
2006-12 ARC/NHMRC Thinking Systems Grant, "From Talking Heads to Thinking Heads" http://thinkinghead.edu.au/
2006-07 Flinders SciEng Program Grant $112K, "Advanced Information Analysis, Techniques and Tools"
2002- DSTO, Cognitive Neuroscience and Military Training, etc. (a series increasing from $10K to over $100Kpa)
2001-04 Commercialization Grants for YourAmigo ($1.5 (1xCOMET, 2x$START, etc. + $25M commercial investment)
2000 ARC Small Grant, Robot Baby Mark II $10K
1999 Special Award for the Advancement of the Turing Test, Loebner Prize in Artificial Intelligence, Bronze Medal
1999-2000 Flinders SciEng, Speech Correction $22K
1998 Flinders SciEng, Auditory Process $5K
1998 DSTO Contract, Clause Analysis $10K
1997-2000 ARC Discovery Grant, "Machine Learning of Japanese/Chinese"
1995 Equal Opportunity Commendation for assisting students with disabilities, Flinders University
Director, Centre for Knowledge and Interaction Technologies (CSEM)
Program Leader, Artificial Intelligence and Language Technology (CKIT)
Program Leader, Assistive and Educational Technologies (MDRI & CKIT)
Major Artificial Intelligence and Language Technology Lab projects include
Chris Marlin PG Publication Prize - SEP 2014
Vice-Chancellor's Award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - APR 2014
SA Governor's Interational Student of the Year Award (Academic Excellence) - DEC 2013
Current/Available Student Projects (Honours, Masters & PhD Comp/Elec/Mech/Biomed/Software subprojects)
Matrix/Array Functional/Inductive Answerset logic (MAFIAlog) programming language
Design and Evaluation of Heterodensity EEG Electrodes
Grounded Natural Language Learning and Embodied Conversational Agents for Realworld and Internet
Intelligent Buildings (Mechanical/Solar/Thermal, Biomedical/Accessibility, Electronics/Computer/Software)
Unconscious Computer Interface (UCI)
Audiovisual Brainmuscle Computer (ABC)