Masoumeh (Iran) Mansouri

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I am currently a lecturer (equiv. to Assistant Professor) of the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham. My current research is primarily related to Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (KR& R) for Robotics. I have focused on hybrid methods that integrate automated task and motion planning, scheduling, as well as temporal and spatial reasoning. My goal is twofold: to combine heterogeneous representations for the purpose of obtaining “hybrid” KR formalisms that are able to express the many nuances of real-world robotics problems; and to develop efficient methods for reasoning with these formalisms.

I am also interested in the ethical and social implications of technology in general and robotics/AI in particular; as well as topics at the intersection of cultural studies and robotics.

Previously, I was a postdoctoral researcher, followed by a permanent researcher contract, at the Cognitive Robotic Systems of the Center for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems (AASS), Örebro University, where I received my PhD (2016) as well. I have also visited Prof. Nick Hawes’s robotics group at the Oxford Robotics Institute, and had research stay in Sven Koenig's lab at the University of Southern California.


Research Interests

  • Artificial Intelligent in Autonomous Mobile Robotics
  • Multi-robot Planning and Coordination for Industrial Vehicles
  • Integrated Reasoning in Robotics
  • Hybrid Knowledge Representation for Robotics
  • Robots and Cultural Theories


An updated list of publications can be found on my Google Scholar profile.

Current PhD students

  • Sara Carmesin (topic: Multi-vehicle Routing Problem in Dynamic Environments)
  • Toby Gosnall (topic: Epistemic Analysis of Cultural Theories for AI Methods)
  • Michalina Jakubczak (topic: Explainability for Adaptive Robot Assistance to Older Adults)
  • Joao Salvado (topic: Multi-Robot Goal Allocation and Motion Planning Problem)
  • My Recent Activities