Prof. Edward Szczerbicki

Prof. Edward Szczerbicki

Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment,
The University of Newcastle, Australia


Experiential Decisional DNA



How many formal, routine, automatic and semi-automatic decisions are made each day? How many of such decisional experiences are stored? What do we do with those that are stored and remembered? Are they unified, improved, reused, shared, or distributed?

The above questions motivated the research outlined in this presentation that aims at capturing, improving and reusing the vast amount of knowledge amassed in past decisional experience.

In nature, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) contains "...the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms. The main role of DNA molecules is the long-term storage of information and knowledge. DNA is often compared to a set of blueprints and the DNA segments that carry this genetic information are called genes". The idea behind our research is to develop an artificial system, an architecture that would support discovering, adding, storing, improving and sharing information and knowledge among agents and organisations through experience. We propose a novel Knowledge Representation (KR) approach in which experiential knowledge is represented by Set of Experience (SOE), and is carried into the future by Decisional DNA (DDNA).


Biographical note:

Prof Szczerbicki has had very extensive experience in the area of intelligent systems development over an uninterrupted 30 year period, 20 years of which he spent in the top systems research centers in the USA, UK, Germany, and Australia. In this area he contributed to the understanding of information and knowledge management in systems operating in environments characterized by informational uncertainties. He has published 300+ refereed papers with more than 450 citations. His DSc degree (1993) and the Title of Professor (2006) were gained in the area of information science for his international published contributions. The research of prof. Szczerbicki contributes significantly to the area of smart information use in modeling and development of intelligent systems. With his papers published in the beginning of the nineties in "IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics" he developed autonomous systems based on information processing for the purposes of intelligent decision support. This was his unique contribution to the emerging cross-disciplinary research area of smart information use for which information and knowledge have a value, are treated as a resource, and are the basis for intelligent decision making. Prof. Szczerbicki was invited to serve as a Board Member of International Academic Advisory Council for Natural and Artificial Intelligence Systems Organization (NAISO), Canada. He was also invited to join Editorial Boards of Cognitive Processing, Knowledge-Based Intelligent Engineering Systems, Cybernetics and Systems and Management and Control. His academic experience includes ongoing positions with Gdansk University of Technology, Gdansk, Poland; Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland; The University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA; University of California, Berkeley, USA; and The University of Newcastle, Newcastle Australia.