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Dr Antony Galton



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I gained a B.A. in Mathematics from Cambridge University (Clare College) in 1974, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Leeds University in 1981. Between 1978 and 1985 I taught Mathematics, first at Bristol Grammar School, then at Palmer's Sixth Form College, Grays. From 1985 to 1987 I held a Research Fellowship in Philosophy at Leeds University, and was appointed to a Lectureship in Computer Science at Exeter in February 1987, with promotion to Reader in Knowledge Representation in 1998. I have been at Exeter continuously since then. My main interests outside university are Music and Natural History. I am a member of the Exeter Festival Chorus and the Botanical Society of the British Isles.

Research Interests

Spatial and Temporal Knowledge Representation, with applications to Artificial Intelligence and Geographical Information Science, including areas such as collective phenomena in both the natural and social domain, and processes and causation in general as well as in restricted domains such as discrete spaces and networks. Formal Ontology for Information Systems. Philosophical foundations of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science. Current and recent research activities.

Teaching Interests

Logic and Knowledge Representation, Ontology for Information Systems, Theoretical Computer Science, Mathematics for Computer Science.

Selected Publications

The publications for which I believe I am best known are my book The Logic of Aspect (OUP, 1984), the article "A Critical Examination of Allen's Theory of Action and Time" (Artificial Intelligence, 1990), and the book Qualitative Spatial Change (OUP, 2010). For details of these and my other publications, see my personal publications page.

Other Relevant Information

I am an associate editor of Artificial Intelligence (Elsevier) and am on the editorial board of Applied Ontology (IOS Press), Spatial Cognition and Computation (Taylor & Francis), Journal of Earth Science Informatics (Springer), and Journal of Spatial Information Science. I was programme chair for the Sixth International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS2010), and general co-chair for the 11th International Conference on Spatial Information Theory (COSIT 2013). I am a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (SSAISB).

Qualifications: B.A. (Cantab), Ph.D. (Leeds)