FoCAS sponsor two travel bursaries for doctoral symposium at AAMAS 2015

FoCAS was pleased to sponsor two travel bursaries for the AAMAS doctoral symposium held on 5 May 2015 in Istanbul. AAMAS, the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-agent Systems, provided a doctoral mentoring programme aimed at PhD students in advanced stages of their research which gave a useful opportunity for interaction and feedback from established researchers in their fields.

AAMAS travel bursary winners

l to r: Sebastian Ahrndt, Professor Emma Hart, Fernando Silva

The two students receiving support from FoCAS were:

Fernando Silva from the University of Lisbon whose research focuses on how to accelerate and scale online evolution of robotic controllers to more complex tasks while minimising the amount of human intervention. His objective is to enable the realisation of real-world multirobot systems that can effectively learn new behaviours and adapt online to take on dynamic tasks in a timely manner. He said of the AAMAS Doctoral Symposium, “I expect to get unique insight into top-level cutting-edge research, share research experiences with other top PhD students, and discuss ideas and receive feedback that I can incorporate in my ongoing and future work.”

Sebastian Ahrndt from the Distributed Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Technische Universität Berlin. “In my research I study the effects of personality on the human behaviour and how this information can be used to address the challenge of making the behaviour of team members in human-agent teamwork settings predictable. In the mentoring program I hope to benefit from contact with potential reviewers as I’m in the last year of my PhD.”


FoCAS are pleased to sponsor two travel bursaries for the AAMAS doctoral symposium held on 5 May 2015 in Istanbul. Applications will be selected from successful entrants to the AAMAS doctoral mentoring programme who also apply for student travel support, with winners decided by the co-chairs and announced by mid-March. Travel reimbursement up to a maximum value of 400 EUR or equivalent will be paid retrospectively after the event by FoCAS.

To be eligible an applicant must:

  • be registered as a full-time student at a higher education institution (e.g. University)
  • have applied for the AAMAS 2015 Doctoral Mentoring Program
  • do research in the field of collective adaptive systems
  • preference will go to students who are part of one of the FoCAS projects

To apply please refer to and complete the application form linked there. The deadline for the application is February 15, 2015 (11:59pm, Hawaii time).

Please see for applying for the AAMAS 2015 Doctoral Mentoring Program.