Paul Thagard is Professor of Philosophy, with cross appointment to Psychology, and Director of the Cognitive Science Program at the University of Waterloo. He is a graduate of the Universities of Saskatchewan, Cambridge, Toronto (Ph. D. in philosophy) and Michigan (M.S. in computer science). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Cognitive Science Society, and the Association for Psychological Science, and received a Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize. Thagard is a prolific writer, and has contributed to research in analogy and creativity, inference, cognition in the history of science, and the role of emotion in cognition.
Rosaria Conte is head of the LABSS (Laboratory of Agent Based Social Simulation) at the ISTC-CNR (Institute for Cognitive Science and Technology of the CNR).
She is a cognitive and social scientist, with a special interest for the study of positive social action (altruism, cooperation and social norms), and reputation-based social regulation. Quite active in theMAS field, she contributed to launch the field of social simulation in Europe. She is coordinator of both European and Italian research projects. She is former President of the European Society of Social Simulation (ESSA), coordinating the section on Special Interest Groups, and of the Italian Cognitive Science Association (AISC).
Rosaria Conte has published about 120 among scientific articles and books on cognitive social agents, norms representation and reasoning, and agent-based simulation. Her research interests range from Agent Theory to Multi Agent Systems, from Agent-Based Social Simulation and Cultural Evolution to Info-societies and Virtual Markets.
Radboud G.F. Winkels is associate professor in Computer Science and Law at the "Leibniz Center for Law" (LCL) of the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands and President of the International Association on Artificial Intelligence and Law (IAAIL, 2012-2013).
His research deals with Intelligent Learning Environments, and Artificial Intelligence and Law.
In 1992 he received his PhD for a thesis entitled "Explorations in Intelligent Tutoring and Help" (published by IOS Press, Amsterdam, Washington, Tokyo), that describes the results of five years of R&D, mainly on a shell for building Intelligent Help Systems (EUROHELP), and an Intelligent Coaching System for Physiotherapy (FYSIODISC).
Winkels has published many articles in national and international journals, conference proceedings and books on his research. He has given invited lectures at several conferences and other occasions, is a regular referee for (inter)national conferences, and has served on numerous program committees. He was associate editor of the journal "Interactive Learning Environments", editor of "Computers in Education", and of the journal of the Belgium-Dutch AI Society, the "BNVKI-Newsletter". He recently joined the editorial board of the international journal "Artificial Intelligence and Law". Since 1998 he is a member of the executive committee of the Dutch Society for Legal Knowledge Systems (JURIX), first as the scientific coordinator and since 2002 as the president. He is also a member of the executive board of the International Association of AI and Law. Winkels is a member of the Works Council of the Faculty of Law (2000-2006 as chair) and since 2006 the vice-chair of the Central Works Council of the University of Amsterdam.
Peter van Koppen is professor of Law and Psychology at the departments of law of both Maastricht University and the Free University Amsterdam. He is a psychologist. He studied psychology at Groningen University (graduation 1978) and law at Groningen University and Amsterdam University. He received a J.D. in 1984 from Erasmus University Rotterdam. From 1978 until 1992 he worked at the Law Faculty of that university, first in civil law, later in criminal law. From the foundation in 1992 until 2008 he worked at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) at Leiden.
Between 1998 and 2003 he was professor of Psychology and Law at Antwerp University, Belgium. Van Koppen is Past-President of the European Association for Psychology and Law. He is co-editor of Psychology, Crime, and Law.
Van Koppen is a member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities. He is fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) te Wassenaar. He was expert witness in some 300 civil and criminal cases. He serves on the Government Board of the Dutch Register of Court Experts.
Van Koppen is director of The House of Legal Psychology: International Doctorate Programma, a cooperation of Maastricht University, the University of Portsmouth and Gothenburg University.
Together with D.J. Hessing, Van Koppen initiated the criminology programs at Leiden University, Free University Amsterdam and Erasmus University Rotterdam. Van Koppen has been scientific advisor to police investigation squads, member of the Task Force in Ritual Abuse of the Dutch Ministry of Justice and member of the National Expertise Group on Special Vice Cases of the Dutch College of Prosecutors-General.
He published a large number of books and articles in the broad field of psychology and law. Some typical publications are Paradoxes of proof and punishment: Psychological pitfalls in judicial decision making (2007, with J.W. de Keijser, in. Legal and Criminological Psychology), Jury trials: Oposed (2009, in E-Journal USA) and Adversarial versus inquisitorial justice: Psychological perspectives on criminal justice systems (2003, with S.D. Penrod). Van Koppen initiated the Dutch television series Gerede Twijfel [Reasonable Doubt].
In 2011 Van Koppen received the bi-annual publication prize of the Dutch Society, Security and Police Foundation for Overtuigend Bewijs. In 2009 he received the Media Magnet Prize of the Free University Amsterdam. In 2008 he was granted, together with Hans Crombag and Harald Merckelbach, the Nip-Van Gorcum Media Prize of the Netherlands Association of Psychologists.