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Professor Francisco Chiclana

Job: Professor of Computational Intelligence and Decision Making

Faculty: Technology

School/department: School of Computer Science and Informatics

Research group(s): Center for Computational Intelligence (CCI)

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH UK

T: +44 (0)116 207 8413

E: chiclana@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.tech.dmu.ac.uk/~chiclana/

 

Personal profile

Professor Francisco Chiclana received the B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics, both from the University of Granada (Spain) in 1989 and 2000, respectively. He is currently a Professor of Computational Intelligence and Decision Making, and founder of DIGITS - De Montfort University Interdisciplinary Group in Intelligent Transport Systems, Faculty of Technology, De Montfort University (Leicester, UK). 

Professor Francisco Chiclana was the Coordinator of DMU submission for REF 2014 UOA 11: Computer Science and Informatics. 

Professor Chiclana has been Deputy Course Leader of the MScs in Computing, Information Technology, and Information Systems Management; Programme Tutor Years 1 and 2 of the BSc/HND/FD Business Information Technology. In 2013, Professor Chiclana co-developed the Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) in Intelligent Systems (IS) that he presently co-leads. Currently, he is Course Leader of BSc/MCOMP in Intelligent Systems (IS) and of MSc IS/ IS & Robotics (ISR).

Research group affiliations

Publications and outputs 


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Key research outputs

F. Chiclana, E. Herrera-Viedma, S. Alonso, F. Herrera: Cardinal Consistency of Reciprocal Preference Relations: A Characterization of Multiplicative Transitivity.| IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems 17 (1), 14-23, February 2009. doi:10.1109/TFUZZ.2008.928597

S. -M. Zhou, F. Chiclana, R. I. John, J. M. Garibaldi: Type-1 OWA Operators for Aggregating Uncertain Information with Uncertain Weights Induced by Type-2 Linguistic Quantifiers.| Fuzzy Sets and Systems 159 (24), 3281-3296, December 2008. doi:10.1016/j.fss.2008.06.018 

S-M. Zhou, F. Chiclana,R. John, J. M. Garibaldi: Alpha-Level Aggregation: A Practical Approach to Type-1 OWA Operation for Aggregating Uncertain Information with Applications to Breast Cancer Treatments.| IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering 23 (10) 1455-1468, October 2011. doi: 10.1109/TKDE.2010.191

F. Herrera, E. Herrera-Viedma, S. Alonso, F. Chiclana: Computing with Words in Decision Making: Foundations, Trends and Prospects.| Fuzzy Optimization and Decision Making 8, 337-364, 2009 (ISSN: 1568-4539). doi: 10.1007/s10700-009-9065-2

Patrizia Pérez-Asurmendi, F. Chiclana: Linguistic majorities with difference in support.| Applied Soft Computing 18, May 2014, Pages 196–208. doi: 10.1016/j.asoc.2014.01.010

F. Chiclana, J. M. Tapia-Garcia, M. J. del Moral, E. Herrera-Viedma: A Statistical Comparative Study of Different Similarity Measures of Consensus in Group Decision Making.| Information Sciences 221, 110-123, February 2013, doi: 10.1016/j.ins.2012.09.014

Jian Wu, F. Chiclana: A social network analysis trust-consensus based approach to group decision-making problems with interval-valued fuzzy reciprocal preference relations.| Knowledge-Based Systems 59, March 2014, Pages 97–107. doi: 10.1016/j.knosys.2014.01.017

S. Greenfield, F. Chiclana, S. Coupland, R. I. John: The Collapsing Method of Defuzzification for Discretised Interval Type-2 Fuzzy Sets.| Information Sciences 179(13), 2055-2069, June 2009. doi: 10.1016/j.ins.2008.07.011

S. Greenfield, F. Chiclana, R. John, S. Coupland: The Sampling Method of Defuzzification for Type-2 Fuzzy Sets: Experimental Evaluation.| Information Sciences 189, 77-92, April 2012. doi: 10.1016/j.ins.2011.11.042

E. Herrera-Viedma, F. Herrera, F. Chiclana , M. Luque: Some Issues on Consistency of Fuzzy Preference Relations.| European Journal of Operational Research 154(1), 98-109, April 2004. doi:10.1016/S0377-2217(02)00725-7

F. Chiclana, F. Herrera, E. Herrera-Viedma: Integrating Three Representation Models in Fuzzy Multipurpose Decision Making Based on Fuzzy Preference Relations.| Fuzzy Sets and Systems 97(1), 33-48, July 1998. doi:10.1016/S0165-0114(96)00339-9 

Research interests/expertise

Fuzzy preference modelling, decision making problems with heterogeneous fuzzy information, decision support systems, the consensus reaching process, recommender systems, social networks, modelling situations with missing/incomplete information, rationality/consistency, intelligent mobility and aggregation of information. 

Areas of teaching

I have a lot of teaching experience that I have acquired over the past 21 years as a secondary school teacher of mathematics (Granada, Montoro-Cordoba, Estepona and Mabella - Malaga) in Spain (September 1990 - July 2003), and at De Montfort University (August 2003 - present) lecturing different modules at undergraduate, postgraduate (MSc) and PhD levels (see list below). Previously, I worked as a temporary lecturer at the Department of Algebra, University of Granada, in Spain (January 1990-March 1990) teaching calculus and financial mathematics to first year students of management studies.

In June 2005, I completed the HEA accredited programme for staff new to teaching in Higher Education which entitled me to registered practitioner status of the Higher Education Academy. Certificate presentation was on 28th September 2005 by the Director of Human Resources. I was glad to have Dr Jenny Carter as my mentor during my first 2 years at DMU. Currently, I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I was nominated by students for a Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2009. The students think highly of me and my contribution to the student experience is valued as the following quotation testifies:

"He willingly devotes time to listen to any student and has helped me to achieve good mark. He is consistently excellent communicator, stimulating and informative..."         

 

Areas of Teaching:
  • Mathematics for Computing
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Research Methods
  • Fuzzy Logic

 

Qualifications

  • Certificate Successful completion of HEA accredited pathway for staff new to teaching in Higher Education, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK (September 2005)
  • Outstanding Award for a PhD in Mathematics for the academic year 1999/2000, University of Granada, Spain (27 November 2002)
  • PhD in Mathematics (Distinction Cum Laude), Department of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, University of Granada, Spain (24 March 2000)
  • Public examination to become part of government civil service as a secondary school teacher, Ministry of Education and Science, Spanish Government (July 1990)
  • Degree in Mathematics (Statistics & Operational Research), University of Granada, Spain (1984-1989)
  • Certificate of Pedagogic Aptitude, Institute of Educational Science, University of Granada, Spain (1989).

Courses taught

Undergraduate

CSCI1004 - Mathematics for Computing (2003-2004)
MGSC1102 - Modelling for Management Decisions 1 (2003-2004)
INFO1007 - Introduction to Business Computing (2003-2004)
INFO1407 - Introduction to Business Computing (2004-2007)
MATH2211 - Information Systems (2003-2005)
COMP2006 - Research in Computing (2004-2008)
CSCI1412 - Computer Technology (2007-2010)
Industrial Placement Visit Tutor (2003-2012)
IMAT1901: Quantitative Methods (2010-2012)
IMAT2701: HND BIT Project (2009-2012)
IMAT3451 - Final Year Project Supervisor (2003-2012)

Postgraduate

IMAT5119 - Fuzzy Logic (2004-2012)
IMAT5120 - Research Methods (2004-2012)
IMAT5314 - MSc Project (2010-2012)

PhD Level

PhD Course: Typesetting Documents with LaTeX (2004-2012)  

Honours and awards

Outstanding Award for a PhD in Mathematics for the academic year 1999/2000, University of Granada, Spain (27 November 2002).

Third prize in DMU’s Creative Thinking Awards 2010, for the Greenfield-Chiclana Collapsing Defuzzifier.

Finalist for 1st DMU - THE OSCAR AWARDS  in category: Outstanding Contribution to Research Excellence (2012).

Membership of external committees

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK

Member of the European Society for Fuzzy Logic and Technology (EUSFLAT) 

Current research students

Current:

  • Maria Raquel Ureña Perez, University of Granada (Spain)- Department of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (DECSAI), University of Granada. January 2012. Co-supervisor: Prof. Enrique Herrera-Viedma
  • Manal Alghieth (DMU) - Second supervisor. First supervisor: Dr Yingjie Yang (CCI). Mode of study: Full -time on site (01/04/2012)
  • Simon Witheridge (DMU) - Intelligent Transport Systems: Integrated Traffic Management Control. First supervisor. Second supervisors: Dr Benjamin Passow (DIGITS) and Dr David Elizondo (DIGITS). Mode of study: Full -time on site (01/10/2012). Change to second supervisor and Ben Passow first supervisor from 01-October-2013.
  • Eseosa Oshodin (DMU) - Decentralised Mechanism for REcommender/Reputation System: A Case Study on Trust. First supervisor. Second supervisors: Dr Samad Ahmadi (VirAL/CCI). Mode of study: Full -time on site (01/10/2013).
  • Salim Hasshu (DMU) - Smart, Green and Integrated Transport - Personalised traffic health planner. First supervisor. Second supervisors: Dr Benjamin Passow (DIGITS) and Dr David Elizondo (DIGITS). Mode of study: Full -time on site (01/10/2013).

Completed:

  • Dr Sergio Alonso Burgos, University of Granada (Spain)- Group Decision Making With Incomplete Fuzzy Preference Relations. Department of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (DECSAI), University of Granada. May 2006. Co-supervisors: Prof. Enrique Herrera-Viedma, Prof. Francisco Herrera.
  • Dr Fahad Alshathry (DMU) - Building a Decision Support System to integrate digital evidence with interview investigation. Second supervisor. August 2011. First supervisor: Dr Giampaolo Bella (STRL).
  • Dr Sarah Greenfield (DMU) - Type-2 Fuzzy Logic: Circumventing the Defuzzification Bottleneck. First supervisor. Second supervisors: Prof. Robert I. John and Dr Simon Coupland (CCI). May 2012.
  • Tamas Galli (MPhil DMU) - Fuzzy Logic Based Software Product Quality Models by Execution Tracing. First supervisor. Second supervisor: Dr Jenny Carter (CCI). Technical adviser: Helge Janicke (STRL). Mode of study: Part -time distance International PhD Programme (01/03/2011). February 2014.

Externally funded research grants information

  • Awarded Campus de Excelencia GENIL-BioTIC-UGR Research Visit Grant (1 week) by the University of Granada (Spain). Principal Investigator. €1000. Period: February 2014.
  • Awarded Campus de Excelencia GENIL-BioTIC-UGR Research Visit Grant (1 week) by the University of Granada (Spain). Principal Investigator. €1200. Period: June 2012.
  • Awarded University of Granada Research Visit Grant by the Regional Government of Andalucia (Spain). Principal Investigator. €3184. Period: June 2009 - August 2009.
  • Awarded research funding from the EPSRC for a 3 year projet, which extends my previous work investigating the role of fuzzy logic in aggregation and consensus modelling. Towards a Framework for Modelling Variation, EPSRC, UK, Co-investigator. £145K. Period: 2006 - 2009.
  • Awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering grant support towards my research networking visit to Spain. 2009.
  • Awarded 2 Conference Grants (Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering) to disseminate my research findings at IPMU 2006 and FUZZ-IEEE 2008.
  • External research collaborator in Spanish Government Research Projects lead by my collaborators.
  • Linguistic Information in Decision Making Analysis Processes. Preference Modelling and Applications. Spanish Department for Education and Culture, Co-investigator. €91K. Period: 01/01/2010 to 31/12/2012.  
  • Project of Excellence: Developing the Fuzzy Linguistic Model and its Use in WEB Applications. Regional Government of Andalucia (Spain), Co-investigator. €187K. Period: 01/01/2009 to 31/12/2013.
  • Decision Models with Uncertainty in Heterogeneous Contexts. Application to Evaluation Processes in On-line Environments. Spanish Department for Education and Culture, Co-investigator. €50K. Period: 01/01/2007 to 31/12/2009.
  • Project of Excellence: Development of WEB Information Access Systems Based on Artificial Intelligence Techniques (SAINFOWEB). Regional Government of Andalucia (Spain), Co-investigator. €50K. Period: 01/01/2005 to 31/12/2008.
  • An Information System for the Quality of Aerial Transportation Based on Artificial Intelligence Techniques and Oriented Towards the Citizen. Spanish Department of Transport, Co-investigator. €96K. Period: 01/01/2005 to 31/12/2008.
  • Flexible Preference Modelling in Decision Making. Applications in online recommender systems (I) and (II). Spanish Department for Education and Culture, Co-investigator. €33K. Period: 01/01/2003 to 31/12/2006.
  • Spanish National Network in Decision Making, Preference Modelling and Aggregation (I) and (II). Spanish Department for Education and Culture, Co-investigator. €30K. Period: 01/01/2004 to 31/12/2006.
  • Similarities Between Physics and Mathematics in Secondary Education. Regional Government of Andalucia (Spain), Principal Investigator. €700. Period: 01/09/2002 to 30/06/2003.

 

Internally funded research project information

  • Awarded DMU Research Scholarship 2013-14 scheme for 3 years starting from October 2013. This scheme provides for funding to cover both fees and stipend equivalent to the RCUK standard rate (£13,770 for 2012-13) to support one research student from UK or EU. (Principal Investigator with Dr David Elizondo and Dr Benjamin Passow - DIGITS).
  • Awarded DMU Research Scholarship 2012-13 scheme for 3 years starting from October 2012.  This scheme provides for funding to cover both fees and stipend equivalent to the RCUK standard rate (£13,770 for 2012-13) to support one research student from UK or EU. (PI with Dr David Elizondo and Dr Benjamin Passow - DIGITS).
  • Awarded DMU Revolving Investment Fund (RIF) for Research for the project DIGITS: De Montfort Interest Group In Transport Systems. Principal Investigator. £10K. Period: January 2012 - July 2012. 
  • Awarded £4K under the Faculty of Computing Sciences and Engineering (DMU) Pump Priming initiative to promote external collaborations at the University of Granada and the University of Jaen in Spain. 2005.

Professional esteem indicators

Associate Editor and Editorial Board

International journals in ISI Web of Knowledge|

International journals not in ISI Web of Knowledge

Guest Editor for international journals in ISI

Research Council Reviewer and External Examiner

UK

  • EPSRC
  • The Royal Society

International

  • The Research Foundation - Flanders (Belgium) (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen, FWO)
  • The Romanian National Council for Development and Innovation
  • Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT)
  • Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
  • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, Division of Social Sciences.

PhD external examiner

  • Univ. Granada (Granada, Spain)
  • Univ. Jaén (Jaén, Spain)
  • Ulster University (Belfast, UK)
  • University of Valladolid (Valladolid, Spain)
  • École Supérieure d'Électricité (SUPÉLEC, Paris, France).

Conference Organisation, Plenary Talks and Invited Lectures

Organised and Chaired special sessions in the following international conferences:  

  • Special Session FZ08: Fuzzy decision-making: Consensus and Missing Preferences in FUZZ-IEEE 2014 - Beijing (China) that will be held as part of the WCCI2014 from 6-11 July 2014.
  • Special Session 04: Fuzzy Preference Modelling, Decision Making and Consensus in the Second International Conference on Information Technology and Quantitative Management (ITQM2014) that will be held in Moscow - Russia from 3-5 June 2014.
  • Focus Session on Consensus and Decision Making Under Uncertainty in the 2013 IFSA World Congress NAFIPS Annual Meeting Edmonton, Canada June 24-28, 2013.
  • Special Session on Fuzzy Preference Modelling, Decision Making and Consensus in first International Conference of Information Technology and Quantitative Management (ITQM 2013), May 16-18, 2013 at Suzhou, China.
  • Special Session on "Fuzzy Approaches in Preference Modelling, Decision Making and Applications" for the IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ_IEEE), London, UK (2007).
  • Special Session on "Soft Decision Making - Theory and Applications" for the IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ_IEEE), Hong-Kong, China (2008).
  • Special Session on "Fuzzy Decision Making Issues: Preference Modelling and Aggregation" for the 8th International FLINS Conference on Computational Intelligence in Decision and Control, Madrid, Spain (2008).
  • Organised Workshop on "Type-2 Fuzzy Logic and the Modelling of Uncertainty" at the AI-2007 Twenty-seventh SGAI International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Cambridge, UK.
  • Plenary talk at the 2009 EUROFUSE Workshop on Preference Modelling and Decision Analysis.
  • Invited Lectures at the University of Granada, the University of Pamplona, the University of Valladolid, the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Albacete, the University of Jaen (Spain), Ghent University (Belgium) and University of Portsmouth (UK).
  • Programme committee member of more than 50 international conferences.
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