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My first degree is in English from Leeds University. I returned to higher education as a mature student some years later, gaining an MSc with Distinction in Software Development from the University of Huddersfield. I then went on to study for my Ph.D. at Huddersfield, with Prof. Lee McCluskey as my director of studies. My research was in Artificial Intelligence (AI) Planning and investigated a new object-centred approach to planning, and included the development of three different planning engines. During my time as a PhD student, I also worked as a part-time lecturer at the University. I was then employed as a Research Assistant, where part of my role was to help with the organisation and running of the Planning and Scheduling Special Interest Group Workshop. I finally became a full-time lecturer in the (then) Dept of Computing in 1999. I have taught a wide range of topics within Computing, including Java programming, software development methods, internet application development, AI, formal methods, software engineering, computing science and research methods at both undergraduate and M.Sc. level. My administrative duties have included being a Course leader, and I am currently an Admissions Tutor.
My main research area is AI Planning. My Ph.D. investigated taking an object-centred approach to planning. This built on previous work by my Supervisory team on object-centred domain modelling. I developed three different object-centred planning engines which could exploit the structure of these domain models. I have since undertaken research with colleagues into planning domain model definition and validation. In 2000 I was the Programme Chair for the Symposium "Artificial Intelligence Planning and Intelligent Agents ", held as part of AISB-00 at the University of Birmingham. In 2006 I organised the ICAPS '06 Summer School in AI planning in the Lake District. I have recently begun an investigation into developing the use of AI planning techniques in computer games.
Shah, M., Chrpa, L., Kitchin, D., McCluskey, T. and Vallati, M. (2013) ‘Exploring Knowledge Engineering Strategies in Designing and Modelling a Road Traffic Accident Management Domain’. In: The 23rd International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-13), , Beijing, China
Chrpa, L., Vallati, M., Kitchin, D. and McCluskey, T. (2013) ‘Generating Macro-operators by Exploiting Inner Entanglements’. In: 10th Symposiium on Abstraction, Reformulation and Approximation (SARA 13), 11th-12th July 2013, Leavenworth, Washington, USA
Vallati, M. and Kitchin, D. (2012) ‘Challenges of Portfolio-based Planning ’. In: 30th Workshop of the UK Planning and Scheduling Special Interest Group, 13-14 December 2012, University of Teesside , pp. 1-4
Naveed, M., Kitchin, D., Crampton, A., Chrpa, L. and Gregory, P. (2012) ‘A Monte-Carlo Path Planner for Dynamic and Partially Observable Environments’. In: Computational Intelligence and Games (CIG), 2012 IEEE Conference on . : IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. pp. 211-218. ISBN 9781467311939
Naveed, M., Kitchin, D., Crampton, A., Chrpa, L. and Gregory, P. (2012) ‘A Monte-Carlo Path Planner for Dynamic and Partially Observable Environments’. In: Computing in Games (CIG) 2012, 11-14 September 2012, Granada, Spain
Naveed, M., Crampton, A., Kitchin, D. and McCluskey, T. (2011) Real-Time Path Planning using a Simulation-Based Markov Decision Process . Research and Development in Intelligent Systems XXVIII Research and Development in Intelligent Systems XXVIII. London: Springer . ISBN 978-1-4471-2317-0
Naveed, M., Kitchin, D. and Crampton, A. (2010) ‘Monte-Carlo Planning for Pathfinding in Real-Time Strategy Games’. In: Proceedings of PlanSIG 2010. 28th Workshop of the UK Special Interest Group on Planning and Scheduling joint meeting with the 4th Italian Workshop on Planning and Scheduling. Brescia, Italy: PlanSIG. pp. 125-132.
Naveed, M., Kitchin, D. and Crampton, A. (2010) ‘A Hierarchical Task Network Planner for Pathfinding in Real-Time Strategy Games’. In: Third International Symposium on AI & Games, AISB 2010 convention, 29 March 1 April 2010, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK , pp. 1-7
Naveed, M., Kitchin, D. and Crampton, A. (2009) ‘Dynamic real-time hierarchical heuristic search for pathfinding.’. In: Proceedings of Computing and Engineering Annual Researchers' Conference 2009: CEARC09. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 153-158. ISBN 9781862180857
Simpson, R., Kitchin, D. and McCluskey, T. (2007) ‘Planning domain definition using GIPO ’ Knowledge Engineering Review , 22 (2), pp. 117-134. ISSN 0269-8889
Kitchin, D., McCluskey, T. and West, M. (2005) ‘B vs OCL: comparing specification languages for Planning Domains’. In: Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS 2005). : AAAI Press. . ISBN 978-1-57735-220-4
West, M. and Kitchin, D. (2003) ‘Testing domain model validation tools’. In: PlanSIG 22, 9th/10th Dec 2003, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
West, M., Kitchin, D. and McCluskey, T. (2002) ‘Validating planning domain models using B-AMN’. In: PlanSIG 2002, 21st/22nd Nov 2002, Delft University of Technology, Holland
Simpson, R., McCluskey, T., Liu, D. and Kitchin, D. (2000) ‘Knowledge representation in planning: a PDDL to OCL h translation’. In: Foundations of intelligent systems. : Springer. pp. 610-618. ISBN 9783540410942
Kitchin, D., McCluskey, T. and Simpson, R. (2000) ‘Foundations of an object-centred approach to knowledge engineering for AI planning applications’. In: Knowledge based computer systems:proceedings of the international conference KBCS 2000. : Allied Publishers. pp. 434-445. ISBN 9788177641103
McCluskey, T., Jarvis, P. and Kitchin, D. (1999) OCLh: A Sound and Supportive Planning Domain Modelling Language University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)
McCluskey, T. and Kitchin, D. (1998) ‘A Tool-Supported Approach to Engineering HTN Planning Models’. In: Tenth IEEE International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence, 1998, Taiwan
McCluskey, T., Kitchin, D. and Porteous, J. (1996) ‘Object-centred planning: lifting classical planning from the literal level to the object level’. In: Proceedings Eighth IEEE International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence. : IEEEPress. pp. 346-353. ISBN 0-8186-7686-8