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Austin Tate

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Austin Tate
Born (1951-05-12) 12 May 1951 (age 73)
Alma materLancaster University (BSc)
University of Edinburgh (MSc, PhD)
Known forAI Planning
Artificial Intelligence
Virtual Worlds
SpouseMargaret Tate
AwardsAAAI Fellow (1993)
Scientific career
FieldsArtificial intelligence[1]
InstitutionsUniversity of Edinburgh
ThesisUsing Goal Structure to Direct Search in a Problem Solver (1975)
Doctoral advisorDonald Michie
Doctoral studentsCarla Gomes

Austin Tate FREng FRSE[2][3] is Emeritus Professor[4] of Knowledge-based systems in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh.[5] From 1985 to 2019 he was Director of AIAI (Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute) in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh.

He is known for his contributions to AI Planning, applications of Artificial Intelligence, and work on collaborative systems in Virtual Worlds.

Early life and education


Tate was born 12 May 1951, Knottingley, West Yorkshire, UK.[6] He completed his B.A. (Hons) Computer Studies, Lancaster University, 1969-1972.[6] He completed his postgraduate study in Machine Intelligence at University of Edinburgh, supervised by Donald Michie, 1972-1975 and a Master of Science degree in e-Learning at the University of Edinburgh, 2011-2012.[6]

Research and career


Tate's research interests are in Artificial intelligence.[1]

Selected publications

  • Tate, A. (1977) Generating Project Networks, Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-77), pp. 888–893, Cambridge, MA, USA, Morgan Kaufmann.[7]
  • Currie, K.; Tate, A. (1991). "O-Plan: The open planning architecture". Artificial Intelligence. 52: 49–86. CiteSeerX doi:10.1016/0004-3702(91)90024-E. S2CID 943552.
  • Tate, A., Levine, J., Dalton, J. and Nixon, A. (2003) Task Achieving Agents on the World Wide Web, in "Spinning the Semantic Web" (Fensel, D., Hendler, J., Liebermann, H. and Wahlster, W.), Chapter 15, pp. 431–458, MIT Press, 2003.
  • Tate, A. (2006). "The "Helpful Environment": Geographically Dispersed Intelligent Agents That Collaborate". IEEE Intelligent Systems. 21 (3): 57–61. CiteSeerX doi:10.1109/MIS.2006.61. S2CID 25195858.
  • Tate, A.; Chen-Burger, Y. H.; Dalton, J.; Potter, S.; Richardson, D.; Stader, J.; Wickler, G.; Bankier, I.; Walton, C.; Williams, P. (2010). "I-Room: A Virtual Space for Intelligent Interaction" (PDF). IEEE Intelligent Systems. 25 (4): 62–71. doi:10.1109/MIS.2010.5. hdl:20.500.11820/031ec5f0-40f6-45c6-a7f6-a0a4ebe12b7c. S2CID 6699929.
  • Other Publications: O-Plan Papers, I-X Papers

Honours and awards


Tate's awards and honours include:

Personal life


He was married in 1975 to Margaret (née Mowbray) at Knottingley, West Yorkshire, England.[6]


  1. ^ a b Austin Tate publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "List of RAEng Fellows". raeng.org.uk. Royal Academy of Engineering. Archived from the original on 8 June 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  3. ^ "List of RSE Fellows". rse.org.uk. Royal Society of Edinburgh. 21 June 2016.
  4. ^ ""University of Edinburgh Senatus 13 May 2020". www.ed.ac.uk. University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Austin Tate". aiai.ed.ac.uk. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d "Tate, Prof. Austin Tate". Who's Who. Vol. 2015. A & C Black. Retrieved 14 April 2019. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  7. ^ Tate, Austin (9 March 1977). "Generating Project Networks". Ijcai'77. Morgan Kaufmann Publishers Inc. pp. 888–893. Retrieved 9 March 2019 – via ACM Digital Library.