Stephen Muggleton

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Stephen Muggleton
Stephen Muggleton 2010
Born (1959-12-06) 6 December 1959 (age 55)
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
Thesis Inductive acquisition of expert knowledge (1987)
Doctoral advisor Donald Michie[2]
Doctoral students
Known for
Notable awards

Stephen H. Muggleton FBCS, FIET, FAAAI,[6]FECCAI, FSB, FREng[7] (born 6 December 1959, son of Louis Muggleton) is Head of the Computational Bioinformatics Laboratory at Imperial College London.[1][8][9][10][11][12][13]


Muggleton received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science (1982) and Doctor of Philosophy in Artificial Intelligence (1986) supervised by Donald Michie at the University of Edinburgh.[14]


Following his PhD, Muggleton went on to work as a postdoctoral research associate at the Turing Institute in Glasgow (1987–1991) and later an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow at Oxford University Computing Laboratory (OUCL) (1992–1997) where he founded the Machine Learning Group.[15] In 1997 he took a post at the University of York and in 2001, he moved from there to Imperial College London.


Muggleton's research interests[9][16] are primarily in Artificial intelligence. From 1997–2001 he held the Chair of Machine Learning at the University of York[17] and from 2001–2006 the EPSRC Chair of Computational Bioinformatics at Imperial College in London. Since 2013 he holds the Syngenta/Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair[18] Chair as well as the post of Director of Modelling for the Imperial College Centre for Integrated Systems Biology.[18] He is known for founding the field of Inductive logic programming.[19][20][21][22] In this field he has made contributions to theory introducing predicate invention, inverse entailment and stochastic logic programs. He has also played a role in systems development where he was instrumental in the systems Duce, Golem and Progol[23][24] and applications — especially biological prediction tasks.

He worked on a Robot Scientist together with Stephen Emmott[25] that would be capable of combining inductive logic with probabilistic reasoning.[26] His present work concentrates on the development of Meta-Interpretive Learning,[27] a new form of Inductive Logic Programming which supports predicate invention and learning of recursive programs.


  1. ^ a b Stephen Muggleton's publications indexed by Google Scholar, a free service provided by Google
  2. ^ a b Stephen Muggleton at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ Moyle, Stephen Anthony (2003). An investigation into theory completion techniques in inductive logic programming (PhD thesis). University of Oxford. 
  4. ^ Santos, Jose Carlos Almeida (2010). Efficient learning and evaluation of complex concepts in inductive logic programming (PhD thesis). Imperial College London. 
  5. ^ List of Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering
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  7. ^ Research Chairs: Current and Recently Completed at the Royal Academy of Engineering
  8. ^ "Professor Stephen H. Muggleton". Academic staff list. Imperial College. Retrieved 8 August 2010. 
  9. ^ a b Stephen Muggleton's publications indexed by the DBLP Bibliography Server at the University of Trier
  10. ^ Grants awarded to Stephen Muggleton by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  11. ^ Stephen Muggleton's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier.
  12. ^ Srinivasan, A.; Muggleton, S.H.; Sternberg, M.J.E.; King, R.D. (1996). "Theories for mutagenicity: A study in first-order and feature-based induction". Artificial Intelligence 85: 277. doi:10.1016/0004-3702(95)00122-0. 
  13. ^ Stephen Muggleton from the ACM Portal
  14. ^ Muggleton, Stephen (1987). Inductive acquisition of expert knowledge (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh. 
  15. ^ Muggleton, S. (1997). "Learning from positive data" 1314. pp. 358–376. doi:10.1007/3-540-63494-0_65. 
  16. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
  17. ^ Muggleton, S. (1999). "Scientific knowledge discovery using inductive logic programming". Communications of the ACM 42 (11): 42. doi:10.1145/319382.319390. 
  18. ^ a b "Prof Stephen Muggleton". The Royal Institution of Great Britain. Retrieved 8 August 2010. 
  19. ^ Muggleton, S.; De Raedt, L. (1994). "Inductive Logic Programming: Theory and methods". The Journal of Logic Programming. 19-20: 629–679. doi:10.1016/0743-1066(94)90035-3. 
  20. ^ Muggleton, S. (1991). "Inductive logic programming". New Generation Computing 8 (4): 295–318. doi:10.1007/BF03037089. 
  21. ^ Muggleton, S. (1995). "Inverse entailment and progol". New Generation Computing 13 (3–4): 245–286. doi:10.1007/BF03037227. 
  22. ^ Muggleton, S.; Page, D.; Srinivasan, A. (1997). "An initial experiment into stereochemistry-based drug design using inductive logic programming". Inductive Logic Programming. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 1314. p. 23. doi:10.1007/3-540-63494-0_46. ISBN 978-3-540-63494-2. 
  23. ^ "Golem". AI Japanese Institute for Science. Retrieved 8 August 2010. 
  24. ^ Michalski, R.; Tecuci, G. (1994). Machine learning: a multistrategy approach (BOOK). Morgan Kaufmann. p. 780. ISBN 0-934613-09-5. Retrieved 8 August 2010. 
  25. ^ King, R. D.; Whelan, K. E.; Jones, F. M.; Reiser, P. G. K.; Bryant, C. H.; Muggleton, S. H.; Kell, D. B.; Oliver, S. G. (2004). "Functional genomic hypothesis generation and experimentation by a robot scientist". Nature 427 (6971): 247–252. doi:10.1038/nature02236. PMID 14724639. 
  26. ^ "What computing can teach biology, and vice versa". The Economist. 2007-07-12. Retrieved 2010-08-08. (subscription required)
  27. ^ Muggleton, S. H.; Lin, D.; Tamaddoni-Nezhad, A. (2015). "Meta-interpretive learning of higher-order dyadic datalog: Predicate invention revisited". Machine Learning. doi:10.1007/s10994-014-5471-y.