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Professor Mary-Anne Williams
Professor Mary-Anne Williams with her robotic soccer team.
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Professor Mary-Anne Williams

Mary-Anne Williams, MSc, LLM, Ph.D. is Research Chair, University of Technology, Sydney; Director, Innovation and Technology Research Laboratory, University of Technology, Sydney; College of Experts Member, Australian Research Council; and Guest Professor, University of Science and Technology of China.
Her research program centers on modeling decision making in complex business environments. Her primary focus is modeling decision making in environments where the information gathered by the decision maker is uncertain, incomplete, or susceptible to change. Broadly speaking, her research program fits in the area of Intelligent Information Management and Decision Support, and she develops and uses techniques in Knowledge Representation and Reasoning.
Mary-Anne began working at the University of Newcastle in 1990, and before that she was at the University of New England in the Department of Accounting and Finance. She spent 1985/1986 at Kent State University. She has also worked in Industry, and was at one time an Actuarial Analyst with MLC Insurance in Sydney.
During 2000 she was on sabbatical and working at Dow Digital, Stanford University, and IBM Research Laboratories in New York. While away she was able to visit CNRS in France, Lund University in Sweden, SUNY at Buffalo, Harvard Business School, MIT Media Lab, and MIT Sloan School of Management.
During the second half of 2005 and early 2006 Mary-Anne was on study leave and was working as a Visiting Professor at the Copenhagen Business School for the second half of 2005 on FXRED; an Agent-Oriented Treasury Management System supported by Danish National Bank. She also spent time at Lund University Cognitive Science, Sweden, IBM Research Labs in New York, and Stanford University working on several research projects.
Mary-Anne authored Iterated Theory Base Change: A Computational Model and Anytime Belief Revision, On the Logic of Theory Base Change, and coauthored Reasoning about Categories in Conceptual Spaces, Weakening Conflicting Information for Iterated Revision and Knowledge Integration, A Practical Approach to Revising Prioritized Knowledge Bases, A Preliminary Comparative Feature Analysis of Multi-agent Systems Development Methodologies, Case Based Game Play in the RoboCup Four-Legged League: Part I The Theoretical Model, SATEN: An Object-Oriented Web-Based Revision and Extraction Engine, and A Novel and Practical Approach Towards Color Constancy for Mobile Robots Using Overlapping Color Space Signatures.
Mary-Anne earned a Bachelor of Science, Graduate Diploma of Computing Science, Master of Science (Research), Master of Laws (LLM), and Doctor of Philosophy (University of Sydney).