Portrait of Dr Santiago Franco Aixela Dr Santiago Franco Aixela

s.franco@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472162


Research Fellow for the University of Huddersfield appointed 06-March-2017

  • Research Fellow for Universidad Federal Minas Gerais, Brazil (2014-2016)
  • Research Fellow for Auckland University April 2012-April 2014, AOARD grant.
  • Honorary Research Fellow in Auckland University 2011-current.
  • Representative of Hertfordshire University for RoboCup 2003 with Bold Hearts team in Venice, Italy together wit Dr. Daniel Polani. Our team was selected as benchmark for RoboCup Coach Competition
  • System Analyst for AMDOCS since January 1999 till September 2002. Main task: working in a Unix environment programming, troubleshooting and designing telecommunication business software and related applications (Customer Service Management) as a consultant in USA & Austria.
  • Teacher Assistant in Digital Systems Lab, Saint Louis University, Sep.1998 - Dec.1998


Research and Scholarship


Reviewer for:

  • 2017 Artificial Intelligence Journal (AIJ)
  • 2014 & 2015 International Conference on Intelligent Systems and Applications
  • 2012 & 2014 Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
  • 2010 & 2012 Pacific Rim International Conference on Artificial Intelligence

Publications and Other Research Outputs

Book Section

Franco, S., Torralba, A., Lelis, L. and Barley, M. (2017) ‘On creating complementary pattern databases’. In: Proceedings of the 2017 International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence. : IJCAI. pp. 4302-4309. ISBN 978-0-9992411-0-3

McCluskey, T., Vallati, M. and Franco, S. (2017) ‘Automated planning for urban traffic management’. In: Proceedings of the Twenty-Sixth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence. : IJCAI. pp. 5238-5240. ISBN 978-0-9992411-0-3

Levi, L., Franco, S., Abisrror, M., Barley, M., Zilles, S. and Holte, R. (2016) ‘Heuristic subset selection in classical planning’. In: Proceedings of the Twenty-Fifth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-16). Palo Alto, California, USA: AAAI Press / IJCAI. pp. 3185-3195. ISBN 978-1577357711


  • 4th place in IPC-2014 optimal planning competition for RIDA planning system.
  • Contributed, with M. Barley and Pat Riddle, Reformulated Transport, Barman and Gripper domains for IPC 2016 unsolvavility competition


Research Degree Supervision

  • Please contact this member of staff to discuss possible opportunities.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Urban Traffic Control