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 (2017) ‘Meta-Search Through the Space of Representations and Heuristics on a Problem by Problem Basis’. In: Proceedings of the Thirty-Second AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence. : AAAI Press. .

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