Paul Duckworth

Post Doctoral Research Assistant

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Dr Paul Duckworth is a Principle Researcher in the Machine Learning Research Group at the University of Oxford with Professor Mike Osborne.

He recently submitted his PhD thesis in the area of Unsupervised Human Activity Analysis for Intelligent Mobile Robots at the University of Leeds, UK. This work focused on representing a mobile robot's observed environment using an abstract qualitative representation, then, performing unsupervised machine learning techniques in order to recover patterns relating to observed human behaviours. It combined research across areas such as information retrieval, computer vision, robotics and Qualitative Spatial Representations.

Paul also has professional experience working in retail banking and performing clinical trail analysis for pharma companies.

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Awards and Achievements

  • 2017 IJCAI Best Video Award “Grounding of Human Environments and Activities for Autonomous Robots”, Duckworth, P., Alomari, M., Hogg, D.C., Cohn, A.G., In International Joint Conference on AI (IJCAI) 2017.
  • 2017 RoboNLP Best Paper Award “Natural Language Grounding and Grammar Induction for Robotic Manipulation Commands” Alomari, M., Duckworth, P., Hogg, D.C., Cohn, A.G., In ROBONLP Workshop at ACL 2017.
  • Best Paper. 2016 ECAI Best Student Paper Award - Runner-up. “Unsupervised Activity Recognition using Latent Semantic Analysis on a Mobile Robot” Duckworth, P., Alomari, M., Gatsoulis, Y., Hogg, D.C., Cohn, A.G., In European Conference on AI 2016.

Research Interests

Paul's research interests are broad and split between the areas of probabilistic and unsupervised machine learning, information retrieval and mobile robotics, and secondly, The Future of Work and AI for Social Good broad themes.

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Selected Publications

  • "Unsupervised human activity analysis for intelligent mobile robots", Duckworth P., Hogg, D.C., Cohn, A.G., In Artificial Intelligence 270, 67-92, 2019.
  • “Inferring Work Task Automatability from AI Expert Evidence”, Duckworth, P., Graham, L., and Osborne, M. In AI Ethics & Society AAAI/ACM 2019. Also appears in: AI for Social Good Workshop at NeurIPS 2018.
  • “The Future of Healthcare Protocol Article” Willis, M., Duckworth, P., Coulter, A., Meyer, E., Osborne, M. In Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) Protocols 2019.
  • "Latent Dirichlet Allocation for Unsupervised Activity Analysis on an Autonomous Mobile Robot", Duckworth, P., Alomari, M., Charles, J., Hogg, D.C., Cohn, A.G. Thirty-First AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence 2017