Stefan
Welcome!

I am a highly interdisciplinary researcher in AI. Currently, I work as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Inria Sophia-Antipolis within the 3IA Côte d'Azur Institute, where I am a member of the Wimmics and Hyper-Agents groups.

My background is multidisciplinary, built on a PhD in Computer Science from King's College London, a Master's in Cognitive Science from the University of Edinburgh, and a Bachelor's in Philosophy from the West University of Timisoara. Broadly, my areas of specialisation in AI include multi-agent systems, agent based modelling, and knowledge representation and reasoning.

As an inherently curious individual, I aim to understand the behaviour of intelligent agents (humans or machines) inside social environments like hybrid societies, and study their behaviour with respect to social norms and to ethical, legal, and safety standards. In particular, I am interested in the topics of deception and deception detection, self-explainable AI agents with Theory-of-Mind, and the ability of AI agents to build stories and narratives.

Before joining Inria, at King's I was part of the Distributed AI Research Group and the Trusted Autonomous Systems Hub within the Department of Informatics, and of the Cyber Security Research Group within the Department of War Studies. During my PhD studies, I have also had a spell as a visiting researcher at the MIT Media Lab in the Scalable Cooperation Group.