Tom Gordon is a computer scientist and lawyer who has conducted research on argumentation technology in the fields
of “artificial intelligence and law” and “computational models of
argument” and holds an honorary professorship for argumentation
technology at the Institute of Computer Science of the University of
Potsdam. The goal of his research has been to provide software tools for
governance tasks in the policy life cycle: agenda setting, analysis,
policy development and legislation, implementation (including
administrative rulemaking and electronic service delivery), and
monitoring. Tom Gordon retired in 2017.
Example types of applications included:
- systems for constructing (“inventing”), structuring, evaluating and
- rule-based systems for managing and applying legislation and
- groupware systems for supporting online dispute resolution and
- regulatory compliance systems, for helping businesses to meet their
legal obligations at minimal cost
- systems for helping citizens apply for governmental benefits and
- systems for helping software developers to resolve open source
licensing issues policy modeling and legislative support systems for
drafting and analyzing policies, laws and regulations
- document assembly systems for supporting the drafting of legal
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An incomplete and out-of-date list of invited talks.
“From von Jhering to Alexy; From Expert Systems to Mediating Systems”; Dutch Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law (JURIX-94); University of Amsterdam; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; December, 1994. “The Zeno Mediation System”; 10th Annual Conference of the International Association for Conflict Management (IACM); Bonn, Germany; 1997 “The Zeno Argumentation Framework”, Dutch Association for Logic; Logic and Law Day; Utrecht, The Netherlands; November 20, 1999....
Editorial Boards Artificial Intelligence and Law; Springer Verlag; Heidelberg (1992-2015) Argument and Computation; IOS Press; Amsterdam Artificial Intelligence Dissertations (DISKI) Akademische Verlagsgesellschaft (AKA); Berlin Encyclopedia of Digital Government; Idea Group IfColog Journal of Logics and their Applications Associations Vice President; International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law (IAAIL), 2004-2006. President; International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law (IAAIL), 2006-2008. Vice President; Steering Committee of the Computational Models of Argument (COMMA) conference; 2008-2010....
In reverse chronological order:
2020 Atkinson, K., Bench-Capon, T., Bex, F., Gordon, T.F. et al. (2020). In memoriam Douglas N. Walton: the influence of Doug Walton on AI and law. Artificial Intelligence and Law, 28, 281–326. 2018 Gordon, Thomas F. and Friederich, Horst and Walton, Douglas (2018). Representing Argumentation Schemes with Constraint Handling Rules (CHR). Argument and Computation, 9(2), 91-119.
Gordon, Thomas F. (2018). Defining argument weighing functions....
University Degrees and Appointments University of California; B.A., Psychology; June, 1977 University of California, Davis; King Hall School of Law; Juris Doctor (J.D.); June, 1982 Technischen Hochschule Darmstadt; Dr. rer. nat; Computer Science; June, 1993. Honorary Professor for Argumentation Technology, Department of Mathematics and Natural Science, University of Potsdam, since 2010. Technische Universität Berlin; Habilitation; Intelligent Systems; 2012 Employment History Research Scientist; Research Center for Information Law; Institute for Applied Information Technology; German National Research Center for Computer Science (GMD); Sankt Augustin, Germany;1983 to 1985 Research Scientist; Expert Systems Division; Institute for Applied Information Technology; German National Research Center for Computer Science (GMD); Sankt Augustin, Germany;1985 to 1999 Senior Research Scientist; Institute for Automous Intelligent Systems; German National Research Center for Computer Science (GMD); Sankt Augustin, Germany; 1999 to 2000 Senior Research Scientist; Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS); Berlin, Germany; 2001 to 2017....
Prof. Dr. Thomas F. Gordon
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Carneades – Argument construction, evaluation and visualization. graphical user interface, and a software library for building applications supporting various argumentation tasks. DEMO-net – A European “network of excellence” on the subject of eDemocracy and eParticipation. Microsoft DUCK – Web-based tool to author and check ISO 19944-style data use statements EAGLE – Enhanced Government Learning Estrella – A European project to develop an open, standards-based platform for Legal Knowledge Systems. IMPACT – Integrated Method for Policy Making Using Argument Modelling and Computer Assisted Text Analysis Qualipso – Quality Platform for Open Source Software MARKOS – The Market for Open Source Software....
Organizations and Conferences Computational Models of Argument (COMMA) Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communications Systems (FOKUS) GI Fachgruppe Juristische Informatiksysteme International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law Jurix Foundation RuleML Argumentation Research Groups The Agent Applications, Research, and Technology Group of the University of Liverpool The Argumentation Research Group of the University of Dundee Projects Dialectical Argumentation Machines – A UK project conducted by the Argumentation Research Group of the University of Dundee....
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