I am a Senior Research Fellow at PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP), UCL, specialising in AI ethics, privacy and cybersecurity. Before joining PETRAS, I worked as a Research Associate on the CONTEXT project, which is part of the projects of the REPHRAIN research centre. The project focuses on understanding the role of contexts in managing privacy online. I have also worked as a Research Associate on ReEnTrust project.  The project explores new technological opportunities for platforms to regain user trust and aims to identify how this may be achieved in ways that are user-driven and responsible. The focus is on AI algorithms and large scale platforms used by the general public. I have worked on a variety of issues relating to the following themes: knowledge representation and reasoning, argumentation theories, argumentation-based agent dialogues, trust computing and reputation mechanisms, explainable and responsible AI, agent communication and language semantics, AI ethics, machine reasoning, and human-computer interaction.

I have over eleven years of experience working in academics. I started as a Graduate Assistant at the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science, Adekunle Ajasin University, Nigeria in 2009. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Adekunle Ajasin University, Nigeria, and a Master’s degree in Applied Computing and Information Technology from the University of Bedfordshire, United Kingdom. I received a Ph.D. at University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom, which was about computational trust modelling and trust dialogues using argumentation theories.

My research interest involves: i) investigating the general and common ethical principles for the converged AI and IoT technologies, ii) investigating the users’ perceived ethical and moral issues with AI and IoT, iii) developing a formal representation of privacy contexts by extending state-of-the-art ontologies, iv) modeling use-case scenarios with the proposed formal representation, v) the design and implementation of the prototype agent-based Privacy Enhancing Technology (PET) that will act on behalf of an individual to preserve privacy, vi) investigating how trust reasoning should be integrated into formal argumentation frameworks for multi-party dialogues to identify and extract the most trustworthy conclusions. I am also interested in trust building AI technologies. In particular, I am interested in investigating the factors that affect trust in the algorithms of online digital platforms and developing  tools that can be used to engender/rebuild trust on these platforms. At moment, I am working as a Synthesis Fellow at PETRAS to synthesise the diverse elements of the PETRAS research base, in order to construct new understanding, ideas and insights. The aim of this synthesis activity is to increase the generability and applicability of these findings, thereby ensuring that they have relevance and impact in society and the economy – particularly, at a national, regional or sectoral level.

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