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Hi! I am a formal scientist in Artificial Intelligence Department, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning group at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

My research lies in logic, decision theory, game theory, machine learning and their crossroads. As a matter of taste, I like to pursue research on foundations, and investigate new algorithmic and conceptual aspects of things. The following is a list of coarse-grained words which represents my interest in rather a broad spectrum:

  • Logic in Computer Science
  • Algorithmic Game/Decision Theory
  • Neuro-Symbolic AI


Prior to my academic life in Amsterdam, I obtained a PhD in Data & Web Science/Artificial Intelligence group at the University of Mannheim, Germany. During past years, I made research visits to various institutes: University of Calabria, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, University of Amsterdam (ILLC), and the University of Oxford. I hold a MSc. double-degree in Computational Logic from Vienna/Dresden University of Technology, and a BSc. degree in Computer Science from Isik University.


My current research is generously supported by the NWO TOP-Grant project MaestroGraph.


E-mail: Erman.Acar<the_symbol>vu.nl


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Ontology Engineering & Materials Science
Decision making Engineering & Materials Science
Semantics Engineering & Materials Science
Semantic Web Engineering & Materials Science
Decision theory Engineering & Materials Science
Supervised learning Engineering & Materials Science
Knowledge representation Engineering & Materials Science
Expert systems Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2014 2019

Making decisions over contextual ontologies

Acar, E., Penaloza, R. & Predoiu, L., 2019, Description Logics 2019 International Workshop on Description Logics: Proceedings of the 32nd International Workshop on Description Logics, DL 2019; Oslo; Norway; 18 June 2019 through 21 June 2019. Šimkus, M. & Weddell, G. (eds.). CEUR, p. 1-12 12 p. (CEUR Workshop Proceedings; vol. 2373).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Decision making
Knowledge representation

On the Impact of sameAs on Schema Matching

Raad, J., Acar, E. & Schlobach, S., 19 Nov 2019, K-CAP '19 Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Knowledge Capture. ACM, p. 77-84 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Knowledge representation

Satisfiability in Strategy Logic can be Easier than Model Checking

Acar, E., Benerecetti, M. & Mogavero, F., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Proceedings of AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence 2019.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Semi-Supervised Learning using Differentiable Reasoning

van Krieken, E., Acar, E. & van Harmelen, F., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : IFCoLog Journal of Logic and its Applications. 6, 4, p. 633-653 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalSpecial issue (editing)Academicpeer-review

Supervised learning

Knowledge Representation for Automated Decision Making

Acar, E., 2018, Mannheim University Library . 184 p.

Research output: Book / ReportBookAcademicpeer-review