Professor Hans W. Guesgen
Chair of Computer Science

School of Engineering and Advanced Technology
Massey University
Private Bag 11222
Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand

Room 3.90, Ag/Hort Building
Manawatu Campus

DDI +64 (6) 951 7137


Research Interests

My main research interests are in the areas of smart environments, ambient computing and intelligence, knowledge representation and inference, constraint satisfaction, and spatio-temporal reasoning. Most of my publications are in these areas, as you can see on Google Scholar or Microsoft Academic Search.

MSc and PhD Topics

If you are interested in research related to smart environments, contact me for potential research topics. Depending on your preferences, you can either pursue a more theoretical thesis or a more practical one. Topic areas include methods for reasoning about human behaviour, formalisms to utilise spatio-temporal context information, interaction with ambient intelligence systems, and many more.


Stephen Marsland and I have edited a book on Human Behavior Recognition Technologies: Intelligent Applications for Monitoring and Security, which covers the computational aspects, the primary applications, and the social, ethical, and legal implications of human behaviour recognition.

Mehul Bhatt and I have edited a book on Situational Awareness for Assistive Technologies, which consists of research contributions dealing with the crucial notion of situational awareness within assistive smart systems emerging as an overarching concept. The book has retained a computer science character, whilst bringing to the fore research projects where formal knowledge representation and reasoning techniques have been demonstrated to be applicable to areas within the broader field of ambient intelligence and smart environments.

Service Contributions

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