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Prof. Matthew Montebello
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Prof. Matthew Montebello

Prof. Matthew Montebello


Associate Professor
Artificial Intelligence
Faculty of Information & Communication Technology
Block A, Level 1
Room 3
ICT Building
University of Malta
contact+356 2340 2132

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Prof Matthew Montebello is an associate professor and head at the Department of Intelligent Computer Systems at the Faculty of ICT, University of Malta. He heads the Agent Technology Research Group at departmental level, as well as coordinates a number of Interest Groups within the same faculty.

Before joining the University in 1999 with a PhD in Computer Science he was already heavily involved in Education in secondary schools after graduating in 1990 at the University of Malta B.Ed.(Hons) degree. Having obtained an extensive teaching experience and having been involved with the introduction of computer labs through the Ministry of Education, he proceeded to follow the Computer Science domain when he pursued his post-graduate studies obtaining a Masters and a Doctorate at the Cardiff University in Wales.

Apart from his academic interests, Prof Montebello nourishes a common interest with local Marine Archaeologists and in 2010 read a Masters in the area at Ulster university in Ireland. He regularly assists the department of Classics and Archaeology at summer field schools and education forums about use of ICT in deep diving especially in relation to local marine archaeological heritage. In the past (2004-2014) he was also heavily involved in protecting and promoting the individual and collective interests of academic staff at the University of Malta as member, general secretary and president of the academics' union, UMASA.

Research Interests & Publications

Research Interests

  • Agent technology
  • Web Science
  • Mobile Technologies
  • Technology enhanced education

Selected Publications

Camilleri, V., DeFreitas, S., Montebello, M. & McDonagh-Smith, P. 2013, "A case study inside a virtual world - use ofanalytics for immersive spaces", Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK13).

Camilleri, V., Montebello, M. & Busuttil, L. 2013, "MOOCs - exploiting networks for the education of the masses or just a trend?" in The social classroom: Integrating social networks use in education, ed. G. Mallia, IGI Global, .

Camilleri, V., Dingli, A., Mifsud, J., Montebello, M. & Seychell, D. 2012, "Transition to 3D Social Networking", The 2012 Cyberworlds International conference.

Montebello, M. 2012, "Ambient Intelligent Agent to Control Crowd Dynamics", The 2012 Applied Computing Conference.

Montebello, M. 2012, "Calm Mobile Computing", The 2012 International Conference of Information Science and Computer Applications (ICISCA12).

Montebello, M. 2012, "An Intelligent Agent to Assist Mobile Users", The 2012 Applied Computing Conference.

Montebello, M. 2012, "Intelligent Agents for Mobile Phones", Ciit International Journal of Artificial Intelligent Systems and Machine Learning, [Online], vol. EISSN 0974-9543, no. ISSN 0974-9667, pp. 15 August 2012.

Montebello, M. 2012, "Intelligent Agents to Lead a Blind Person", 14th International conference on Information Integration and Web-based Applications and services.

Montebello, M. 2012, "SAFE - Security Agent oFfering advicE", 14th International conference on Information Integration and Web-based Applications and services.

Montebello, M. 1998, "Metasearch & MAchine Learning to Optimise WWW searching", The Ninth International Conference on Computing and Information (ICCI'98)Canada, pp. 245.


University of Malta based research groups:
- GameD: Games in Education;
- Web Science Research group;
- Mobile technologies working group.


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