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Santiago Ontañón

Associate Professor

Computer Science

Dr. Ontañón's research focus lies in the intersection of artificial intelligence, computer games, machine learning and case-based reasoning. He has published over 90 scientific articles in these areas. Previous to joining Drexel University, he spent three years at the Georgia Institute of Technology as a postdoctoral researcher, and two years as a researcher at the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA) in Barcelona, Spain.


  • PhD, Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence), cum laude, Autonomous University of Barcelona

Research/Teaching Interests

Game AI, computer games, artificial intelligence, machine learning, case-based reasoning

Select Publications

  • Santiago Ontañón and Enric Plaza (2014) Coordinated Inductive Learning using Argumentation-based Communication. Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (JAAMAS)
  • Santiago Ontañón, Jose L. Montaña, Avelino Gonzalez (2014) A Dynamic-Bayesian Network Framework for Modeling and Evaluating Learning from Observation. Expert Systems with Applications Journal. Volume 41, Issue 11, 1 September 2014, Pages 5212–5226
  • Santiago Ontañón, Gabriel Synnaeve, Alberto Uriarte, Florian Richoux, David Churchill, Mike Preuss (2013) A Survey on Real-Time Strategy Game AI Research and Competition in StarCraft. Transactions of Computational Intelligence and AI in Games (TCIAIG), Volume 5, Issue 4, pages 1 - 19.
  • Jichen Zhu, Santiago Ontañón (2013) Shall I Compare Thee to Another Story: An Empirical Study of Analogy-Based Story Generation. To appear in Transactions of Computational Intelligence and AI in Games (TCIAIG).
  • Santiago Ontañón and Enric Plaza (2012) Similarity Measures over Refinement Graphs. Machine Learning Journal. Volume 87, Issue 1 (2012), Page 57-92
  • Santiago Ontañón and Kinshuk Mishra and Neha Sugandh and Ashwin Ram (2010) On-line Case-Based Planning. Computational Intelligence Journal, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp. 84-119.

Professional Activities & Associations

Conference/Workshop Organization:

  • 2013, Co-organizer of the International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning (ICCBR 2013) in Saratoga Springs, NY, USA
  • 2012, Workshop chair of AIIDE 2012
  • 2012, Co-organizer of the Workshop on TRUE: Traces for Reusing Users' Experience in ICCBR 2012
  • 2010, Co-organizer of the Workshop on Case-Based Reasoning for Computer Games
  • 2009, Co-organizer of the Special Track on Case-Based Reasoning in FLAIRS 2009
  • 2008, Co-organizer of the Special Track on Case-Based Reasoning in FLAIRS 2008