Kuldar Taveter is an Associate Professor in Information Systems at the Institute of Computer Science and an Adjunct Professor within the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia. Jointly with Professor Leon Sterling from Swinburne University of Technology, he has developed an actor-centric methodology for understanding, modelling and designing sociotechnical systems described in their monograph by MIT Press from 2009.
This methodology is also applied in the ongoing H2020 project funded by EU “Pilots for Healthy and Active Ageing” (1.12.2019−30.11.2023), where Prof. Taveter is leading the team of the University of Tartu.
In 2008-2019, he was employed by Tallinn University of Technology. In 2010-2014, he led the domestic EvolIS research project on generation of implementations of sociotechnical systems from high-level descriptions of the corresponding problem domains. Prof. Taveter has led the research teams in the FP7 project CRISMA on agent-based simulations for crisis management and in the Horizon 2020 project GAIA-CLIM on fusion, processing, and visualisation of environmental data.
In 2005-2008, he was a post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia, where he worked in agent-oriented software engineering. In 1997-2005, Prof. Taveter was employed as a Research Scientist and project leader at the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT), which acts as a mediator between academia and industry. At VTT, his main research areas were agent-based business process automation and ontologies. In 2011, he spent 8 months as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of South Carolina, USA, doing research work in agent-based crowdsourcing systems.
The main research area of Prof. Taveter and the Research Group of Human-Centric Information Systems currently led by him is understanding, modelling and designing complex sociotechnical systems consisting of humans and technology. The problem domains for such systems include e-government, healthcare, older adults, crisis management, media landscapes, sharing economy, and interactive digital narratives.
He has over 80 scientific papers in the areas of modelling and designing complex sociotechnical systems, intelligent agent technology, and e-government. He has over 1000 citations by Google Scholar. Prof. Taveter is leading the team of the Institute of Computer Science in the current MEDIADELCOM project.