academic profile

This is a shortened vita. Full CV available upon request.

Matthias Grabmair
Ph.D. Student, Intelligent Systems Program, University of Pittsburgh


  • M.S. - Intelligent Systems Program, University of Pittsburgh, USA 2011
  • Dipl.-Jur. (Univ.) - University of Augsburg School of Law, Germany 2007
  • LL.M. (magna cum laude) - University of Pittsburgh School of Law, USA 2005

Selected Awards and Scholarships

  • Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, 2012-2013
  • Donald H. Berman Best Student Paper Award, ICAIL 2011
  • Fellowship, Google Summer of Code, 2008
  • Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2007-2009
  • Fellowship, Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, Germany, 2004-2007
  • Tuition Scholarship, Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 2004-2005
  • Study Abroad Scholarship, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), 2004


  • M. Grabmair, K. D. Ashley, R. Chen, P. Sureshkumar, C. Wang, E. Nyberg and V. R. Walker, Introducing LUIMA: An Experiment in Legal Conceptual Retrieval of Vaccine Injury Decisions using a UIMA Type System and Tools, ICAIL 2015 Proceedings, 69-78, ACM, 2015.
  • J. Savelka, M. Grabmair, K.D. Ashley, Mining Information from Statutory Texts in Multi-Jurisdictional Settings, Proceedings of Jurix 2014 [IN PRINT]
  • P. M. Sweeney, E. F. Bjerke, M. A. Potter, H. Güçlü, C. R. Keane, K. D. Ashley , M.
    , R. Hwa, Network Analysis of Manually-Encoded State Laws and Prospects for Automation. In Winkels, R.; Lettieri, N.; Faro, S. (Eds.) (2014). Network Analysis in Law. Collana: Diritto Scienza Tecnologia/Law Science Technology – Temi, 3, Napoli: Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, 2014
  • M. Grabmair & K.D. Ashley, Using Event Progression to Enhance Purposive Argumentation in the Value Judgment Formalism, ICAIL 2013 Proceedings, 73-82, ACM, 2013. pdf
  • M. Grabmair & K.D. Ashley, A Survey of Uncertainties and their Consequences in Probabilistic Legal Argumentation, in: Bayesian Argumentation - The Practical Side of Probability (Frank Zenker ed.), S. 61-85, Springer 2012.
  • M. Grabmair, K.D. Ashley, R. Hwa and P.M. Sweeney, Toward Extracting Information from Public Health Statutes using Text Classification and Machine Learning, Jurix 2011: The 24th Annual Conference, pp. 73-82 (Katie M. Atkinson ed.) IOS Press 2011.
  • M. Grabmair & K.D. Ashley, Facilitating Case Comparison Using Value Judgments and Intermediate Legal Concepts, ICAIL 2011 Proceedings, 161-170, ACM, 2011. [Donald H. Berman Best Student Paper Award]
  • M. Grabmair & K.D. Ashley, Argumentation with Value Judgments - An Example of Hypothetical Reasoning, Jurix 2010: The 23rd Annual Conference, 67-76 (R.G.F. Winkels ed., IOS Press 2010).
  • M. Grabmair, T.F. Gordon, and D. Walton, Probabilistic Semantics for the Carneades Argument Model Using Bayesian Networks, Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Computational Models of Argument (COMMA), 255-266, IOS Press 2010.
  • M. Grabmair & K.D. Ashley, Using Critical Questions to Disambiguate and Formalize Statutory Provisions, ICAIL 2009 Proceedings, 240-241, ACM SIGART, 2009.
  • M. Grabmair & K.D. Ashley, Towards Modeling Systematic Interpretation of Codified Law, Jurix 2005: The Eighteenth Annual Conference, 107-108 (M.-F. Moens, P. Spyns ed., IOS Press 2005).

Other Talks

  • Panelist, ICAIL 2013 Workshop on Argumentation in Artificial Intelligence and Law (chaired by Trevor Bench-Capon), Rome, Italy.
  • ICAIL 2013 Tutorial on Artificial Intelligence and the Law, co-presented with Prof. Kevin Ashley, 14th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law, ICAIL 2013, Rome, Italy.
  • A Formalisation of the Right to Life (R2L) and the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), Introductory Remarks for Roundtable Discussion, Jurix 2011, Vienna, Austria.
  • Jurix 2011 Tutorial on Artificial Intelligence and the Law, co-presented with Prof. Kevin Ashley, Jurix 2011, Vienna, Austria.
  • Erste Schritte zur Automatischen Erkennung von Agenten-interaktionen in Gesetzestexten durch Textklassifikation und Maschinelles Lernen, Fachtagung Rechtsinformatik 2011, Vienna, Austria.
  • Assessing Argument Moves in the Carneades Argument Model Using Bayesian Networks, Workshop on Bayesian Argumentation 2010, University of Lund, Sweden.
  • Isomorphie, Logikprogrammierung, Methodenlehre, Internationales Rechtsinformatik Symposium 2008, Salzburg, Austria.
  • Grundüberlegungen zur Modellierung der Systematischen Auslegung durch Norminteraktionsprädikate, Internationales Rechtsinformatik Symposium 2006, Vienna, Austria.

Program Committee Memberships

  • RuleML 2013 Special Track on "Translating between Human Language and Formal Rules: Business, Law, and Government“.

People I collaborate(d) with
Thomas F. Gordon / Haider Hamoudi / Stefan Lorenzmeier / Douglas Walton