I am a Professor of Artificial Intelligence in the Agents, Interaction, and Complexity Group (AIC), in the department of Electronics and Computer Science, at the University of Southampton. I am also the director of the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub, the focal point of the £33m UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Programme. a Turing Fellow, associated with the Alan Turing Institute, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, member of the EPSRC Peer Review College, and member of the Mauritian AI Council.
I am interested in the development of trustworthy autonomous agents and multi-agent systems and their application to Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) such as smart energy systems, the Internet of Things (IoT), and disaster response. My research combines a number of techniques from Machine learning, AI, Game theory, and HCI.
I am currently part of a number of exciting research projects totalling over £8 million, including BReCCIA (a GCRF-funded project on Food and Water Security in Africa), the Smart Cities Platform, a Turing Pilot Project on Responsible AI, and the A-IOT Project. I also recently won the AXA Research Award for my work on Responsible AI. I am member of the new Centre for Doctoral Training on Machine Intelligence for Nano-Electronic Devices (MINDS CDT).
In the past, I have either led or been part of major scientific and industrial research projects including the ORCHID programme within which I developed applications of Human-Agent Collectives. Prior to this I worked on the award-winning ALADDIN project (with BAE Systems) and IDEAS (with SECURE Meters).
I have won a number of awards including the Prisoner’s Dilemma Competition (2004,2005), Robocup Infrastructure Competition (2007), AAMAS best papers (2010,2013,2015), and honourable mention for the IJCAI-JAIR 2016 best paper prize.
I am a member of the ACM E-Energy steering committee, a PC/SPC/AC member for AAMAS, IJCAI, CHI, AAAI, and co-organiser of the workshop series on Human-Agent Interaction. I am a member of the EPSRC Associate Peer Review College and a member of the IET and ACM. I have graduated over 9 PhD students.
I am currently either leading or working on the following major projects:
Shell-Southampton Centre for Maritime Futures (funded by Shell)
Future Interactions with the Autonomous Internet of Things
Wearable and Autonomous Computing for Future Smart Cities: A Platform Grant