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 and Chief Scientist for North Star, an AI startup. I am also the director of the newly created Centre for Machine Intelligence.
I am interested in the development of 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, and the A-IOT Project. I also recently won the AXA Research Award for my work on Responsible AI.
At North Star I am leading the development of AI and Machine Learning algorithms for home energy management and assured living systems.
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).
As part of my work 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 runner up 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:
REACH: REsponsible Human Agent Collectives funded by AXA research
Future Interactions with the Autonomous Internet of Things
Building REearch Capacity for sustainable water and food security In drylands of sub-saharan Africa (BRECcIA)
Wearable and Autonomous Computing for Future Smart Cities: A Platform Grant