I am a Professor of Artificial Intelligence, in the School 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, and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. I am a Co-Director of the Shell-Southampton Centre for Maritime Futures where we are researching digital technologies to reduce CO2 emissions in Shipping and Maritime.
I am also the co-CEO of Empati Ltd, an AI startup focusing on the management of large-scale decentralised green hydrogen technologies building on my experience in developing AI algorithms for smart grids and using satellite data to monitor renewable energy assets.
I am interested in the development of core AI technologies and Human-AI partnerships and their application to key sustainability challenges. This includes domains such as smart energy systems, Smart Cities, 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 £30 million, including BReCCIA (a GCRF-funded project on Food and Water Security in Africa), the Smart Cities Platform focusing on waste management and air pollution monitoring. I am also a Co-I on the Smart Solutions Towards Cellular-Connected Unmanned Aerial Vehicles System project. I was one of the three recipients of the 2018 AXA Research Award for my work on Responsible AI. I am member of the 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 for our work on game theoretic techniques for energy storage management.
I have served as 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 Peer Review College. I have graduated over 10 PhD students.
I am currently either leading or working on the following major projects:
The UKRI Trusworthy Autonomous Systems Hub
REACH: REsponsible Human Agent Collectives funded by AXA research
Shell-Southampton Centre for Maritime Futures (funded by Shell)
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