Dr. Sarvapali Ramchurn is an Associate Professor in the Agents, Interaction, and Complexity research group where he carries out research into the design of autonomous agents and multi-agents for real-world socio-technical applications including energy systems, disaster management, and crowdsourcing. He has won multiple best paper awards for his work at top AI conferences. He works closely with industry and his research touches on a number of fields including Machine Learning, Data Science, and Game Theory. Specifically, he has pioneered the development of agent-based coordination algorithms for distributed task allocation that have been deployed on real-world unmanned aerial vehicles and in the Premier League’s Fantasy Football game where his approach has been shown to outperform more than 2M human players. His papers have been cited more than 2000 times (according to Google scholar) and his work has featured in various media including BBC News, New Scientist, EPSRC Pioneer, and Wired.
Education and Appointments
2015 – Associate Professor (University of Southampton)
- Research into Human-Agent Collectives
- Teaching Data Management
- ECS Placements Tutor
- Co-I on the A-IoT project (800K) funded by EPSRC
- Co-I on the CharIoT project (300K) funded by EPSRC
- Co-I on the SEACORES project (1.2M) funded by InnovateUK
2009 – 2015 Roberts Fellow (University of Southampton)
- Co-I on the EPSRC funded ORCHID Programme (£5M)
- Co-I on the EPSRC-funded ICIF project (£350K / £3.5M)
- PI on the EPSRC-funded KTS (£55K) with BAE Systems (2014-2015)
- PI on the EPSRC-funded KTS (£50K) with Hampshire County Council (2011-2012).
- Supervising 6 PhD students
- Leading work on energy, disaster response, and crowdsourcing applications.
2005-2009 – Senior Research Fellow – University of Southampton
2001-2004 – PhD in Multi-Agent Systems – University of Southampton
- Supervisors: Prof. Nicholas R. Jennings and Prof. Carles Sierra.
- Examiners: Han La Poutre and Michael Luck.
1998 – 2001 – BEng (Hons.) in Information Systems Engineering – Imperial College London
- First Class First.
- Governor’s medal winner.
- Winner of the Best Paper on the Innovative Applications Track at AAMAS 2015
- Winner of the best student paper award (with my student Muddasser Alam) at AAMAS 2013.
- Runner up of the TREC 2012 (Text Retrieval Conference) Crowdsourcing challenge (AUC metric).
- Nominated for the best paper award at AAMAS 2011 (Applications) for work on agent-based optimisation for demand-side management.
- Winner of the best paper award at AAMAS 2010 for work on agent-based energy storage work on energy exchange in rural communities (out of 685 papers submitted).
- Winner of the Infrastructure Competition of the RoboCupRescue league at RoboCup 2007 – RoboCup is an international competition held every year and attracts more than a thousand participants from more than 30 different countries.
- Winner of the International Prisoner’s Dilemma Competition (Comp 2) at the IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence and Games 2005)
- Winner of the International Prisoner’s Dilemma competition at the Congress on Evolutionary Computing (CEC 2004) – we designed the first strategy to beat Tit-For-Tat in 20 years since the original Axelrod experiment.
- PhD studentship for 3 years from University of Southampton.
- Governor’s medal award (first class first) for being the top student across the BEng Information
- Mauritius National Science Side Scholarship Winner (4th).
- 2016 – £40K (PI) EPSRC IAA (Southampton) – CharIoT 2.0.
- 2016 – £800K (Co-I) A-IoT: Future Interactions with the Autonomous Internet of Things.
- 2015 – £1.2M (Co-I) InnovateUK – SEACORES: energy management on marine platforms.
- 2015 – £47K (PI) Newton Fund – International Disaster Management Workshop.
- 2014 – £200K (Co-I) EPSRC- CharIot Project on Internet of things for Charitable Energy Advisors.
- 2014 – £35K (PI) ASUR Phase 1 Project with BAE Systems.
- 2014 – £55K – (PI) EPSRC- Knowledge Transfer Secondment with BAE Systems Maritime systems
- 2013 – £1.2M (Co-I) EPSRC – Distributed Sensing and Flexible Autonomy (MOSAIC)
- 2012 – £350K – (Co-I) EPSRC – International Centre for Interdependent Infrastructures.
- 2011 – £20K – (Co-I) Southampton Adventures in Research Grant.
- 2011 – £5M – (Co-I) EPSRC Programme Grant (ORCHID)
- 2011 – £50K – (PI) EPSRC Knowledge transfer secondment with Hampshire County Council.
- 2003 – £3K – EU Research Mobility Grant with IIIA, Spain.
Academic and Professional Activities
PhD Students and Post Docs Supervised, Current and Past (7):
- Kathryn Macarthur (With Prof. Nick Jennings), 2008-2011
- Muddasser Alam (with Dr. Alex Rogers), 2009-2014
- Truong Cuong (with Dr. Enrico Costanza), 2010-2014 (now Postdoc)
- Sam Miller (with Dr. Alex Rogers), 2010-2014
- Chris Baker (with Prof. Nick Jennings), 2012-
- Alper Alan Turan (with Dr. Enrico Costanza), 2012-
- Manolis Rigas (with Dr. Nick BAssilides), 2012-
- Eliott Salisbury (with Sebastian Stein) 2013-
- James Holyhead (with Alex Rogers) 2013-
- Dr. Dengji Zhao 2014-
- Pedro Garcia (with Enrico Costanza) 2014-
- Jhim Verhame (with Enrico Costanza) 2014-
- Sherry Yang 2014 (visiting)
- AAMAS, AAAI, IJCAI, ECAI, ACM E-Energy
- Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR) – Highly rated AI Journal.
- Artificial Intelligence Journal (AIJ) – the top AI Journal.
- Computational Intelligence
- IEEE Intelligent Systems
- International Journal of Human-Computer Studies
- Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems Journal – the top Agents Research Journal