• ORCHID (Human-Agent Collectives)
    As systems based on human-agent collectives grow in scale, complexity and temporal extent, we will increasingly require a principled science that allows us to reason about the computational and human aspects of these systems if we are to avoid developments that are unsafe, unreliable and lack the appropriate safeguards to ensure societal acceptance. Delivering this science is the core research objective of this programme.

  • ICIF (International Centre for Infrastructure Futures) – ICIF will create a shared, facilitated learning environment in which social scientists, engineers, industrialists, policy makers and other stakeholders can research and learn together to understand how better to exploit the technical and market opportunities that emerge from the increased interdependence of infrastructure systems. The Centre will focus on the development and implementation of innovative business models and aims to support UK firms wishing to exploit them in international markets. The Centre will undertake a wide range of research activities on infrastructure interdependencies with users, which will allow problems to be discovered and addressed earlier and at lower cost. Because infrastructure innovations alter the social distribution of risks and rewards, the public needs to be involved in decision making to ensure business models and forms of regulation are socially robust. As a consequence, the Centre has a major focus on using its research to catalyse a broader national debate about the future of the UK’s infrastructure, and how it might contribute towards a more sustainable, economically vibrant, and fair society.


  • ISDM (Intelligent Systems for Disaster Management): The ISDM project is an EPSRC-funded Knowledge Transfer Secondment (KTS) that builds on a partnership between the School of Electronics and Computer Science and Hampshire County Council. The project aims to exploit the key outputs of the highly acclaimed ALADDIN project. In particular, the ISDM project aims to upgrade what is currently research-oriented software to more specialised software for experts in the disaster management area.
  • 2004 – 2010 – ALADDIN (Autonomous Learning Agents for Decentralised Data and Information Networks): This project dealt with the application of decentralised data and information systems to disaster management. A number of key algorithms and mechanisms were developed to solve for coordination and information problems that arise in dynamic and uncertain environments.
  • 2001 – 2004 – FEEL (Focused, Efficient, and Enjoyable Local Activities) The project dealt with the issue of minimising intrusiveness on meetings. Our part of the project involved the use of agent-based mechanisms to minimise the impact of external messages on meeting through some multi-party negotiation mechanism. Both simulated and physical implementations of the system were designed.