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Michael Wooldridge

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Professor Michael Wooldridge

Professor of Computer Science

Senior Research Fellow, Hertford College



My main research interests are in the use of formal techniques of one kind or another for reasoning about multiagent systems. I am particularly interested in the computational aspects of rational action in systems composed of multiple self-interested computational systems. My current research is at the intersection of logic, computational complexity, and game theory.

I have published more than four hundred articles in the theory and practice of autonomous agents and multiagent systems, including nine books (see also my Google Scholar profile)

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I am a Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford, and a Senior Research Fellow at Hertford College. From 2014-21 I was Head of Department of Computer Science. I joined Oxford on 1 June 2012; before this I was for twelve years a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Liverpool.

In 2020, I was awarded the Lovelace Medal from the British Computer Society; in 2006, I was the recipient of the ACM Autonomous Agents Research Award; in 2021 I received the AAAI/EAAI Outstanding Educator Award; and in 2023 I received the Distinguished Service Award from the European Assocation for AI.

I am an ACM Fellow, a AAAI Fellow, a EURAI Fellow, an AISB Fellow, a BCS Fellow, and a member of Academia Europaea.

I served as President of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) from 2015-17, President of the European Association for AI (EurAI) from 2014-16, and President of the International Association for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (IFAAMAS) from 2007-09.

I was general chair for the 38th Annual AAAI Conference on AI (AAAI-24), held in Vancouver, BC, in February 2024, Conference Chair for the 24th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-2015), held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in July 2015, program chair for the 19th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI-2010), held in Lisbon, Portugal, in August 2010, program chair for the  Fourth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS-2005), held in Utrecht, the Netherlands, in 2005, General Chair for the Second International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS-2003), held in Melbourne, Australia, in July 2003, and Program Chair for the Second International Conference on Autonomous Agents (Agents-98), held in Minneapolis in May 1998.

In 2021 I received a Turing AI World Leading Researcher Fellowship from UKRI; in 2011, I was awarded a 5-year ERC Advanced Grant, entitled "Reasoning About Computational Economies" (RACE); and in 1997, I founded AgentLink, the EC-funded European Network of Excellence in the area of agent-based computing. 

I am co-Editor-in-Chief of Artificial Intelligence Journal, the oldest international journal for AI (established 1971), and indeed one of the oldest computing journals. Between 2003 and 2009 I was co-editor-in-chief of the Journal Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems. I have served as an associate editor of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR) (2006-2009, 2009-2012), an associate editor of Artificial Intelligence journal (2009-2012) and I currently serve on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Logic, Journal of Logic and Computation, Journal of Applied Artificial Intelligence, Games, and Computational Intelligence

I gave the 2023 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, in the 198th year of the series, broadcast by BBC TV over Christmas 2023. I have written two popular science introductions to AI: the Ladybird Expert Guide to Artificial Intelligence, a short overview in the iconic British book series, and The Road to Conscious Machines, a longer introduction to AI in Penguin's classic Pelican series; an edited and revised version of The Road to Conscious Machines was published in the USA by Flatiron Press under the title A Brief History of AI. Both books are aimed a general audience.

See also



Current Students


Hao Zhou
Research Associate

Past Students

Josef Bolt
James Fox
Dongge Han
James Paulin
Thomas Steeples
Mateusz Tarkowski

Past Researcher

Javier Morales