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.
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I am Head of Department and Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford, and a Senior Research Fellow at Hertford College. 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 October 2011, I was awarded a 5-year ERC Advanced Grant, entitled "Reasoning About Computational Economies" (RACE).
I am an ACM Fellow, a AAAI Fellow, a EURAI Fellow, an AISB Fellow, a BCS Fellow, and a member of Academia Europaea. In 2006, I was the recipient of the ACM Autonomous Agents Research Award. In 1997, I founded AgentLink, the EC-funded European Network of Excellence in the area of agent-based computing. In 2015, I was elected President of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) for a two year period.
I was program chair for the 19th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI-2010), held in Lisbon, Portugal, in August 2010. I was Conference Chair for the 24th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-2015), held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in July 2015.
Between 2003 and 2009 I was co-editor-in-chief of the Journal Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems. I am 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 serve on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Logic, Journal of Logic and Computation, Journal of Applied Artificial Intelligence, and Computational Intelligence.
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. Both books are aimed a general audience.
- Book: Introduction to MultiAgent Systems (Second Edition)
- Book: Principles of Automated Negotiation
- Book: Computational Aspects of Cooperative Game Theory
- Book: Reasoning about Rational Agents
- Book: Programming Multi-Agent Systems in AgentSpeak
- Book: The Road to Conscious Machines. (Pelican, 2020)
- Complexity and equilibria
- Logics for strategic reasoning
- Concurrency in games
- Computational social choice
- Rational verification
- Agent-based financial modelling