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Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes

Area of Expertise

Research expertiseArtificial Intelligence, AI Ethics

Research Interests

Artificial Intelligence, multiagent systems, social computation, collective intelligence, human-friendly AI


2004 PhD in Computer Science, Technical University of Munich
1999 Diploma in Computer Science, University of Saarbrueken


I am a Reader (Associate Professor) at the School of Informatics at The University of Edinburgh developing AI algorithms and architectures that are able to understand humans and support collaboration between them better. Making AI safe and ensuring it behaves in responsible ways is an important part of this vision.

I lead the Agents Group at Edinburgh, which has produced many original research contributions related to this overall research area, e.g. fair task recommendation mechanisms, scalable multiagent planning algorithms, or automated norm synthesis.

Until recently, I was Director of the Centre for Intelligent Systems and their Applications, and have been involved in several large research initiatives supported by more than £10 million of external funding. I co-ordinated the ESSENCE network, which focuses on using human communication techniques to enable AI systems to negotiate and evolve meaning. I led work on social orchestration systems for coordinating collective human activity in the SmartSociety project. In the UnBias project, I am developing fair data-driven algorithms that help address people's concerns about algorithmic bias.

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