Nick Jennings (computer scientist)
|Born||Nicholas Robert Jennings
15 December 1966
|Residence||Bishop's Waltham|
|Thesis||Joint Intentions as a Model of Multi-Agent Cooperation (1992)|
|Doctoral advisor||Abe Mamdani|
|Spouse||Dr Joanne Jennings|
Nicholas Robert Jennings FREng FIEEE, FIET, FBCS CEng CITP (born 15 December 1966) is a Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government on National Security and the inaugural Regius Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. He is also an advisor to aerogility.
Jennings heads the Agents, Interaction and Complexity (AIC) Group and is an internationally recognised authority in the areas of agent-based computing and intelligent systems. His research covers both the science and the engineering of such systems.
Jennings was born in London. He grew up in Portland, Dorset, attended Weymouth Grammar School and studied for an undergraduate degree in computer science at the University of Exeter. His PhD was from the Department of Electronic Engineering at Queen Mary, University of London.
Nick's research has been in the broad area of artificial intelligence where he is an internationally recognised authority in the areas of agent-based computing and intelligent systems. Specifically, he has undertaken fundamental research on automated bargaining, auctions, mechanism design, trust and reputation, coalition formation and decentralised control. He has also pioneered the application of multi-agent technology; developing some of the first real-world systems—in domains such as business process management, energy systems/smart grids, sensor networks, disaster response, telecommunications, and eDefence—and generally advocating the area of agent-oriented software engineering. His most recent project, ORCHID, aims to develop the science of Human-Agent Collectives (HACs) in which humans and software agents collaborate in a seamless manner.
In undertaking this research, he has attracted grant income of over £23M (mainly from EPSRC), published more than 500 articles (with some 300 co-authors) and graduated 40 PhD students (including two winners and one runner-up of the BCS/CPHC Distinguished Dissertation Award. He is recognised as highly cited by ISI Web of Science in both the Engineering and the Computer Science categories. With over 50,000 citations in Google Scholar, he is the second most highly cited researcher in the area of artificial intelligence (according to Microsoft Academic Search) and has an h-index of 100 (the second top non-American according to Jens Palsberg).
From 1992 Jennings was at Queen Mary, University of London, where he was appointed to his first chair in 1998 (at the age of 31). In 1999, he moved to the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton.
From 2001 to 2008, he was Deputy Head of School (Research) in the School of Electronics and Computer Science and from 2008–2010 he was Associate Dean (Research & Enterprise) for the Faculty of Engineering, Science and Maths. Since 2011 he has been Head of the Agents, Interaction and Complexity Group.
Jennings was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems and a founding director of the International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems. He has also led teams that have won competitions in the areas of: the Iterated Prisoners' Dilemma, RoboCup (2007), Agent Trust and Reputation (the ART competitions in 2006 and 2007), the Lemonade Stand Game (2009 and 2010), competing marketplaces (2007), and technology-mediated social mobilisation and rapid information gathering (the US Department of State's Tag Challenge in 2012).
In 2010 Jennings became a Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Government and he was appointed the Regius Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton in 2014.
- 2003Fellow European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence (ECCAI) –
- 2003Fellow British Computer Society (FBCS) –
- 2004Fellow Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET) –
- 2005Fellow Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng). –
- 2006Fellow Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (AISB) –
- 2008Member Academia Europaea –
- 2008Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (FIEEE) –
- 2010Fellow Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) –
- 2012Fellow of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) –
Nick is married to Jo and they have two children, Anna and Matthew. He is a keen sportsman: playing cricket for Bishops Waltham Cricket Club, managing a youth football team Waltham Wolves, and being a long-suffering West Ham United Football Club fan.
- 1999IJCAI Computers and Thought Award –
- 2000IEE Achievement Medal for contributions to agent-based computing –
- 2003ACM Autonomous Agents Research Award for contributions to the field of agent-based computing – 
- 2004Team leader of winning agent in the 20th Anniversary Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma Competitions –
- 2007Team leader of winner of Trading Agents Competition on Mechanism Design (CAT) –
- 2007ARGUS II project winner of The Engineer's Large Company / University Collaboration Award –
- 2008Winner of "Best Industrial Demonstrator" award at International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Systems Conference –
- 2009Winner of The Engineer Award for Best Aerospace and Defence Project for ALADDIN –
- 2010Winner of Best Paper Award at International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (out of 685 submissions) –
- 2010Winner 1st International Competitions on the Lemonade Stand Game –
- 2011Winner 2nd International Competitions on the Lemonade Stand Game –
- 2012Winner US State Department's TAG challenge on social mobilisation and rapid information gathering –
- List of publications from Google Scholar
- Jennings, Nicholas (1992). Joint intentions as a model of multi-agent cooperation in complex dynamic environments (PhD thesis). Queen Mary, University of London.
- Dubois, D.; Prade, H. (2012). "Abe Mamdani: A Pioneer of Soft Artificial Intelligence". Combining Experimentation and Theory. Studies in Fuzziness and Soft Computing 271. p. 49. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-24666-1_4. ISBN 978-3-642-24665-4.
- Nick Jennings (computer scientist) at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- http://users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/nrj Curriculum Vitae Nick Jennings
- Nick Jennings (computer scientist) from the ACM Portal
- Nick Jennings (computer scientist) from the Scopus bibliographic database.
- Jennings, N. R. (2000). "On agent-based software engineering". Artificial Intelligence 117 (2): 277. doi:10.1016/S0004-3702(99)00107-1.
- Zambonelli, F.; Jennings, N. R.; Wooldridge, M. (2003). "Developing multiagent systems". ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology 12 (3): 317. doi:10.1145/958961.958963.
- Jennings, N. R.; Faratin, P.; Lomuscio, A. R.; Parsons, S.; Wooldridge, M. J.; Sierra, C. (2001). Group Decision and Negotiation 10 (2): 199. doi:10.1023/A:1008746126376.
- List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
- List of publications from the DBLP Bibliography Server
- Wooldridge, M.; Jennings, N. R. (2009). "Intelligent agents: Theory and practice". The Knowledge Engineering Review 10 (2): 115. doi:10.1017/S0269888900008122.
- Wooldridge, M.; Jennings, N. R. (1995). "Agent theories, architectures, and languages: A survey". Intelligent Agents. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 890. p. 1. doi:10.1007/3-540-58855-8_1. ISBN 978-3-540-58855-9.
- Grants awarded to Nick Jennings by the EPSRC
- http://www.bcs.org/category/5820 BCS/CPHC Distinguished Dissertation Award
- http://www.highlycited.com/ ISI Web of Science
- http://www.cs.ucla.edu/~palsberg/h-number.html The h Index for Computer Science by Jens Palsbergg
- [the 20th Anniversary competitions in 2004 and 2005
- http://sigai.acm.org/awards/autonomous_agents_award.html ACM Autonomous Agents Research Award