Nick Jennings (computer scientist)
Jennings in April 2009
Nicholas Robert Jennings|
|Residence||Bishop's Waltham|
|Spouse(s)||Dr Joanne Jennings|
|Thesis||Joint Intentions as a Model of Multi-Agent Cooperation (1992)|
|Doctoral advisor||Abe Mamdani|
Nicholas Robert Jennings, CB, FREng, FIEEE, FIET, FBCS, CEng, CITP is the Vice-Provost for Research at Imperial College, where he also holds a Chair in Artificial Intelligence. He was previously the Regius Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton and Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government on National Security. He is an internationally recognised authority in the areas of artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, agent-based computing and cybersecurity. He has been involved in founding and advising a number of start ups including Aerogility , Contact Engine , Crossword Cyber Security , Mentat  and Reliance Cyber Science .
Nick 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.
His research is in the broad area of artificial intelligence and covers both the science and the engineering of intelligent systems. Specifically, he has undertaken fundamental research on automated bargaining, mechanism design, trust and reputation, coalition formation, human-agent collectives and crowd sourcing. 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, smart energy systems, sensor networks, disaster response, telecommunications, citizen science and eDefence—and generally advocating the area of agent-oriented software engineering. His most recent project, ORCHID, developed 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 £25M (mainly from EPSRC), published more than 600 articles (with some 350 co-authors) and graduated more than 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, has over 70,000 citations in Google Scholar, and has an h-index of 112.
He 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).
From 1988 he was at Queen Mary, University of London, where he was a PhD student, research fellow, lecturer, reader and professor. He was appointed to a chair at the age of 31.
In 1999, he moved to the Department of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton where he was the Deputy Head of Department (Research) (2001-2008), the Associate Dean (Research and Enterprise) for the Faculty of Engineering, Science and Maths (2008-2010), the Head of the Agents, Interaction and Complexity group (2011-2015) and the Head of Department (2015-2016). He was appointed the Regius Professor of Computer Science in 2014.
From 2010 to 2015, he was the UK Government's Chief Scientific Advisor for National Security.
In 2016, he moved to Imperial College to be the Vice-Provost (Research), as well as a Professor of Artificial Intelligence.
- 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):
He is married to Jo and they have two children. He is a keen sportsman: playing cricket for Bishops Waltham Cricket Club, previously managing a youth football team at Waltham Wolves, and being an avid 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 Fellows".
- 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 at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- http://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/n.jennings Curriculum Vitae Nick Jennings
- Nick Jennings author profile page at the ACM Digital Library
- Jennings, Nicholas R.'s publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier. (subscription required)
- Nicholas R. Jennings at DBLP Bibliography Server
- 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
- "No. 61450". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 2015. p. N3.
- http://sigai.acm.org/awards/autonomous_agents_award.html ACM Autonomous Agents Research Award