Nick Jennings (computer scientist)

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Nick Jennings

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Jennings in April 2009
Nicholas Robert Jennings

December 1966 (age 52)
London, England
ResidenceBishop's Waltham[citation needed]
EducationWeymouth Grammar School
Alma mater
Known forAgent-based modelling[1]
Regius Professor of Computer Science
Spouse(s)Dr. Joanne Jennings[citation needed]
Scientific career
ThesisJoint Intentions as a Model of Multi-Agent Cooperation (1992)
Doctoral advisorAbe Mamdani[3][4]
Doctoral students

Nicholas Robert Jennings, CB FREng FIET FBCS FRSA MAE CEng CITP[6] is the Vice-Provost for Research and Enterprise[7] at Imperial College London, 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.[8] 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 startups including Aerogility,[9] Contact Engine,[10] Crossword Cyber Security,[11] Mentat [12] and Reliance Cyber Science.[13]

Education and early life[edit]

Nick was born in London.[citation needed] He grew up on the Isle of Portland in Dorset and 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.[3][5]

Research and career[edit]

Jenning's research is in the broad area of artificial intelligence and covers both the science and the engineering of intelligent systems.[14][15][16][17] 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,[18] 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 £32M mainly from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).[19] He has published more than 600 articles (with some 350 co-authors[17][2]) and graduated 48[citation needed] PhD students (including two winners and one runner-up of the British Computer Society (BCS)/CPHC Distinguished Dissertation Award.[20] He is recognised as highly cited by Computer Science categories, has over 75,000 citations in Google Scholar,[2] and has an h-index of 116.[21]

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.[22] He has also led teams that have won competitions in the areas of: the Iterated Prisoners' Dilemma,[23] RoboCup (2007), Agent Trust and Reputation (the ART competitions[24] 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.[citation needed] In 2016, he moved to Imperial College to be the Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise), as well as a Professor of Artificial Intelligence.


He was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to computer science and national security science.[25]

  • 1999 (1999): IJCAI Computers and Thought Award[citation needed]
  • 2000 (2000): IEE Achievement Medal for contributions to agent-based computing[citation needed]
  • 2003 (2003): ACM Autonomous Agents Research Award for contributions to the field of agent-based computing[26]
  • 2004 (2004): Team leader of winning agent in the 20th Anniversary Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma Competitions[citation needed]
  • 2007 (2007): Team leader of winner of Trading Agents Competition on Mechanism Design (CAT)[citation needed]
  • 2007 (2007): ARGUS II project winner of The Engineer's Large Company / University Collaboration Award[citation needed]
  • 2007: Int. Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems Special Recognition Award for “Intelligent agents: theory and practice” in The Knowledge Engineering Review[citation needed]
  • 2008 (2008): Winner of "Best Industrial Demonstrator" award at International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Systems Conference[citation needed]
  • 2009 (2009): Winner of The Engineer Award for Best Aerospace and Defence Project for ALADDIN[citation needed]
  • 2010 (2010): Winner of Best Paper Award at International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (out of 685 submissions)[citation needed]
  • 2010 (2010): Winner 1st International Competitions on the Lemonade Stand Game[citation needed]
  • 2011 (2011): Winner 2nd International Competitions on the Lemonade Stand Game[citation needed]
  • 2012 (2012): Winner US State Department's TAG challenge on social mobilisation and rapid information gathering[citation needed]
  • 2016: IJCAI-JAIR Best Paper Prize (Honourable Mention) for “Theoretical and practical foundations of large-scale agent-based micro-storage in the smart grid” in Journal of AI Research
  • 2016: The Engineer’s “Collaborate to Innovate” Award for the ORCHID project[citation needed]
  • 2018: Int. Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems Influential Paper Award for “Developing multiagent systems: the Gaia methodology” in ACM Trans. on Software Engineering and Methodology[citation needed]


Personal life[edit]

Jennings is married to Jo and they have two children. He is a keen sportsman: playing cricket for Bishops Waltham Cricket Club,[27] previously managing a youth football team at Waltham Wolves,[28] and being an avid West Ham United Football Club fan.


  1. ^ Wooldridge, Michael; Jennings, Nicholas R. (2009). "Intelligent agents: theory and practice". The Knowledge Engineering Review. 10 (2): 115. CiteSeerX doi:10.1017/S0269888900008122. ISSN 0269-8889.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Nick Jennings publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ a b Jennings, Nicholas (1992). Joint intentions as a model of multi-agent cooperation in complex dynamic environments. (PhD thesis). Queen Mary, University of London. OCLC 940336317. EThOS Free to read
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ a b Nick Jennings at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  6. ^ a b "List of Fellows".
  7. ^ "Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise)". Imperial College London.
  8. ^ "Chief Scientific Advisers". Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Aerogility | the future of decision making". Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  10. ^ "ContactEngine - Perfect Customer Journeys". Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Crossword Cybersecurity". Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Mentat". Mentat.
  13. ^ "Reliance acsn - IT Security Experts".
  14. ^
  15. ^ Nick Jennings author profile page at the ACM Digital Library Edit this at Wikidata
  16. ^ Nick Jennings publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  17. ^ a b Nicholas R. Jennings at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata
  18. ^ "The ORCHID Project".
  19. ^ "Grants on the web".
  20. ^ "Distinguished Dissertations - Awards and competitions - Events - BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT". Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  21. ^ "The h Index for Computer Science". Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  22. ^ "IFAAMAS".
  23. ^ Kendall, Graham. "Prisoner's Dilemma". Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  24. ^ "ART Testbed".
  25. ^ "No. 61450". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 2015. p. N3.
  26. ^ "AA Award". Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  27. ^ "Bishop's Waltham CC".
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