Nick Jennings (computer scientist)

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Nick Jennings

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Jennings in April 2009
Born
Nicholas Robert Jennings

December 1966 (age 53)
London, England
EducationWeymouth Grammar School
Alma mater
Known forAgent-based modelling[1]
Regius Professor of Computer Science
Chief Scientific Advisor for National Security
Spouse(s)Dr. Joanne Jennings
Awards
Scientific career
Fields
Institutions
ThesisJoint Intentions as a Model of Multi-Agent Cooperation (1992)
Doctoral advisorAbe Mamdani[4][5]
Doctoral students
Websiteimperial.ac.uk/people/n.jennings

Nicholas Robert Jennings CB FREng FCGI FIET FBCS FRSA MAE CEng CITP is the Vice-Provost for Research and Enterprise[7] at Imperial College London, where he is also a Professor of Artificial Intelligence. He was previously the UK's first Regius Professor of Computer Science and the inaugural Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government on National Security.[8] He is an authority in the areas of AI, autonomous systems, agent-based computing and cybersecurity. He is involved in a number of startups including Aerogility,[9] Contact Engine,[10] Crossword Cyber Security,[11] and Reliance Cyber Science[12]. He is also an adviser to Darktrace[13], a member of the UK Government's AI Council[14] and the Monaco Digital Advisory Council[15], and a council member for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.[16]

Education and early life[edit]

Jennings was born in London.[17] 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.[4][6]

Research and career[edit]

Jennings' research focus is on developing AI systems for large-scale, open and dynamic environments. In particular, he is interested in how to endow individual autonomous agents with the ability to act and interact in flexible ways and with building systems that contain both humans and software agents. He has been involved with deployments of 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 partnership.

In undertaking this research, he has attracted grant income of over £32M, published more than 650 articles (with some 370 co-authors[19][3]) and graduated over 50 PhD students (including two winners and one runner-up of the British Computer Society (BCS)/CPHC Distinguished Dissertation Award.[20]) He has over 80,000 citations in Google Scholar[3] and an h-index of 125.[21]

From 1988 he was at Queen Mary, University of London, where he was a PhD student, lecturer, reader and professor.[citation needed]

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, the Associate Dean (Research and Enterprise) for the Faculty of Engineering, Science and Maths, the Head of the Agents, Interaction and Complexity group and the Head of Department. He was appointed the UK's first Regius Professor of Computer Science in 2014.

From 2010 to 2015, he was the UK Government's Chief Scientific Advisor for National Security.[22]

In 2016, he moved to Imperial College to be the Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise), as well as a Professor of Artificial Intelligence.

Awards[edit]

Jennings 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.[23]

  • 1999 (1999): IJCAI Computers and Thought Award
  • 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[24]
  • 2004 (2004): Team leader of winning agent in the 20th Anniversary Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma Competitions[25]
  • 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[26]
  • 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[27]
  • 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[28]
  • 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[29]

Fellowships[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Jennings is married to Jo and they have two children.He is a keen cricketer, playing for Bishops Waltham, [39] and managed a youth football team at Waltham Wolves [40]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wooldridge, Michael; Jennings, Nicholas R. (2009). "Intelligent agents: theory and practice". The Knowledge Engineering Review. 10 (2): 115. CiteSeerX 10.1.1.409.8328. doi:10.1017/S0269888900008122. ISSN 0269-8889.
  2. ^ "AA Award". Sigai.acm.org. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Nick Jennings publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  4. ^ a b Jennings, Nicholas (1992). Joint intentions as a model of multi-agent cooperation in complex dynamic environments. soton.ac.uk (PhD thesis). Queen Mary, University of London. OCLC 940336317. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.336484. Free to read
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ a b Nick Jennings at the Mathematics Genealogy Project Edit this at Wikidata
  7. ^ "Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise)". Imperial College London.
  8. ^ "Chief Scientific Advisers". Bis.gov.uk. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Aerogility | the future of decision making". Arogility.com. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  10. ^ "ContactEngine - Perfect Customer Journeys". ContactEngine.com. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Crossword Cybersecurity". Crosswordcybersecurity.com. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Reliance acsn - IT Security Experts". Relianceacsn.co.uk.
  13. ^ "Advisory Board".Darktrace
  14. ^ "AI Council".
  15. ^ "Creation of the Monaco Digital Advisory Council / A la Une du Portail / Portail du Gouvernement - Monaco".
  16. ^ "EPSRC council - EPSRC website".
  17. ^ "Jennings, Prof. Nicholas Robert, (born 15 Dec. 1966), Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise), Imperial College London, since 2016". WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u286414. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  18. ^ "The ORCHID Project". Orchid.ac.uk.
  19. ^ Nicholas R. Jennings at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata
  20. ^ "Distinguished Dissertations - Awards and competitions - Events - BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT". Bcs.org. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  21. ^ "Top H-Index for Computer Science and Electronics".
  22. ^ "Professor Nick Jennings". GOV.UK. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  23. ^ "No. 61450". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 2015. p. N3.
  24. ^ "AA Award". Sigai.acm.org. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  25. ^ Kendall, Graham. "Prisoner's Dilemma". Prisoners-dilemma.com. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  26. ^ "IFAAMAS: Awards: Influential Paper". www.ifaamas.org. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  27. ^ "Researchers attempt (and win!) an 'impossible challenge' | Agents, Interaction and Complexity Research Group | University of Southampton". www.aic.ecs.soton.ac.uk. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  28. ^ Excell, Jon (8 September 2016). "Collaborate to Innovate winners announced". The Engineer. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  29. ^ "IFAAMAS: Awards: Influential Paper". www.ifaamas.org. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  30. ^ "Jennings, Prof. Nicholas Robert, (born 15 Dec. 1966), Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise), Imperial College London, since 2016". WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u286414. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  31. ^ "Jennings, Prof. Nicholas Robert, (born 15 Dec. 1966), Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise), Imperial College London, since 2016". WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u286414. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  32. ^ "List of Fellows". Raeng.org.uk.
  33. ^ "Fellows". AISB - The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  34. ^ "Jennings, Prof. Nicholas Robert, (born 15 Dec. 1966), Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise), Imperial College London, since 2016". WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u286414. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  35. ^ "IEEE Fellows Directory - Member Profile". services27.ieee.org. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  36. ^ "Elected AAAI Fellows". www.aaai.org. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  37. ^ "DFKI Fellows". www.dfki.de. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  38. ^ http://www.cybsoc.org/
  39. ^ "Bishop's Waltham CC". Bishopswaltham.play-cricket.com.
  40. ^ "Waltham Wolves Youth Football Club".