I am a Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the School of Informatics and Director of the Bayes Centre, the University's innovation hub for Data Science and AI. I am also Turing University Lead for the University of Edinburgh at the Alan Turing Institute, the UK's National Institute for Data Science and AI.

In my research, I develop AI algorithms and architectures to support collaboration between humans. Think sharing economy, electronic markets, logistics and supply chains, or complex financial services. Making AI safe and ensuring it behaves in responsible ways is an important part of this vision.

Previously, I was Director of CISA, which has now become the Artificial Intelligence and its Applications Institute, and have been involved in several large research initiatives supported by more than £17 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 developed fair data-driven algorithms that help address people's concerns about algorithmic bias, and we're continuing this work in the ReEnTrust project, which aims to build AI mediation tools for resolving conflicts between the users of online data-driven platforms and the designers of the algorithms these platforms use.

I have been very lucky to work with many amazing PhD students, postdocs, and visitors in the group over the years on topics related to this overall research area, e.g. fair task recommendation mechanisms, scalable multiagent planning algorithms, or automated norm synthesis (just to give a few examples).

I'm always interested in exceptional PhD students - please get in touch if have a strong background in AI (especially multiagent systems, ethical and human-friendly AI, automated planning, game theory, symbolic learning). You should read the PhD study at AIAI page if you are interested. I am a champion for increasing the percentage of female PhD students in our School, so if you are female and reading this, please consider yourself specifically encouraged to apply!

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