I am interested in developing and applying agent-based algorithms and mechanisms for the control of decentralised systems, particularly decentralised information systems such as sensor networks and future energy networks such as the smart grid. My work lies at the intersection of artificial intelligence, data fusion, game theory and microeconomics.
I originally studied Physics at Durham University, graduating in July 1992, before joining Schlumberger Oilfield Services as a wireline logging engineer. After five years working offshore in various locations around the world, I took suspended employment to study for a PhD concerned with the statistical modelling of genetic algorithms and evolving populations. Upon completing my PhD I worked with EuroBios (a Santa Fe Institute spin-off company) applying complexity science to business problem, and through this work I developed an interest in agent technologies, and their application in real world problems.