Gopal Ramchurn

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I am a lecturer in the Agents, Interaction, and Complexity Group (AIC) in the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. I currently enjoy a RCUK fellowship.

I am interested in optimisation problems that involve coordinating a number of actors each with their individual goals and preferences in order to achieve specific objectives. In particular, my research interests include trust and reputation, coalition formation, human-agent interaction, and task allocation in multi-agent systems.

I also have a keen interest in applying agent-based technologies to energy systems, disaster management, and crowdsourcing and, as part of this, I have previously led the ISDM project with Hampshire County Council, and currently involved with the Orchid and Ideas projects.

In the past, I led or was a member of the teams that won a number of competitions such as the Iterated Prisoners' Dilemma (the 20th Anniversary competitions in 2004 and 2005) and RoboCupRescue (the Infrastructure competition in 2007) and, more recently the AAMAS best paper award. I also initiated the Optimisation in Multi-Agent Systems workshop series (2008-2011). I am a reviewer for a number of international conferences and journals including but not limited to AAMAS, IJCAI, AIJ, JAAMAS, and JAIR.

Following my PhD on "Multi-agent Negotiation using Trust and Persuasion" (2001-2004) at the University of Southampton and my Post-doc as a lead research fellow in the ALADDIN project (2005-2010), I secured a lectureship in the same department in 2009.

I recently started a blog on Agents in the Smart Grid.

Favourite Blogs

Smart Grids

Oliver Parson on Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring

James Holyhead on Cooperative Energy Exchange

Alper on his PhD


Follow the Crowd

Behind the Enemy Lines

Putting the Smarts into the Smart Grid

My review on AI Challenges in the Smart Grid appeared in the Communications of the ACM 2012 (Vol. 55 No. 4). Read more here.

Prospective Students

If you have secured a strong 2-1 or a First in your undergraduate studies and want to do a PhD with me, please send me a cover letter and a research proposal using the details on my Contact page.




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