PhD Studentship: Teams of Autonomous Agents

United Kingdom
Jan 29, 2016
Jan 27, 2017
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

PhD Studentship: Teams of Autonomous Agents

Engineering & the Environment

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:   Friday 27 January 2017
Reference:  388314F2

Project Reference: NGCM-14

Project Themes: Energy and climate change, Transportation

This project will explore the fundamentals of how a group of autonomous agents can come together to form a team, act as a coherent grouping to achieve a particular objective and then disband when the team has achieved its aim. This problem is challenging by the nature of the application and the environment in which the team must operate. There will be many hundreds or thousands of agents, there will be significant degrees of uncertainty and there will be continual change.

The teams may involve software agents, humans and/or unmanned autonomous systems (UAVs or UGVs).

Possible techniques to achieve this may be based on game theory, mechanism design or decentralised control and these will need to be implemented and evaluated in a suitable computational framework.

Possible application areas include energy systems (e.g. smart meters and electric vehicle charging), transport systems (e.g. coordination of multi-modal transport options or responding to crowd sourced traffic updates), and/or smart cities (obtaining situational awareness across a large scale built environment in which people and sensors routinely interact). 

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Professor Nick Jennings, AIC research group, Email:, Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 7681

This project is run through participation in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Next Generation Computational Modelling ( For details of our 4 Year PhD programme, please see

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