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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Post-doc positions at the University of Southampton*6B21C139331FCAB9

Research Fellows (Two Posts) - Decentralised Control of Multi-Agent Systems

School of Electronics and Computer Science,
University of Southampton,
Southampton, UK.

Position Number: 2933-08-E
Closing Date: 22/12/2008
Location: Highfield Campus, Southampton
Salary: 27,183 - 33,432 per annum*6B21C139331FCAB9

Applications  are invited for two Research Fellows in the Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia Group, in the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of  Southampton. The School is the largest of its kind in the UK and was awarded the top grade of 5* for both Computer Science and Electronics in the last national assessment of research in UK universities.

The research positions will be associated with the Intelligent Decentralised Energy Systems ( and the Aladdin ( projects. These are both large, collaborative projects concerned with the decentralized control and operation of complex, dynamic systems. Specifically, the projects aim to study and apply multi-agent system techniques to the design, management, evolution and control of such systems.  To do so, they draw on techniques from the realms of: game theory, distributed optimisation, decision theory, adaptive systems and mechanism design. Particular attention will be paid to the application of these techniques in the domains of disaster response, sensor networks and smart energy networks.

The posts will be based in the Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia research group ( and will work with Professor Nick Jennings and Dr Alex Rogers. The successful candidate will join an internationally renowned team applying techniques from game theory, mechanism design, and multi-agent systems to a range of complex real-world problems.

You should possess a PhD in a relevant discipline (Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Operations Research, or Economics) and have established a strong research pedigree in your area (as evidenced by publications in top quality journals and conferences). In particular, expertise in one or more of the following areas will be an advantage: multi-agent systems, game theory, decision theory, adaptive systems, and/or machine learning.

The Energy Systems post is for three years and the Aladdin post is for two years.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Nick Jennings ( or Dr Alex Rogers (

The closing date for applications is 22 December 2008 at 12.00 noon. Please quote reference number 2933-08-E on all correspondence.