Unravelling interactions between societal, ecological and technological agents
The Computational and Collective Intelligence group (CCI) researches the theory and applications of intelligent agents and multi-agent systems. We monitor, analyse, simulate and predict agent interactions in society and ecology to explore the roles of software and biological agents in dynamical systems, and the emergence of complex group behaviour from local agent interactions.
With activities ranging from formal theory to practical applications, the CCI group addresses the major concerns of today with real-world impact as our goal.
We explore how to maintain democracy in the face of misinformation and online prejudice, manage electricity under increasing demand, support the elderly with trustworthy AI, and ensure the sustainability of natural and agricultural ecosystems under climate change and global urbanisation.
Meet the researchers innovating in multi-agent systems and computational collective behaviour research.
Explore our work in ecosystem sustainability, food security, digital health, energy markets, democracy and society.
Areas of expertise
Our intelligent agent and multi-agent systems expertise spans:
- Optimisation over large multi-agent systems where agents are subject to uncertainty about their situation.
- Agent-based modelling of social cognitive dysfunction, and impacts of misinformation on democracies.
- Agent plan- and goal-recognition, trustworthy AI.
- Derivation of collective behaviour models from AI-monitored field experiments with social insects (ants, bees and wasps).
- Simulation of animal behaviour for crop and wildflower pollination, integrated pest management and invasive species control.
- Logic, game theory, and formal verification for the automated analysis of concurrent, reactive, and multi-agent systems.
Labs and facilities
CCI staff are leaders in interdisciplinary research and directors of the following labs and facilities:
- Collective Behaviour Lab for the study of ecological and human societies - led by Professor Bernd Meyer
- Foundations of Computing Lab for the study of the theory of computation - led by Dr Julian Gutierrez and Professor Graham Farr
- Human-Centred AI Lab for the study of relationships between humans and AI - led by Dr Michael Wybrow and
Dr Mor Vered
- NativeBee+Tech Facility for the development of technology to aid in the study of insects - managed by Associate Professor Alan Dorin