The University of Southampton

Machine Intelligence Showcase 2018

The showcase took place on Friday 26th of October 2018 and was a resounding success with 200 attendees and impressive speakers, demos, and posters. 

You can find an article written about the event here.


Professor Dame Wendy Hall

Dame Wendy Hall, DBE, FRS, FREng, is Professor of Computer Science in Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, and is a Director of the Web Science Institute. One of the first computer scientists to undertake serious research in multimedia and hypermedia, she has been at its forefront ever since. The influence of her work has been significant in many areas including digital libraries, the development of the Semantic Web, and the emerging research discipline of Web Science. She is Managing Director of the Web Science Trust. She became a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the 2009 UK New Year's Honours list, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in June 2009. She was elected President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in July 2008, and was the first person from outside North America to hold this position. Her current research includes applications of the Semantic Web and exploring the interface between the life sciences and the physical sciences.

Professor Bashir Al-Hashimi


Professor Bashir M. Al-Hashimi, FREng is an ARM Professor of Computer Engineering and Dean of the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering at the University of Southampton. He has a worldwide reputation for research innovation into energy-efficient and reliable embedded systems, evidenced by numerous national and international recognitions. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the IEEE. He is Editor-in-Chief of the IET Journal: Computers and Digital Techniques. He has published over 300 technical papers, authored or co-authored 5 books and has graduated 31 PhD students.

Liam Maxwell

Liam Maxwell is the National Technology Adviser for HM Government. His role is to create the conditions to make the UK the best place for business to invest in technology and to ensure the civil service can make the best use of emerging technologies to deliver effective digital government.From 2012-16 Liam was Chief Technology Officer for HM Government. His teams at the Government Digital Service established the Common Technology Services function, which delivered a range of projects from the Crown Hosting Service to the Public Services Network the Digital Marketplace and the spend control & delivery assurance function. The changes to technology that his team introduced across the government helped to save £4bn in the last four years of the 2010 parliament.Liam is Visiting Professor in Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. He has a background as an IT Director in FTSE and Fortune 500 business service companies. From 2007-11 Liam was elected twice as a councillor and Cabinet Member for Policy at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.Liam’s has a strong interest in education and is a founder of Holyport College, a Free School.

Professor Tim Norman 

Timothy J. Norman is Professor of Computer Science and Head of the Agents, Interaction and Complexity Group at the University of Southampton. He read Electronic and Electrical Engineering at University of Wales, Swansea, then graduated in 1997 with a Ph.D. in Computer Science from University College London in the area of AI planning and scheduling. After working as a postdoc at Queen Mary University of London, he moved to the University of Aberdeen in 1999 where he was promoted to Professor in 2009. He joined the Agents Interaction and Complexity Group at ECS Southampton in 2016. He is an expert in artificial intelligence, logic and automated reasoning. His most significant research contributions lie in autonomous agents and multi-agent systems, argumentation, logics of norms, action and imperatives, and in trust assessment and trust-informed decision making. Application areas include healthcare, intelligence analysis, security/access control and IoT.

Professor Sarvapali (Gopal) Ramchurn 

Gopal is a professor of Artificial Intelligence in the Agents, Interaction, and Complexity Group (AIC), in the department of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton.  He is also the director of the Centre for Machine Intelligence and Chief Scientist for North Star, an AI startup.His research interests span around the development of autonomous agents and multi-agent systems and their application to Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) such as smart energy systems, the Internet of Things (IoT), and disaster response. His research combines a number of techniques from Machine learning, AI, Game theory, and HCI. He is currently part of a number of exciting research projects totalling over £8 million, including BReCCIA (a GCRF-funded project on Food and Water Security in Africa), the Smart Cities Platform, and the A-IOT Project. He also won the AXA Research Award for his work on Responsible AI. He has won a number of awards including the Prisoner’s Dilemma Competition (2004,2005), Robocup Infrastructure Competition (2007), AAMAS best papers (2010,2013,2015), and runner up for the IJCAI-JAIR 2016 best paper prize. He is a member of the ACM E-Energy steering committee, a PC/SPC/AC member for AAMAS, IJCAI, CHI, AAAI, and co-organiser of the workshop series on Human-Agent Interaction.  He is a member of the EPSRC Associate Peer Review College and a member of the IET and ACM and has graduated over 9 PhD students.

Dr. Jonathon Hare 

Jonathon Hare is an Associate Professor in the School of Electronics & Computer Science. Jonathon's research interests lie at the convergence of machine learning and computer vision. He has a particular interest in approaches for embedding multiple modalities of data in latent spaces that capture their semantics. The long-term goal of his research is to innovate techniques that can allow machines to understand the information conveyed by visual, textual and audio data and use that information for fulfil the information needs of humans.

Dr. Long Tran-Thanh 

Long is a Hungarian-Vietnamese computer scientist at the University of Southampton, UK, where he is currently a Lecturer. He obtained his PhD in Computer Science from Southampton in 2012, under the supervision of Nick Jennings and Alex Rogers. He has been doing active research in a number of key areas of Artificial Intelligence and multi-agent systems, mainly focusing on sequential decision making/multi-armed bandits, game theory, and incentive engineering, and their applications to crowdsourcing, smart grids/smart homes/smart cities (and Internet of Things in general). He has published more than 40 papers at top AI conferences (AAAI, AAMAS, ECAI, IJCAI, NIPS, UAI) and journals (JAAMAS, AIJ), and has received a number of prestigious awards, including: 2 best PhD thesis awards (1 in the UK and 1 in Europe), 2 best paper awards at top AI conferences, the Dean’s Award in 2017, and the Vice-Chancellor’s Award in 2018. Furthermore, Long has been recently elected as a board member (2018-2024) of the IFAAMAS Directory Board, the main international governing body of the International Federation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, a major sub-field of the AI community.

Professor Elena Simperl 

Elena is a Professor of Computer Science in the Web and Internet Science (WAIS) research group in the department of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) at the University of Southampton. She holds a doctoral degree in Computer Science from the Freie Universität Berlin and a Diploma in Computer Science from the Technische Universität München. Her primary domain of research is at the intersection between knowledge technologies, social computing, and crowdsourcing, particularly in socially and economically motivated aspects of creating and using semantically enabled content on the Web, and in paradigms, methods, and techniques to incentivize collaboration and participation at scale. She has published more than 100 scientific papers, organized many workshops addressing her research topics of interest, and initiated several training activities for doctoral students and junior researchers. She has been on the organization committee of several conferences in areas such as semantic technologies, data science, and open data. She is, or has been, among others, track co-chair of the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) 2015 and 2016; general co-chair of the European Data Forum (EDF) 2013, general chair of the ESWC 2012; program chair of the ESWC 2011; and co-chair of the European Semantic Technologies Conference (ESTC) 2009.

Dr. Enrico Gerding 

Dr. Enrico Gerding is an Associate Professor in the Agents, Interaction and Complexity (AIC) research group in the Department of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) at the University of Southampton. He has been an academic at Southampton since 2007. He received his PhD from the Dutch National Center of Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI) in 2004 on the topic of automated negotiation. With around 100 peer-reviewed publications in high quality conferences, journals and books, he has an extensive track record in research on artificial intelligence, specifically the area of autonomous agents and multi-agent systems. This concerns developing software programs which can make autonomous decisions on behalf of users based on their preferences. He combines theoretical and applied research, and focuses on applications where autonomous agents compete in markets and negotiate. Specific applications include the smart grid, online advertising markets, cloud computing, algorithmic trading in financial markets, and online advertising auctions.

Professor Mahesan Niranjan 

Prof. Niranjan joined the University of Southampton in 2008 as a professor in the School of Electronics and Computer Science and served as Head of the Information: Signals, Images and Systems (ISIS) research group (later absorbed into the Communications, Signal Processing and Control research group, then the Vision Learning and Control group). Before joining Southampton, he was a Lecturer in Information Engineering at the University of Cambridge and a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Sheffield. While at Sheffield, he served as Head of Computer Science and Dean of Engineering. His research interests span around Machine Learning, Signal Processing and Computational Biology.

Dr. Kate Farrahi 

Kate is a lecturer in the Vision, Learning, and Control Group at the University of Southampton. She has a PhD from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in machine learning for human behaviour modelling. Prior to her PhD, she did a Masters at the University of Victoria, and a Bachelors in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto, Canada. The focus of her research is on machine learning for novel applications in healthcare. Much of her research has focused on sensor data, particularly large mobile phone datasets. Some of the applications she has worked on include depression, smoking detection, activity recognition, and contagion prediction (epidemiology).

Dr. Thanassis Tiropanis

Thanassis is associate professor with the Web and Internet Science Group, Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton and is interested in distributed linked data infrastructures, linked data for higher education, social networks and social machines. Prior to that he was assistant professor with the Athens Information Technology Institute (AIT) in Greece working on Web technologies and e-learning. Prior to AIT, Thanassis was a research fellow with University College London (UCL) where he worked on network and service management research for telecommunication services. He holds a PhD in computer science from UCL, and a DipIng in computer engineering and informatics from the University of Patras, Greece. He is also visiting associate professor at the department of computers science at the National University of Singapore and a senior member of IEEE, a chartered IT professional with BCS, a fellow of the Higher Education academy in the UK and a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece.

Professor James Scanlan 

Jim leads the university strategic research centre in Autonomous Systems He produced the world’s first ‘printed aircraft’ flown by the UK Navy on HMS Protector in the Antarctic. He has been PI on projects of over £17M. He is a qualified full-size aircraft pilot and also has UAV flight qualifications. 


Professor Christian Enemark 

Christian Enemark is Professor of International Relations in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Southampton. During 2018-2022 he is Principal Investigator for a project on “Emergent Ethics of Drone Violence: Toward a Comprehensive Governance Framework” (DRONETHICS) funded by the European Research Council (Project ID: 771082). Christian has published extensively on issues of global health politics, international security, and the ethics of armed conflict. His latest book is entitled Biosecurity Dilemmas: Dreaded Diseases, Ethical Responses, and the Health of Nations (Georgetown University Press, 2017).

Deborah Fish 

In her current role in the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), Deb is exploring the applications of AI to decision support in defence, including the development of AI to command virtual forces. Her team has developed an AI-controlled virtual submarine to test our current anti-submarine warfare doctrine, and is currently assessing the more challenging problem of AI to command virtual land forces in combat models to support the assessment of new technologies or concepts. In summary, Deb and her team are interested in using AI to support decisions better and more cheaply.