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Research project: Human-Agent Collectives - From Foundations to Applications

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As computation increasingly pervades the world around us, it will profoundly change the ways in which we work with computers. Rather than issuing instructions to passive machines, humans and software agents will continually and flexibly establish a range of collaborative relationships with one another, forming human-agent collectives (HACs) to meet their individual and collective goals.

We seek to establish the science that is needed to understand, build and apply HACs that symbiotically interleave human and computer systems to an unprecedented degree. With multi-disciplinary expertise in the areas of artificial intelligence, agent-based computing, machine learning, decentralised information systems, crowd sourcing, participatory systems, and ubiquitous computing, the ORCHID team aims to drive the science of HACs to real-world applications in the critical domains of the smart grid, disaster response and citizen science.

  

Partners

  • University of Oxford
  • University of Nottingham
  • Australian Centre for Field Robotics
  • BAE Systems
  • Secure Meters UK Ltd
  • Independent Scientific Panel

 

www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/research/projects/765

www.orchid.ac.uk/

 

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