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Professor Enrico Gerding

Professor Enrico Gerding


Research interests

  • My main research focuses on applications where autonomous self-interested agents compete in markets and negotiate, and where designing appropriate incentives is important to ensure a well functioning and fair society. My research combines theory, mainly game theory and mechanism design, with practical applications. Specific applications include: autonomous vehicles, the smart grid, online advertising markets, cloud computing, algorithmic trading, ride sharing and data privacy.
  • I'm currently an investigator on the following projects:
  • AutoTrust: Human Centered Internet of Vehicles This EPSRC-funded platfrom grants looks at a wide range of aspects around the Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs), such as the interaction with autonomous systems (human-to-vehicle interaction), the issue of data privacy and consent, as well as the incentives and optimisation of e.g. traffic flow. Specific topics include: how do platoons form and how can they be used most effectively to improve traffic flow; how can we incentivise better use of public transport and/or shared vehicles (ride sharing); how can we best combine different modes of transport to reduce carbon emissions; how can we ensure that transportation data can be stored securely and used for research purposes; in autonomous vehicles and autonomous systems more generally, how can we reason about concepts such as responsibility and accountability especially when there is shared responsibility of a coalition (e.g. in case of a collision). 

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Accepting applications from PhD students.


Address: B32, East Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ (View in Google Maps)


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. His research focuses on artificial intelligence, specifically autonomous agents and multi-agent systems. He has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications in high quality conferences, journals and books in this area. Please see the research tab below for details. Enrico has supervised 19 PhD students to completion. He is the director of Southampton's Centre for Machine Intelligence which brings together AI expertise in ECS. Since 2020 he is a board member of the International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (IFAAMAS) which organises the annual Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS) conference. He is also local organiser of AAMAS 2021. He teaches the MSc module Intelligent Agents (see below for more details on teaching). Currently he is a co-I on several funded projects, including the EPSRC-funded AutoTrust platform grant, the Shell-funded Centre for Maritime Futures.

PhD Studentships. I'm interested in supervising motivated students, and there are plenty of opportunities for fully funded studentships. Note that most studentships only fund UK fees. So if you are an international student without permanent residance (or pre-settled) status, you may have to cover the difference between UK and international fees. For Chinese students, there are various collaborations with the CSC scholarship scheme and it's worth looking into this. Please get in touch to discuss the options and potential topics. See also my research interests below.

Areas of Interest: Multi-Agent Systems, Mechanism Design, Auctions, Algorithmic Game Theory, Agent-Based Negotiation, Fairness, Smart Energy, Electric Vehicles, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, Future Transportation Systems, Computational Finance, Privacy, Meaningful Consent, Car Sharing, Ride Sharing, Preference Elicitation, Machine Learning

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