Simon Powers

Simon Powers

Dr Simon Powers

Lecturer

Biography

Most generally, I am interested in computational social, political, and economic science. My research looks at how tools from computer science and taking an algorithmic viewpoint helps us to answer the key questions in these disciplines. Can human values such as justice and fairness be formalised computationally? Can doing so help to build Artificial Intelligence systems that interact with humans in a more meaningful way? How can we use Artificial Intelligence to help a group work together to avoid overexploiting their resources and falling prey to the Tragedy of the Commons, for example through smart energy management?

My current research investigates the links between institutions, computer science, and multi-agent systems. How can we use tools from computer science to formally model human institutions? And how can what we learn about human institutions help us to build open socio-technical systems in which independent, distributed artificial agents cooperate? Applications of this that I am currently working on include smart grids, community energy systems, and cloud computing.

I previously held postdoctoral positions with Prof. Laurent Lehmann at the Department of Ecology & Evolution, University of Lausanne (2011-2015), and with Dr. Joanna Bryson at the Department of Computer Science, University of Bath (2011). My Ph.D. thesis (2010) is titled "Social niche construction: Evolutionary explanations for cooperative group formation", and was supervised by Prof. Richard Watson at the School of Electronics & Computer Science, University of Southampton.

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Conference Activity

  • Programme committee member for ALife XV: The 15th International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems
  • Programme committee member for GECCO 2016: The Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference
  • Programme committee member for SASO 2017: 11th IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems
  • Programme committee member for ECAL 2017: 14th European Conference on Artificial Life
  • Programme committee member for GECCO 2017: The Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference
  • Programme committee member for SASO 2018: 12th IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems
  • Programme committee member for ALife 2018: The 2018 Conference on Artificial Life
  • Programme committee member for GECCO 2018: The Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • Ph.D. external examiner at University of Southampton
  • Ph.D. external examiner at University of Manchester

 

Invited Speaker

  • Seminar at Keele University
  • Seminar at Aston University
  • Keynote speaker at The Second Workshop on Social Learning and Cultural Evolution (SLACE 2017)

 

Editorial Activity

  • Associate Editor for Adaptive Behavior

 

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