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Artificial Intelligence is a long-established discipline at the University of Southampton with world-class researchers working in various elements of AI, including intelligent agents, machine learning, game theory, evolutionary algorithms, complexity science, biometrics and machine vision. Academics are also inspiring the next generation of experts through our highly successful MSc in Artificial Intelligence and undergraduate MEng degrees in Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence and Electronic Engineering with Artificial Intelligence.

Discover some of our work in AI

Leading the charge

AI researchers have designed a new pricing system based on online auction platforms, to make charging electric vehicles more effective.

Software to aid disaster management

Southampton research shows how humans and intelligent software systems can work together to aid the management of a disaster environment such as the Fukushima nuclear tragedy.

Walk this way

Using computer vision techniques, our pioneering work in gait biometrics has had a significant impact on public policy, national security processes, forensic service practice and the economy.

Applications of agent technology

Southampton research into agent-based computing helped spur the GB Sailing Team to Olympic success in 2012 and is having a significant impact on the defence, aerospace and civil contingency industries.

Intelligent Energy Management

Researchers have eveloped novel machine-learning algorithms to estimate and predict energy use both in the electricity-demand in the national grid and the thermal characteristics of buildings and homes.

Can AI score in fantasy football?

A team of artificial intelligence experts is challenging fantasy football managers across the world to take on their fiercely competitive machine learning algorithm.

Meet some of our leading academics working in artificial intelligence

Professor Dame Wendy Hall

Dame Wendy is leading a major UK government review on how to capitalise on the country’s status as a world-leader in the science underpinning AI technology.

Professor Tim Norman

Tim Heads the Agents, Interaction and Complexity Research Group. He is an expert in artificial intelligence, logic and automated reasoning, with applications in healthcare, intelligence analysis, security and IoT.

Dr Gopal Ramchurn

An Associate Professor, Gopal has led, or been part of, major research projects including the ORCHID programme within which he developed applications of Human-Agent Collectives.

Professor Mark Nixon

Head of the Vision, Learning and Control Research Group, Mark's interests are in image processing and computer vision and he is a pioneer of gait biometrics.

Professor Mahesan Niranjan

Niranjan is researching clinical data analysis, using machine learning, in fields such as cancer care. His research interests are in machine learning, signal processing and computational biology.

Dr Richard Watson

Richard Watson is an Associate Professor working in evolutionary computing. His research showing that evolution is able to learn from previous experience has been published in New Scientist.

Dr Sebastian Stein

Seb works on mechanism design and incentive engineering for smart grid and crowdsourcing applications. With Dr Enrico Gerding he led the research behind the Leading the Charge article (above).

Dr Long Tran-Thanh

Long Tran-Thanh works on projects which seek to advance the state of the art in many areas of artificial intelligence, including machine learning, game theory and decision making theory.

Studying artificial intelligence

Our range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are helping to develop the next generation of experts in artificial intelligence:

"ECS has great research staff, advanced experimental facilities, and I had such a good supervisor that I decided to stay here to do my PhD in Computer Science"

Jia Bi, MSc Artificial Intelligence

Ashley Robinson, Electronic Engineering with Artificial Intelligence

Ashley Robinson graduated with an MEng in Electronic Engineering with Artificial Intelligence. Here he talks about being an ECS student, his experience at the University of Southampton and his future career plans

Read more about Ashley and his new career

Response to House of Lords call for evidence on Artificial Intelligence

"There is a broad range of sectors that stand to benefit from the development and use of artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence technologies are best employed in conjunction with, and in support of human decision making." Professor Tim Norman, Head of the Agents, Interaction and Complexity Research Group, has recently responded to the UK's House of Lords' Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence which asked "What are the implications of artificial intelligence?"

Read the full statement from Professor Tim Norman

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