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Professor Nick Jennings elected FREng

Published: 11 July 2005

Professor Nick Jennings of the School of Electronics and Computer Science has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the UK’s national academy for the promotion of engineering and technology.

Professor Jennings is Deputy Head of School (Research) and Head of the Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia Group. He is Chief Scientific Officer of Lost Wax and Director of the newly established BAE Systems/EPSRC Strategic Partnership in Distributed Data and Information Systems.

‘I am proud to receive this honour from the Royal Academy of Engineering,’ he said, ‘which I feel also reflects the achievements of the many research collaborators and students I have worked with in recent years.’

Professor Jennings is one of the world’s leading experts on agent-based computing. He helped pioneer the application of multi-agent technology; and developed some of the first real-world systems. This focus led him into the areas of agent-based software engineering and the Semantic Grid. More recently, his focus has been on automated bargaining, auctions, markets, mechanism design, coalition formation, decentralised control, and trust and reputation.

He has received a number of distinguished academic awards, including: the Computers and Thought Award in 1999, an IEE Achievement Medal in 2000, and the ACM Autonomous Agents Research Award in 2003. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, the Institution of Electrical Engineers, and the European artificial intelligence association (ECCAI), and a member of the UK Computing Research Committee (UKCRC). He has published over 275 articles and 6 books on various facets of agent-based computing and holds 3 patents.

At the age of 38, Professor Jennings is the second youngest Fellow in the Academy.

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