Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Professor of Intelligent and Self-Organising Systems



+44 (0)20 7594 6318j.pitt Website




Ms Joan O'Brien +44 (0)20 7594 6316




1010Electrical EngineeringSouth Kensington Campus





I am Deputy Head of the Intelligent Systems and Networks Group.

My research programme focuses on a broad range of interests in Intelligent Systems, spanning human-network interaction (in particular the use of Affective Computing in this context), multi-agent systems (specifically norm-governed and socio-cognitive agent societies), and ad hoc networks (including self-organisation and Quality-of-Service (QoS) provisioning).

I have been involved in many European projects developing intelligent agent and multi-agent systems, and in particular was Project Manager of the IST project ALFEBIITE (IST-1999-10298) from 2000-2004. From 1998-2002 I was involved in the FIPA agent standardisation initiative. I am currently involved in research collaborations with partners in Japan and India. 

My teaching includes a first year course on Scientific Computing, third year courses on Artificial Intelligence and Human-Computer Interaction, and the Summer Group Projects for the Information System Engineering (ISE) stream, where students develop a multi-agent e-commerce system.



Torrent-Fontbona F, Lopez B, Busquets D, et al., 2016, Self-organising energy demand allocation through canons of distributive justice in a microgrid, Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, Vol:52, ISSN:0952-1976, Pages:108-118


Chen M, McArthur SDJ, Kockar I, et al., 2015, Evaluating a MAS Architecture for Flexible Distribution Power Flow Management, 2015 18th International Conference on Intelligent System Application to Power Systems (ISAP), IEEE

Costa PM, Galvao T, Falcao e Cunha J, et al., 2015, How to Support the Design and Development of Interactive Pervasive Environments, 8th International Conference on Human System Interactions (HSI), IEEE, Pages:278-284, ISSN:2158-2246

Diaconescu A, Pitt J, 2015, Holonic Institutions for Multi-scale Polycentric Self-governance, 10th Conference Coordination, Organizations, Institutions and Norms in Agent Systems (COIN), SPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN, Pages:19-35, ISSN:0302-9743

Jiang J, Pitt J, Diaconescu A, 2015, Rule Conflicts in Holonic Institutions, 9th IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems (SASO), IEEE, Pages:49-54

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